Friday, January 23, 2009

Photo ID: What's the Problem?

Recently the Texas Legislature discussed the idea of requiring a photo ID for voting. This makes perfect sense to me especially after this last presidential election when the group ACORN submitted thousands of fake voter registrations including Mickey Mouse and the starting line-up of the Dallas Cowboys. (Source) Yet last session the Democrats fought such legislation, arguing that it unfairly burdens the poor, minorities and older Texans. (Source) To which I reply, "wha??"

A photo ID in Texas cost $24 and does not expire for 6 years. That comes out to roughly 33 cents per month. Are you telling me that a voting adult cannot save $0.33 per month to obtain and maintain a valid ID? Just walking around in a parking lot, you could probably find 33 cents in one day! And when your ID does expire, you can renew it by mail.

Let's assume, for a moment, there are people that cannot afford the $0.33 per month. Then why doesn't the government subsidize them? There is a government subsidy for everything else. There is even a government subsidy so that you can switch your TV from analog to digital.

Furthermore, how does requiring a photo ID burden minorities? Is there a different process for obtaining an ID if you are a minority? Do you have to solve a Rubik's Cube or run a Survivor-like gauntlet while Jeff Probst tells you how bad you are doing?

It is obvious that the Democrats opposing this legislation are not concerned with voter fraud. In fact, they are counting on it. They are assuming that they "poor, minorities, and [elderly]" will vote for them and if they have to bend the rules to do it, so be it. This why Americans have such a disgust for politicians today. What they are doing is just shameful.

1 comment:

  1. In case you didn't know, I am a conservative. I believe we should help the marginalized in society, I just don't think the government should dictate where I give my money. For me, the liberal movement's attitude is, "You are too stupid to understand what's best for the greater good. That's what we're here for." Coupled with the fact that, for people who claim to have a "big tent" philosophy, they are only tolerent of people who agree with them, and are so very hateful of those who oppose them. (I'm speaking in generalities here, not all liberals think this way, just the ones that get air time.) I do think there are some on the far right that go too far, matching venom with venom, but I'm a big fan of Rush because despite what the left has to say about him, he's right most of the time.

    Your wife is right btw, my husband gets all worked up over the very same stuff. He and his brother are the only conservatives in a very democratic family, and whenever somebody brings up politics, I'm outta there!

    Hey, I'm the first commenter, do I get a sticker or something?