Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Darwinian Society

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Lawmakers are considering cutting all services for nearly 26,000 people with disabilities as South Carolina tries to plug a $560 million budget hole.

Parents say the proposed cuts to day care programs and other services would force them to give up much-needed jobs to stay home and care for their young and adult children.

Andrew J. Imparato, chief executive of the American Association of People with Disabilities, said he is hearing horror stories about budget cuts around the country, but South Carolina is the most extreme example. Shutting down everything but federally required residential care is "the most draconian kind of thing I've heard," he said.

Lawmakers say they have little choice. They are trying to close a shortfall in next year's budget in a heavily Republican state where tax increases are not considered a viable option.

This isn't really about the budget or taxes. Conservatives simply think that people who get anything from government are lazy, and help would simply incentivize people from getting a job. They don't really care that recinding the programs would have the opposite effect. They're just upset that somebody might get something for "free".

This type of thing isn't going away, and is only going to get much worse. It's going to be interesting to see if the MSM covers the carnage.

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