If I could change one thing about my life…

I would lower taxes.  Or not.  Anyway, there was a fascinating story about an adult woman with Down’s Syndrome who is involved in a lawsuit against her mom and stepfather as to whether she can be legally independent or not, or rather needs a legal guardian.  Given that before long I will be the parent of a mentally disabled adult, I found this of particular interest (of course, I’d be ecstatic if Alex was independent enough to have a lawsuit against me).  Nothing in particular I wanted to quote, just wanted to encourage you to read it.

That is, except for one thing.  Interestingly this young woman is really into the Republican Party and working for them is one of her main volunteer activities.  My favorite quote of the whole story:

But the documents also describe a young woman who hugs and kisses people she doesn’t know well and who lacks the basic math skills needed to know how much change to expect when she makes a purchase. They describe a person who graduated from high school with a special-education certificate and aspires to be president of the United States.

“Given the chance to change anything about her life, ‘Margaret stated, ‘America, I would lower taxes,’ ” reads a psychological evaluation filed with the court.

Damn that low taxes theology is irresistible.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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