This week, our readers shared their insights on Voter ID laws, the Affordable Care Act and whether rape jokes are ever justified. Let us know what you think—in the comments!
Nell H: South Carolina is another state fighting the photo ID law.
SC is a state with almost no public transportation. To obtain the photo ID, citizens must go to a county elections office (one per county) during normal working hours. In my county, the round trip from my home is 40 miles and takes almost 2 hours. There is no public transportation to this office.
Once obtained, there is no expiration of the SC photo ID. If I obtain one at age 18, it will still be a valid photo ID at age 78. This makes no sense.
Once obtained, if the voter moves to another address, a new photo ID will not be issued. So, if I move to another precinct, my address on the photo ID will be incorrect. So, my photo could be 60 years old and my address incorrect. What kind of ID is this?
The State Elections Commission knows of no cases of voter impersonation — the kind of fraud that the photo ID is intended to prevent. This law is not for ID. It is clearly intended to prevent the poor from voting. In SC it prevents many minorities from voting.
In response to Ari Berman’s “Why Republicans Are Challenging the Voting Rights Act.” July 9, 2012
DrRexDexter: This is just the "Tip of the Iceberg". Most A.R.M. Products, as well as Consumer Loans have their rates based on the LIBOR. If these rates have been artfully manipulated for decades, so have those products, products notably "booked" by the planets largest lenders and a governing factor in the resulting meltdowns of the last couple decades. Add complicity by the US Mortgage Bankers Association and this picture gets very ugly—ugly to tune of Trillions of dollars picked from the pockets of same tax-payers that bailed out these tools 4-5 years back.
In response to Katrina vanden Heuvel’s “Time for ‘Banksters’ to be Prosecuted.” July 10, 2012
Jack: When it was passed, my mother was dead set against it. Since she has learned that it will fill in her donut hole, and hasn’t gotten a notice to appear before the death panel, she likes it a lot more now.
I don’t think hers is an isolated case. Lots of people are noticing things like the donut hole starting to disappear and they like it more than they did two years ago.
The problem with going out on a limb is it’s hard to retreat when the limb gets sawed off. This article is spot on, because if the law is fully implanted, then all the disinformation will be fully exposed. People like my mom, who were stampeded into being against it, are now realizing that it is helping them, not endangering them.
In response to George Zornick’s “Democrats Think the Tables Are Turning on the ACA, and Some Predict a Public Option.” July 11, 2012