- This is what's there beneath all the perfumed words about "reforming," say, Medicare and Medicaid. They simply do not care. Their prejudices and their paranoia must have pride of place over any help to be given to the less fortunate among us. Christians, my ass, They'd have been signing up for luxury suites on Golgotha.
- Senate GOP defeats UN treaty on disabilities
- Santorum's new cause: opposing people with disabilities
Charles P. Pierce, Esquire
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This handout video image provided by CSPAN2 shows former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, right, wheeled into the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4,2012, by his wife Elizabeth Dole.
December 4, 2012 | Just in time for the holidays, the senior members of the Republican party reminded us today that, no matter how much lipstick they slather on the pig in order to fool the more credulous members of the courtier media, the heart of their party is still black and withered and smells of death and corruption.
"I do not support the cumbersome regulations and potentially overzealous international organizations with anti-American biases that infringe upon American society," said Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla [of rejecting a UN treaty on the rights of the disabled that is modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act]. They were not swayed by support for the treaty from some of the party's prominent veterans, including the 89-year-old Dole, who was disabled during World War II; Sen. John McCain, who also suffered disabling injuries in Vietnam; Sen. Dick Lugar, the top Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee; and former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh. Eight Republicans voted to approve the treaty. The treaty also was widely backed by the disabilities community and veterans groups.
Senate GOP defeats UN treaty on disabilities, AP / Huffington Post
Led by Republican opposition, the Senate on Tuesday (Dec 4) rejected a United Nations treaty on the rights of the disabled that is modeled after the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act. With 38 Republicans casting 'no' votes, the 61-38 vote fell five short of the two-thirds majority needed to ratify a treaty. The vote took place in an unusually solemn atmosphere, with senators sitting at their desks rather than milling around the podium. Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, looking frail and in a wheelchair, was in the chamber to support the treaty. The treaty, already signed by 155 nations and ratified by 126 countries, including Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia, states that nations should strive to assure that the disabled enjoy the same rights and fundamental freedoms as their fellow citizens.
Republicans objected to taking up a treaty during the lame-duck session of the Congress and warned that the treaty could pose a threat to U.S. national sovereignty.
Santorum’s new cause: opposing people with disabilities, Dana Milbank, Washington (DC) Post
The former presidential candidate pronounced his “grave concerns” about the treaty, which forbids discrimination against people with AIDS, who are blind, who use wheelchairs and the like. “This is a direct assault on us,” he declared at a news conference.