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By Marc A. ScaringiH.R. 1, the “For the People Act,” which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on a party-line vote, should be renamed the, “For the Career Democratic Politicians Act.” This bill would take power away from the states, help elect Democrats, and protect career politicians. Yet that’s not the conclusion one would draw by reading the “news.”

Here’s the first line in the New York Times story about the passage of H.R. 1, “The House passed the Democrats’ showcase anti-corruption and voting rights legislation on Friday, an expansive measure that aims to dismantle barriers to the ballot box, end big money in politics and impose stricter ethics rules on federal officials.” “Anti-corruption?” Really? How does this bill crack down on public corruption?

Prosecutors have lost major public corruption cases in the past few years, including the prosecution of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnel and current U.S. Senator Bob Menendez. The McDonnell case went to the U.S. Supreme Court, which issued a decision making it even harder to convict a public official for bribery. So, does the bill expand the definition of bribery? Does the bill make it easier to bring cases against corrupt politicians or even increase the criminal penalties? Of course not. The bill does nothing to combat public corruption.

So how else do the media mischaracterize the, “For the People Act?” The Times also claims the bill will “dismantle barriers to the ballot box” What? Are there barriers preventing Democrats from getting to the voting booths? Is that why they lost Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin in the last presidential election? Has President Trump built a wall around voting booths in Democratic precincts? Of course not. There are no barriers to voting for eligible voters.

So what does the bill do? It forces states to automatically register to vote any eligible residents who apply to state agencies for benefits or services. It specifically includes students of state colleges and universities. It also requires the states to register all convicted criminals who become eligible to vote upon completion of their sentence. Coincidentally, the overwhelming majority of college students and ex-convicts vote Democratic. This is not dismantling any “barriers.” This is using taxpayer dollars to register potential Democratic voters.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), in promoting the bill, declared, “[We] must not suppress the vote of our newcomers to America.” Well, if the “newcomers” are noncitizens then we must, because it’s illegal for them to vote in federal elections. That’s why states, which have the constitutional authority to determine the qualifications of voters, have passed voter identification laws to require proof of eligibility before casting a ballot. Democrats wrote H.R. 1 to nullify these laws; the bill allows a potential voter to simply sign a piece of paper swearing they’re eligible instead of having to show identification. I wonder who “our newcomers” are more likely to vote for, Democrats or Republicans?

The Times also says this bill will, “end big money in politics?” How? The bill would require the federal government to match any donation up to $200 to a candidate’s congressional campaign by a factor of six. Donate $200 and the taxpayers will kick in another $1,200. The candidate must agree, however, to accept only these “small dollar” donations. But career politicians, who can raise big money, will not restrict themselves. Have any media asked Speaker Pelosi, who has served in Congress for over 30 years and outraised her last opponent by over 340 to 1, if she will limit herself to small donations in her next reelection? Not a chance.

The first candidate to reject public financing in a presidential election was Barack Obama in 2008, even though he had earlier pledged to accept it because it would “reduce the influence of moneyed special interests.” Why did Obama flip-flop? Because he started raising money hand over fist and did not want to be limited. He raised three quarters of a billion dollars in 2008. Hillary Clinton, who also rejected public financing, together with the Democratic Party and pro-Clinton PACs raised a record $1.2 billion in 2016. So, the idea that H.R. 1 will “end big money” in politics is absurd.

The bill would, however, get out the vote for Democrats. In addition to automatically registering college students and ex-convicts, the bill would create a paid holiday for federal employees on Election Day and allow them to take another six paid days off each year to work the polls. Of those federal employees who belong to unions, a much higher percent are Democrats. Of those who donate to politicians, they donate overwhelmingly to Democrats. So, if the most politically active federal workers receive an extra seven paid days off to work the polls, I wonder which political party they’ll be working for?

H.R.1 will consolidate power in the federal government, further protect career politicians and use taxpayer dollars to help get out the Democratic vote. Thankfully, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has declared the bill DOA in the U.S. Senate. And, for good reason, despite what the media would lead you to believe.

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Don't even let that smelly turd of libbie stench in the Senate door.
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H.R. 1 is misnamed. It should have been "For the Democrats Perpetuation Act". I looked for the part about the Act becoming null and void if/when the Republicans take control of either Legislative body but couldn't find it. Has to be in there somewhere..

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Our Constitution clarifies who has a right to vote in our elections and who doesn't, but the leftist keep trying to ignore our Constitution as they think their agenda is more important.
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Hope our Senators aren't fooled.
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Hope our Senators aren't fooled.
RINOs and their leader Bitch will celebrate it ....
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Our Constitution clarifies who has a right to vote in our elections and who doesn't, but the leftist keep trying to ignore our Constitution as they think their agenda is more important.
That pesky Constitution! Don't worry. They're working on ways to shred it.
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That pesky Constitution! Don't worry. They're working on ways to shred it.
Yes they are and the oblivious in this nation better wake up sooner than later. What is astonishing to me is the younger generation who has full access to information many of us never had growing up, are still too ******* lazy to learn the truth about what real Socialism is and what it means for them. They have been bedazzled by the bullshit and shiny things, not understanding they will give away far, far more than they think they will gain.
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Originally Posted by 30YR W8T View Post
Yes they are and the oblivious in this nation better wake up sooner than later. What is astonishing to me is the younger generation who has full access to information many of us never had growing up, are still too ******* lazy to learn the truth about what real Socialism is and what it means for them. They have been bedazzled by the bullshit and shiny things, not understanding they will give away far, far more than they think they will gain.
They have the I want it, I want it now, and I want it given to me attitude. It's been that way their whole life with helicopter parents accommodating them every step of the way and a school system that indulges them and lets the inmates run the asylum. Plus their idea of long term planning is where they and their friends are going to meet for drinks tonight.
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They have the I want it, I want it now, and I want it given to me attitude. It's been that way their whole life with helicopter parents accommodating them every step of the way and a school system that indulges them and lets the inmates run the asylum. Plus their idea of long term planning is where they and their friends are going to meet for drinks tonight.
Yep, you are spot on.
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Do you have an opinion on this or are you just chumming the waters?

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By Marc A. ScaringiH.R. 1, the “For the People Act,” which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on a party-line vote, should be renamed the, “For the Career Democratic Politicians Act.” This bill would take power away from the states, help elect Democrats, and protect career politicians. Yet that’s not the conclusion one would draw by reading the “news.”

Here’s the first line in the New York Times story about the passage of H.R. 1, “The House passed the Democrats’ showcase anti-corruption and voting rights legislation on Friday, an expansive measure that aims to dismantle barriers to the ballot box, end big money in politics and impose stricter ethics rules on federal officials.” “Anti-corruption?” Really? How does this bill crack down on public corruption?

Prosecutors have lost major public corruption cases in the past few years, including the prosecution of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnel and current U.S. Senator Bob Menendez. The McDonnell case went to the U.S. Supreme Court, which issued a decision making it even harder to convict a public official for bribery. So, does the bill expand the definition of bribery? Does the bill make it easier to bring cases against corrupt politicians or even increase the criminal penalties? Of course not. The bill does nothing to combat public corruption.

So how else do the media mischaracterize the, “For the People Act?” The Times also claims the bill will “dismantle barriers to the ballot box” What? Are there barriers preventing Democrats from getting to the voting booths? Is that why they lost Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin in the last presidential election? Has President Trump built a wall around voting booths in Democratic precincts? Of course not. There are no barriers to voting for eligible voters.

So what does the bill do? It forces states to automatically register to vote any eligible residents who apply to state agencies for benefits or services. It specifically includes students of state colleges and universities. It also requires the states to register all convicted criminals who become eligible to vote upon completion of their sentence. Coincidentally, the overwhelming majority of college students and ex-convicts vote Democratic. This is not dismantling any “barriers.” This is using taxpayer dollars to register potential Democratic voters.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), in promoting the bill, declared, “[We] must not suppress the vote of our newcomers to America.” Well, if the “newcomers” are noncitizens then we must, because it’s illegal for them to vote in federal elections. That’s why states, which have the constitutional authority to determine the qualifications of voters, have passed voter identification laws to require proof of eligibility before casting a ballot. Democrats wrote H.R. 1 to nullify these laws; the bill allows a potential voter to simply sign a piece of paper swearing they’re eligible instead of having to show identification. I wonder who “our newcomers” are more likely to vote for, Democrats or Republicans?

The Times also says this bill will, “end big money in politics?” How? The bill would require the federal government to match any donation up to $200 to a candidate’s congressional campaign by a factor of six. Donate $200 and the taxpayers will kick in another $1,200. The candidate must agree, however, to accept only these “small dollar” donations. But career politicians, who can raise big money, will not restrict themselves. Have any media asked Speaker Pelosi, who has served in Congress for over 30 years and outraised her last opponent by over 340 to 1, if she will limit herself to small donations in her next reelection? Not a chance.

The first candidate to reject public financing in a presidential election was Barack Obama in 2008, even though he had earlier pledged to accept it because it would “reduce the influence of moneyed special interests.” Why did Obama flip-flop? Because he started raising money hand over fist and did not want to be limited. He raised three quarters of a billion dollars in 2008. Hillary Clinton, who also rejected public financing, together with the Democratic Party and pro-Clinton PACs raised a record $1.2 billion in 2016. So, the idea that H.R. 1 will “end big money” in politics is absurd.

The bill would, however, get out the vote for Democrats. In addition to automatically registering college students and ex-convicts, the bill would create a paid holiday for federal employees on Election Day and allow them to take another six paid days off each year to work the polls. Of those federal employees who belong to unions, a much higher percent are Democrats. Of those who donate to politicians, they donate overwhelmingly to Democrats. So, if the most politically active federal workers receive an extra seven paid days off to work the polls, I wonder which political party they’ll be working for?

H.R.1 will consolidate power in the federal government, further protect career politicians and use taxpayer dollars to help get out the Democratic vote. Thankfully, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has declared the bill DOA in the U.S. Senate. And, for good reason, despite what the media would lead you to believe.
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Originally Posted by 30YR W8T View Post
Our Constitution clarifies who has a right to vote in our elections and who doesn't, but the leftist keep trying to ignore our Constitution as they think their agenda is more important.
Exactly! If you are not anUS citizen then you shouldn't expect to vote. Heck we should start charging even legal immigrants more for crap like housing and all like a lot of countries do. Call it a foreigner investment fee or something.
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