Apparently to the GOP, not much:
The House GOP’s budget, which passed last month, takes a hatchet to programs for disabled kids and Special Olympics athletes. The proposed cuts could force the closure of at least one Special Olympics program, which is funded through the Department of Education. Dubbed Project UNIFY, the program serves more than 750,000 students in 43 states and draws from techniques used in Special Olympics training for activities in public schools.
The program includes sports teams that pair disabled athletes with nondisabled athletes; developmental activities for young children with disabilities; and anti-discrimination programs to combat bullying in schools. Special Olympics president and CEO Tim Shriver has said the program is at the forefront of a national movement to fight bias against the disabled and, in a recent interview on MSNBC, he denounced the GOP cuts: “It wasn’t a haircut—it was a guillotine job for the programs for health and education for children with special needs.”
I can’t decide if they are doing this just because they are mean-spirited assholes who care nothing about anyone other than the super-rich who should get tax cuts every six months, or if they are just going after it because the Kennedy’s were involved.
The safe bet is probably both.
Although, in fairness, I am sure Reason magazine will have a Nick Gillespie video up outlining a free-market solution for this. I mean, were you ever charged tickets to attend the special olympics? Why not? What about jersey sales and concession profits. There are all sorts of revenue streams there, no doubt. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps, you slackers.