A Bush is what a Bush does, even if his name is Jeb. How awkward would you feel if you have to stump for a candidate on the anniversary of the passing of a landmark piece of legislation signed into law by your father, knowing full well that your candidate would have voted against such an act, one that is all about common decency?
Does Jeb Bush believe that handicapped people should forced to ride on the back of the bus? You may think I have two separate things mixed up, but not in Rand Paul Land, because he’s all for businesses to be allowed to do whatever they like, including being racists, because that’s how the free markets work in his mind. His beliefs extend to the handicapped as well.
When former Florida Governor Jeb Bush hosts a fundraiser on behalf of Senate candidate Rand Paul on Monday it will symbolize, in more ways than one, the uncomfortable union of opposite poles of Republican ideology. Bush’s brand of pragmatic conservatism stands in contrast to Paul’s Tea Party temperament. The Kentucky Republican, likewise, often touts his independence from the GOP, citing the antiquated Republicanism of the Bush clan as an example.
And so it seems almost appropriate that the two would team up, of all days, on the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
ADA, which made it illegal for employers to discriminate against the disabled, was a signature piece of domestic legislation for Jeb’s father, former president George H.W. Bush, and not merely because Congress forced it down his throat. The 41st president pledged his commitment to the bill starting with his acceptance speech at the Republican Convention. “I am going to do whatever it takes to make sure the disabled are included in the mainstream,” he said.
Indeed, when the legislation was celebrating its 19th anniversary, last year, the elder Bush put out a statement, congratulating President Obama “for taking some time today” to commemorate its significance.
We all remember what Rand Paul said to Rachel Maddow and anyone else that would listen. That was until they actually started to pay attention to his crackpot ideas.
“I think a lot of things could be handled locally,” Paul said. “For example, I think that we should try to do everything we can to allow for people with disabilities and handicaps… I think if you have a two-story office and you hire someone who’s handicapped, it might be reasonable to let him have an office on the first floor rather than the government saying you have to have a $100,000 elevator. And I think when you get to solutions like that, the more local the better, and the more common sense the decisions are, rather than having a federal government make those decisions.”
After the Maddow interview he cancelled his ‘Meet The Press’ interview and is trying to stay off the national grid as much as possible. What an embarrassment. This fundraiser isn’t helping him much. Here’s what’s being said about the Bush fundraiser in Kentucky.
Jack Conway bashes Rand Paul, Jeb Bush at ADA celebration—Louisville Courier-Journal Conway blasts Paul, Jeb Bush at rally for disabled persons—Lexington Herald-Leader
Jeb Bush chided for attending Rand Paul event—Associated Press
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