Monday, March 23, 2009

The Land of the Midnight Irony

They grow it big, up north.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), who has a child with Down Syndrome, today blasted President Obama's attempt at a joke which insulted people with special needs.

Said Palin: "I was shocked to learn of the comment made by President Obama about Special Olympics. This was a degrading remark about our world's most precious and unique people, coming from the most powerful position in the world."

This comes on the same day that Palin refused to accept over 30% of the federal economic stimulus money being offered to Alaska. According to the Anchorage Daily News, "the biggest single chunk of money Palin is turning down is about $170 million for education, including money that would go for programs to help... special needs students."


  1. I'm not a Palin fan, Jason, but this connection is not the greatest. So, just because she turned down stimulus money for special needs students she's a hypocrite? Is it possible that there are other facts of which you are not aware or have not mentioned here? Perhaps, Alaskans have a better way to help special needs students than using federal stimulus money or maybe they don't like the strings attached? I don't know, I'm just saying.

    So, if Palin thinks it's important to help special needs children, then she should accept any program and any money from any source that is intended to, but might not necessarily, help them? Doesn't sound like sound public policy decision-making to me.