Poll Tax, Revisited

The radical right extremists and the tea party redneck brigade boldly claim to be defenders & protectors of the Constitution. Perhaps, these self proclaimed patriots should read it.

“Imagine that you are finally old enough to vote in your first election. But, do you have enough money to vote? What if you had to pay to vote? Not too many years ago, citizens in some states had to pay a fee to vote in a national election. This fee was called a poll tax. On January 23, 1964, the United States ratified the 24th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting any poll tax in elections for federal officials.”

When Texas voters are asked to show a photo ID at the polls in January, they will join voters in 29 other states that have adopted voter identification requirements — but only six of which require photo identification. The new requirement reeks of Voter Suppression. Texas Democrats have expressed concern with the new requirement” You can too.

Studies have shown that 11 percent of eligible voters, more than 20 million Americans, do not have a government-issued ID. This percentage is even higher for seniors, racial minorities, low-income voters and students. The record is clear that restrictive photo identification laws, such as the one just passed in Texas, serve no legitimate purpose. While proponents cite the need to guard against voter fraud, numerous recent investigations and studies have found zero evidence of substantial voter fraud of the kind voter ID laws would protect against — voter impersonation.

The procedure to obtain a Texas ID or Driver’s License requires you to show “Lawful Presence” by producing one of the following:

  1. Certificate of Birth issued by appropriate U.S. State, Territory, or District of Columbia;
  2. Department of State Certification of birth issued to U.S. Citizens born abroad
  3. Certificate of U.S. Citizenship
  4. U.S. Dept. of Justice – INS U.S. Citizenship Identification Card
  5. U.S. Dept. of Justice – INS Identification Card for Resident Citizen of the U.S.
  6. U.S. Passport
  7. Valid Permanent Resident Card
  8. Passport or I-94 stamped “Approved I-551”;
  9. Passport or I-94 stamped “Processed for I-551” or
  10. Permit to Re-enter (Form I-327).

Most, if not all, require a certified copy of your birth certificate to obtain.

A Texas ID costs about $ 25.

And, to obtain a copy of your birth certificate (in Texas) you must provide:

  1. State-issued driver’s license
  2. State/city/county ID card
  3. Student ID
  4. Government employment badge or card
  5. Prison ID
  6. Military ID.

Certified copy of birth certificate costs about $22.

Combined cost (birth certificate/license): $47

Disturbing Fact: let’s say you make minimum wage (which makes up the majority of the so called jobs that Perry is claiming to have created), $7.25 an hour. You would need to work 6.48 hours in order to make enough money to pay your Poll Tax.

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AMERICA-DOOMED!?.. Downgrades, REBEL FLAGS in TEXAS, Hot Dogs, Tea Party POOPERS, and the EXPLODING SUN…

AMERICA IS DOOMED? AAA Credit Downgrade, political pandering disguised as “prayer rallies”, prayer & fasting succumbs to the temptation of HOT DOG vendors, and more Tea Party obstructionism.

 Perry wants to put the racist rebel flag on Texas License Plates, Capitalism has no place in Health Care, and,  not only does it feel like we’re living in Hades due to the political discontent, we now have proof- the SUN is EXPLODING

Wow, and I thought my bad mood due to inadequate caffeine levels.

TOP 10 REASONS NOT TO VOTE FOR PERRY

WHY TRICKY RICK PERRY IS BAD FOR TEXAS AND EVEN WORSE FOR AMERICA

Here’s what the Republican Party

is NOT TELLING YOU ABOUT TRICKY RICK:

1) Tricky Rick’s all about “big government” –a career politician.

2) Total Government spending in Texas has doubled since TRICKY RICK took office in 2000.

2) TEXAS DEBT IS OUT-OF-CONTROL! http://www.usdebtclock.org/state-debt-clocks/state-of-texas-debt-clock.html

3) TRICKY RICK wanted to lease Texas roadways (that were already free to drive on) and turn them into toll roads by developing the Trans-Texas Corridor (part of the planned NAFTA superhighway system).

4) TRICKY RICK HAS REPEATEDLY RAISED TAXES AS GOVERNOR!

5) TEXAS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS CURRENTLY 8%-THAT’S 23RD IN THE NATION. http://www.bls.gov/lau/

6) TRICKY RICK KEEPS TEXAS WAGES LOW! Between December 2007 and April 2011, weekly wages in the U.S. increased by about 5 percent. In the state of Texas they increased by just 0.6% .

7) TRICKY RICK HAS DEMOLISHED OUR public education system:

36th in the nation in high school graduation rates;

An estimated 3.8 million Texans do not have a high school diploma;

49th in verbal SAT scores,

47th in literacy;

46th in average math SAT scores; and

33rd in the nation on teacher salaries.

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8.   Texas has the highest percentage of workers making minimum wage out of all 50 states.

In 2007, 221,000 residents of Texas were making minimum wage or less. By 2010, that number had risen to 550,000.

9) TRICKY RICK PRAISES HIS efforts to fight ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION WITHOUT THE HELP OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT… BUT TAKES 125 MILLION ANNUALLY IN FEDERAL (DHS) FUNDS to “help out.”

10) TRICKY RICK SIGNED EXECUTIVE ORDER (2007) TO FORCE EVERY SINGLE GIRL IN TEXAS TO TAKE THE GARDASIL VACCINE BEFORE THE 6TH GRADE. Since then, very serious safety issues regarding this vaccine have come to light. THANKFULLY, lawmakers in Texas blocked TRICKY RICK. Sources cite issues with “apparent financial connections between Merck and Perry to news outlets, such as a $ 6,000 campaign contribution and Merck’s hiring of former Perry Chief of Staff Mike Toomey to handle its Texas lobbying work.”

BACHMANN “PINGS” GAYDAR

The Daily Beast printed a story about Mr. Michelle and it compelled me to share my thoughts. My Gay-Dar pinged the first time I saw a photo of  Marcus. And, as I read the Daily Beast article, my suspicions were somewhat validated (or, at least supported) by the fact that I am  not alone!  

We’ve all heard the clichés: “where there’s smoke there’s fire”and “the guilty dog barks first” which  begs the question is Marcus supressing the urge to live true to his nature by vicariously “curing gays” (sarcasm implied) because of his current locale (the proverbial closet)? 

Here’s the token Seinfeld disclaimer you were waiting for: “not that there’s anything wrong with that.”  I will validate and take ownership of this disclaimer by adding that some of my best friends are gay. And, yes, they were born that way and I LOVE THEM!

The Gay-Dar is a fabulous thing. The ability to hone in on the ever-so- subtle quantum waves of the homosexual pheromone is unprecedented (for those of us who possess a finely tuned instrument.) Moreover, I never lack for fashion, art, or philosophy critiques and, I always have a shopping partner!  All kidding aside, my friends (gay or straight) are the same-equal (not constitutionally, as we all know) but to me, they’re just people, my friends, my family, and of course, human beings. I don’t differentiate. Yes, I do have a Gay-Dar . Does that make me insensitive to the plight of the LGBT community? On the contrary, it helps me recognize potential friends, potential targets of oppression, and potential hypocrites. Is Mr. Michelle gay? The jury is still out, but I’m betting the farm that he is…

For all the closet dwellers out there who feel the need to hide behind ancient doctrines of exclusionary dogma, come out, be loved for who you are, open that bible instead of using it as a coaster: The truth shall set you free, John 8:32.

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