Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Vote Not Ye Poor


State welfare offices across the country are not offering millions of low-income Americans the opportunity to register to vote when applying for public assistance despite a federal law requiring them to do so, according to an analysis of a recent federal voting registration report and experts who say the Department of Justice and states are to blame.

"It's huge. It's another area where the administration is failing us," said Donna Brazile, chair of the Democratic National Committee's Voting Rights Institute, speaking of the Department of Justice's oversight of the nation's voter registration laws. "They are not pushing states to recognize their voter registration responsibilities."

At the same time, the Justice Department's Voting Section, which enforces voting rights and supervises elections in some states, is pressuring 10 states to do more to purge voter rolls -- or remove ineligible voters -- before the 2008 presidential election, according to letters sent to state election officials this spring.

"We conducted an analysis of each state's total voter registration numbers as a percentage of citizen voting age population," wrote John Tanner, the Department of Justice Voting Section chief, in an April 18, 2007, letter to North Carolina's top election official. "We write now to assess the changes in your voter registration list ... and the subsequent removal of persons no longer eligible to vote."

@ ALTERNET

Gonzo is still busily trying to do Rovers bidding on this one. Their worst fear is the voters of this country and they will apparently stop at nothing to pare back the rolls.

This is a multi-headed assault directly at Constitutional principles involving the presence of free and fair elections.

Mighty hard to get the Neo-fascist ball rolling, tsk, tsk, tsk.

Be ever vigilant.

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17 comments:

DEN said...

And in a related matter today;

Two House Democrats criticized Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for refusing to send a witness to the House Judiciary Committee for a hearing on voting rights. In response, the committee postponed a hearing that had been scheduled for this morning.

Reps. John Conyers and Jerrold Nadler, respectively the Chairs of the House Judiciary Committee and Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, criticized the decision by Gonzales.

"We are disappointed by this decision," they wrote to the Attorney General. "Mr. Tanner’s testimony is important to the Committee’s efforts to understand the manner in which the Department has implemented its legislative mandate. As Chief of the Voting Section, Mr. Tanner is personally familiar with the facts surrounding the Department’s decisions in significant and controversial voting rights cases. "

@ RAW STORY

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DEN said...

Dear Friend,

In a matter of days, one of our nation's most fundamental liberties is up for a vote on the floor of the U.S. Senate. That's why Senator Patrick Leahy needs our help to ensure the Senate's support for his Habeas Corpus Restoration Act as an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill this week.

Last month, the efforts of thousands of Americans made all the difference. Their flood of emails and phone calls convinced the Senate Judiciary Committee to approve this important piece of legislation on a narrow 11-8 vote.

Now we must win the support of entire U.S. Senate. To you and me, habeas corpus -- the right to challenge one's detention by the government in a court of law -- may seem like a clear-cut Constitutional guarantee, but many Senators are still on the fence.

The Habeas Corpus Restoration Amendment is a common sense amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill, but we need at least 60 Senators to sign on to make it filibuster-proof.

Please take a moment, right now, to join me and urge your Senators to support this bill -- before it comes up for a vote this week!

SIGN HERE

DEN said...

Crickets chirping!

David B. Benson said...

* chirp *

DEN said...

Lurking chirpers

David B. Benson said...

* chirp *


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º¿carol said...

I see the quake in Japan damaged a nuclear power plant. Hmmm. Color me surprised. I always thought it strange that they would build those things in unsafe places, like along the San Andreas fault for instance.

Oh, and I would NEVER ride a subway out in California! Yikes!

I just got through pruning my big mulberry tree. Had to use the hand saw while standing on my lawn tractor. Quite exciting that I lived. Tomorrow I'll have to clean up the mess. :)

David B. Benson said...

Carol --- In Japan there is no choice. Earthquake potential everywhere and no oil or coal. No uranium, either, but it does take much and Australia has lots.

Actually, the subway is one of the safest places to be in an earthquake.

Much safer than standing on a lawn tractor while cutting a tree branch overhead...

Gerald said...

And we call ourselves a democraric nation by outlawing Black and other minorities from voting. Shame on the United States of Evil!!!

carol said...

I thought about Japan being earthquake heaven, but I didn't think about them having no other choices.

Thanks, Doctor B.

David B. Benson said...

Oops. doesn't take much...

ºCºarol said...

If only congress could pass such a bill!!! Please, please, please!

ROPING IN CEO PAY

Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Posted by Jim Hightower


Among rank and file workers of major corporations, "CEO" is a four-letter word. That might not surprise you, but how about this: "CEO" has also become a four-letter word among corporate shareholders.

The top dogs routinely lift their legs on employees – knocking down wages, taking back health care and pension benefits, and offshoring jobs, even as the workers have dramatically increased productivity. Less known, however, is that the top dogs are also lifting their legs on the shareholders who own the corporations. What's going on is that CEO's have been fattening their own paychecks, which are paid by the shareholders, even when they deliver mediocre to miserable financial results.

Angry shareholder groups have been demanding more say over these ridiculous executive pay packages. CEO's have given a curt "no" to this demand, so Congress is now considering a very modest bill to give shareholders a voice. It would allow those who own the corporation to take a non-binding vote each year to express their approval or disapproval of the amount of their money that the top executives are taking in pay. Is that too much to ask?

"Yes!" shrieked the pampered CEO class. Owners should be seen, not heard, they insisted. The head of the lobbying front for executives of the biggest corporations rushed to Capital Hill to tell Congress that, "Corporations were never designed to be democracies." He wailed that, "While shareholders own a corporation, they don't run it."

One corporate apologist even said that this attempt to rope in runaway pay packages amounts to "hounding" these fragile executive thoroughbreds. Imposing any outside restraints, he warned, will cause the CEO's to leave the corporation and go elsewhere.

Now there's an offer the shareholders should grab. Any CEO unwilling to let the owners have a non-binding say on executive pay is not to be trusted – and needs to be shown the door.

"House debates limlts on CEO pay", Austin American-Statesman, March 9, 2007

DEN said...

The post today shows the extent to which these people will go to ensure attainment of supreme control over everything and everyone.

Neo-fascists fear the people and the power of the vote, in their world it is elevated to terror level OMEGA.

Bright chartreuse-pink "OMEGA ALERT"

Rovers favorite color.

Coincidence?

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DEN said...

"One corporate apologist even said that this attempt to rope in runaway pay packages amounts to "hounding" these fragile executive thoroughbreds."

WHAT??

Big fat babies!!

(insert bitch slap)

And money whores!

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DEN said...

ZZZZ

Alan said...

COMCASTIC !!!

That's the word they use in the commericals 'round here to hype our change from RoadRunner to Comcast. I've been waiting for the speed increase they've touted from 5 to 6-mbps. Last night I got the closest ever to the 5 I was 'sposed to be getting... 4960kbps. Thought I'd give it a shot tonight before heading to bed. Wooohooozzzz! I got even MORE than advertised... 6306-kbps or 6.3-mbps. The upload was as high as I've ever gotten too, but nothing compared to download speeds... 350-kbps. Still, I'm SCREAMING here! We'll see how it holds up, because I was thinking of going with the highest speed AT&T DSL, which is also 6-mbps, because it's cheaper, I'd get the first 3 months free for switching from cable, and it would be discounted more because I still have a landline and my Cingular cell service is also AT&T now, so that's three services from the same company. "Show me the money", or I'm staying with Comcast.

erling krange said...

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.

John F. Kennedy

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When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS.

Mohandas K. Gandhi

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The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.

Thomas Jefferson