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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I really should turn the news off....

Mitt Romney says he won't release his tax returns because Teresa Heinz Kerry didn't release her tax returns when John Kerry ran for President.

Last night on "The War Room" Jennifer Granholm ran a clip of a debate during the Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign which Romney won, where Romney refused to release his tax returns because his opponent's husband wasn't releasing his tax returns.

Somewhere in his mind, Mitt Romney is convinced this is a winning strategy; or at least a sensible response.

And for those of you who don't remember America in the 1960's, this is pretty much how the Civil Rights movement was criticized by public figures:

"In labeling the Texas voter ID law as a "poll tax," Eric Holder purposefully used language designed to inflame passions and incite racial tension. It was not only inappropriate, but simply incorrect on its face.

"The president should apologize for Holder's imprudent remarks and for his insulting lawsuit against the people of Texas."

Because it's all about the emotional instability of brown folks, and state's rights.

Gah.

P.S.  Can't wait for Perry to jump on the Brennan Center:

 The 11 percent of eligible voters who lack the required photo ID must travel to a designated government office to obtain one. Yet many citizens will have trouble making this trip. In the 10 states with restrictive voter ID laws:
• Nearly 500,000 eligible voters do not have access to a vehicle and live more than 10 miles from the nearest state ID-issuing office. Many of them live in rural areas with dwindling public transportation options.
• More than 10 million eligible voters live more than 10 miles from their nearest state ID-issuing office.
• 1.2 million eligible black voters and 500,000 eligible Hispanic voters live more than 10 miles from their nearest ID-issuing office. People of color are more likely to be disenfranchised by these laws since they are less likely to have photo ID than the general population.
• Many ID-issuing offices maintain limited business hours. For example, the office in Sauk City, Wisconsin is open only on the fifth Wednesday of any month. But only four months in 2012 — February, May, August, and October — have five Wednesdays. In other states — Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas — many part-time ID-issuing offices are in the rural regions with the highest concentrations of people of color and people in poverty.
More than 1 million eligible voters in these states fall below the federal poverty line and live more than 10 miles from their nearest ID-issuing office. These voters may be particularly affected by the significant costs of the documentation required to obtain a photo ID. Birth certificates can cost between $8 and $25. Marriage licenses, required for married women whose birth certificates include a maiden name, can cost between $8 and $20. By comparison, the notorious poll tax — outlawed during the civil rights era — cost $10.64 in current dollars.
Facts are so unfair.

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