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After fumbling on the previous Pennsylvania Voter ID AD, which to say the least was little more than a donation to a consulting firm stocked with GOP Staffers, the Corbett Administration is spending valuable Commonwealth resources on a new AD, valuable resources which would be better spent on education. However, the Republicans have to work extra hard to spin the bill that, according to Majority Leader Turzai, will "allow Mitt Romney to win Pennsylvania"

This time the Corbett Administration decides to level the charge that you are unpatriotic if you can't furnish one of the Voter ID Bills approved ID's:

"If you love your country, it's time to show it (stated by a women holding a state ID) (http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/...)"
Kevin Deely, a Democratic hopeful for State House in the 131st, told ProgressMo Shuffle that the commercial:
"...pours salt in the wound and is a slap in the face to every voter, especially our seniors and the disabled, who have to jump through enough hoops already on a daily basis."
Comparing a Photo ID to loving ones country is quite a stretch for an administration that is working extra hard to hold true to Gov. Corbett's desire to keep the vote down in Philadelphia. During a 2010 speech at a gathering outside Philadelphia the Governor stated. (Video of Speech)

Will Dunbar, Democratic Candidate in the 177th and vocal critic of the voter suppression attempts of the Pennsylvania GOP told ProgressMo Shuffle that love of country is not an excuse to place obstacles in the way of voters:

"Once again the Republicans have found a way to spin the voter suppression bill. This Voter ID Bill negatively affects seniors, minorities and students. Hopefully our Supreme Court Justices will see it that way on September 13th."
I for one do not have an issue with the idea of a photo ID to vote. I actually have found myself in agreement with an argument laid out by Norman Ornstein of the Conservative American Enterprise Institute in his call for a Voters Right Act of 2012. This act would require documentation used for obtaining identification for voting free, requiring a separate federal ballot, changing election day to the weekend and other common sense reforms to how we access the polls in the United States (Read the Full Article)

As stated by Ryan J. Reilly of Talking Points Memo, The Pennsylvania Voter ID Bill, which could affect:

"More than 1.6 million Pennsylvania voters....including more than 1,000 voters who are in the state’s “Voter Hall of Fame” because they voted in 50 consecutive elections. (http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/...)"
is not about a Photo ID. It is about a party and ideology beholden to Anti-Tax Pledges, Corporate Welfare and fear.

Not a fear of voter fraud that was so nonexistent that Governor Corbett didn't prosecute one case while Attorney General of Pennsylvania. Instead a fear of an ever-changing demographic that is tired of a never changing ideology. A demographic that is growing tired of those who are quick to shout "USA" and "God Bless America" while attacking truths we all hold self-evident.

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Originally posted to Rich Bergen on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 04:48 PM PDT.

Also republished by DKos Pennsylvania.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. (Adlai Stevenson)

    by ProgressMoShuffle on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 04:48:12 PM PDT

  •  When I was a teen and young adult (3+ / 0-)
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    GreenPA, emidesu, marina

    during the Vietnam War, their mantra was "America, Love it or Leave It" - in other words, love the Vietnam War or leave America.  For what it's worth, I went, unlike such great patriots such as Bush II, Cheney, Bolton, Gingrich, Romney, and Limbaugh, to name a few.

    The more time passes, the more things seem to stay the same.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 05:03:29 PM PDT

    •  And now the Chicken Hawks (1+ / 0-)
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      Navy Vet Terp

      want to send more and more young Americans into nightmares that they didn't have the courage to face. It never changes...

      I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. (Adlai Stevenson)

      by ProgressMoShuffle on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 05:11:49 PM PDT

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  •  so strange that the party of (2+ / 0-)
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    emidesu, marina

    anti gov't ID conspiracy theories turns out to be the same party that pushes them and links them to patriotism when it's politically expedient.

    •  it's because they don't think (0+ / 0-)

      these people don't deserve vote.

      I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. (Adlai Stevenson)

      by ProgressMoShuffle on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 05:12:34 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Strangely (1+ / 0-)
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      marina

      I was watching C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" on BBC Parliament today (your time) when a right winger was making the case for photo ID. It went something along the lines that you need photo ID to

      travel by plane (fair enough) then;
      pay by check and that many European countries rquire voter ID.

      A later caller hit the nail on the head - this is actually a call for a national identity card in the same way many European countries do. Although they act as a passport throughout the EU, the laws in most countries require that you carry it at all times. Police can demand to inspect it for no reason at any time. Although in most instances this is not enforced guess which groups of people are stopped and their papers demanded the most. Yep, the various ethnic minorities in the different countries.

      The current UK government abandoned the scheme Labour had put in place to issue National ID cards fot these very reasons.

      While on it you still use checks??? No British shop accepts them, mostly because the banks do not issue them to their retail customers but also because the standard method of paying otherwise by cash is by PIN authorised cards. The same applies throughout the EU - debit cards are used instead of checks.

      Last week I registered to vote. We have electoral rolls that are compiled every September and there were no changes to my details since last year. All I had to do was confirm this by sending an SMS text message with the two eight digit numbers that were printed on the form. A couple of minutes later, I got a text confirming I have registered. Instances of personation at polling stations are virtually unheard of (except in Northern Ireland where the dead regularly vote and the motto is said to be "vote early, vote often") Most fraudulent voting is through postal votes (absentee ballots) - surprising as US right wingers seem to think that is an acceptable alternative to voter ID

      Continuing on a TV near you; "The Magical Mitt Sorry Tour (Underpants Edit)"

      by Lib Dem FoP on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 05:58:20 PM PDT

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  •  As a PA resident, I'm really angry that my tax (3+ / 0-)
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    dollars are going to fund this propaganda crap.  I WANT A REFUND!  CORBETT NEEDS TO GO NOW!

  •  4 more days (4+ / 0-)

    PA Supreme Court to hear arguments this Thursday. Here's a link to Penn Live Op-ed written by Rep. Ronald Waters (D) today regarding the case. The court is evenly split but Waters seems hopeful that Chief Justice Castille, a republican appointee, will do the right thing based on past rulings. I hope he's right.

    Sadly, the comment section reflects the ignorance of the majority of PA voters on basic civil rights issues.  

    •  I know what you mean on the ignorance factor (2+ / 0-)
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      Timari, marina

      I for one refuse to argue the issue with my colleagues at work anymore. It's not about an ID...the ID has nothing to do with the issue. If it was just about a simple ID we would not be here.

      I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. (Adlai Stevenson)

      by ProgressMoShuffle on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 06:02:01 PM PDT

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  •  So now the repugs are for a national ID? (0+ / 0-)

    They went ape shit over the Clinton healthcare card. These lying shitbags might as well support a national voter card. Or maybe we should and fund it with federal money. We can send people around like census takers to provide ID door to door. These pugs will love it.

  •  if the new PPP (1+ / 0-)
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    ProgressMoShuffle

    poll out tonight is any indication, it's possible that the convention bounce might be being fueled by senior citizens. Obama actually leads with them 49-47 in Ohio. I wonder if Professor Clinton's Wednesday lecture should get some credit...

    "It's almost as if we're watching Mitt Romney on Safari in his own country." -- Jonathan Capeheart

    by JackND on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 08:34:07 PM PDT

  •  Real ID, anyone? (0+ / 0-)

    I guess the mark of the beast is okay if Republicans demand it.

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