Senate GOP kills disabilities treaty - The Maddow Blog
Republican opposition downs UN disability treaty - Yahoo! News
The GOP seem to have missed the fact they were trounced at the last election, and have decided to continue obstructing the Obama administration just to keep him from being able to do anything productive.
Case in point, the UN Treaty On Disabilities.
See, this treaty was written BY THE US GOVERNMENT. Not only just the US government, it was written BY THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. This treaty was written by and then submitted to the UN by the Bush administration. It is 100% GOP written and was sent through the UN by the GOP.
What does this treaty entail? It says all countries around the world need to recognise disabled people and conform to the standards that parallel the Americans With Disabilities Act in America. So it's an American treaty that says other countries need to make their laws more like one specific law that already exists in America.
So why exactly did this treaty get shot down? Therein lies the story. The GOP, who wrote the treaty, pushed it through the UN, and worded it so other countries would have to follow Americas lead while at the same time exempting America from any changes was a win for Obama, since his administration is now in power.
It is a good treaty. It has no drawbacks. The GOP wrote it so even their most conservative base would support it. Why did they vote it down then? To keep Obama from being able to say he helped disabled people around the world. Their petty, partisan politics led them to leave disabled people around the world out in the cold in efforts to secure a minuscule bit of political posturing.
This isn't just going to effect disabled people around the world, it will of course, but it also will effect Americans with disabilities who want to travel outside of America. Like disabled veterans.
The next time a vet in a wheelchair finds himself on holiday outside of America in a country that doesn't cater to people in his condition, he can thank the GOP who torpedoed their own legislation just to keep Obama from being able to get a two minute sound byte taking some credit for it, as their loyalty to their party and their petty political posturing is apparently more important to them than that disabled vet and any other disabled persons around the world.