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Betsy DeVos Is Right: Feds Shouldn’t Be Funding Special Olympics

The education secretary is wrongly getting dragged for zeroing out a gratuitous budget item.

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, arguably the most consistently dragged member of President Trump's cabinet, has stepped in it again, this time with a budget plan that calls for zeroing out $17.6 million in funding for the Special Olympics, which organizes athletic training and competitions for intellectually disabled children and adults.

That reduction comes in the context of an Education budget that asks for 10 percent less than what it was given in fiscal 2019, a rare moment of parsimony for a government that has amassed $22 trillion in debt and set a record in February for posting the single-biggest monthly deficit in history. DeVos's budget for 2020 requests $64 billion, down from about $71 billion this year.

Needless to say, DeVos is being roasted like a chestnut on an open fire, as if she were cutting educational resources for intellectually disabled students (in fact, the budget allocates over $32 billion for "high-need students," which includes intellectually disabled students). Rep. Joseph Kennedy III (D–Mass.) called DeVos's plan "cruel," "misguided," and "outrageous."

Kennedy was joined in his sentiments by Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican from Missouri, who insisted that no cuts would ever be made to the Special Olympics while he's on the Appropriations Subcommittee:

The relevant question, of course, isn't whether the Special Olympics does good work. It's whether it should be funded by the federal government. The short answer is no, as this sort of activity, however uplifting, is not a core function of government. Indeed, even if the federal government were flush with cash, it shouldn't fund the Special Olympics—or many other things it currently funds. President Trump has put together a budget that asks for a record-high $4.75 trillion, so I can understand why Special Olympics advocates feel like their relatively small slice of the pie is being unfairly targeted. But the plain truth is that government cannot and should not pay for everything that somebody wants. Our leaders need to be bringing year-over-year cuts to every aspect of the federal government the way that DeVos is doing at Education. As DeVos wrote in response to her critics:

There are dozens of worthy nonprofits that support students and adults with disabilities that don't get a dime of federal grant money. But given our current budget realities, the federal government cannot fund every worthy program, particularly ones that enjoy robust support from private donations.

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Newscom

This isn't the first year that DeVos called for cuts to the Special Olympics and there is very little reason to believe the reductions will go through. But even if they did, the organization and its beneficiaries would still be in excellent shape. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, meaning that deductions to it are tax deductible. According to its 2017 financials (the most-recent available on the web), the organization had total revenues of about $149 million, including $15.5 million in federal grants. It's not a stretch to assume that if federal funding disappears, the resulting outcry would lead to record donations.

This sort of flap is political theater at its most transparent and unhelpful by diverting attention from more important topics. There are serious questions to be asking about the size, scope, and spending of the federal Department of Education and whether it should even exist. It was established in 1979, and Ronald Reagan campaigned on a promise to kill it if he took the White House. Not only didn't he kill it, he expanded its budget throughout his presidency. Yet student achievement, the most-basic measure of educational productivity, has not improved since the department was created and began effectively controlling more and more aspects of the K-12 curriculum.

UPDATED (4:35 P.M.): Kathryn Watson of CBS Digital reports that President Trump has announced that his administration will in fact fund the Special Olympics:

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129 responses to “Betsy DeVos Is Right: Feds Shouldn’t Be Funding Special Olympics

  1. I may as well mention this here, since it’s semi-relevant:

    A progressive recommended this Rolling Stone article to me – about how DeVos is part of a sinister Christian conspiracy.

    “A few weeks after September 11th, 2001, with the nation reeling from the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., about 400 or so of the country’s leading Christian conservative investors convened at the luxury Phoenician resort in Scottsdale, Arizona….”

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    2. I don’t know how you can look at the current political and cultural landscape and conclude Christianity has any power or sway whatsoever.

      1. Donald Trump is our president for farks sake.

        1. I see a lot of people blame it on Evangelicals.

        2. My grandparents were the last of the truly in-the-tank “christian” conservatives. In reality they were far more Christianist (that is, the celebration of Christianity in opposition to anything to do with Christ). The red-faced mental gymnastics they would do to claim so-and-so politician “is a Good. Christian. Man” were irritating to watch, but it was also clear that they were increasingly anachronistic.

          They didn’t get to see what kind of a president Trump is, but even they had a hard time supporting “God’s Party” when he was nominated and elected. I think they still truly believed in (or, frankly, worshiped) Republicans as some sort of deified entity, and the dissonance between that belief and one of Trump needing to be Christian was hard on them. I hope they’re finally at peace now.

          But yes, the Christianist Right is impotent. Red-faced angry logical backflips and a whole lot of nothing.

          1. That describes my mother. Her abandonment of Christian principles and morals in favor of raw partisanship is the most distressing thing that has ever happened to me. She has replaced god with politics.

            James Dobson declared Trump to be born again, and that’s all the faith she needs.

            The modern mainstream Christian church is being run by false prophets.

            “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall. enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth. the will of my Father which is in heaven.”

            1. I consider the progressive/feminist movement under Bill Clinton to be identical to the evangelicals under Trump. The only difference is those progressive/feminists run our entire media industry.

      2. thus relegating yourself to the margins of serious conversation. jesus effing christ, what a rtrded thing to say.

  2. Special Olympics is a feel good pseudo athletic event to make everyone who suffers from mental impairment feel like a winner. Regardless of how you “feel” about it that is what it is.

    Of course the left will hate Devos, but that is certainly nothing new; might as well cut it and get it off the federal budget along with Title IX overreach and the entire federal department of education for that matter.

    1. It is that, but there is also a lot of serious athletic competition. It’s pretty remarkable what some disabled athletes can do.

      Of course that still doesn’t mean it should have federal funding.

      1. Special olympics. Not paralympics

    2. Special Olympics is significantly more than that, you are sadly out of touch. But I agree with your overall point, that the federal government should not be funding local schools, nor loaning $$$ to college students, nor any of the other things the US Dept of Ed does. You’ll have to get rid of the IDEA and other federal mandates for special education first, tho.

  3. Trump tried very hard to lose his first election and he’s just doing the same strategy now. This remains the Springtime for Hitler of presidencies. Where did we go right!?

    He just wanted more leverage for his paycheck on his reality show. Sad face.

    1. Trump tried very hard to lose his first election

      Ummmmmmm, what? On the contrary, he wanted to win so badly that he literally colluded with a hostile foreign power that hacked our election.

      1. Furthermore, to say Drumpf wanted to lose implies Hillary Clinton couldn’t beat someone who wasn’t even trying. Is that really your opinion on the most qualified Presidential candidate ever?

        1. He was foiled by the Electoral College, of course. As well as unwanted help from the Russians.

          1. White nationalists came up with the Electoral College. And the Constitution.

            Burn it all down, baby!

            Bring on Day Zero!

        2. That pretty much sums up Hillary Clinton, OBL

          1. I think you messed it up this time, OBL. You tried for spoof and accidentally hit truth.

        3. Well, she beat Bernie for the nomination. That’s something. Exactly what it is, I’m not sure.

          1. She didn’t beat Bernie so much as the DNC beat Bernie — give credit where it’s due!

            1. Four million votes. It’s time to get over it. You’re starting to look like a weird little cult.

              And by starting I mean isn’t it well past time you hitched a ride on a comet?

              1. PLANET TONY; ABOUT TO BE RECYCLED! YOUR ONLY CHANCE OF SURVIVAL IS TO CLING TO THE RUSSIA FANTASY!

                1. Stop defending politicians.

                  1. Stop defending the mass murder of tens of millions.

    2. ‘Tried very hard to lose his first election’

      And yet he won it against the ‘most qualified candidate ever’.

      Imagine what that campaign would have been like if he’d been trying to #Winning.

  4. We should zero out Trump’s weekend vacations to Florida.

    1. Or zero out Trump’s weekday visits to DC. In fact, include every politician and bureaucrat. The country would be so much better off if we paid them for not showing up to work.

    2. “We should zero out Trump’s weekend vacations to Florida.”

      It’s a measure of OP’s stupidity and TDS which leads him to conclude this statement has something to do with DeVos or SO.
      It doesn’t.

  5. Seems that $17.6M could have easily been found elsewhere when one is cutting $7B.

    It just shows a lack of political smarts. Of course this was going to cause a shitstorm. Even if it is the right thing to do, why bother over $17.6M? Think about it…is a shitstorm like this worth it for an additional 0.2% of budget cuts?

    Waste of political capital…likely because she doesn’t give a fuck (not a bad thing).

    1. >>>Of course this was going to cause a shitstorm. Even if it is the right thing to do

      T seems to survive the shitstorms maybe he’s the right guy to take the step?

    2. “is a shitstorm like this worth it for an additional 0.2% of budget cuts”

      Is there a 0.2% cut anywhere in the budget that wouldn’t cause a shitstorm? I’d say this is probably about as low impact as possible proposing a budget cut.

      1. I’m not seeing a whole lot of tears for the remainder of the $7B that was cut.

        1. Yeah, they focused on this. Absent this, there’s no doubt a shitstorm would have been manufactured for something else.
          This is not about SO; this is a continuation of the ‘Trump is a big poopyhead’ chant. See OP and Tony above, if you are in doubt.

          1. “See OP and Tony above, if you are in doubt.”

            Having to read anything those two morons spew more than once is borderline abuse.

        2. Because this is the most ’emotional’ of the cuts that they can use to get camera time.

          If something else had been cut they’d be bringing up ‘lowered funding for cowboy poetry festivals’ or some other bullshit.

    3. What she should have done is just zero out everything except already promised loans and grants and then phase that out over a few years.
      Of course, Congress wouldn’t go for that, and a lot of schools would go out of business, but that’s really what needs to happen in higher education.

    4. $17.6M can always easily be found ‘elsewhere’.

      Which has been why no one has ever been able to find it. Because there’s always someone whining – ‘cut *their* program, not mine!’

      At some point you have to make a decision. At some point you have to put your foot down and say ‘this goes’.

      1. I’m sure if this cut *does* go through, SO will find that $17.6M elsewhere.

      2. I’m sure if this cut *does* go through, SO will find that $17.6M elsewhere.

    5. I would think there is no intention of cutting the Special Olympics, but rather it’s “raising the price” for the negation process. Essentially she hopes to get $1700 for her used car and is marking the price for $2300 knowing very well she’ll be negotiated down to $1700.

    6. In some ways going after the most heart string tugging can be best… Then you can tell them to fuck off, and try to make the proper point that the feds shouldn’t be funding it, but ALSO the other stuff is then ignored… And if you cave on the thing you didn’t care about in the first place, and keep the other cuts, you win.

      It’s a common negotiating tactic. I don’t know that she’s really doing that here, but it is a reason to do it this way. Also, they would have complained about whatever the easiest thing to complain about was no matter what.

      1. Red Herring.

        Trump always finds a way to make gifts of what people already had.

    7. “It just shows a lack of political smarts. ”

      Trump already kiboshed. “Political smarts.”

      All hail the God Emperor!

  6. Representative Howdy Doody looks mad.

    1. As long as he doesn’t drool again.

      Blech.

  7. She is right that it shouldn’t be fed funded. But she also demonstrates the tin-eared assholish stupidity of those who want to lower spending.

    Would it really have been that difficult to accompany her zero-budget for that with using the bully-pulpit that is also part of her job to make a public appeal for private donations to offset the fed cuts?

    1. I disagree. When proposing budge cuts, give a simple, direct explanation and move on. Any appeals for alternate funding sources just open her up for accusations of hypocrisy and corruption (even if those accusations don’t make sense).

      1. Not at all. In this case, at minimum – Special Olympics should have been given a heads-up that fed funding would be proposed to be eliminated. Otherwise the narrative is ‘trying to kill Special Olympics’ rather than ‘trying to eliminate federal funding for Special Olympics’. The logical step at that time is to second whatever existing employees in Ed currently do Spec Olympics stuff (and you can bet they exist – and their jobs should also be zeroed out) to Spec Olympics to help them with some fundraising drive/project etc until Oct end of year when the zeroing occurs. It is PRECISELY the sort of thing that used to be done very very well by ‘voluntary civic associations’ before the govt money tree. And eliminating the money tree also means being seen to at least be friendly to how that civic association can quickly transition.

        As it stands now, she is proposing to cut $17 million (which won’t happen now) – by DEFENDING (via the press release linked in the article) $13.5 BILLION in spending. That is not the way you actually cut spending. It is signalling and BS. And now makes it impossible for any of that $13 billion to be cut so it is stupid as fuck to boot.

        1. As an aside – had she done the small stuff like Special Olympics funding right; then it would have been MUCH easier to do the big stuff. Like transferring 90% of the entire Dept of Education from the feds to the interstate compact on education – which immediately eliminates most mandates and puts the dept more directly under the control of the states-in-compact rather than the feds – but which is a big enough transition to probably take a couple years before the states will pay for whatever value they think the DoE actually adds.

          But now – she’s proven she wouldn’t be competent at that – and her motives are now questionable too.

          1. “But now – she’s proven she wouldn’t be competent at that – and her motives are now questionable too.”

            As a victim of TDS, you are not really qualified to judge either of those.

            1. Well no doubt you’ll be defending bigger spending this year and into all future years. And pretending that ‘good intentions’ is an excuse for incompetence and failure. Hmmm – just like all socialists since forever.

              1. “Well no doubt you’ll be defending bigger spending this year and into all future years. And pretending that ‘good intentions’ is an excuse for incompetence and failure. Hmmm – just like all socialists since forever.”

                You shouldn’t listen to those voices in your head; they make you sound even less intelligent than you’ve proven to be.

        2. How do you know that she didn’t give them a heads-up? Or try to use her “bully-pulpit” to call for donations? Do you honestly think that the current crop of media would cover that or give her any credit for trying? Do you really think that the SO folks could have been so well-organized to reply if they didn’t have advanced notice?

          1. Or try to use her “bully-pulpit” to call for donations?

            Well here’s the chronological list of all press releases from her office. The only one re Special Olympics is the most recent (where she is defending $13 billion in spending and yapping about the SO stuff quoted in the article above).

            Do you honestly think that the current crop of media would cover that or give her any credit for trying?

            The media looks for press releases to inform themselves. I can damn well assure you they would have SEEN a press release re SO – and they would have COVERED any SO event mentioned in it. Which means that they would have already taken a few steps along the way re a narrative she wants to create re whether she is trying to kick disabled people or merely trying to [insert press release type blather about how DoE is lifting SO into being more effective rather than merely dependent on fed funding].

            Of course it’s easier to fucking whine like a victim and in so doing invoke all the easy political tribalism.

          2. But the Special Olympics are mostly privately funded, always have been.

            1. Which is why it would be very easy for them to transition to fully privately funded and stand on their own cuz they have that apparatus in place. But there’s a much bigger issue beyond SO re getting support for cutting spending. And that’s the motivation of those advocating the cuts. Do they really believe that charities/etc (or states/munis) can step in and do a good job without that spending? Or is it more of a tribalist FYTW (which really does seem to be essential to R’s)?

              She had a great opp to do the former. Because she failed to do that, she now has to defend that she’s really not a FYTW. And I’m sure she’ll fail at that too. Which means even less support in future for cutting spending.

              And in truth I suspect she doesn’t much care about cutting spending now – cuz that big DoE gives her a national means to impose her preferred education system (school choice). Power ALWAYS corrupts.

    2. JFree, you are right on the money. There is not reason for the Federal Government to continue its funding of Special Olympics. The program is well known and well like and should be able to replace the funding privately. Her response should have been “I will work to get that private funding” and “the program will not have any less”. There are plenty of rich people that understand that they are privileged and use they position to work for others. There are also plenty who are just plan dumb. No matter how smart Betsy DeVos is she keeps showing up as dumb.

  8. Trump’s budget provides no funding for the care of puppies, why does Trump hate puppies?

  9. The really special part of DeVos’s testimony was when she trotted out some creaky old libertarian bullshit, which is extra special coming from a gazillionaire: Government doesn’t need to do things, because private charities will do it instead!

    How liberating it must be to simply not require evidence before forming opinions about how the world works.

    1. re: “How liberating it must be to simply not require evidence before forming opinions”

      You would know, Tony.

    2. It’s amusing when you call facts “creaky old libertarian bullshit” – especially when the exact thing you’re commenting on is, in fact, mostly funded by private donations.

      1. Because I totally said that rich people couldn’t spend money on stuff.

        Charity is considered by some a social obligation. We’ve dispensed with noblesse oblige of late, preferring to value maximum hedonism among the wealthier classes, but nevertheless, some people still give lip service to the concept of charity.

        One of those people is not Ayn Rand, it should be noted.

        Still, there’s a category problem. Nobody is fucking talking about charity. We’re talking about the rules society lives by. This is a fact-free distraction from the political desire to take public money and give it to people who own 10 houses. The reason they’re not honest about it is because it’s awful.

        1. Which are the programs that take public money and give it to people who own 10 houses? I’m going to have to give my accountant a stern talking to, because he didn’t tell me that I need to buy some more houses to take advantage of them.

          1. Didn’t you know? Not taking tax money is stealing from the poor.

        2. You are one of the most inarticulate retards on the planet. No wonder you’re angry the budget of Special Olympics is being cut – you were planning on competing for an unprecedented 50th gold medal. Have you ever for one second considered why you’re such a laughingstock? My god, you are such an idiotic rube.

    3. “How liberating it must be to simply not require evidence before forming opinions about how the world works.”

      Says our resident Socialist.

    4. Tony, how much did you donate to the Special Olympics last year? In your lifetime? It’s probably the same amount as the Congresscritters grilling DeVos; a big, fat goose egg.

  10. Cuts like this are completely meaningless in the context of our colossal debt problem. Until we replace Social Security and Medicare with affordable and sustainable programs and make major cuts to military spending, there is no hope of making progress against our deficits and debts. Cutting a few tens of millions here and there is pointless dabbling.

    1. ” Until we replace Social Security and Medicare with affordable and sustainable programs..”
      And what programs would that be. The public has proven that it is utterly incapable or unwilling to take personal responsibility for their personal savings: case in point, people received a year long spending spree through reduced income tax withholding, then having spent that already, arrive at their tax preparation with plans to spend again the same ‘refund’ that will never come because they have spent it already.

      1. You’re right?nothing will be done about massive deficit spending. Buy your wheelbarrow now for carrying your stacks of trillion-dollar bills to the grocery store. They’ll be hard to find when everyone needs one.

      2. Sustainable is only an acceptable buzzword when it applies to the environment or other instances of taking from you to give to me or my pet projects.

    2. Social Security is affordable. The infinite rent seeking of the medical mafia is not.

      1. Social Security is affordable.

        No, it isn’t. Sending Social Security checks to Bill Gates’s mom is crazy.

  11. Hopefully this is a trial balloon for removing the entire dept of edu

    1. If only. This is what we need.

  12. Agreed it should not be funded by government but if you are going to take the heat do it for something worthwhile like cutting the Dept of Education, or Dept of Energy entirely for as start.

    Go big or go home.

  13. The $17.6 mil she proposes to cut is not for traditional Special Olympics programming, it is for educational and Unified Sports programs that are accessible to, and of benefit to, all children in the 6500 schools who participate, not just special needs kids. You want to cut the federal Dept of Ed 100% fine, go ahead, I’m with you. But this is a pittance compared to the huge increases (despite the overall 10% cut) in her budget for charter schools & for “innovation in education” grants likely to go to her cronies, and the $1.3 billion in new spending for a new computer system & promotion for the Federal Student Loan program, which should be 100% privately run. I agree, this Sp Olympics flap is a distraction from much larger issues, even within the Dept of Ed. budget.

    1. This should be just 1 item in a very long list of department cuts for ED and all other government departments and administrations.

  14. I wonder what proportion of the people complaining that “OMG, she’s killing the Special Olympics” have ever donated to the Special Olympics. I’d be willing to bet it’s a pitifully small percentage.

    And of course, given the amount proposed to be cut, if each one of the people wailing about it were to send Special Olympics $20, it would cover the cuts and then some.

    1. I’d imagine this will be a boon for their donations regardless.

    2. “I wonder what proportion of the people complaining that “OMG, she’s killing the Special Olympics” have ever donated to the Special Olympics. I’d be willing to bet it’s a pitifully small percentage.”

      They don’t need to. They vote for people to give Other People’s Money to the Special Olympics. They’ve done their part. What more do you want from them?

  15. While I agree that the Special Olympics should be fully privatized and have no government funding, in the grand scheme of things there are more important things to be cutting from the Department of Ed budget. This move is extremely tone deaf and won’t do a damned thing to solve the core educational problems facing this nation. It’s a purely symbolic move, and I’m not sure they want that symbol hung around their necks.

    How about a straight 10% cut on every line item on the budget? Would get just as much flak, but at least would point in a rational direction.

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  17. America’s labor participation rate, on the other hand, is a serious issue, and it relates to the Special Olympics i.e. the Special Olympics is designed to help the disabled to gain acceptance, and yet, they do not contribute in the labor force. In fact, the disabled do nothing but leech resources. While this isn’t their fault, it absolutely is the fault of those responsible for helping to perpetuate the disabled class.

    Between 1955 and 2019, the percentage of the country that is considered “disabled” has increased from 2% to 10%. This trend cannot continue much longer before the entire economy snaps under the weight of having to “carry” this class of people.

    Christian conservatives are not going to like this, but much of this problem is attributable to their lust for creating as many Down Syndrome babies as possible. Countries such as Iceland have almost completely eradicated Down Syndrome through therapeutic abortion, while the good ol’ USA seems hellbent on creating the most dysfunctional populus imaginable.

    Americans will have to reconcile their conflicting beliefs in individualism/capitalism and their purely emotional desire to protect the cute, cuddly, disabled infants. You can’t have it both ways.

    1. Before she moved on, the special education director in the small town where I live had views close to yours John Oliver. Problem was, after statewide standardized testing results came out, they showed that for most regular education classes tested locally, in every subject, and at most tested grade levels, there could be found somewhere in the state a special education class that did better. So the lackluster special education results she was getting, and reluctant even to report, looked especially bad after that comparison.

      The amounts spent to educate intellectually disabled children are among the best spent dollars in the education budget.

      1. Considering how most education budgets are spent that’s not exactly praise.

    2. Can’t tell if serious, so…. The popul’n isn’t any less able than it used to be, or less than elsewhere. Rather, disability is just a way of making unemployment look better: Take the worst 10% at getting jobs, put them on disability. It’s not like it’s causing workers to be shelved.

    3. I am assured by those who know these things; that even a young child with Downs, well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food; whether stewed, roasted, baked or boiled, and I make no doubt, that it will equally serve in a fricassee, or ragout

      1. But of course, the most impressive presentation is roasted whole.

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  19. Needless to say, DeVos is being roasted like a chestnut on an open fire, as if she were cutting educational resources for intellectually disabled students . . .

    That’s exactly what she is doing, or at least proposing to do. She probably won’t succeed.

    Intellectually disabled students have different educational needs than others. The opportunity to participate in a carefully structured program?involving social interaction, and a host of other factors which challenge intellectually disabled children?is worthwhile, and educationally justified. Cutting it out would be an undoubted educational loss.

    1. worthwhile for whom? i get not benefit from it.

      1. Worthwhile for promoting the general welfare, from which you are presumed to benefit?at least enough to make it constitutionally justifiable.

  20. The bowling competition will be missed.

  21. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III (D?Mass.)

    KILLER FACT: The ‘D’ stands for ‘drooling’.

  22. The real cruel, misguided and outrageous part is that all parts of this administration aren’t taking this same approach to their budgets.

  23. The Kennedys could fund this from pocket change.
    Also Gates.
    Also Bezos.
    Also half of the ‘socialists’ running for President who own many houses and acres of real estate investments they can afford on a congressional salary (?)

    So shut up and put up. If it is important enough, according to you, to take my money at the point of a gun, take you own damn money and get it done.

    1. Yup. It’s the absurd, deliberate, deceitfully dishonest conflation of “DeVos makes a reasoned and much needed attempt to cut from the budget what has no business being federally funded,” with “PROOF DEVOS IS A LITERAL NAZI AND HATES MENTALLY DIFFERENTLY ABLED PERSONS”.

  24. That update, that Trump is overruling her, shows that Betsy DeVos has more balls than Trump. I’ve supported the Special Olympics, but it’s not a thing that the Feds should take from our paychecks to fund.

  25. That update, that Trump is overruling her, shows that Betsy DeVos has more balls than Trump. I’ve supported the Special Olympics, but it’s not a thing that the Feds should take from our paychecks to fund.

  26. You heartless bastard, Gillespie. Retards are people, too.

    1. He keeps Shikha employed. What more do you want?

    2. One chromosome away from being human…

  27. I love this mentality that holds that being against the federal government funding something means you must be against that thing and want it stopped. There are millions of great things that the government simply has no business funding.

    And people wonder why I have such contempt for pols. They are such colossal idiots.

    1. Are they really? They look out for their own interest and power. Don’t be too quick to call anyone an idiot when there’s another obvious explanation.

  28. If you can’t get off your ideology long enough to spend a few pennies for the Special Olympics, you are a toxic mutant life form.

    1. I donate to the Special Olympics, and am glad to do so. Doesn’t mean it should get gov’t funding, unless you mean that sine every fucking thing in the world gets gov’t funding, they should to. Can’t really argue with that, but you’ve got to start somewhere.

      Timmy!

  29. If you can’t get off your ideology long enough to spend a few pennies for the Special Olympics, you are a toxic mutant life form.

  30. “The relevant question, of course, isn’t whether the Special Olympics does good work. It’s whether it should be funded by the federal government.”

    Or the Dept. Of Ed.

    But fairly, to the extent that the Feds fund athletics, how much is it and what Dept. funds it. I’d say it should be HHS.

    If it’s Dept. of Ed. for the Not So Special Athletes, it should be for the Special Athletes too.

    “Indeed, even if the federal government were flush with cash, it shouldn’t fund the Special Olympics?or many other things it currently funds.”

    Funny. I haven’t heard Reason come out in favor of cutting funding to illegals.
    #IllegalsFirstSpecialsLast

    I suspected that Trump would come back and put the kibosh on this.
    The God Emperor is Benevolent to All Ammericans.
    Praise him with great praise!

  31. there’s ANOTHER generation of Kennedy dipshits?
    Is this one rape-y like the others?

    1. Isn’t rape a small price to pay for their generosity?

  32. This is going to go down well for Republicans

  33. The only money being spent on trying to turn these sow’s ears into silk purses should be for wood chippers to feed them into.

  34. Why don’t you so called Libertarians get this tattooed on the inside of your lips- ” The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”.

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    Heres what I’ve been doing? ,,,

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  36. Oh no, who’s going to pay for Tony’s training now?

  37. That 17 million from Special Olympics isn’t going to impact the 6.8 billion she cut elsewhere. The optics on this are horrible and when a government rife with gibsmedats targets that over larger budget items, the limited government argument falls flat.

  38. The new Special Olympics sport (mandatory for ALL. Tight rope walking over the Grand Canyon.
    Problem solved.

  39. Axing The Special Olympics budget, this is the type of funding cut Libertarians live for; “hey, turn a profit or go away…”

  40. The logical step at that time is to second whatever existing employees in Ed currently do Spec Olympics stuff to Spec Olympics to help them with some fundraising drive/project etc until Oct end of year when the zeroing occurs.

  41. I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on the objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” — James Madison
    (1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President

    “The policy of American government is to leave its citizens free, neither restraining them nor aiding them in their pursuits.” — Thomas Jefferson
    – (1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President – Source: Thomas Jefferson to M. L’Hommande, 1787.

    Former Congressman Davy Crockett – “We have the right as individuals to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money.”

    “Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.”
    — James Madison
    (1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President

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