Hockey Mom's Policies Won't Help Disabled Children

Palin, McCain set to continue policies that 'trample the weak, hurdle the dead'
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Sep 10, 2008 2:14 PM CDT
Sarah Palin will likely continue Republican policies "trampling the weak and hurdling the dead," Leone writes.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The image of Sarah Palin as a take-no-prisoners hockey mom doesn’t square with advocating for special-needs kids, Marianne Leone writes in the Boston Globe. She may have a newborn with Down syndrome, but the “warrior culture” that suits "pit bull" Palin has "no place for the weak," Leone writes. And after caring for a quadriplegic son, who died 3 years ago, she knows McCain-Palin policies aren't what parents of these kids need.

Their policies on school vouchers, health care and taxes are out of touch with people not "in the $5 million income bracket," she writes. Citing a kids' T-shirt on sale at her local sporting goods store that reads "Trample the weak; hurdle the dead," Leone writes, "The facts show that she and McCain are more likely to continue the brutal and failed Bush policies of trampling the weak and hurdling the dead."