Sleepy Time Thought: 4/12/2012 Why No Action From Congress On Autism?
1 in 88 of the children born in the year 2000 are afflicted with autism. That’s a 23% increase from 1998 and 78% higher than those born in 1994. Imagine if one out of every eighty eight people in this country had an incurable disease. Do you think someone in Congress might take notice? But they haven’t. Or at least they haven’t in any particularly coordinated way. It occurs to me that the reason for this is that the members of Congress have not been directly impacted by autism. Most of them are older with grown children of their own. That group of children was not as high risk as children born in the last 15 years. How many members of Congress have grandchildren with autism? I don’t know. I would hazard a guess that the answer is, “not many.” And even if they did, do they understand what it means? My son is turning four in two weeks. We’ve been dealing with this for over two years and my in-laws still haven’t fully grasped what it means. I can easily imagine a Congressperson, busy as hell by the nature of their job, not having the chance to learn.
And so autism goes underfunded and poorly understood by the people who should be directing research money towards, if not a cure, than at least an answer. In fifteen or twenty years, there will be numerous members with afflicted children or grandchildren but that’s a long time to wait for help. On top of that, once an answer is found, whatever industry is linked to the cause of autism will throw gobs of money at the problem to obscure and muddy the waters in order to avoid the blame. That’s another decade or two.
Meanwhile, our children suffer.
Sleep tight you filthy liberal scum!