I hope I hear from Katie Pavlich directly today regarding the headline here. Her article about members of the reporting media needing to show two photo IDs to gain entry to Attorney General Eric Holder’s speech to the NAACP yesterday has become the number 1 article forwarded and posted on conservative blogs today. It is a beautiful gotcha hit piece that will have the Beck and Limbaugh crowd counting big points against the Liberals they loathe.

Ms Pavlich forgets that blogging isn’t a one way street. Her example while seeming to make it clear to anyone that valid photo IDs are needed everywhere in American society she forgets one very basic thing– the media are there doing a job not carrying out an unpaid civic duty. Now from what Katie Pavlich writes she seems to be in favor of paying every American voter who would now be required to get two photo IDs to vote a salary at least equal to her’s.

The average print journalist in the US makes about $19 per hour. The average time it takes to vote can vary from a few minutes to as much as three hours with high turnout. There will be nearly 200 million Americans eligible to vote in the 2012 presidential election. Okay, let’s do the math. If you pay a reasonable two hours, we have to consider time back and forth to the polling place and to work or back home, you are looking at $7.6 billion in cost EVERY FOUR YEARS and I am sure Ms Pavlich is willing to support the government picking up the tab.

It would eliminate the poll tax that AG Holder fears would be the result of requiring every voter to have a photo ID and it might even drive up the voter turnout numbers. Others would just take the money and not vote anyway ID or no. This is another case of apples and organes. Voting for President is a civic duty and not a constitutional right. However, there is the 15th amendment that protects minorities from being discriminated against on the basis of race. In the upcoming election you have two possible outcomes. One, you can allow everyone to vote as you have been for decades with allowances for new technology [those butterfly ballots really needed to go]. Or, two, you can make new laws that are designed specifically to disenfranchise the poor and those of color because you know that if a few percentage points of this group can be kept from voting the Right has a better chance at sending America back to the glory days of the Jim Crow Era.

Qu’ul praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
Amici Bax Demvolu Comnu
Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
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  1. Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F. Says:

    Priceless! If I were Rush Limbaugh I guess I would have to tell Ms Pavlich that the next time she goes down on Grover Norquist she can expect to have her gag reflex tested for wanting to be such a spendthrift. But since I’m not Rush I’m not saying that.

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