Why is this campaign focused on people named Joe who have six packs abs and plumbing apprenticeships? There are seven people in this house and none of them fit those categories. You can put a lot of other labels on us, but when you do toss one of our labels around like a wooden carrot on a stick, it makes me queasy. Your words are hollow and meaningless. Are you saying that the other candidate doesn’t care about the millions struggling to get treatment for that diagnosis? Don’t just repeat a statistic you have memorized. Tell us exactly what you would do to help identify causes, get diagnosed, access treatment and achieve potential. Otherwise, stick to your talking points because the disability community isn’t buying what you’re selling.
I truly believe that your spouses and staff are the only ones who have really interacted with schools. You have obviously been briefed by your staff about some of the issues surrounding education, but your words reveal the complete lack of understanding of the public school system‘s strengths and weaknesses. Vouchers and charters have increased segregation and accelerated the decay of inner city schools. As long as children with disabilities are excluded from private schools, public dollars should NOT be used to support private schools. As long as the people who move into urban areas and claim they are revitalizing the area while sending their children to private schools, WE are largely responsible for the state of our schools. The only place I won’t accept culpability is where the government has promised funding and failed to keep their word. Where is the money you promised the schools with IDEA? I don’t want to hear the pandering “throw good money after bad.” I want to hear you say that it costs far less to provide an education than to be completely dependent on the social services system for an entire life.
Do either of you actually know a plumber? I just can’t picture you calling one, waiting for one or listening to them explain why a pipe is broken. Someone else does that for you. Are you listening to that employee? I know you are not listening to me. I’m just a mom.