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There’s a 1/8,000 Chance…

You’ll be stuck by lightening! Great video by NAACP about voter suppression laws on the absolute absurdity over voter id laws.

People keep saying Republicans have created a solution for which there was no problem.   That’s half true, there is very little voter fraud in this country.  This solution though does fix a problem the GOP has created.  When you attack and demean everyone who doesn’t look/think/love like you do, you have a voter problem.  How do you win in that environment???  YOU MAKE IT HARDER TO VOTE!

Everyone should watch!

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Ask Osama…

“Ask Osama bin Laden if he’s better off now than he was four years ago!” John F. Kerry

Quite possibly the best quote of the Democratic National Convention.  Love me some Senator Kerry!



Voter ID Laws Take an Ass Kicking.

Thank God.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/charlie-mahtesian/2012/08/gop-suffers-tough-week-for-voting-issues-in-court-134027.html

Why fix it if it’s not broken??  If the Justice Department had 86 convictions out of 300  million (yes I said million) voters is there a voting fraud epidemic???  I hardly think so.

Boy those Republicans of limited government do seem to like bloating the government up and making absurd laws for problems that don’t exist, don’t they?

 



Republicans Hate Old People….

And minorities. And the poor!  Am I being too harsh?  Not even close!  Am I being too inflammatory?  I haven’t even begun!

Okay, okay.  They only hate poor old people. See, I can make concessions.

http://www.fairelectionsnetwork.com/blog/oops-i-meant-say-“voter-fraud”

Is this really a problem for people trying to vote?

Yes. It really is.

Creating voter id laws disenfranchise the poor and the elderly. Truly.

I recently had a conversation with my 88 year old grandmother about such voting laws. She no longer drives – a few strokes and interference from her kids and grandkids put an end to this – all should thank us. 🙂 However, she does in fact vote. She’s been voting for nearly 78 years and has plans to vote in the upcoming election. Before I hear the “she’s had a stroke and must be senile” argument to why she shouldn’t vote you should know this:  that woman reads the Des Moines Register from cover to cover everyday! I know this because I pay for her newspaper subscription.

See, Gram lives on a pretty tight and fixed income so she didn’t think she could “splurge” for a daily paper. She was rationing herself to the Sunday paper, and that she borrowed from the retirement community she lives in. When I found out, I called her and said “Gram if you wanted the paper, why didn’t you simply tell someone?” Well asking for handouts or help isn’t Gram’s style. So I quickly fixed that little problem and she now gets the paper everyday. She also likes to do the crosswords and puzzles, and having sat down to do a few myself, I’m comfortable saying she’s a sharp lady. Now before someone comes at this with I doubt she reads it, she does. Often when I call her she wants to talk about politics, what she’s read in the paper, or how her beloved Hawkeyes and Cubbies are doing.

What my Gram doesn’t have is a drivers license. Or a state id. See when Gram quit driving, she quit renewing her license. Why bother if she can’t use it??? As for a picture state id, she says, “Oh Alyssa, I’ve been going to the same stores and the same doctors for nearly 50 years. They know who I am, I don’t need an id.” Well luckily this year, Gram will still get to vote as Iowa hasn’t gone off the rails and begun implementing voter suppression laws.

I imagine there are many “Grams” out there that may not realize their right to vote may be in jeopardy. Spread the word. Take them to get ids. Push back on voter suppression – it’s the wrong way to engage people to vote.

Check this link for voter laws in your state!

http://campusprogress.org/articles/interactive_map_voter_suppression_efforts_by_state/



Voter Suppression and Voter ID Laws 101

There are approximately 314,000,000 people living in the United States. In 2008 a little over 129,000,000 voted. According to a link I found on factcheck.org (http://www.factcheck.org/2009/01/2008-voter-turnout/) 61.6% of those that could legally vote did.

It’s amazing to me that more people don’t vote. Voting may be one of the greatest rights we have in this country. Second amendment enthusiasts keep your panties on, until I’m able to own a nuke I don’t want to hear a word from you, but that’s another argument for another day.

Campaigns are constantly trying to encourage voters to vote. Right? Well…yes and no. They want you to vote, but only if it is likely you will vote for them. That’s how you win, right? Wrong. I agree, you should energize, convince and campaign for people to vote for you, but you shouldn’t disenfranchise others or create laws that make it harder for others to vote.

Is this really a problem?

Yes, in fact it is. There are 19 states that have been hard at work attempting to change their laws that make it harder for some to vote. They are: Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Texas, Kansas, and Wisconsin.

Here’s a breakdown of each state’s political leadership by party.

Total Democratic Control of State Government:

West Virginia

Governor – D

Senate – D

House – D

Majority of State Gov has Democratic Control:

Rhode Island 

Governor – Independent

Senate – D

House – D

Total Republican Control of State Government:

Alabama

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Florida

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Georgia

Governor – R

Senate  – R

House – R

Indiana

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Kansas

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Maine

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Michigan 

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Mississippi

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Pennsylvania

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Ohio

Governor – R

House – R

Senate – R

South Carolina

Governor – R

Senate  – R

House – R

Tennessee

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Texas

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Virginia

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Majority of State Gov has Republican Control:

New Hampshire

Governor – D

Senate – R

House – R

Wisconsin

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – D

Are you noticing a trend?  The majority of prohibitive voter id laws are in red states.  Shocking?  Not hardly.

Here’s a nifty little link which will take you to a website with an interactive map of the US.  You can simply click on your state to get voter laws.  You may want to check it out as we near election season.

http://campusprogress.org/articles/interactive_map_voter_suppression_efforts_by_state/



$100 Million IRA. Really Mitt??
September 2, 2012, 7:24 pm
Filed under: election 2012, politics | Tags: , , ,

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/articles/2012/08/11/mitt_romneys_ira_is_unlikely_centerpiece_of_wealth_and_tax_avoidance/

Interesting little nugget of fun that has gotten very little press.  I’d love for someone to explain to me how someone amasses $100 million in an IRA legally and ethically?

http://beginnersinvest.about.com/od/sepira/a/sep-ira-contribution-limits.htm

So lets say Mitt began earning money his first year of life.  Lets also say he’s been able to contribute $50k a year (I’ve rounded up here) for every year he’s been alive.  He is 65.  That would mean he should have a grand total of $3,250,000.  HUH???

There’s a bit of a discrepancy here.  

$100,000,000 – $3,250,000 = $96,750,000

Now I’ve asked a few friends that work in the financial industry about this.  One shook his head and said, “I have NO idea.”  Another smirked and said, “Probably by undervaluing stock.”  WHAT? You can do that??  He said, “Ethically no.”  Nice.

So someone tell me how Mitt Romney legally and ethically got $96,750,000 of extra money into his IRA?  Unless he is really 2000 years old???  We will probably NEVER know as the guy won’t release his tax returns!



More Classy Candidates for the Republican Party…
September 18, 2009, 10:39 am
Filed under: bailout, election 2010, politics

Linda McMahon running for Senate in Connecticut….need I say more???  She apparently feels compelled due to “Washington’s spending”. 

Should I enter the entertainment field because of their crappy product???

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/




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