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…
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!
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.
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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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.
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!
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:
Smaller Government with less regulations
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
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 other incentive of course is that once privatized the private corporations can now donate part of their protected profits back to the politicians that enabled the privatization! And they are working for their shareholders instead of common citizens.
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 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.
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)
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!
Under the guise of theVoter IntegrityProject to prevent voter fraud, 30 (mostly Republican) states used the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program to suppress the votes of minorities. The Crosscheck program was supposed to check for voters registered in more than one state by comparing their first, middle and last names along with birth date and last 4 SSN. A match would imply that a person was registered more than once and could possibly vote multiple times. However, a less stringent criteria was used resulting in millions of names being identified. So, for example, Willie Nelson was flagged on a false match with Willie Mae Nelson.
These “matches” were then sent to the various states, which then sent out a postcard to the address on the list. If the postcard wasn’t returned, they were purged from the voting rolls. Since the postcards looked a lot like junk mail, most were thrown out. Then when the citizens showed up at the polls, they were either denied the right to vote or given a provisional ballot, of which most were never counted. Typically, the purges were mostly biased towards minorities who tend to vote Democrat.
But if these votes were actually counted, the results would have been different. And they would have been closer to what the press and pollsters had forecasted !
Results of 2016 Election if Stolen Votes Had Been Counted
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 – just like in Canada!
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.
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.
In Michigan he won by only 10,704 votes, and yet over 84,000 ballots did not pick up a vote for the president category! In addition there were 1000’s of provisional ballots that were NEVER COUNTED.
In Pennsylvania he won by 49,000 votes out of 6 millions votes (that’s less than 1/8th of a percent.) And in PA, 70% of the voting machines have no paper trail, and therefore no one knows if their vote was legitimately counted correctly. And there were also 1000’s of provisional ballots that were NEVER COUNTED.
In Wisconsin he won by only 22,177 votes on machines that are so vulnerable that California bans their use. And there were also 1000’s of provisional ballots that were NEVER COUNTED.
We could have verified that these vote counts (except for PA) were correct, but the Republicans stopped the recounts.
Then Trump complains that this is not the first time that Representative Lewis boycotted an inauguration because he felt it was illegitimate. He did the same thing after the 2000 election of George Bush. And as I recall, the Republicans prevented a recount then too.
If you get a chance, check out Greg Palast’s “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy” (A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits) book or DVD. And ask yourself why the US media is not reporting on this?