Wednesday, March 14, 2012

First action against Texas U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) decision not to pre clear Texas' voter identification law:
Eric Holder’s Department of Justice has issued an objection to Texas’ voter ID requirement. As the Associated Press writes:
The Justice Department conveyed its objection in a letter to Texas officials that was also filed in the U.S. District Court case in Washington between Texas and the department. Justice said Hispanic voters in Texas are at least 50 percent more likely and possibly more than twice as likely as non-Hispanic voters to lack a driver's license or a personal state-issued photo ID, which the Texas law requires.
Meanwhile, across the country, James O’Keefe III has released video showing just how easy it is to participate in voter fraud in Vermont, since no photo ID is required. He is even offered ballots by polling officials after giving them the name of dead folks.
So why is the Holder DOJ so intent on stopping Texas’ voter ID requirement? Because the Holder DOJ is dominated by a soft variant of the philosophy of critical race theory. The DOJ contention goes something like this: a law must be racist if it has varying impact on different classes of people. It must be designed to uphold the white supremacist hierarchy. Thus, even a law of neutral applicability – meaning a law that applies equally to everyone, like showing your ID to vote – becomes a racist measure. The system itself is corrupted, even though the law is clearly not racist on its face.
That’s the basis of the DOJ’s letter. And that’s why the DOJ seems so unconcerned with voter fraud, while cracking down on voter ID: only laws that make special provision for different groups (in this case, Hispanics) should be implemented. If the door is opened to voter fraud, so be it; at least we’ll sleep better at night knowing that Hispanics without IDs aren’t disadvantaged by the law.
Second action against:
The Obama Administration Cuts Off Texas Funding Over Planned Parenthood Spat
A Health and Human Services spokeswoman stated that funding was cut because the program excluded Planned Parenthood from participating. Planned Parenthood, which donates millions of dollars to the Democratic Party, lost its funding in Texas last year because the legislature was fed up with the organization’s performing of abortions, as well as its excessive cost.
According to federal law, states administer Medicaid and reserve the right to set the criteria for “qualified providers.” As Planned Parenthood represents less than two percent of providers in Texas, yet has a cost 43 percent higher than most other providers, it was an unlikely choice as a “quality provider.”
After Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the decision in Houston, Texas Governor Rick Perry angrily denounced the decision as "egregious federal overreach" and also stated, “The fact that the Obama Administration would announce its decision to deny care for more than 100,000 low income women during a press event before giving official notice to the state is a clear demonstration of the political motivation behind this decision.”
The removal of funding by the Obama administration will now prevent roughly 130,000 low-income Texas women who do not qualify for Medicaid from receiving free exams and contraceptives. Four other states have also attempted to block federal aid to Planned Parenthood: North Carolina, Tennessee, Indiana, and Wisconsin.