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  •  Yep. voter suppression a gambit from ALEC.. (9+ / 0-)

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    Metcalfe said. "As Mitt Romney said, 47% of the people that are living off the public dole, living off their neighbors' hard work, and we have a lot of people out there that are too lazy to get up and get out there and get the ID they need. If individuals are too lazy, the state can't fix that."

    So, in the mind of this state Republican lawmaker, folks living in a nursing home, for example, deserve to be condemned for "living off the public dole," and if they lack the means to jump through procedural hoops to overcome the most burdensome voting restrictions with Jim Crow laws, they also deserve to be condemned for being "lazy." The same goes for students, the disabled, veterans, and everyone else in the "47 percent."

    Indeed, as far as Metcalfe's concerned, Mitt Romney has his back on this ridiculous position.

    And who's Daryl Metcalfe? Ari Berman reports, "Like many Republicans, he's been a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council for over a decade. The conservative group drafted mock voter ID legislation that is remarkably similar to the bill that Melcalfe introduced in the legislature. He says that, 'I was a Tea Partier before it was cool,' and is best known for introducing 'birther' legislation requiring presidential candidates to produce their birth certificate before running for office. He's been linked to right-wing anti-immigrant hate groups and has been dubbed the legislature's 'most prominent critic of gays.'" - emphasis added
    ALEC: The republican source/playbook for incompetent legislators without skills enough to make law on their own
      Romney was hawking this crap during his failed campaign
    •  I think it's more insidious than just incompetence (2+ / 0-)
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      The Right-to-Work law that just passed in Michigan was an ALEC bill. Corporations meet with Republican lawmakers under false pretenses to create laws that make it harder for businesses to be sued, laws that attempt to roll back regulations and union rights, and, to top it off, laws that make it harder for democrats to vote. Even though some legislators have been duped, most know exactly what's going on.

      Why isn't this illegal?!

      Isn't ALEC a kind of collusion with the goal being to eliminate competition? In this case, the competing "business" is that bothersome nemesis: the United States Government. I don't know anything about the law, but isn't this an Anti-Trust sort of thing if Big Business can increase profits by working behind the scenes to make sure that Republicans (the front men) are elected? Political Ideology is just a ruse.

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