Please go read the update to this by clicking this link.
Sarah Palin is proving to be the Mayor of Liarsville and Governor of the State of Deception. Her speech last night was so full of inaccuracies, falsehoods, misleads, and flat out untruths I'm surprised that she thinks the American public is that stupid and I sure hope the GOP is regertting their crazed applause and support of her speech last night.
Do Republicans really want a candidate with a big target on her back? It's like moose manna...and since the gloves are off (thanks Governor) we're happy to strip down that speech and dress it with expertise, using the sort of skill hunter Palin claims to have with big game.
I'm going to take on her self-proclaimed advocacy for special needs children.
I'm not going to focus on the fact that Cindy McCain had to carefully orchestrate the Proper Photo Op setup last night during Palin's speech by slowly shifting special needs baby Trig from the middle daughter to Todd Palin, aka Feeling Very Blessed Daddy (honestly, I give Cindy mad props for always being 100% aware of How Things Look to the Press and Public and How Things Should Look for Maximum Effect and Personal Benefit. Her husband must drive her crazy.). I'm not going to speculate about that or how baby Trig is usually in one of the girls' arms.
Instead I'm going to tell you facts about Palin's record supporting (or not so much) special needs children. I'll use facts, aka hard data.
First, though, for the Republicans in the audience, let me define fact. Unlike Rudy Giuliani's definition---wherein if you don't like the facts, you simply change them to suit you (which sort of makes them fictions, eh, instead of facts)---facts are actually hard and verifiable, indisputable, backed by solid evidence.
The facts here show Governor Palin cut funding for special needs kids dramatically.
In 2007, before Palin assumed her office of governor, the State of Alaska FY2007 Governor’s Operating Budget for the Department of Education and Early Development Special Schools Component Budget Summary (this department provides services---not just school but services---for children with severe disabling conditions) includes approved and necessary budget increases to help special needs children. This budget was released in December, on the 15th to be precise, 2006.
In that budget, the budget actuals are (FY = Fiscal Year):
FY 2005 6945.30
FY 2007 Management Plan 7949.30
FY 2007 Governors 8265.30
Palin was elected governor in November of 2006, and assumed her position in January 2007.
When budget time rolled around in 2007, Sarah Palin---self professed advocate for special needs chldren, mother to a special needs child, aunt to a special needs child, and who promised in her acceptance speech last night that she was there for special needs children---slashed the budget. When she said she would be a "friend and advocate in the White House," I guess she just meant in words, not with actual money for needed services.
FY 2006 7949.30
FY 2007 Management Plan 3173.70
FY 2008 Governor 3156.00
You see right. Under Governor Palin, funds decreased from a planned budget of 8265.30 to 3156.0. That's a 62% decrease. Actual consumed amount went from 7949.3 to 3156.00, where it lingers to this day. That's a 60% decrease.
How many children lost services? Too many.
h/t to CBS News for links to budgets.