Who Gets to Vote?

October 31st, 2014

 

With the election only days away, we should take a look at who gets to vote. While we may hear high-minded talk about voter fraud or allowing greater access to the polls, both sides are trying to game the system in their favor.

 

Republicans often push for a photo ID requirement. What they are really trying to do is tamp down the votes of the urban poor. Personally I have no problem with a photo ID provided people can easily get one. There are two auto license branches in my city. One is to the extreme north and the other to the extreme south. To get their ID someone would need to take off work and spend much of the day riding busses and waiting in line. This is an unreasonable burden. There is no reason the state couldn’t establish temporary offices in convenient locations.

 

Democrats usually object to photo IDs and many want very easy voter access. This can lead to fraud. In Colorado there is no ID so it is easy for groups to sign up noncitizens or fictitious people. The problems don’t stop there. All ballots are mailed out. There is no way to tell who is getting them and whether they are entitled to vote. Groups called harvesters go around collecting ballots. Colorado residents deserve a fairer process.

 

No matter what their political philosophy, all Americans should want honest elections in which everyone who is legally entitled to vote gets to vote. That strengthens our democracy.   

 

Who Gets to Vote?

October 31st, 2014

 

With the election only days away, we should take a look at who gets to vote. While we may hear high-minded talk about voter fraud or allowing greater access to the polls, both sides are trying to game the system in their favor.

 

Republicans often push for a photo ID requirement. What they are really trying to do is tamp down the votes of the urban poor. Personally I have no problem with a photo ID provided people can easily get one. There are two auto license branches in my city. One is to the extreme north and the other to the extreme south. To get their ID someone would need to take off work and spend much of the day riding busses and waiting in line. This is an unreasonable burden. There is no reason the state couldn’t establish temporary offices in convenient locations.

 

Democrats usually object to photo IDs and many want very easy voter access. This can lead to fraud. In Colorado there is no ID so it is easy for groups to sign up noncitizens or fictitious people. The problems don’t stop there. All ballots are mailed out. There is no way to tell who is getting them and whether they are entitled to vote. Groups called harvesters go around collecting ballots. Colorado residents deserve a fairer process.

 

No matter what their political philosophy, all Americans should want honest elections in which everyone who is legally entitled to vote gets to vote. That strengthens our democracy.   

 

Clintonomics

October 27th, 2014

 

Right now Hillary Clinton has the best shot of anybody to be our next president. We should pay attention to what she has to say. On Friday she made two alarming and bizarre statements.

 

Her first comment related to the minimum wage. “Don’t let anybody tell you that raising the minimum wage kills jobs, they always say that”. If this is true, then why not raise it to $20 an hour. Or $50? Or $100? Wouldn’t it be great if hamburger flippers could become millionaires? The plain and simple fact is that employers won’t hire if they have to pay more than the economic value of the job. Of course we need a minimum wage but it takes someone smarter than me to figure out what it should be.

 

She continued to expand on her economic philosophy. “Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs”. That reminds me of the Obama “you didn’t build that” line. Apparently any success of Google, Apple or the corner ma and pa store is solely due to the government and not the hard work, innovation and creativity of the owners. Any money they get is a gift from a benevolent government.

 

To be fair, I don’t think we can take this statement literally. Both she and her staff have offered up various explanations. However, it is clear that, like Barack Obama, she believes the private sector is bad and the public sector good. Should she become president, the business bashing policies, which have contributed to the weak economy, will continue and we can expect more of the same.

 

Ebola - Part 2

October 21st, 2014

 

A lot has happened since my last post on Ebola. We have had the first death and the first cases of infection in the United States. Clearly the hospital and public health agencies have not performed well. Many might think my post was dead wrong.

 

No hospital in the country ever had to screen for Ebola. When Eric Duncan showed up, the hospital was clearly unprepared to deal with him. Facilities across the country are now much better prepared.

 

Meanwhile the media frenzy continues. Now politicians are making idiotic statements blaming either President Obama or Republicans. He appointed an Ebola “czar”. Although the man is widely respected, he has no healthcare experience.

 

Despite the hysteria, we still have minimal risk. People will learn from the mistakes made in the Duncan case. At this point we are more likely to be struck by lightning than catch Ebola. So let’s get on with our lives and tune out the panic mongers.

 

Conflicting Values, Conflicting Rights

October 16th, 2014

 

We are in a time of great conflict on social issues. Both sides hold deep-seeded beliefs. Often the rights of the two sides clash. Ideally we should try to reach resolution based on respect, fairness and a reliance on constitutionally guaranteed freedoms.

 

Unfortunately, those in power sometimes believe that the other side doesn’t have rights, even constitutional ones. The Obama administration declared that the right to free birth control trumps the right to free expression of religion.

 

The most egregious example recently occurred in Houston. A lawsuit was filed against the city over recently enacted gay rights legislation. The city filed a subpoena against 5 ministers who are not party to a lawsuit. They wanted sermons, e-mails, texts and any other material that commented on the legislation, the mayor or homosexuality. After creating a political firestorm, the mayor backed off a bit but still wants them to turn over everything on the legislation. The idea that the government can compel private citizens, not involved in criminal or civil litigation, to turn over personal documents is unconscionable.

 

While my examples are of liberals attacking conservative Christians, this hatred goes both ways. No person who loves liberty and democracy should ever try to demonize their opponents and take away their constitutional rights.