Lt. Governor Brian Calley with autism, Sen. Rob Portman and former Vice President Dick Cheney with gay marriage, now Sen. Debbie Stabenow with her father's mania — why is it that politicians seem to only get religion when they have a personal stake in an issue?
Worse, as in the case of Calley, why do they think they can force the rest of us to subsidize their personal agendas?
Parents that may potentially have autistic children should take out insurance for that possibility, not have all of us subsidize them. The freedom of people should not depend upon the family make-up of senators or vice-presidents, and public funds should not be expended on mental health issues simply because a senator is personally affected.
This is worse than the trail of celebrities that goes to Capitol Hill to get public money for their personal causes, because actors do not control the purse strings. But lieutenant governors, vice presidentsand senators have substantial input in these matters.
Carman Conforti, Chesterfield