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January 27, 2012

Budget Cuts to Disabled Programs

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Oh dear....say it isn't so. Why does she have to write about this stuff. Damn it. Let's just go back to watching Dancing with the Stars....But you can't...because this is true and you need to hear it.  

Prejudicial attitudes towards persons with special needs that exist today have foundations in historical influences.

For example, in Ancient Rome, entertainment at the Coliseum included throwing disabled children under horses. 

In the 18th and 19th centuries, 'ships of fools'- containing mentally and physically-disabled children and adults— sailed from port to port, where people would gather and pay to laugh at them.

In Nazi Germany, films such as “Ich klage an”, painted disabled people as 'useless eaters', a burden on the state. Eliminating disabled persons became known as “T4”. 

Today, politicians call it “making painful cuts" and "necessary reductions.”

Back in the day, in Glorious England, the hard drinking Winston Churchill didn't bother to mince words. He was a supporter of the British Eugenics Society, as were Sidney and Beatrice Webb, founders of Labor Party, and many other influential alleged “intellectuals” of the left and right.

Other eugenics supporters included authors D.H. Lawrence, and the economist John Maynard Keynes. Given such attitudes, we can see why, back in early 1900’s, Queen Mary and King George V hid their epileptic son with mild autism (see the BBC drama, “The Lost Prince). They must have been terrified and ashamed. 

History also shows, under the UK Mental Deficiency Act of 1913, two of the Queen Mother's cousins were incarcerated for being disabled.

Similar laws in America led to President John F Kennedy's sister forced into getting a frontal lobotomy.  

So now you’re thinking but we’ve come so far from these backward times. Not so fast. 

Some politicians are still using psychological manipulation to justify “eliminating” programs that help disabled children and adults. 


Do not be fooled by policy makers using psychological manipulation. Whenever you hear government official's bull shit excuse that there is a budget crisis, just remember the same government is spending billions to search for unknown life on other planets. And a half million on studying the behavior of male prostitutes in Vietnam. Along with another 2.6 million to train Chinese prostitutes to drink more responsibly. Groovy. 

Do not be fooled by the politicians with superficial sympathy and excessive apology. These are cunning people of power who conceal true intentions. I'd have more respect for these calloused hearts if they just came out and said, "f%$ the disabled, instead of penning more phony mission statements about how they are here to help."

At least then, you'd hear the truth, for a change. 

Those who advocate targeting “painful cuts” to the most vulnerable of our society (the elderly, poor and disabled) will lie, deny, rationalize, vilify, shame and divert, before every American, to promote their “painful cuts.” 

What politicians like Governor Brown don’t understand about parents of, let's say, autistic children and adults, is that we aren’t fooled by politicans like him. We've been through too much reality to fall for the unrealities presented to us. We see the games. We see the corruption. We know what they're doing. 
http://articles.latimes.com/2012/sep/13/local/la-me-0913-disability-rights-20120913

NOTICE AFTER Gov. Brown announced his “painful cuts” to programs serving disabled, he later proclaims,

“At a time when children, the disabled and seniors face painful cuts to essential programs, the state of California cannot justify a massive expenditure of public dollars for the worst criminals.” 
Said Governor Brown, "California will have to find another way to address the housing needs of condemned inmates. It would be unconscionable to earmark $365 million for a new and improved death row while making severe cuts to education and programs that serve the most vulnerable among us." Well, excuse me Governor, but if it's so horrible to make cuts to the most vulnerable among us, then WHY are YOU speaking out to STOP the cuts to these vulnerable among us? 

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/apr/29/local/la-me-death-row-20110429
What Brown did here is a classic psycho=social manipulation to gain approval of something controversial. He spoke of cuts to disabled and then quickly paired these cuts to something totally unrelated that would evoke outraged emotion, tricking unsuspected minds to think by rejecting an expenditure on "worthless" criminals this would lessen the cruelty of making cuts to the "worthless" disabled. It must be a hard, long road to survive in the political arena. I wonder how much of yourself you have to sacrifice. How much of your heart has to be compromised. What kind of regrets you will face when you're old, forgotten and just a name in a history book. 


“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice…” Proverbs 31-8-9

Kim Oakley

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