Jeb! is set to raise money for Kentucky Senate candidate (and Civil Rights Act opponent) Rand Paul today, which will provide ample irony for people with disabilities.
Today happens to be the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, one of those “big government intrusions on individual liberty” that Rand Paul opposes …
From Sam Stein at the Huffpo:
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 can all take pride in how much the ADA has accomplished, which is evident every time you attend a sporting event, ride the subway, or go to work,” the statement read.
Then there is Paul. The Tea Party candidate caused a stir the day after winning the Republican primary when he wavered on saying whether he would have supported landmark civil rights legislation had he been in office at the time. Tucked away in that same interview was a similar question about ADA. Did the legislation go too far, asked NPR’s Robert Siegel.
“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.”
Awkward … hopefully it won’t come up…