To Battle in the evil empire in Springfield.
It's fitting that the site of Wilson's Creek civil war Battle will be the site of a new battle this weekend. I'm going to Springfield MO Friday with my activist group ADAPT to "talk" to Missouri Governor Matt Blunt about why he hates the kids on the little bus, yeah those of us with football helmets and bout his severe budget cuts to medicaid and other programs that help the disabled.
Not even JOhn Ashcroft, Darth Vader himself, cut these valuable programs, among them, my favorite, HOme and Community based services. HCBS allow people with disabilities to live at home. Adapt wants to save him some money. But he doesn't want those savings, because of his ideology. He thinks it's better to keep us imprisoned in nursing homes than to be free in the community.
WANT TO KNOW WHY?
Because Nursing homes are big business that generate lots of money and are politically powerful. While attendants that help us be free in the community only make a pittance and have little political power at all. Just another example of Matt's cowardice.
He's like the cowardly lion but even the cowardly lion can stand up. He cuts programs that will affect about ninety thousand poor or retarded people, including, the First Steps program for Disabled kids age 0 to three that help them learn to walk and talk and assess their needs. The MO legislature restored First Steps, but Blunt wanted it cut. He did manage to cut the pre-school program for children with Downs syndrome.
COWARD! He says that something had to be done about the budget but what he did was take on four year olds with downs. HOw brave. Howcan they fight the governor? If he really wanted to make a tough choice, he could have raised taxes. Take on someone your own size. The governor of Indiana picked the high road. He proposed a tax hike instead of these same cuts. He's a republican. He has some balls!
So, even though I live in Kansas, my adapt chapter is going to Springfield to support our wronged Missouri brethren. OUr equipment will include our Wheel chairs AND our megphones and Matt Blunt will find the battle of his life at Wilson's Creek.