We read in an article in the New York Times last night that apparently in an effort to leave some kind of respectable legacy, the Bush administration will be adding new teeth to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Oh well, if you can't leave your own legacy at least you can borrow your dad's (Bush 41 ushered in the ADA in 1989).
What's so awful about all this? Well, for one thing it spotlights some silly new requirements:
At least half of the holes on miniature golf courses must be accessible to people using wheelchairs.
And then there's the Justice Department's rationale for new regulation:
the need for an accessible environment is greater than ever because the Iraq war is “creating a new generation of young men and women with disabilities.”
It's with this last line that I thought Lisa's head was going to explode. "So, your lasting legacy will be as a great reformer protecting the rights of the thousands and thousands of newly disabled people your war created?!!!
Apparently, a new generation of disabled vets will return to find themselves honored, not with excellent mental and physical healthcare, and not with improved access to education. But at least they'll be able to play the back nine at the local putt-putt.