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Thursday, March 16, 2006

The Evil Men Do

Someday, I hope, chronicling the moral bankruptcy of one of America's two major parties will cease to be a full-time, depression-inducing job. In the meantime, we have the neo-fascists to deal with.

At least those lucky bastards at Think Progress get paid for doing this soul-crushing work. Or at least have a good medical plan.

Jason McElwain aka "J-Mac" -- the autistic high-school basketball player — gained national attention when hes cored 20 poionts for his varsity team with a flurry of 3-pointers. While President Bush has publicly acknowledged his admiration for the young star, his FY07 budget shows an indifference towards autistic children:

In his proposed budget for next year, Bush has cut all funding for the National Children's Study, a project that planned to investigate the causes of autism, asthma, and other serious illnesses.

The President’s budget will eliminate Medicaid reimbursements for schoolchildren with disabilities, denying them "access to medical services they need to fully participate in school and learn to their greatest abilities.”

One small photo-op for Fearless Leader, one giant leap backward for a just society. And if you haven't seen the footage of McElwain's moment of glory, you can see it here. It was pretty wonderful, too, until Bush came along and shat all over it with his usual technique of a big, fat grin served up with a knife to the back.

UPDATE: If that video link doesn't work, try this one. It really is a thing of beauty. And keep a hankie nearby.