News & Notes September 17, 2012

One hundred and fifty years ago today troops gathered outside Sharpsburg, Maryland and the Battle of Antietam began.  The bloodiest single day of the Civil War happened along Antietam Creek.  Several hundred thousand history buffs have descended on the Hagerstown region where the battlefield lies nearby.  I remember taking my Mom there when she lived in Hagerstown and touring the battlefield.   Next year is the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg and hotel rooms are already booked up for that reenactment.

Chicago teachers continue their strike this week as moves to strip workers of their rights continues.  Too many teachers are working in poor conditions and those in Chicago are as bad as anywhere.  300,000 educators have lost their jobs and millions are working on pay freezes.  How many lawyers, accountants, engineers and other professionals would work under these conditions?

T-Mobile negotiated in bad faith with workers at its Allentown call center then closed the facility.  This company is virulently anti-union and anti-worker so please don’t use their communications services.  Here’s a video from the Communications Workers of America telling a few of the personal stories of this action:

In other union news a Wisconsin judge struck down Gov. Scott Walker’s law saying teachers cannot organize.

The DCCC has named PA-07 as a Red to Blue targeted seat.  George Badey is challenging Pat Meehan in the five county gerrymandered district.

Have you seen Tom Smith’s strange ad attacking Bob Casey for supporting the stimulus?  That economic bill saved or created 3 million jobs.  We saw just how effective it was when it ended and 14,000 Pennsylvania teachers lost their jobs along with thousands of support staff and state employees.  The stimulus bill funded them for two years.  Smith says all the bill did was create jobs in China.  You know he’s from the coal industry when it turns out he’s completely in the dark.  Casey’s new ad reminds voters Tom Smith is a tea bagger and proud of it:

A lot of ARRA money came to Pennsylvania to research batteries, clean energy and to fund cutting edge entrepreneurs.  Smith is a coal mining executive so no wonder he didn’t like investments in actual clean energy.

State Senate candidate Rob Teplitz is calling for an independent audit of the state legislature.  Taxpayers have a right to know where and how their money is spent.  There is no disclosure or transparency in the budget for the House and Senate.  There has been widespread fraud and abuse there as evidenced by all the legislators and staff who are now in prison.  If we’re all hot and bothered about waste, fraud and abuse in DPW we shouldn’t then be hypocritical about doing so in this budget.

One of the myths repeated by ditto-heads trying to brainwash voters is that tax cuts create jobs.  Not only is there no evidence to support the claim all economic data show otherwise.  A new study over 65 years of data shows how tax cuts actually hurt the economy.

Mitt Romney is worried President Obama will lie during the debates.  This is a pathetic way of trying to cover his own butt for all the lies he has been spouting and which will be disclosed during those debates.  He’s simply talking in code to his supporters so they’ll think it’s his opponent getting caught in lies instead of the actual culprit.  This is a mental illness called progression.  

Why is it conservatives need to speak to each other in coded?  Is it because even they’re ashamed of their bigotry, racism, elitism and lack of empathy?

A collection of Romney’s flip flops:

I find that the stupider a person is the more likely they’re a devoted listener of Rush or a viewer of Faux News.  Smart people tend to be more liberal.  Even Rick Santorum has figured this out.  He said “smart people will never be on our side.”  Yes Rick, smart people know better.

Romney Flunks Foreign Policy 101

Barack Obama characterized Mitt Romney’s latest foreign policy gaffe as “shoot first, aim later.”  This is how wars are started:  leaders are clueless about how and what they say.  Mitt Romney got his proverbial 3 AM phone call this week and fumbled it.  The killing of the American Ambassador to Libya and three other embassy personnel had the GOP candidate smirking at the thought he’d scored a point on the president.  Instead of showing calm and concern for those who lost his lives an AP photographer caught him smirking as he walked off the stage.

The fact he got his facts wrong and made a hurried statement which, as president, could have been monstrous, shows he isn’t qualified to be president.  Mitt Romney doesn’t have the temperament, the sense of seriousness or the gravitas to be president.

This follows his recent foreign trip where he proceeded to insult the locals everywhere he traveled.  It began in London when he questioned Great Britain’s preparation for the Olympics.  They went off smoothly.  He then went to other European countries including Poland where a key adviser told the press to kiss his ass.  That’s a real good way to get good press.  Did anyone back home read anything else about the Poland trip except for that?

In Israel he said the Jews success had to with their culture, that they’re good with money.  How many anti-Semitic jokes and tortures have come from that mind set?  Mitt went to three of our staunchest allies and insulted them all.  He thinks war with Iran is a good idea and casino crook Sheldon Adelson is financing much of his campaign to insure such a war.  Adelson’s War is what it will be called as he thinks we should fight and die for Israel.  Israel can fight its own wars.  Americans shouldn’t die on their behalf.

Romney has criticized the ending of Iraq War, one which was started on a pack of lies issued by his own foreign policy advisers during the Bush/Cheney years.  If you like George W. Bush’s foreign policy Mitt Romney is your man.  His reckless mouth should be good for several additional wars.

Chris Stevens’ death was a tragedy.  When the initial White House statement was issued there had been no violence at the consulate.  Romney lied about that fact because he didn’t take time to check his facts before rushing to a microphone to try and gain political advantage.  His smirk after thinking he’d scored a point instead of showing gravitas on a sensitive international situation proves he isn’t up to the job.

Foreign policy has a bad habit of sneaking up on presidents who ran on economic issues.  Our enemies always test a new president to test their mettle.  I shudder to think how badly a President Romney might fail that test.  9/11 was the test of George W. Bush, one he failed miserably.  Hundreds of thousands have died as a result.  We can’t afford a President Romney.

Political Felon Heads Romney’s Pennsylvania Finance Team

Mitt Romney has officially named Bob Asher as Finance Co-Chair in Pennsylvania.  He is a convicted felon and served a year in federal prison for corruption.  He and late Treasurer Bud Dwyer were caught taking a $300,000 kickback to the Pennsylvania Republican Party in return for a state no bid contract.  Asher was Chair of the PA GOP at the time.  He is now a national Republican Committee man and raises and distributes large sums for Pennsylvania Republicans.  Dwyer infamously shot himself in a live television press conference rather than go to prison.

Why is Mitt Romney using a convicted felon to raise money, when we know the corrupt practices used by this man?  The other finance c-chair is Chritine Torretti and Tom Corbett and Pat Toomey are the Chair of the campaign.  Have none of them any shame to sit alongside Asher?

When you purchase Asher Chocolates you’re putting your money indirectly into Mitt Romney’s campaign.

Supreme Court Hears Voter ID Arguments

PCN telecast the Supreme Court arguments on Voter ID this morning saving me a trip to Philadelphia.  Watching and Tweeting the event I have some hope this terrible law, Act 18, will be, at least, stayed.  Lawyers for the plaintiffs argued for an injunction saying there isn’t enough preparation and time to  implement the law.  They made no argument the law is unconstitutional because it appears to be so under Pennsylvania law.  Since this is a case of state law being argued in a state court only state law applies.  Whether or not the law is constitutional under federal law is a case for the federal courts.  Federal courts have knocked down similar laws elsewhere.  This morning’s arguments have no bearing on federal issues of equal protection for instance.

Cases where legal, eligible voters are denied their fundamental right to vote can not be made until that actually happens.  Unfortunately irreparable harm will already have occurred where votes were not cast and counted that were legal in a federal election.  I didn’t hear much argument about such irreparable harm this morning.   The appellants case sounded weak to me, they simply want an injunction based on the fact the Commonwealth is unable to produce ID’s for voters.

Arguments began about whether the right to vote is fundamental.  The State argued it is not, that the legislature can apply limits on it.  They also went on to try and deny the state’s stipulation that no verifiable case of voter fraud has ever happened either here or elsewhere.  This got so ridiculous Justice Debra Todd finally read the entire stipulation to the Governor’s clueless lawyer.

Justices Todd and Seamus McCaffery asked pointed questions throughout supporting the implementation of an injunction.  Interestingly Republican Thomas Saylor had some very intriguing queries to the state’s lawyers.  His vote may be in play here or he might have been playing devil’s advocate.  One never really knows.  I found arguments that PennDOT is implementing the law specious.  There have numerous reports of the agency charging people $13.50 for the ID’s making this a poll tax.  Others say they’ve taken acceptable forms of identification only to be rebuffed by untrained PennDOT employees and have made repeated trips trying to secure an ID.  If someone has to make five trips to get an ID this law is wrong and unjustifiable.  That imposes an undue burden on voters.

The fact Tom Corbett’s lawyer Mr. Putnam began arguing in court that voter fraud exists was laughable and it destroyed any credibility he had before the Court.  When Justice Todd publicly embarrassed him by reading Corbett’s own stipulation saying otherwise I almost felt sorry for the bastard.  Almost…

Is State Rep Rick Saccone Delusional on Voter ID?

In the PA Supreme Court arguments this morning Justice Debra Todd was forced to read the Commonwealth’s stipulation that no verified case of voter impersonation fraud has ever happened in the state.  Gov. Corbett’s lawyer was actually trying to back off that statement to the extent she felt it necessary to read it into the record.  The stipulation is definitive:  there has never been a verified case of voter fraud in Pennsylvania.  Why then did State Representative Rick Saccone claim otherwise yesterday?  Is he delusional or a practiced prevaricator?

I called his office this morning for comment and am awaiting a response for his conduct yesterday at The Blue Flame Restaurant in Pleasant Hills.  Saccone represents a district in Allegheny and Washington counties and is a former professor according to his official website.  Professors are trained and expected to deal in facts not fantasy.  I suppose this explain why he’s no longer a professor.

According to sources who attended the event when the question of voter ID was raised Saccone claimed voter impersonation fraud is rampant.  Of course that was either a bold faced lie or Saccone is delusional.  I asked his office if he is, I’m looking forward to their response.  Worse, the woman who asked the question was then subjected to shout downs including one man who yelled “shut your mouth!”  Amidst this intimidation and abuse Rep. Saccone failed to call anyone out for their abusive behavior, stop the verbal assaults or apologize to his constituent for the treatment was accorded at his event.

What does this say about the man’s character?  I asked that also of his Harrisburg staffer.  She claimed several Republican House members cited personal cases where they say someone tried to impersonate them at the polls.  Of course this is hearsay and all of these claims are based on disproven urban legends.  Some of our State Representatives need to discover Snopes.com.  Urban legends are no basis for writing legislation.  If so perhaps Rick Saccone should spend time writing laws against dragons and unicorns.  They’re as much of a threat as voter fraud.

If Rep. Saccone does not justify his failures of character exhibited yesterday where is his sense of personal responsibility?  I await his response.

PA Supremes Hear Voter ID Today

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, sitting in Philadelphia, hears arguments for and against Voter ID this morning.  The six members of the state appellate body are evenly split 3-3 by political party.  Meanwhile federal courts are striking down similar laws in various other states.  Ohio’s refusal to allow early voting is also being challenged by a federal court.

Voting rights are under attack by those claiming impersonation at polls is a problem.  No case has been filed in Pennsylvania in living memory so conservatives decided to use that rampant fraud to disenfranchise 758,000 eligible voters.  It’s just coincidence (tongue in cheek comment) that most of those without a photo ID are, demographically, Democrats.

One of the central arguments against the law will be the charge that Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson cited a bigoted case from 1869 to justify his ruling.  That case Patterson v. Barlow held that ruffians and degenerates (as considered by those outside Philadelphia) weren’t worthy of voting.  The new law is similar in that it was passed by Pennsylvanians outside Philly to, largely, disenfranchise Philadelphia voters.  Studies show that up to 43% of voters in the City of Brotherly Love don’t have acceptable ID.

Should the Supreme Court fail to over ride Voter ID opponents have little time to go to federal court.  A deadlock along party lines would affirm the bigoted Commonwealth Court ruling and uphold Voter ID.  If Chief Justice Ron Castille rules with his Democratic colleagues (he did so on legislative reapportionment) instead of his fellow Republicans the law goes down and the right to vote is restored.  A federal court could issue an injuntion preventing Pennsylvania from enforcing the law November 6th.

Meanwhile delusional Secretary of State Carol Aichele is claiming that Voter ID will actually increase turnout.  How you do that by suppressing the vote is hysteria.  Perhaps she is eligible for mental health assistance.  Oh wait, those state services have been gutted by Gov. Corbett.  I suppose there’s no help available for her.  Maybe returning to Chester County where she has a history of suppressing the African-American vote on a much smaller scale will serve her better.

News & Notes September 12, 2012

Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was killed in Benghazi yesterday in a rocket attack.  The riot directed against the U.S. Embassy on September 11th was planned to protest a new American movie about the Prophet Muhammed.  Our State Department professionals are always a target for outrage against oppressive U.S. policies and actions.

Paul “Lyin'” Ryan has been caught prevaricating once again.  This time he claims the size of government has doubled under Barack Obama.  In reality due to severe budget cuts the size of the federal government is smaller than at any time since Dwight Eisenhower was in the Oval Office.  Facts are curious things, important for those of us who live in a reality based world, superfluous for morons.  He also is claiming not to have supported cuts in Defense spending for which he did, indeed, vote.  His mouth runs faster than his legs do in a marathon.  It’s just as accurate as his times.

Elections have consequences, remember that when (assuming you can in PA) you vote.  In Tennessee one county defunded Planned Parenthood.  The result: a drop in health services for women of 93%.  Defunding Planned Parenthood is a direct attack upon women’s health.  Planned Parenthood Action Fund is running this ad in Ohio and Virginia:

Mitt Romney is flip flopping so much on ObamaCare he looks like a flounder caught on a fishing dock.  Even he can’t keep track of his latest position.

yet one more example of an elderly voter forced to take transportation to PennDOT in search of a voter ID he couldn’t obtain.  This time having an influential son on TV saved him.  What about the hundreds of thousands of other senior Pennsylvanians who don’t have powerful children on CNBC?

Wonder why Sheldon Adelson is willing to spend $100 million to get Romney in the White House?  It’s an investment as he stands to gain over $2 billion in tax benefits under President Romney.  It’s a simple return on investment calculation.  Guess who gets screwed in the deal?  Remember Adelson owns the Sands Casino in Bethlehem.  Going there just puts your cash into Mitt’s campaign.  Romney will do Sheldon’s bidding, after taking $100M he’ll have to.  This means fighting a proxy war for Israel against Iran.  War with Iran will make Iraq look like a walk in the park.  Guess whose sons and daughters will die?  Hint:  not the 1%.

East Penn School Board member Julian Stolz, he of the worst campaign finance reporting I’ve ever seen, is calling for the banning of books.  He is upset at what he terms “the pornographic nature” of Tom Wolfe’s “The Electric Acid Kool Aid Test” and Curtis Sittenfeld’s “Prep.”  I’m not familiar with the second author but I’ve read most of Wolfe’s literature.  He’s one of the major authors of our time.  The books listed on the school district’s summer reading list aren’t required and, as always, parental input of their children’s education, reading materials and such is important.  It is up to parents to decide what on a reading list is appropriate for their child and what is not.  School Board members shouldn’t be in the business of banning books.

Mike Fitzpatrick is having a tough time defending his record.  The former moderate Republican became a Tea Party favorite after winning his seat back in 2010’s GOP wave.  He was at a Bucks County car dealership and took some tough questions on the auto bailout.  This is becoming a significant issue this fall.  Ask your Congressman if he supported saving millions of jobs.

Mitt Romney says he isn’t running for president to save the planet.  If there is no other reason to vote against him in November this is it.  Global climate change is the biggest threat to anyone living on the earth right now.  Warming is driving wildfires, drought, floods, tornadoes and other extreme weather.  Americans are dying because of climate change.  If Mitt has no concern for this issue he isn’t fit to be president.

Hunger and famine resulting from climate change threaten the stability of every nation on earth.  The threat of mass riots as crops continue failing because of climate change is something you’d think both of our major presidential candidates would comprehend.  The threat is real according to some experts.  My food budget is quickly outpacing the cost of gas in breaking my budget.  I can choose not to drive as much and we all know I can cut back on eating some but what’ll happen once I’m down to 150 pounds?  Don’t get between me and the ice cream counter.

Pennsylvania took in around $200 million last year in Marcellus Shale gas taxes.  Most of that goes to local governments to fix roads, restore clean water (or provide it as the case may be) and other impacts.  That’s why it’s an impact fee actually instead of a tax.  Imagine if we actually taxed this resource which legally belongs to all Pennsylvanians and is being removed for free?  

Chesapeake Energy is being accused of cheating leaseholders out of royalties.  Surprised?  Get into bed with the devil and get screwed, there’s nothing shocking here…

Baseball pitcher Matt Cain (San Francisco Giants) has joined the No Hate Campaign.  He threw a perfect game earlier this season.

How stupid are Americans?  15% of Ohio Republicans think Romney killed Osama Bin Laden.  I report, you decide.

Jimmy Fallon channeled James Taylor at the DNC convention:

Biden Speaks at Shanksville Memorial

Vice President Joe Biden spoke this morning in Shanksville where Flight 93 crashed eleven years ago.  I wasn’t invited to cover the event (again, I suppose criticizing this President for war crimes and civil liberty violations gets you knocked out of events).  Two years ago I got up at 2 AM and drove the four hours to cover First Lady Michelle Obama in Shanksville and it was a sobering experience.  I interviewed some family members of those who perished that day as the nation was attacked by Al Qaeda.

We also should commemorate the awful American supported terrorism in Chile which happened on this date years earlier.  On September 11, 1973 freely elected Socialist President Salvadore Allende was overthrown in a violent coup backed by the CIA and overseen by Nixon Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.  Augusto Pinochet was put in power and 60,000 Chileans were executed or “disappeared” for political activity.  What happened to us on 9/11 should be kept in perspective with what we’ve done elsewhere.  When attacks like the World Trade Center are done and Americans ask “why do they hate us?” this is one of the many answers.

Pinochet was a brutal dictator who murdered scores of his fellow citizens.  On his deathbed in London, justice was finally served and he was extradited for war crimes.  The entire CIA operation which helped put him in power was done for U.S. multinational business interests.  IT&T was infamous this time as Ford Motor Co. was in neighboring Argentina.

The Vice President’s remarks today:

REMARKS BY VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN

AT THE FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE

Flight 93 National Memorial

Shanksville, Pennsylvania

10:30 A.M. EDT

    THE VICE PRESIDENT:   Thank you, Mr. Secretary.  Superintendent — Jeff, you’ve done a remarkable job here.  And the thing I notice when I speak to you about is you’re invested in this place.  It sort of has a — sort of stolen a piece of your heart.  And that’s why I’m confident that all that you plan will happen.

    Patrick, you’re keeping the flame alive, and keeping the families together is — from my experience, I imagine you all find solace in seeing one another.  There’s nothing like being able to talk with someone who you know understands.

    And it’s an honor — it’s a genuine honor to be back here today.  But like all of the families, we wish we weren’t here.  We wish we didn’t have to be here.  We wish we didn’t have to commemorate any of this.  And it’s a bittersweet moment for the entire nation, for all of the country, but particularly for those family members gathered here today.

    Last year, the nation and all of your family members that are here commemorated the 10th anniversary of the heroic acts that gave definition to what has made America such a truly exceptional place — the individual acts of heroism of ordinary people in moments that could not have been contemplated, but yet were initiated.

    I also know from my own experience that today is just as momentous a day for all of you, just as momentous a day in your life, for each of your families, as every September 11th has been, regardless of the anniversary.  For no matter how many anniversaries you experience, for at least an instant, the terror of that moment returns; the lingering echo of that phone call; that sense of total disbelief that envelops you, where you feel like you’re being sucked into a black hole in the middle of your chest.

    My hope for you all is that as every year passes, the depth of your pain recedes and you find comfort, as I have, genuine comfort in recalling his smile, her laugh, their touch.  And I hope you’re as certain as I am that she can see what a wonderful man her son has turned out to be, grown up to be; that he knows everything that your daughter has achieved, and that he can hear, and she can hear how her mom still talks about her, the day he scored the winning touchdown, how bright and beautiful she was on that graduation day, and know that he knows what a beautiful child the daughter he never got to see has turned out to be, and how much she reminds you of him.  For I know you see your wife every time you see her smile on your child’s face.  You remember your daughter every time you hear laughter coming from her brother’s lips.  And you remember your husband every time your son just touches your hand.

    I also hope — I also hope it continues to give you some solace knowing that this nation, all these people gathered here today, who are not family members, all your neighbors, that they’ve not forgotten.  They’ve not forgotten the heroism of your husbands, wives, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers.  And that what they did for this country is still etched in the minds of not only you, but millions of Americans, forever.  That’s why it’s so important that this memorial be preserved and go on for our children and our grandchildren, and our great-grandchildren, and our great-great-grandchildren — because it is what makes it so exceptional.  And I think they all appreciate, as I do, more than they can tell you, the incredible bravery your family members showed on that day.

    I said last year my mom used to have an expression.  She’d say, Joey, bravery resides in every heart, and someday it will be summoned.  It’s remarkable — remarkable — how it was not only summoned, but acted on.

    Today we stand on this hallowed ground, a place made sacred by the heroism and sacrifice of the passengers and the crew of Flight 93.  And it’s as if the flowers, as I walked here, as if the flowers were giving testament to how sacred this ground is.

    My guess — and obviously it’s only a guess; no two losses are the same.  But my guess is you’re living this moment that Yeats only wrote about, when he wrote, pray I will and sing I must, but yet I weep.  Pray I will, sing I must, but yet I weep.

    My personal prayer for all of you is that in every succeeding year, you’re able to sing more than you weep.  And may God truly bless you and bless the souls of those 40 incredible people who rest in this ground.

 

Blue Pennsylvania No Longer a Battleground

Pennsylvania has been a major presidential battleground state for years.  Every fourth year we see the candidates and their surrogates criss-crossing the Commonwealth.  I was gearing up for  a busy, hectic two months following the campaigns when everyone pulled out.  Polls show President Obama surging to a 9 point lead in polls so Romney/Ryan, their surrogate Super PACs and even Obama’s related Super PAC folded their tents and went to Ohio, Virginia, New Hampshire and Colorado.

It isn’t fun being ignored.  I enjoyed engaging stupid, moronic Republicans waiting in line at events and watching their eyes glaze over as I recited actual facts to rebut their Rush/Faux News talking points.  But I need to question the polls:  does anyone really have a clue how many of those Obama supporters will be able to vote?  Voter ID is going to turn this into a much closer election because Republicans in Harrisburg have engaged in legal (for now) election rigging.  For all their talk and outrage over non-existent voter impersonation they have no qualms about voter suppression and the resulting election rigging.

Unless the pollsters are also asking each voter if they’re eligible to vote under the new rules their results mean nothing.

New Pennsylvania Voter ID AD compares love of country with possesion of Photo ID

After fumbling on the previous Pennsylvania Voter ID AD, which to say the least was little more than a donation to a consulting firm stocked with GOP Staffers, the Corbett Administration is spending valuable Commonwealth resources on a new AD, valuable resources which would be better spent on education. However, the Republicans have to work extra hard to spin the bill that, according to Majority Leader Turzai, will “allow Mitt Romney to win Pennsylvania

This time the Corbett Administration decides to level the charge that you are unpatriotic if you can’t furnish one of the Voter ID Bills approved ID’s:

“If you love your country, it’s time to show it (stated by a women holding a state ID) (http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/09/voter_id_patriotic_ad.php?m=1)”

Kevin Deely, a Democratic hopeful for State House in the 131st, told ProgressMo Shuffle that the commercial:

“…pours salt in the wound and is a slap in the face to every voter, especially our seniors and the disabled, who have to jump through enough hoops already on a daily basis.”

Comparing a Photo ID to loving ones country is quite a stretch for an administration that is working extra hard to hold true to Gov. Corbett’s desire to keep the vote down in Philadelphia. During a 2010 speech at a gathering outside Philadelphia the Governor stated. (Video of Speech)

Will Dunbar, Democratic Candidate in the 177th and vocal critic of the voter suppression attempts of the Pennsylvania GOP told ProgressMo Shuffle that love of country is not an excuse to place obstacles in the way of voters:

“Once again the Republicans have found a way to spin the voter suppression bill. This Voter ID Bill negatively affects seniors, minorities and students. Hopefully our Supreme Court Justices will see it that way on September 13th.”

I for one do not have an issue with the idea of a photo ID to vote. I actually have found myself in agreement with an argument laid out by Norman Ornstein of the Conservative American Enterprise Institute in his call for a Voters Right Act of 2012. This act would require documentation used for obtaining identification for voting free, requiring a separate federal ballot, changing election day to the weekend and other common sense reforms to how we access the polls in the United States (Read the Full Article)

As stated by Ryan J. Reilly of Talking Points Memo, The Pennsylvania Voter ID Bill, which could affect:

“More than 1.6 million Pennsylvania voters….including more than 1,000 voters who are in the state’s “Voter Hall of Fame” because they voted in 50 consecutive elections. (http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/09/voter_id_patriotic_ad.php?m=1)”

is not about a Photo ID. It is about a party and ideology beholden to Anti-Tax Pledges, Corporate Welfare and fear.

Not a fear of voter fraud that was so nonexistent that Governor Corbett didn’t prosecute one case while Attorney General of Pennsylvania. Instead a fear of an ever-changing demographic that is tired of a never changing ideology. A demographic that is growing tired of those who are quick to shout “USA” and “God Bless America” while attacking truths we all hold self-evident.