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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dumping disabled kids at homeless shelters, the new American way,

Budget cutting is all the rage, as long as it doesn't affect the powerful and their allies. Dept. of Agriculture subsidies are exempt because a number of Republican politicians and candidates like Michelle Bachmann are beneficiaries of the subsidies. Poor victimized large corporations and their tax rebates are also exempt thanks to their hard working lobbyists. The poor, education and local services benefiting all have borne the brunt of the budget cuts.

Mitch Daniels, the current governor of Indiana and a possible future GOP Presidential candidate has been particularly effective wielding the budget axe. Cuts in state Medicare waivers to help parents pay for caring for disabled children has left parents not being able to pay for the expense of caring for their children.

This has led employees at the state Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services
suggesting to parents that the only way they can get the needed help is to drop their disabled children at homeless shelters.

There is currently a waiting list of about 20,000 families for the waiver in Indiana and the wait has just got longer as 2,000 slots were recently eliminated because of budget cuts.

A society is judged by how they treat their neediest citizens. Mitch Daniels and Indiana barely deserve an 'F' for their concern for the needy.

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