Posts Tagged ‘assault of the middle and working class’

New Voter Photo ID Law- Trick or Treat?

Monday, June 13th, 2011

The Tennessee legislature recently passed legislation requiring a government issued photo ID before being allowed to vote. Some critics say it is another attempt to discourage predominately Democratic oriented citizens from exercising their vote at the polls. Is this a trick or might it be a treat? It can be a treat if Dems strategize and work in advance to get all potential Democratic voters fully prepared to be allowed to vote. If Republicans fail to do the same, this could be turned to a strategic advantage for Democrats.

Thanks to Millard Garland and Wayne Smith, we have a summary of the legislation; it is as follows:
-Requires a voter to produce a government issued photo ID before being allowed to vote.

-Exempts those voting by absentee, hospitalized, and in a licensed nursing home.

-If  no photo identification, the voter will vote a provisional ballot except in case of indigent or those who have a religious objection. The voter must sign an oath stating he or she is indigent or an oath stating a religious objection to being photographed. After signing the oath, the voter will vote on the machines.

-Counting of provisional votes is changed from forty-eight hours to four business days following Election Day (extension may be granted by Coordinator of Elections, but no later than the second Monday following an election).

-If no photo ID and voter cast a provisional ballot, the voter has two business days to return to the election commission office or place designated by election commission to show a valid photo ID- must sign affidavit and AOE must copy photo ID for records and counting board.

-If rejected must notify voter by mailand reason why rejected.

-Valid photo ID includes a Tennessee drivers license, US passport, Department of Safety photo ID card, state or federal employee photo identification card, photo ID card issued by federal government or other state, US military photo ID.

-College photo ID is not a valid ID for voting purposes.

-Applies to early voting and Election Day.

Effective January1, 2012

It is our understanding that local Department of Safety Driver’s License offices will be issuing photo ID’s that are non-driver’s license related. We understand there will not be a fee for this service. It will be important for us to identify all persons who we know that will need to obtain a Department of Safety photo ID card, assist and encourage them in getting a card for themselves, and having them fully prepared to exercise their right to vote. Let’s turn the tables on Republican efforts to hamper Democrats from voting.

Phil Roe – Disingenuous?

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Reprint of an article appearing in a recent Guest Commentary in the Johnson City Press;  penned by Judy Garland:

U.S. Rep. Roe shouldn’t patronize his constituents or insult our intelligence. His e-mails frequently include a survey question with yes, no, and I’m not sure responses. This is the last one:

Do you support Chairman Ryan’s 2012 budget proposal?

  • Yes. This budget will cut spending in real ways and put us on the road to prosperity.
  • No. It’s not realistic to try to balance the budget in 10 years.
  • I’ not sure at this time.

This would be funny were my representative not asking me to suspend reason. My answer is no, but not because I despair of balancing the budget. My answer is no because:

  • I oppose privatizing Medicare and Medicaid.
  • tax breaks for the rich should be eliminated, not increased a further 10 percent
  • subsidies to corporate health insurance, agribusiness, big banks, big oil and big coal should be eliminated
  • the defense budget should be cut significantly
  • we should get out of Iraq and Afghanistan as soon as possible
  • too many economists say Ryan’s tax cuts for the wealthy negate the savings he forsees from gouging the poor and middle class.

To present Ryan’s assault on the poor and middle class and his windfall plan for the rich as our only hope is ludicrous. But our Phil Roe feel for it, voting with Ryan to abandon Medicare recipients to the mercy of Big Insurance and voting with Ryan for more tax breaks for the rich.

Condescension and scheming are lousy tools. Unless he’s willing to ask questions that elicit meaningful feedback, he should stop pretending to care what we think.

We mustn’t be distracted by word tricks. We mustn’t excuse or forget what he’s done.

Keeping the Real Problem in Focus

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

The accompanying table from Andrew Sullivan of “The Atlantic” magazine posted in his Daily Dish blog should serve as a concise reminder of what is at stake for all of us. The assault on the working and middle class goes on. It is more important than ever that you attend the upcoming convention of  The Carter County Democratic Party, participate, and get actively involved in taking back The American Dream. See other posts on this page for details.

Tax Breaks versus Tax Cuts