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Naughty or Nice



Last week the US Senate was bad, very, very bad. Santa will surely fill their stockings with lumps of coal or perhaps manure.

The Senate, part of the Congress often referred as, the "Do Nothing Congress," did do something, and it was really bad. They voted to NOT ratify the United Nations Convention on Rights of People with Disabilities Treaty.

One hundred and twenty-six nations have ratified this treaty designed to make international travel easier for the disabled, including veterans injured defending our country. Two -thirds of the Senate, or sixty-seven votes are required to ratify a treaty. The vote was sixty-one votes for, thirty-eight against failing to achieve the required two-thirds majority required for ratification.

Former Senate Majority Leader, Bob Dole, sat just outside the Senate door in his wheelchair greeting Senators and encouraging them to cast their votes in favor of this treaty which would work toward all countries to have measures similar to the Americans with Disabilities Act.  As the US is already in compliance, no cost to us would have been incurred by ratification. Sounds pretty difficult and possibly dangerous, don't you think? We shouldn't want our disabled citizens to be treated the same in other countries as they are at home now, would we?

Personally, I hope every Senator who cast their vote against the treaty be given manure as this is what they dumped on those with disabilities last week.


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