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Where was he looking? And what does he mean, “we”?

“We found no one was denied the right to vote in Mississippi,” crowed Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann after Mississippi’s photo ID law was used in June 2014. Yet of the 513 people who cast affidavit ballots in June 2014 in Mississippi, 177, jumped through the newly created photo-ID hoop, returning to prove that they were not guilty of attempted voter fraud by presenting a government-approved photo ID. Of the 513, according to the vote Nazi, Hosemann, “13 had their ballots rejected for other reasons, such as not being a registered voter.” So there you have 323 registered voters who were possibly denied the right to vote.

“We are very pleased with the numbers,” he said. “They reflect Mississippi is able to conduct its own elections.”

“We” definitely doesn’t include the people who were registered to vote but couldn’t or didn’t because someone else decided that their previous efforts to participate in this Democratic Republic weren’t sufficient. In the words of a great Civil Rights activist, “Is this America?”

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Hosemann responds to editorial criticizing voter ID lawMississippi Business Journal

 

Hosemann responds to editorial criticizing voter ID lawMississippi Business Journal

What’s most disturbing is the slimy way this southern gentleman tries to slither away from his fellow snakes by talking about how he’s done everything possible to make the theft of voting rights fair.  He’s sought all the permission possible to demonstrate the cleanliness and fairness of  his state’s destruction of voting rights (already registered voters must now show photos of themselves to vote otherwise don’t bother showing up even though you are a citizen who has already registered).  And to top it off he thinks, like the character Bele in an episode of Star Trek, who thought it was obvious that he was superior because he was white on the left side of his body and his enemy was black on the left side of his body, it should be obvious that Mississippi is not like Texas or those other photo ID states.  He actually thinks that simply because there are no suits filed against Mississippi, yet, then what Mississippi has done is fair and honest, that Mississippi is superior. that because of superficial attributes, Mississippi is really substantially different from the other disenfranchisement extremists.

And it suits  Mr. Hosemann’ s ignorance in the service neo-confederate-voter disenfranchisement  to not  address Professor Alan Draper’s reminder: 

Less than 10% of voting age whites in Mississippi do not have a driver’s license while almost 30% of voting age blacks are without one. That is, eligible black voters are three times as likely as whites to lack the most common form of government-issued ID required to vote.” 

 

Mr. Hosemann talks about people who showed up to vote not the pool of eligible voters.  No if he were to be honest, Mr. Hosemann would admit that his efforts are most pernicious to those who aren’t colored right.

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Being hosed by Hosemann


It’s the old smallpox-in-the-blanket routine. This apparently is a comically, disarming sales gimmick meant to cast Mississippi’s neo-confederate voting restrictions as minority-friendly. Mr. Haney, I mean Secretary Hosemann, is still trying to favorably portray an ice-to-the-Eskimos- purchase, $1.5 million and counting to stop non-existent in-person voter fraud. Mr. Haney says that Mississippians can use driver’s licenses that are 10 years old, but that’s not what the neo-confederate devils wrote into the details of the law, smuggled-in law via a Trojan-horse initiative. And how long after Obama is out office do you think it will be before Mr. Haney is demanding strict adherence to the law and the neo-confederates add more birth-certificate-type requirements to obtain the “free” photo ID? Why photo ID? Just look at the lower-voting effect of these type laws on black and young people in Kansas and Tennessee.* For the shrewd confidence man, Mr. Haney, advancing voting constrictions is money in the bank (job security). Beautiful Mr. Haney, disenfranchisement wrapped in a voter-integrity blanket.

Oh, and below is the white version of the commercial that Hosemann ran, the forerunner of the ad he ran coincidently matching Cochran’s black appeal campaign. Funny how the Secretary of State’s office ran a black version of the ad to appeal to the voting segment most negatively impacted by the voting changes, a segment which could prove to be pivotal to Cochran’s re-election, if Tea Partier’s Chris McDaniel’s supporters, Cochran’s primary opponent, staged a protest campaign in the general election. Apparently using a black woman in the ad proves that the law couldn’t possibly be harmful to minorities.

*Study: Voter ID laws cut turnout by blacks, young

We will help you with this needless hoop.

How nice of them to help with the needless hoop they created.

Of course none of this was necessary before the neo-confederates in the Mississippi legislature injected a citizenship challenge into the voting process via necessitating presentation of birth certificates to get a “free ID.”

So what’s wrong with the PDA (Public Disservice Announcement)? In fairness, it says that “if you already have an acceptable photo ID” you won’t need another on election day. Here the conservatives cunningly conceal in plain sight a truth that is detrimental to many Mississippians. In the process of telling you what you won’t need, they omit something critical. You can’t get the “free ID” if you have something many Mississippians now have, a current driver’s license. The ad is cute. It even has Mr. Haney, I mean, Mr. Hosemann sitting in a boat with a fishermen telling him that he can use a paycheck stub to get a photo ID. See it’s so simple even a Mississippian or a caveman could do it. But hold it right there. Did he say if you wanted to get a “free ID” you could bring a paycheck stub? Mr. Haney knows that isn’t true. You have to have a birth certificate to get the “free ID,” according to the law that the neo-confederates passed. They aren’t going to give you a “free ID” if you bring in your paycheck stub.
But Mr. Hosemann, like Mr. Haney selling Oliver Douglas doors without knobs or a tractor without wheels, pretends he is selling voting ease to the public when what he is really selling is a Republican constructed complication. For if you lose your driving privilege (which costs money) due to suspension for traffic fines or your Geico auto insurance lapsed and you get a ticket which you can’t pay, you must go through the citizenship challenge (present a birth certificate). In effect Mississippi’s neo-confederates have increased the penalty for unpaid driving penalties.
So in essence in a state, Mississippi, where black families have a fraction of the income of white families, voting has a new poll tax attached to it. People with licenses who can afford to keep them don’t have their citizenship challenged as a step in voting and people who can’t afford them do.

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    Democrats are Remarkably Lazy

    Well, how else can you explain the Republican Party’s success at co-opting things Democrats fought to put in place? I referred to the Democratic Party as the originator of things that RepubliCons pretend to support in another piece (Ruining Government(The Great REpubliConned pastime) where I also posit the notion that the Republican plan is to castigate and undermine the functioning of government at every opportunity, as part of a grand privatization scheme benefiting an oligarchic donor class.
    Here is a Mississippi example of this co-opting.

    Look at these pictures

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    These are pictures from Promote the Vote in Mississippi.

    This next picture is a picture of the current Mississippi Secretary of State, Republican Delbert Hosemann congratulating a program participant.

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    The literature from Secretary Hosemann’s website says

    Tightly aligned with the Mississippi Social Studies Framework and developed in cooperation with the Mississippi Department of Education, PTV’s curriculum consists of voter education lesson plans and activities developmentally appropriate and unique to each grade level. Along with the lessons, the PTV Mock Election allows students to experience voting for official statewide candidates in a simulated election prior to the actual General Election.

    What’s missing in the “voter education lesson plan” is the part where the students produce a copy of there birth certificate to get an ID to vote, the new RepubliCon wrinkle. The wrinkle is evidence of the difference between the Democratic and Republican parties. The Republican Party having switched characteristics with the Democratic Party, after integration and the influx of blacks into the Democratic Party, is now the party of the “systematic and ingenious discrimination” that the Voting Rights Act was supposed to counter. In Mr. Hosemann, you have a man, co-opting a program, Promote the Vote, begun by a Democrat, Eric Clark, while simultaneously defending voting constrictions wherein people are forced to get birth certificates to vote. Although Hosemann, twisting to sanitize an odorous, offensive law, has come up with some sort of Administrative agreement that contradicts the actual law, restricting access to supposedly “free” IDs means that the IDs are not free and considering the differences in income related to race the law is definitely discriminatory. But perhaps in Mississippi, it doesn’t matter whether Democrats worked harder at not allowing Democratic plans which benefit the common man to be co-opted by Republicans. After all, if your define yourself by allegiance to a symbol of repression, an emblem of class for which race is a proxy, maybe we shall not overcome Lee Atwater’s analysis.

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    Mississippi Secretary of State of Delbert Hosemann’s office is launching a publicity blitz

     

     

    Notice how Mr. Haney, excuse me, Ms. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, says what can be used to get a “free” voter ID. 

     

    Slight of hand, country–bumpkin styled.

     

    First of all the voter ID can only be obtained “free” if you don’t have a current driver’s license.  Notice how the commercial makes the point of listing the things you can use to get a “free” ID.  These are all items you can use to get the birth certificate to get the “free” ID unless of course you bring a birth certificate with you.  This Mississippi voter ID law is essentially an arbitrary, inept citizenship challenge by the state of Mississippi without just cause.  And Americans do not need birth certificates to validate their citizenship as being born in America is not a requirement for American citizenship and I cite the citizenship of John McCain and Ted Cruz as examples of Americans who were not born in any American city, town, state, or territory.  But back to the confidence man’s game of selling Americans the notion that Mississippi’s photo ID law is fair and necessary.  When white Mississippians voted to order everyone to produce photo ID’s at the polls the initiative for which they voted said nothing about citizenship challenges only that that Mississippians should provide photo ID.  Now the RepubliCon legislature didn’t write a law that gave photo ID’s to all registered voters.  No, that would have been fair and fairness is not what they were after but a shrinking of the voting pool.

    A situation in which fewer people are voting favors the rich because they get more bang for their buck.

     

    But the most frightening thing about the situation is how so much power over the vote in Mississippi has been deposited into the hands of one man.  Mr. Hosemann illustrates this most clearly in an interview with the Jackson Free Press in which he says,

     

    he wrote an administrative rule that says a driver’s license can be expired for up to 10 years and still be used for voting, and that the driver’s license can come from any state.

     

    What Mr. Hosemann “wrote” today can be undone by some future SOS with the stroke of a pen.  That’s why I have referred to him as the vote-Nazi

     

    And Democratic Party officials in the state indicate the reasons Republicans have so much success.  Republicans are just more motivated and assertive when it comes to pressing their agenda.  The most you get from Mississippi Democratic Party officials is

    it’s too early to say whether the Democratic Party will file a lawsuit to try to block Mississippi’s voter ID law.

    But that perhaps has more to do with a constituency which is more programmed, conditioned, opiated to watch BET and T.D. Jakes, football and Real Housewives then it is to knowing that they must come together to advocate laws which restrict outsourcing of jobs by people, Democrats and Republicans, who tell them that their lack of education is the reason that they are unemployed or employed at Wal Mart and need government assistance, even as jobs are going to China and Mexico and corporations offshore profits.

    Republicans playing voter ID games Jan. 3, 2013–clarion ledger

    Deciding whether to believe the Brennan Center study which “estimated 48,000 low-income Mississippians could have trouble obtaining government-issued photo identification” or an afterthought-study (no federal observers, eligible voter percentages) which suggests only 21,855 Mississippians total would need one?

    Mind you, the afterthought was prepared by proponents who requested $395,000 for poll-tax (driver’s licenses aren’t free and Mississippi’s unexpired license requirement is tantamount to a recurring voting fee) ID litigation and requested none for related education and outreach.

    A very conservative figure for a Mississippi education and outreach program would be $200,000. Georgia’s costs $840,000 and featured radio and TV public service announcements, direct mail, and packages to government agencies. And then there’s this post-Civil War purge element: “a person can obtain the free voter ID card at a clerk’s office by presenting the same material accepted to register to vote.”

    This Haneyism, after Mr. Haney from television’s “Green Acres,” masks the fundamental change in Mississippi voting requirements. Proponent, Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann knows full well that Mississippians didn’t need to present a birth certificate to register to vote before the disenfranchisement legislation, therefore this implied ease is most disingenuous. And where, Mr. Haney, is the money for the clerk’s office “to access birth records” and who will pay?

    Registered voters have registration cards, and in signing a voter roll are affirming their identity, like swearing to tell the truth in a court of law (without showing a photo ID to the judge). Mississippi Republicans have in effect established the presumption of guilt in voting law and suggest cheating is rampant, when nearly every statewide official is, ahem, Republican.

    Hosemann’s allies are the black middle and upper class in Mississippi

    Hosemann [Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann] said Mississippi took precautions to make sure its voter ID law would survive scrutiny, offering free photos for the ID cards, free transportation to get the cards and free verification for birth certificates in Mississippi and 45 other states

    Using what is by now the trademark RepubliCon tool, Delbert Hosemann and his fellow Council of Conservative Citizens have employed the divide and conquer voodoo to perfection in the 21st century extension of the Southern Strategy, the voter ID booby trap. The key is to make one group of people turn on another group with whom they should be economic allies. The devilry is the questions what is free and for whom is it free?

    Connecting a current driver’s license (which, duh, is not free) to voting as Mississippi’s Weyrich-flavored constriction is an income hoop reminiscent of a poll tax, especially in a state in which the Non-Hispanic white households in Mississippi had the highest median household income ($45,583) and the median household income of blacks—$23,895—was just over half of that according to work from 2009 by the VCU Center on Society and Health. ,a state in which $5,501 is too much income to qualify for Medicaid. What is free in Mississippi, a state receiving the third most federal funding per tax dollar paid, is in the eye of the beholder or motor vehicle operator as the case may be.

    But the voting pool contraction is predictable, considering how neo-feudalism is a derivative of a plantation-sympathetic society which many Mississippians cherish as part of their tradition embodied in the state flag. Class is very much the essence of neo-feudalism the same as it was at the base of anti-bellum southern life. No, that correlation is not a surprise but the black contribution to Mississippi’s status quo is perhaps an insidious indication of how deeply a primitive, pernicious style of capitalism, American to its core, has the potential to devour democracy. Strange bedfellows, the black middle and upper classes and the founders of Heritage, Cato, and ALEC like Paul Weyrich, lovers of elitism and stratification. 

    No one, not even anyone in the Mississippi Civil Rights community or even in the Black legislative caucus in Mississippi seems to be willing to challenge Hosemann’s assertion about the poll he took to determine how many people had the type of photo ID necessary to vote in Mississippi. Hosemann’s assertions considering the way he came to help alter the cost estimates of the voter ID law from the initial $100,000 to the $1.5 million, even that figure is suspect (The state’s voter ID initiative stated that providing free IDs could cost up to $100,000, depending on how many people requested one.), his aiding and abetting this discrimination proves how right Faulkner was about the past. And I betcha the $1.5 million estimate didn’t account for this: “The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported that the state will have to put cameras in all 82 county courthouses to monitor the distribution of the free voter IDs. The Legislature would have to set aside funds to buy these cameras; however, lawmakers did not approve funds for the cameras during the 2012 session.) No, Herr Hosemann’s belated interest in disparate impact is about as legitimate as a cotton gin owner who has his house on the scale. He needs a look-the-other-way complicity to make the presentation work. You have to give him credit for determining where he could count on getting this assistance, the black political class system in Mississippi, conveniently retiring.

    A complacent, contented black middle and upper class is what makes the gentlemanly South’s-gonna-rise-again types like Hosemann so effective. It is black lethargy and acquiescence to a perceived black inferiority among lower income blacks that makes the closeted Council of Conservative Citizens members so effective in their efforts to suppress the vote. One has to begin to believe that many blacks are also neo-feudalists, harboring classist sentiments, enjoying a black cushion like Supreme Court Justice Thomas who having benefited from affirmative action even to point of accepting a position on the Supreme Court now thinks that “the others” are just plain ole inferior, in a sense, mirroring the perspective of blacks who owned slaves before the Civil War. Everything is fine just so long as I can get and maintain my economic advantage. Little do they realize that they, having forgotten the lessons of the past, may find themselves one day spending, paraphrasing the title from a recent film, more than just 12 years a slave because “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice every where.” The lessons of the past are telling everyone who stands idly, silently by and watches these erosions in voting rights that one day “they” will be coming for you.

    Groups say Mississippi should take lesson from voting-law challenges | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com

    I believe Mississippi’s law is much different than North Carolina’s, and we will pass any constitutional challenge by anyone,” he [Ms. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann] said. “We are not going to be discriminatory against minorities in Mississippi … We are not our fathers’ fathers in Mississippi anymore.

    Oh really, and what do you call the Jim Crow styled hoops created by Mississippi’s law.   Hosemann denies the photo ID law’s discriminatory effect despite the fact that people who have driver’s licenses are shielded from having to provide a birth certificate to get a “free” state-issued photo ID.  This actually produces two classes of citizens, one forced to produce some sort of documentation to obtain a birth certificate to vote.  Of course none of the media in Mississippi seems to have paid any attention to Hosemann’s attempts at deception by using Georgia’s law as a defense for Mississippi’s efforts and some of the media in Mississippi has even given cover to this nullification effort by the state which has “the sole remaining U.S. state flag which bears the Confederate battle flag’s saltire.”    

    When news sources say “Voters overwhelmingly approved Voter ID in 2011 in a statewide referendum,” the common refrain from the press in Mississippi, no one ever compares the ID initiative that was passed, which made no reference to exclusions from obtaining “free” ID,to the exclusionary law the RepubliCon Mississippi Legislature enacted. The Mississippi voter disintegration law (registered Mississippians are suddenly ineligible to vote if their driver’s license is expired) also has, paraphrasing a line for the recent Lincoln film, clothed the Secretary of State in immense power. Peek-a-boo, what’s that hiding in the law?  Revealing the latent southern predilection for autocracy, the law says required material presented and verified for ID issuance could be “Such other acceptable evidence of verification of residence in the county as determined by the Secretary of State.” This means that, through an electorate’s atavistic reliance on a plantation-styled noblesse oblige, today’s Secretary of State can decide that a paystub is good enough to acquire a photo ID and the next SOS can decide that its not? Having Mississippi’s legislatively-created Fuhrer decide what is “acceptable evidence of verification” kind of reminds me of the Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld. Only in Mississippi it may be “no vote for you.”  And if you are a married woman what exactly will the Fuhrer require you to produce, by way of documentation, to get one of those “free” IDs? 

     

    WASHINGTON – Voting rights advocates say there’s a message for Mississippi in lawsuits the Justice Department has filed during the last two months to block voting-law changes in Texas and North Carolina.

    The suits claim the changes, including new voter ID laws, would suppress the minority vote.

    Mississippi is moving ahead with its own voter ID law, and voting rights advocates say the recent legal actions by the Justice Department should put the state on notice that it may be next.

    “The battle in North Carolina, Texas, they’re not just state fights,” said William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP. “They are state battles that have national implications. If you don’t stop it here, it has the potential like a virus to spread across the country.”

    But Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said his state’s voter ID law is on solid footing.

    “I believe Mississippi’s law is much different than North Carolina’s, and we will pass any constitutional challenge by anyone,” he said. “We are not going to be discriminatory against minorities in Mississippi … We are not our fathers’ fathers in Mississippi anymore.”

    Hosemann said Mississippi’s law should be in place by June.

    Justice officials filed the recent lawsuits against Texas and North Carolina in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling this summer in a case out of Shelby County, Ala.

    Until that ruling, Mississippi and other states with a history of discrimination were required under Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act to get “pre-clearance” from the Justice Department or a federal court before making any change to their voting procedures.

    The court ruled that Section 4 of the act, which consisted of the formula used to determine which states and other jurisdictions should be subject to Section 5, is outdated and therefore unconstitutional.

    Justice officials were reviewing Mississippi’s voter ID law when the court issued its ruling. The law requires voters to show a government-issued photo ID at the polls. Before the ruling, Justice officials had rejected similar laws in other Southern states subject to Section 5.

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    Voting rights advocates said they were alarmed by how quickly Mississippi and other states moved to implement their new voting laws after the court decision.

    Mississippi “didn’t even stop to take a breath after the decision before rushing forward” on its voter ID law, said Wendy Weiser, director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University’s School of Law.

    Weiser said that makes her think states won’t be easily deterred, even in the face of legal challenges.

    “It’s not clear to me how much those states currently are going to be slowed by the existence of lawsuits because they really did just thumb their nose at the Voting Rights Act,” she said. “That said, it certainly ought to have an impact.”

    Hosemann said Mississippi took precautions to make sure its voter ID law would survive scrutiny, offering free photos for the ID cards, free transportation to get the cards and free verification for birth certificates in Mississippi and 45 other states.

    The state also conducted a poll to determine who might not have IDs and how to target them.

    “It’s very clear to us which people don’t have IDs, and we have devised a process to find each and every one of them and we intend to do that,” Hosemann said.

    Hosemann said North Carolina’s election law is very different from the one Mississippi voters approved in 2011. In addition to a requirement that voters have a government-issued photo ID, North Carolina’s law also reduced the early-voting period and prohibited voter registration on Election Day, known as same-day registration.

    Mississippi does not offer same-day registration or early voting, except for disabled people and seniors, Hosemann said.

    Hosemann said he’s not surprised Attorney General Eric Holder filed the lawsuits against the changes in Texas and North Carolina.

    “He’s been quite clear from the day the (Supreme Court) opinion came out that he intended to challenge every state,” Hosemann said. “I’m hopeful that our open hand to the Justice Department, our research and our regulations will deter an action against my state.”

    The Mississippi NAACP has not said yet whether it would challenge the state law in court, but it has not ruled out legal action.

    “The Mississippi voter ID law is just as oppressive as Texas’ and North Carolina’s voter ID laws,” said Carroll Rhodes, general counsel for the Mississippi NAACP. “The same actions being taken by affected voters and the Justice Department in those states should be explored in Mississippi.”

    Edward Hailes, general counsel with the Advancement Project, said the national group would work with the Mississippi NAACP and others if there’s a challenge to the state’s law.

    “North Carolina is ground zero for us, but other states are responding to the Shelby County decision by promulgating new laws, so we’re going to have to look at all of them depending on the resources we have,” he said.

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    Groups say Mississippi should take lesson from voting-law challenges | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com

    Herr Hosemann, Brother Faulkner has a message for you!

    “We’re not the same old Mississippi that our fathers’ fathers were,” Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican, declared hours after the Supreme Court handed down its June 25 decision in a case from Shelby County

    Oh, really?  Then why would Mississippi Republican lawmakers advocate an initiative to address non-existent in-person voter fraud.  I say non-existent unless Herr Hosemann, the Vote-Nazi, can prove that the Republican control of the state house and all state-wide political offices except for one is the result of in-person voter fraud.  “Not the same old Mississippi?” when tradition is so deified, when love of your “fathers’ fathers”  tyranny over black folk is so cherished that efforts to change  the Mississippi state flag (the sole remaining U.S. state flag which bears the Confederate battle flag’s saltire) the flag adopted in 1894 after the Klan drove blacks out of politics with killings and terror, efforts to change a flag infamously linked with slavery and the Klan were soundly defeated in 2001. 

    You’re not the same old Mississippi as your fathers’ fathers but somehow like the literacy tests of years past and the jelly-beans-in-a-jar test and the bubbles-in-a-bar-of-soap quiz of your fathers’ fathers old South, you philosophical descendants of the Klan-run South have taken the initiative that was passed overwhelmingly by white voters, an initiative in which there is no mention of birth certificates, and made a birth-certificate hoop, a totally unnecessary requirement as production of the document is not necessary for citizenship, part of the voting process.

    And then there is the typical victimization of the lesser members of the “superior” race by the propagandists.   Mississippi’s initiative law says

    “The sponsor of an initiative shall identify in the text of the initiative the amount and source of revenue required to implement the initiative.” 

    This Republican and former ALEC member Mississippi State Senator Joey Fillingane did by stating in the petition that “free photo identifications could cost the State of Mississippi up to $100,000 (one hundred thousand dollars) to be paid from the State General Fund”

    However,

    Fiscal Analysis
    Prepared by the Mississippi Legislative Budget Office
    Based on Fiscal Year 2010 information, the Department of Public Safety issued 107,094 photo IDs to U.S. citizens of voting age. The individuals were assessed $14 per ID to offset a portion of the $17.92 cost per ID. The cost is estimated to remain the same, but the assessment will no longer be allowable under the provision of Initiatve 27. Therefore, the Department of Public Safety is estimated to see a loss of revenue of approximately $1,499,000.

     

    As for the characterization of politicians as racists in the next section, every bit as racists, just more cunning.
    How? Try tying voting to income by giving “free” government IDs to people who don’t have driver’s licenses when you know the income gap between blacks and whites in the state of Mississippi. Who is more likely to be channeled into the citizenship-challenge process?
    The Law as follows:
    “No person shall be eligible for a Mississippi Voter Identification Card if the person has a valid unexpired Mississippi driver’s license”
    was translated from The Initiative section:
    “A qualified elector who does not have a government issued photo identification and who cannot afford such identification may obtain a state issued photo identification free of charge from the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.”

    And the conservatives tacked on the citizenship challenge as the voters were not asked about a birth certificate hoop and did not request one.

    Just as in the case of Jim Crow Mississippi, racists propagandists have used unfounded fear to further their political careers, suckling at the breast of government as officials, while soaking in political contributions as the people they’ve frightened suffer.  “Not the same old Mississippi as your fathers’ fathers?”  Republicans complain that there isn’t enough money to fund Medicaid expansion, while creating another bubbles-in-a-bar-of-soap quiz, which proves nothing in terms of definitively establishing citizenship while costing the poorest state in the union an initial $1.5 million while effectively accusing citizens of being non-citizens, requiring them to provide “your papers please” like people confined to a ghetto in Hitler’s Germany, obliterating their Americanism by telling them that their previous registration is insufficient to cast a ballot, telling them that they, like felons, can not vote. Now the “elector must show appropriate identifying documents required by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety as provided by law.”

    Amazingly, the conservatives have, through fear, convinced white people in the state that everyone should be criminalized, shifting the burden of proof away from the state and to the individual, every citizen is now guilty until proven innocent. Well done, crypto-fascists(conservative Republicans), on succeeding in doing what Herr Goebbels did so well subdue the masses by targeting minorities.

     

    Brother Faulkner you can say it again.

     

    “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”