Yesterday I wrote about the assumed widespread fraud among those who receive public assistance.
The assumption that fraud is rampant in the system based solely on what people say for political reasons, but which seems to be disproved on investigation, seems to be widely accepted based mostly on a desire to want to accept the assumption which seems to grow as people defend it. I would have to surmise that as most, if not all of those making comments who defended the assumption that since there was some fraud it has to be widespread, and the assumption that people only get money through the ATM to buy drugs, pay for sex, or go to casinos, they have never stood in line with an EBT card in hand knowing that many of the people in line are judging them based on assumptions, and without knowing them have judged them as crooks and have then treated them accordingly.
When I worked for a while in local retail I saw the looks of disapproval and suspicion on people’s faces when they saw someone pull out an EBT card; have seen people suddenly pull back from someone with whom they had just been having a friendly conversation; and have been cautioned to watch that the person with the card wasn’t trying to pull a fast one as if the EBT card holder had suddenly gone deaf and couldn’t hear that.
And these are our neighbors.
So let’s talk about fraud that might hit home, and I will put it out there that if you are a Republican and not a minority, or a Democrat, your association with the party makes you suspect of being a fraud as well, and that your fraudulence is not necessarily limited to politics.
Why not? It is perfectly acceptable to do that to everyone on assistance, isn't it? Or is there a double standard if it gets close to home?
During the 2012 elections a bunch of Republican controlled states came up with restrictive voting rules very close to the actual elections because they claimed that voting fraud was rampant, and, of course, their motivation was pure.
After the Voting Rights Act was struck down, certain Republican run states began coming up with restrictive voter ID rules, changing the times and places for early voting, and coming up with restrictions on absentee ballots.
This was all necessary because of the voter fraud taking place among the poor, minorities and those pesky Independents and Democrats. There were no statistics to back this. It was just something they knew just had to be the case mostly because they wanted it to be so.
Florida was the first to begin the fight against voter fraud, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement conducted an investigation that came up with some stunning results.
They found TWO cases of voter registration fraud. The two cases consisted of voter registration forms fraudulently filled out by a man who worked for the Republican party. He stole the identity of his former girlfriend’s ex-husband when he filled out the two forms.
Then there’s Enrico "Jack" Villamaino, a Republican who changed the party affiliations of nearly 300 voters from the parties they declared on their forms to Republican. He then ordered absentee ballots in their names and voted for himself in the East Longmeadow, Massachusetts Republican primary.
Governor Rick Perry of Texas told Fox News that his state has suffered from “multiple cases of voter fraud”. However, the state’s attorney general handled just 20 allegations of election law violations in the 2008 and 2010 elections. Of these 20, the majority involved mail-in ballot or campaign finance violations, electioneering too close to a polling place, or a voter blocked by an election worker.
The bus loads of illegal immigrants that supposedly were invading polling places was just a scary myth. Voter impersonation just wasn’t there.
When President Obama won Colorado over Mitt Romney the Republicans went nuts with accusations of voter fraud as the only possible explanation for why Mitt lost, and the site “Barack Obama Voter Fraud 2012” ran the headlines “Evidence of massive Obama voter fraud in Colorado! Ten counties show 104% to 140% turnout!”. However, no county in Colorado exceeded an 85% turnout, and the three counties with the highest turnout were all counties carried by Mitt Romney.
Desperate to prove the hoped for case of voter fraud, Republican Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler sent a letter to Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garrett requesting he verify the eligibility of seventeen voters suspected of illegally voting as non-citizens based on their having submitted a green card or work visa as identification when they applied for their Colorado driver’s licenses. The seventeen suspects were easily verified as being legal US citizens eligible to vote.
Since 2004 there has been only one verified case of voter fraud in that state.
Then the Florida Department of Law Enforcement found that two employees of a company hired by the Republican Party of Florida to register voters admitted committing fraud during the 2012 election season. They were employees of Strategic Allied Consulting when they submitted dozens of forged voter registration applications ahead of the 2012 election. They did this so they could meet their quotas and get paid.
In Florida (again) a Democratic party employee was accused of registering a non-citizen to vote by an individual who received a registration form in the mail and then claimed the Democratic party employee had pressured him to register as a Democrat. The charge was dropped when the accuser could not identify the person who allegedly kept pressuring him in a photo line-up.
In Nevada a woman who worked for the same company as the two people in Florida said she was told to destroy any registration forms of those declaring as democrats.
Strategic Allied Consulting, the company in Florida and Nevada is run by Nathan Sproul, a Republican who has worked on Republican get out the vote and registration campaigns for years.
Colin Small continued working directly for the Republican party of Virginia after the state party severed ties with SAC, and has been charged by Virginia officials with eight felonies and five misdemeanors because he destroyed voter registration forms.
In 2012, then Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White, a Republican, was convicted of voter fraud, and that same year in Arizona a candidate for Pinal County Supervisor, Republican John Enright, dropped out amid questions about who cast ballots on behalf of his long-deceased girlfriend who had been voting by absentee ballot for the 5 years after her death. Before her death, the two had lived together.
In California Republican voter registration went down two percentage points from 32% in 2008 to 30% by 2012. However, just before the 2012 elections registration in Riverside County alone increased by 35,000 so that republicans outnumbered Democrats by 51,000 just before the elections.
Obviously this piqued curiosity, and it was found that thousands of people had been re-registered as Republicans without their having known it because a Republican voter outreach program named ‘The Golden State Voter Participation Project’ stationed workers outside of stores and welfare offices to sign people up.
Their tactic was to present people with what looked like the types of petitions we have all encountered at the entrances of stores. The people signed already completed registration forms and included their personal information as we all do with petitions without being aware that what they signed was only part of a cleverly folded registration form. Sort of like getting your parents to sign a poor report card that you cleverly presented as a permission slip for a field trip.
The increase in the number of registered Republicans gave the Republicans a fundraising boost by making their chances of success look greater than they were, and since on election day Democrats would make sure registered Democrats with no transportation would get a ride to the polls in a get out the vote procedure, many Democratic voters were left sitting home on election day.
Unfortunately for the Republicans, this practice was revealed when a Democratic candidate for a senate seat had noticed his party affiliation was changed without his knowledge.
So from these few examples it would appear that the most voter fraud that is happening and is being used by Republicans to suppress and restrict voting in various states, and to justify a lot of the new procedures that clearly affect minorities and Democrats, especially when voting district are redrawn to break up independent and democratic strongholds, is the fraud being committed by Republicans.
They supply their own evidence to back up their own claim.
Too bad fraud perpetrated by the poor on public assistance isn't as obvious as the fraud perpetrated by the republicans on the election system. And I am sure there are lot more republicans than welfare recipients.