Saturday April 6, 2013, 4:00 am
Last November, it became apparent that the 1%, combined with the assorted extremists they have embraced are not enough people to win presidential elections. Trickle down doesn’t work anymore, because Americans have seen the trickle down only gushes up. Jobs, jobs, jobs doesn’t work any more, because Republican jobs, jobs, jobs are in China. However, in 2010 they did so well that they have been able to gerrymander so many states that they can now exercise minority rule in many blue states, and they are trying to use that to steal the Presidency.
In the past election, in at least 2 states, people in waited for 7 or 8 hours in line to vote. This should by now, tell us a number of things, not the least of which would be the system is broken. This is the 21st century, yet when it comes to voting we still vote as if it were the 19th century. Obviously, our country has too many registered voters for one day voting, and many have been discouraged from voting at all by the prospect of these long waiting lines. This is the goal is it not?
I believe we need one universal set of voting laws, that affects all 50 states. For those who have a driver's license that could act as an ID, for those who have no birth certificate, and that happens to be true far more often than one might imagine. A different acid test can be applied. Establish one criteria, issue a "Social Security" card with picture ID, to every person that is a citizen, make it free of charge and this quibbling over superficial and artificial blocks to access to the right to vote, ends. Every single precinct in the entire country must have fully functional voting equipment, in sufficient numbers to met the needs for that precinct, no excuses. If the county does not see to it that is done well in advance of the beginning of the voting date, they are fined.
Limit these endless and expensive TV ads, and the need for these bought candidates have no need for ever more funding to run for office. If we do nothing else we must clean up two issues that are interconnected; the amount anyone one person can donate, all donation must be public record from the date the donation is made and no corporate funds used for campaign donations. The other issue is access to vote. Develop one set of voting standards. Neither party will like it, that makes it a better system for the American people. It's called compromise.
Personally, I would limit the amount of time one has for a campaign. Time for campaigning could be about 2 or three months. Any candidate that begins a campaign before that time is disqualified. No one will like that, which also means, it's probably a good idea.
Saturday April 6, 2013, 7:23 am
Dearest Kit - I think that wasn't a rant but you deserve a whole basket of stars for that well thought out analysis!
Could I suggest one addition to your improvements (I might have missed it - headache again today) that the voting machines are all bought and paid for by a national Independent body (that fiercely guards its political independence and fairness) and that they CANNOT be bought by or interfered with by ANY political party. (I am remembering the ones that had been interfered with so that they changed votes from Democrat to Repuglicon in the last election).
Saturday April 6, 2013, 12:52 pm
I was wrong, not everyone from Texas is a moron. 8^) God it must be lonely for you, Kit. That post contained more good ideas in 4 paragraphs than the entire Republican party hasd had since the resignation of Nixon who, to give the devil his due, had some excellent ideas amongst the rot.
I think making these changes would benefit all of us regardless of party. I do agree that the voting machines must be held in locked secure places and must be fully analyzed for programing defaults by an independent source. Contracts could go to the best, not nessarily the cheapest bidder.
Thanks, I thought I had just let my mouth over load my brain up there, you are all too kind.
Saturday April 6, 2013, 10:18 pm
I wish the Republicans would spend more time doing their jobs and less time thinking up ways to steal elections! They're always rigging, scheming, conniving, filibustering --anything but legislating. It's as though they've never read their job description or have a mission/vision statement that was created by their corporate masters.
Sunday April 7, 2013, 1:53 am
The sandbox is really starting to look like the cat box with piles of poop all over the place. I hope that Holder and the DOJ are able to clean out the Republican/Teabagger cat box so that it doesn't stink!
Sunday April 7, 2013, 7:27 am
JG, I grew up in upstate NY and as I recall it's exactly the opposite of what you posted. Just like where I live now (Illinois) the economy of NY drives and pays for most of everything and gets taken advantage of by you leeches. The same happens here, Chicago brings in well over 50% of the entire revenue and gets screwed by the downstate leeches. FWIW, I was one of the NY upstaters and am now one of the downstaters.
Monday April 8, 2013, 11:20 am
neither live in those places and have no experience to know what you mean by leeches.
Kit; whatever good you mean.. they always manage to get around it and still acheive their aims.
Whatever is pointed out as wrongdoing.. they will spin it and apply it to the underdogs as the bad guys and ruin their lives..
I have seen it in the smallest things said to pull the cover off things and they are chamilions by trade.. They adapt in their places of power and turn it around to further damage the rest of us and have their ways