President Obama lacks an urban agenda.
Sureâ€”heâ€™s all for policies that increase spending on food stamps, dismantle Clinton-era welfare reforms and enforce hiring quotas, but what has Obama really done to help black folk help themselves? It certainly isnâ€™t his eagerness to saddle small businesses with new taxes and regulation or to make energy costs a larger part of peopleâ€™s budget.
Under the proposed law, concealed handgun licenses would be acceptable forms of photo ID, but student IDs would not. Many of those without IDs would have to travel great distances to get them, and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them. We call those poll taxesâ€¦ I will not allow that to happen.In Holderâ€™s mind, apparently, only crazy right-wingers carry concealed weapons (he obviously wasnâ€™t at the Obama fundraisers to talk with celebrities such as Robert DeNiro and Marc Anthony about their permits). He undoubtedly sought to touch on the emotions of NAACP members more likely to believe in prayer over protecting themselves with a firearm. But God helps those who help themselves. Consider the residents of Rosewood, Florida who chose to defend themselves against racist attacks in 1923. In much the same way, the threat to our electoral process from identity theft is a clear and present danger. Something must be done to protect valid ballots from being spoiled by fraud. The easiest and most effective solution is having voters provide ID to prove they are who they say they are. I have examined many of the 30 different state-level laws regarding voter ID. Unlike Texasâ€™, many of those laws accept school ID. But remember that not every student is necessarily a state resident, unlike a gun owner. I have both an Illinois-issued firearm ownerâ€™s ID and a concealed weapon permit. The process of obtaining the latter involves an FBI background check, fingerprinting and photos. Itâ€™s a much more thorough process than sending in a tuition check. Another of Holderâ€™s voter ID complaints is that those without ID may have to travel long distances or pay fees they cannot afford. Has he not heard of the many states â€” such as Indiana, Pennsylvania and Georgia â€” offering free ID and sometimes even mobile services to issue ID? Also, in order for one to obtain Social Security, SSI, Medicare, Medicaid or other government-sponsored benefits through direct deposit, applicants must have some sort of valid ID. In reality, it seems harder not to have obtained valid ID of some sort these days. But, to hear the arguments of voter ID critics, those without ID are helpless to get one. Itâ€™s insulting. Part of being an American citizen is personal responsibility. For example, when immigrants go through the naturalization process, they are taught about the rights and responsibilities that come with citizenship. Along with voting, rights include passports for travel and federal aid and scholarships. Responsibilities include jury service, civic and electoral participation and respect for the Constitution and our laws. That means getting an ID!
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