Sit down Paul. Explain your plan. Explain what your end goal is. Explain what you
want to do with the special needs kids in america. Explain how your plan cuts the basic
safety net for the kids in america who depend on programs to be engaged citizens.
Take a few minutes to tell us how devastating the cuts you and willard want to
take on the programs that special needs kids need to survive. Maybe it's their
breakfasts and lunches you want to cut. Maybe it's their teachers who for $8.00 an
hour keep the kids above water that you want to cut. Maybe it's the subsidies to
the kids who need daycare or transportation. Take the time to explain it to us.
Come on tv. Tell us what you plan to cut and what the effects are on the kids.
Simple. I'll listen. We'll all listen. We'll take the time to listen because we want
to hear what disastrous effects your budget cuts will have on those special needs
Downs syndrome. Autism. Years ago when a child was found to autistic they put them in an institution. My good friends brother spent decades in one in Parsons, Kansas.
Cerebral Palsy. Just a few that you might want to understand.
Paul and Willard...tell us what cuts you want in the community centers. Tell us
what you want to do to the program I volunteer for: Special Olympics.
Lets cut that Paul. The program gives the kids a chance to compete and feel good
about themselves and it's proven to be a very positive influence on them.
Most can't finish the race. They're not fast. Have you ever seen the smile on
a young down syndrome child when he crosses the finish line? He may not have
won. But he finished the race. I'm guessing your plan is only to support the
winners. Not just those who enter to win.
Ever been in a classroom with these kids Paul? It's a war zone. For $8 an hour
the teacher has to be abused. It's not pretty. But they still do because they
love it. Because it gives them satisfaction beyond the few bucks they make.
And fullfillment triumphs over money every time. But maybe not in your
money centered world.
Foster Grandparents. A friend of mine loved that job. Didn't pay minimum
wage. $2.60 an hour! Below the poverty level. She'd read to the kids
and calmed them down. She loved it. And she would give the money she earned
Oh so many kids you don't have time for. So many lives that will be hurt.
I understand. In your world "time is money". And if it isn't profitable, KILL IT.
We will not let you win this race.
People say that this is the most important race in our history. Been said before.
We won't lose.
We will all survive.
Yesterday saw one of the local charities that benefits down syndrome come to
our office. Three kids pushing a cart with candy that the kids had packaged.
Told me the kids earn a paycheck from selling the candy. 3 of them.
Gave them $5 and told them to keep the candy. I'm on a diet.
Paul/Willard....take a little time and tell us the crap that you're selling.
It's garbage and we won't let you get way with it...today..or ever.