Petition Update

People with disabilities matter

Cameron Dearlove
Kitchener, Canada

Jun 6, 2013 — From The Record: http://www.therecord.com/opinion-story/3254945-people-with-disabilities-matter/

I am moved by people like Subeer Bhandari and Cameron Dearlove who advocate for those who need government-funded services to radically improve their lives.

This is why we must not ignore the larger context in which this kind of struggle over funding is a struggle over those who matter.

The recent version of government austerity measures seeks to cut back education, health, and social services, as if there are no other government programs and ministries to consider.

But there are other government services that can be changed, depending on a person's values. These include: continuing to reduce taxes on corporations; ignoring tax havens for the rich and corporations; creating free trade agreements in which governments may have to pay fines to corporations through dispute settlement mechanisms; and allowing currency speculation...