Education Secretary Betsy DeVos faced scathing criticism this week over a budget proposal that calls for eliminating funding for the Special Olympics, as members of Congress voiced opposition at a hearing that drew widespread attention and stoked a strong defense of the organization across the internet.
“I still can’t understand why you would go after disabled children in your budget,” Representative Barbara Lee, Democrat of California, told Ms. DeVos during the hearing on Tuesday, held by a House subcommittee. “You zero that out. It’s appalling.”
The $17.6 million in proposed cuts to the Special Olympics comes as the Education Department faces an overall budget reduction of 10 percent. President Trump’s budget for next year proposed cutting funding to education for the third year in a row, as he places a priority on the military, as well as the construction of a wall along the border with Mexico. (NYT)
This back and forth between Barbara Lee and Betsy DeVos is the most blood boiling infuriating nonsense I’ve witnessed since that Martha scene in Batman V. Superman. Great, now I’m double mad thinking about both at the same time.
We don’t need to get into the idea of stripping Special Olympics funding. That should be universally BOO’d. There is no other side of the argument for there.
This woman owns multiple yachts. She has enough money to simply run a credit card and pay for the Special Olympics out of pocket for the rest of forever.
Stop electing wealthy people to run the country. They do not have anyone’s best interests in mind. They don’t give a fuck about you regardless of which political party you represent.
If a person is wealthy their entire lives, what do they know about budgets? They’ve never had to budget anything ever. Only rich people would cut money from education because they never needed school. Grades don’t matter when your family donates to the private school.
But that’s a longer conversation for another day.
Let’s circle back to Betsy DeVos and see her response today about the way ‘the media’ is making her look bad for, ya know, ending the Special Olympics:
“It is unacceptable, shameful and counterproductive that the media and some members of Congress have spun up falsehoods and fully misrepresented the facts,”
“The Special Olympics is not a federal program. It’s a private organization. I love its work, and I have personally supported its mission…Given our current realities, the federal government cannot fund every worthy program…”
This evil bitch.
It’s not the cutting of funds that bothers me. I mean yea, that bothers the shit out of me. But no, it’s her dumb smirk when she’s questioned about it. It’s her declaration the following day about facts being misrepresented.
Betsy DeVos thinks we’re stupid and that smile she gives is the smile of someone who believes she can do whatever she wants and she’s granting us the grace of her presence.
Cutting government spending for special needs children isn’t necesarily evil. That could be the work of someone who is misinformed, ignorant or ironically, special needs.
But Betsy DeVos didn’t accidentally misplace a decimal point. No, she knew exactly what she was doing and was pleased with herself for doing it. She clearly enjoyed dunking on autistic children.
These are the assholes you put in power. Sociopaths who get pleasure from making life harder for people who already have hard lives. Betsy DeVos is an evil bitch. ____ 4 President. (All of the candidates kind of suck so yea, vote for whoever is less likely to push your grandmother down the stairs).
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