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April 27, 2008

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"You've got to ask yourself one question, disabled people: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punks? Because with McCain, you'll be taking a leap into the unknown."

Of course, the question many disabled folk often point out is to able people is: "Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya, punks?"

Because everyone is just one fall or ailment from being permanently disabled in any number of ways.

Or you might even not notice until years have passed that more subtle problems have been developing.

I do believe that ultimately democracy and capitalism/free markets are the best systems for the most people, and I want a President who thinks the same way. I would say that having that belief was essential to ending Communist domination of eastern Europe. I also think that this is a chance, perhaps the only chance, for freedom to begin to flourish in the middle east. So that's why it is important enough to me to be a pain in the butt and point this out. It is true that there are terrible consequences, but there are terrible consequences in letting Hamas Hizballah, Baathists, Guardian Council, and Al Qaeda run that part of the world. That would make me naive or an imperialist in many peoples' opinion, but it is naive to believe that the UN or ICC or whatever will fix things by putting President Bush on trial. Look at the composition of the organizers of the Durban Review Conference. This shows no commitment to human rights or freedom. Chaired by Libya? Assisted by Iran, Cuba, Russia and Pakistan.

It may look grim, but there will be freedom, I truly believe that.

Darn, copied the wrong Obwi link.

It was from a month ago, when it was unclear what would happen in Basra

Pretty amazing.Visions of dystopia, with a thin veneer of synthetic sweetener for Pavlov’s dog-whistle voters.
His natural constituency (as seems) likely have few thoughts and a poo-load of received opinions, but they won’t be voting on policy anyway.
Incorruptible? Straight-talking? And we think Bush is bad?
If McCain fulfills his promise it looks like a choice between destitution and Armageddon.

As an aside, I was disappointed with Obama’s dismissive remark about Wright in the Fox interview (seen in a clip on TPM’s front page). As well, his numbers don’t look that great right now. Not a whole big load of encouragement at the moment.

… when he got to McCain, he came up empty.

That is a bit strange. Being partially disabled himself I would hope he would be better on the issue. Given that he receives a 100% tax free disability pension from the military he never has to work another day in his life (assuming he was unmarried or his wife was not wealthy). Most people can live quite comfortably on $58k and as he is classified as disabled he also gets his health care covered by the VA.

I'm having some trouble following this piece, hilzoy. What's the overlap between the Executive branch and disability policy?

Or is this a party-policy thing that ought to be rubbing off on the legislature? Because I doubt McCain is seeing himself as emblematic of the GOP.

I'm going to have to take another commenting break, I see. Between the kindly-faced disengenuous excuse-making for doing nothing and the happily overt cruelty, too many of the commentariat are getting to me. This time I noticed it before a meltdown-y rant, at least.

Some of us are called disabled. And the rest-- Well, the rest of you are just temporarily able-bodied.

--Small Fred - Talking Wheelchair Blues

I do believe that ultimately democracy and capitalism/free markets are the best systems for the most people, and I want a President who thinks the same way... So that's why it is important enough to me to be a pain in the butt and point this out.

Well, DaveC, you are a pain in the butt only not for the reasons stated. More like, you're a pain in the butt because you're incoherent.

You believe in democracy except when you don't like the result. Take Hamas as your example.

If you weren't so crippled by prejudice you'd notice that the Democratic party has a superior understanding and appreciation of democracy and capitalism. For a broad example, "they" say that FDR saved capitalism from the capitalists, and they're basically correct.

DaveC: I believe that democracy and markets are the best systems for most people too. That still leaves us with a few important questions, like: precisely what form should those markets take? (E.g., all markets operate according to some rules or other -- i.e., those that secure private property; which rules should we have?) Also: what actions is it OK to take in pursuit of these laudable goals? And finally: what does this have to do with the post?

Slarti: I must be missing something. The President can do a lot on disability, from pushing legislation to directing HHS to make sure its various procedures and programs take the interests of the disabled into account. Obama and Clinton say various things about disability policy, which Berube examines. Why shouldn't McCain?

directing HHS to make sure its various procedures and programs take the interests of the disabled into account

I admit I'm nowhere near conversant enough with how government functions in this area to even be having this conversation, but HHS does already take the interests of the disabled into account, doesn't it? If McCain were to require HHS to do something different, wouldn't that need to have legislative backing?

And the EPA already takes environmental impact into account. Naturally, GWB's administration has had no effect on how the EPA does its job.

Less snarkily, the head of an administration can have two quite obvious influences on HHS. (1) bringing a particular conception of the interests of the disabled. (2) insisting that the interests so conceived be given substantial weight.

Ah, I neglected to consider the cabinet-level-appointments factor.

Point taken. Thanks.

the same people that would tax e-mail

That is, to a very close approximation, no one. Has McCain fallen for this?

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