How Voter Suppression Threw Wisconsin to Trump

How Voter Suppression Threw Wisconsin to Trump

This is from 2017, but it is even more relevant today.

Ari Berman Mother Jones – November/December 2017 Issue

You can’t say Andrea Anthony didn’t try. A 37-year-old African American woman with an infectious smile, Anthony had voted in every major election since she was 18. On November 8, 2016, she went to the Clinton Rose Senior Center, her polling site on the predominantly black north side of Milwaukee, to cast a ballot for Hillary Clinton. “Voting is important to me because I know I have a little, teeny, tiny voice, but that is a way for it to be heard,” she said. “Even though it’s one vote, I feel it needs to count.”

…But this was Wisconsin’s first major election that required voters—even those who were already registered—to present a current [picture ID] … to cast a ballot. Anthony couldn’t, and so she wasn’t able to vote.” Continue Reading…

Study shows how many wisconsin voters were blocked
(Marisa Wojcik/The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram via AP)

A New Study Shows Just How Many Americans Were Blocked From Voting in Wisconsin In 2016

Was the Election Legitimate? … Even If All the Votes Weren’t Counted!

Was the Election Legitimate? … Even If All the Votes Weren’t Counted!

Russian Story Excuse for Democrats losing election

or perhaps it was the effect of Kris Kobach’s crosscheck program using tax payer dollars plus contributions from the Koch Bros & Co illegally purging 7.2 MILLION voters from the voter rolls.

Of these, 4.2 MILLION were disenfranchised voters who never knew their votes weren’t counted, and didn’t realize that it affected the outcome of the election!

Were all votes counted

Maybe that explains why he and the Republicans are so unpopular after implementing things they said they would. At what point will they discover that they’re not doing the people’s will because the outcome of the election does not reflect the will of all the people who lost their votes.

Swing states using crosscheck

Maybe they realize that our voting system has been compromised and will do something about it:

… maybe … but by putting Kris Kobach in charge they will make it even harder for non-Republican voters to vote.

So if you think this illegal denial of citizen’s right to vote is wrong,  contact your congressmen in Washington and have those involved prosecuted and fix our “sacred voting system” by insisting that paper ballots be used in all future elections so that votes can be physically counted, re-counted and audited!

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They Didn’t Count All The Votes!

They Didn’t Count All The Votes!

President Trump and Republicans like to say that they are implementing their polices because they are doing the “will of the people” based on the electoral votes in November. And candidate Trump admitted that the voting is rigged. And it was. Not because of illegal voting but because millions of votes were NOT COUNTED. And the impact of this was a win for Trump and Republican congressmen.

Click here for more details on how this happened.

And check out this short video.

If you think this illegal denial of citizen’s right to vote is wrong, contact your state and federal congressmen and women and insist that those involved be prosecuted.  And make sure that paper ballots are used in all future elections so that votes can be physically counted, re-counted and audited!

The Republican Magical Mystery Privatization Tour

The Republican Magical Mystery Privatization Tour

For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong – HL Menken

If you wonder why after 8 years the Republicans didn’t have a better solution to the Affordable Care Act, it’s because they did have a solution.

Apparently Republicans have 2 solutions for every problem:

  1. Smaller Government with less regulations
  2. Privatize it!

They think that just by privatizing something with complex problems, the free hand of the market will magically solve and optimize them.

However this is not true.  And if you listen carefully, this is their solution to everything instead of defining objectives and using smart policies to meet them.

Privatize to Optimize

Need better health care? Privatize it!
Need better schools? Privatize it!
Need a better voting system? Privatize it!
Need better infrastructure? Privatize it!
Need a better military? Privatize it! (Blackwater/Halliburton/Brown and Root)

… They’ve got everything you need

The Republican Magical Mystery Privatization Tour
The Magical Mystery Tour

Roll up for the Mystery Tour
Roll up Satisfaction guaranteed

…The magical mystery tour is coming to take you away
Coming to take you away
The magical mystery tour is dying to take you away
Dying to take you away, take you today – The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour


The 6 Reasons Republicans Don’t Like Affordable Health Care

The 6 Reasons Republicans Don’t Like Affordable Health Care

Personally, as an independent business owner, the ACA helped me and my family.  I’m from Massachusetts and a few years ago I shopped for health insurance and heard that in S Carolina it cost 1/3 as much. I wondered how that could be. Found out it was because their policies didn’t cover much – if you got sick, they dropped you and they had low maximum payouts. Massachusetts had regulations that were practical and protected buyers.


A Marshal Plan for Mexico and Central America Instead of a Wall

A Marshal Plan for Mexico and Central America Instead of a Wall

“A problem well stated is a problem half solved” Charles Kettering

Instead of building a wall, why don’t we address the real reasons that Mexicans and Central Americans immigrate into the US. More opportunity in the US and poverty in Mexico. But most Mexicans would rather stay in their own country with their family rather than move to the US.

And besides, most people think that a wall is unlikely to make the US more secure.

After World War II, The Marshal Plan helped Europe to rebuild itself into a vital economy that was good for both Europe and the US. Coincidentally, that 4 year plan also cost $12b (but admittedly in 1945 dollars) which is about what the wall is expected to cost. It included objectives to remove trade barriers,  adopt modern business practices, and encouraged union membership 1.

The wall will likely only benefit the businesses that build it, and of course the politicians they support. And once complete, anyone who wants to enter the US can still do so via the 11,323 miles of coastline or the 3,987 mile Canadian boarder!

Mexico and Central America should focus on increasing economic opportunities for all of it’s citizens.  One way to do this is to increase it’s focus on renewable energy sources. This would reduce energy costs for families, increase employment and reduce pollution in Mexico City.  In 2012 Mexico passed a comprehensive energy bill with the objective of getting 35% of it’s energy from clean sources by 2024 and cutting it’s emissions by 50% by 2050.

So why doesn’t the US consider supporting this transition with a Marshal Plan for Mexico and Central America instead of a Wall? This would certainly enhance the relationship between the two countries and help solve the immigration issues at far less cost.

1 Anthony Carew, Labour under the Marshall Plan: the politics of productivity and the marketing of management science (Manchester University Press, 1987)

Forget the Russians. It’s us!

Forget the Russians. It’s us!

“Forget the hacking stuff. Forget the conspiracy stuff. Forget the Russians… the ballots being thrown out and disqualified by the tens of thousands swamps Trump’s plurality in several states.” Greg Palast

“Could the throwing out of absentee ballots been combined with knocking people off the voter rolls combined with not counting their provisionals account for that difference?  Joy Reid

President Trump and other Republicans are fond of justifying their (draconian anti people/environment corporate favoring) policies by pointing to the “strong” electoral win they had in the election. And they mock the press and pollsters for “getting it wrong”.

But the only thing they got wrong was not accounting for the votes that the GOP made sure wouldn’t be counted. Clearly an assault on our very sacred election process !

The voting was rigged, but not because of 3 million illegal votes, but because of millions of votes that were never counted!


Why America First Won’t Make America Great Again

Why America First Won’t Make America Great Again

America first is not what has made America great. It was after World War II that instead of condemning Germany we came up with the Marshal Plan to help them to recover and grow.

Contrast this to the war in Iraq where our objective was oil for US and no support for the people there who had initially welcomed us.

The more we try to gain advantage for ourselves at the expense of others, the weaker we become.

Let’s hope for the day when it’s Earth first and not just us first.

Yikes! Maybe John Lewis Was Legitimately Right!

Yikes! Maybe John Lewis Was Legitimately Right!

Congressman John Lewis boycotted the inauguration because he thought Trump’s presidency was illegitimate. It may well be, but not because of Russian influence. 

Thirty states participated in the “Crosscheck” program run by Kansas Republican Secretary State Kris Kobach, who put the kibosh on a lot of votes. People identified by the “Crosscheck” program were falsely assumed to be registered to vote in more than one state, and were therefore purged from the voting roles. When they went to vote, they were either outright denied their vote, or given “provisional” ballots that in most cases were never counted.

Voting Machines
Voting Machines

Trump complains that the polls got it all wrong – in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania the polls were from 90 to 100% favoring Clinton, yet Trump “won” all three states.

Or did he?