Fake Voter Fraud Complaints from the GOP

I’ve written before about how the GOP constantly beats the same old dead horse about voter fraud where they claim the Dems are registering legions of illegal voters.

If I may quote myself from last summer:

While the GOP often points to examples of fraudulent voter registrations under names like Mickey Mouse and Daffy Duck to supposedly show how fradulent vote manipulation can be on the left, they fail to make a signficant point since nobody would possibly show up at the polls to cast a vote under the name of a cartoon character. Thus, the voter registration fraud issue leads to no actual voting fraud.

Minnesota Campaign Report gets into the action with a story on a right-wing group called the “American Center for Voting Rights” which wasn’t particularly interested in making sure everyone voted. They appeared to be more interested in preventing people in certain districts in swing states from voting through overbearing voter registration and proof of identity:

Republican Front Group’s Domain Expires, ACORN Swoops In

As I mentioned above, there are a couple of angles to this. One, the words “voter fraud” are a farce. We know this now; they’re little more than a Rovian vote-suppression tactic. But then it morphed into part of an over-arching strategy to politicize every last department of the federal government, leading to the improper firings of several U.S. attorneys who were loyal Republicans all, just not political enough, not voracious enough in their pursuit of this mythic “voter fraud” creature in their jurisdictions.

Additionally, it sounds like the politically motivated firing of 8 federal judges is also related to this issue. As I understand it, one of the complaints out of George W. Bush’s White House (likely from Karl Rover and enforced by Alberto Gonzales while Bush took a nap) was that certain federal judges were not coming down hard enough on trumped up “voter fraud” issues like the ones referred to above.

This is about as undemocratic and unpatriotic as one could get. Creating trumped up voter fraud charges in an attempt to actually suppress voter turn out is just plain evil.

More Coverage of CPAC

It’s hard to decide what the best nugget is from Max Blumenthal’s coverage of the GOP convention in Washington, DC.

  • Is it Michelle Malkin’s (the author who said the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII was justified) refusal to sign a photograph of Japanese Americans in an internment camp?
  • Is it a Tom Tandredo supporter wearing a confederate flag button who’s covers up the button when a camera is pointed at him?
  • Or is it the white guy selling “Dr. Martin Luther King was a Republican” T-Shirts?

I know you’re probably thinking that I just made up those three questions. But I didn’t. Watch the video to see for yourself.

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Military Recruiters Missing from GOP Conference

Mike Stark is doing some great work covering the CPAC conference. Speakers include war mongers, Dick Cheney, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, and Michelle Malkin, yet strangely, there are no military recruiters on hand to welcome attending college republicans with open arms after listening to the flag waving speeches:

Mike Stark: What Is Missing at CPAC? | The Huffington Post

Oh… but there’s one notable – striking, even – absence.

There are no military recruiters here. No United States Marine Corps. No Army, no Navy, no Air Force or National Guard – hell, not even the Coast Guard is here. Thousands and thousands of College Republicans, but not a single recruiter in sight…

Why?

Well, I have a theory or two (Michelle Malkin doesn’t agree with me, but more on that later).

Let’s try this: CPAC didn’t want to be embarrassed when pictures were released that showed recruiters standing around looking lonely. Similarly, recruiters know it’s a better investment of their time to troll “the other malls” rather than to recruit these nice white college boys.

Talking the talk, but not walking the walk. No surprise.

GOP Poisoning Americans

Does the government have a responsibility for protecting the food supply in America? I think in the wake of recent outbreaks of food illnesses, we can see what happens when the food supply is not safe. And self-regulation, while is sounds great on paper, doesn’t seem to be doing the trick.

Food problems connected to GOP cuts – AMERICAblog

“We already know what they’ve done to US vets and with this most recent outbreak of food illness related to the American kids staple peanut butter, it has become painfully obvious that GOP cuts continue to risk the lives of millions of Americans.

The federal agency that’s been front and center in warning the public about tainted spinach and contaminated peanut butter is conducting just half the food safety inspections it did three years ago.”

GOP Wasted Money. Time to Clean Up.

Tim Ryan outlines a basic problem with the GOP controlled congress over the past 14 years: They avoided raising taxes by borrowing record amounts of money from other countries like China:

Crooks and Liars » Tim Ryan slams the GOP over spending…

…on top of all that they [Republicans] leave the new democratic majority an absolute budget catastrophe for us to deal with. And over to course of those 14 years the republican congress and the republican president borrowed more money, more money from foreign interests than all of the previous presidents combined.

What’s more responsible: tax & spend or borrow & spend?

Would America be Better off Today with John Kerry as President?

One common statement I’ve grown to expect to hear from right-wingers who have grown frustrated with the blood being spilled day after day after day due to their voting to re-elect Bush is, “But at least we don’t have Kerry.”

It’s an interesting argument to suggest the country is somehow better off today than with John Kerry as president. But here’s one thing I know for sure that I think most of my conservative friends would agree with: Kerry would not appoint religious nutcases to scienced-based positions:

How to get a job in Washington, that balmy, bipartisan town: Direct an organization that opposes contraception on the grounds that it is “demeaning to women.” Compare premarital sex to heroin addiction. Advertise a link between breast cancer and abortion — a link that was refuted in 1997. Rant against sex ed. And hatch a loony theory about hormones.

You’re a shoo-in, and if your name is Eric Keroack you’re in your second month as deputy assistant secretary for population affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Keroack, a 46-year-old Massachusetts ob-gyn, today oversees the $280 million Title X program, the only federal program “designed to provide access to contraceptive supplies and information to all who want and need them, with priority given to low-income persons.”

Science matters, and crap like this hurts people. I believe Kerry would have been mature enough to appoint experts in their field rather than religious politicians to hold positions like this.

Another area of agreement between me and my right-wing friends is over balance of power. We agree that the government works best when no single party controls all branches of government. Whenever that happens, accountability goes out the window and the country moves in dangerous directions. With that in mind, Kerry would have been an obvious choice with the GOP controlling congress in 2004. It’s not a far stretch to imagine Republicans holding onto congress in 2006 had Kerry been president.

Student Loan Rates Drop: Thank Democrats

For 1.5% of the cost of the unprovoked and unwarranted War in Iraq, Democrats have made a college education more affordable for 5.5 million students per year:

Democrats Slash Student Loan Rates

As promised, the Democratically controlled Congress voted to cut the interest rate on selected student loans yesterday:

AP — The House legislation, passed 356-71, would slice rates on the subsidized loans from 6.8 percent to 3.4 percent in stages over five years at a cost to taxpayers of $6 billion. About 5.5 million students get the loans each year. … Democrats conceded Congress needs to do more to make college more affordable. But they said reducing student loan interest rates was a significant step toward tuition relief.

A lot of Republicans jumped on the bandwagon, but the Democrats are the ones to thank since this bill would not have made it to the floor under a GOP controlled congress. In fact, the “GOP controlled Congress voted in June of 2006 to raise the interest rate on one of the most popular student loans, called Stafford Loans, from 5.3 percent to 6.8 percent.”