Sarah Palin ‘Special Olympics Hypocrisy’ Argument Unfair

Sarah Palin ‘Special Olympics Hypocrisy’ Argument UnfairAlaska Governor Sarah Palin issued a relatively mild rebuke of President Obama’s Tonight Show gaffe, but some are trying to paint her as a hypocrite on the issue. The narrative springs from a paragraph in this Anchorage Daily News article:

The biggest single chunk of money that Palin is turning down is about $170 million for education, including money that would go for programs to help economically disadvantaged and special needs students. Anchorage School Superintendent Carol Comeau said she is “shocked and very disappointed” that Palin would reject the schools money. She said it could be used for job preservation, teacher training, and helping kids who need it

So, a portion of a chunk of the money would have been used to help part of a subset of children with special needs. What a monster.

Just as many pointed out that Palin had no unique claim to be the “best advocate” for special needs children simply because she has one, neither can that fact become the prism through which all of her policy decisions are viewed. Her decision on the stimulus should be criticized on the merits, not on its “butterfly effect” on special needs children.

On the merits, her decision plays like political opportunism:

The news Thursday drew anger from those who accused Palin of putting her national political aspirations ahead of the state’s interests, and admiration from others who say she has courage to turn down money that would expand government. The state Legislature will have an opportunity to override her decision.

Ah, won’t it be a shock when the legislature overrides her, and she gets to keep the money and the political points for turning it down? I can’t wait for the outraged statement she types up while counting the bills.

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