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Reduce The Caffeine

The Fraudster-in-Chief doesn’t give up once he gets a bad idea. The problem with ‘running government like a business’ is that you end up with a CEO like Ken Lay for a governor.

The Miami Herald documents the atrocity:

Gov. Rick Scott and the Obama administration traded legal barbs and counteraccusations Monday as each side announced it would sue the other over Florida’s controversial noncitizen voter purge.

Scott’s chief elections official sued first, filing a federal lawsuit in Washington that accused the U.S. Department of Homeland Security of unlawfully refusing Florida access to a federal database that could help the state spot and remove noncitizens from the voter rolls.

Moments after the state filed suit, Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas E. Perez roared back in a sharply worded five-page letter from the U.S. Department of Justice, which ordered the state two weeks ago to stop the purge because it could violate two federal voting laws.

The state’s program is too “faulty” ” and comes too close to election time to not endanger the voting rights of thousands of lawful U.S. citizens, Perez wrote. He said Florida has repeatedly ignored Homeland Security’s warning that the department’s database, known as SAVE, isn’t designed for the noncitizen hunt on which Florida embarked.

“The significant problems you are encountering in administering this new program are of your own creation,” Perez wrote.

While the reporter is attempting to be ‘fair and balanced’, the reality is that there is no ‘silver bullet’ for purging a voters list. There are 67 counties in the state, and each of them is headed by an elected Supervisor of Elections, who has great latitude in how they run the system in their county. There is no one, uniform model for voter lists which aren’t even on computers in the less populated counties.

The state doesn’t seem to understand that the DHS data base was not designed for the purpose that the state wants it to perform, and DHS certainly isn’t going to put any effort into a ‘special request’ unless it is accompanied by the money to pay for it.

More taxpayer money wasted on lawyers.


1 Steve Bates { 06.12.12 at 11:11 pm }

Gov. Scott seems not to realize that this is a matter of Florida Public Health: if, as in sElection 2000, the presidential race comes down to a dubious count in Florida, or any other anomaly in Florida that results in a spurious Rmoney win, the American Public will seriously compromise the Health of one Florida official in particular… (Where did I put that pitchfork, anyway?)

2 Bryan { 06.12.12 at 11:47 pm }

I don’t understand how he can imagine that the state will prevail in this. This is like the birther nonsense … a bail out for attorneys that does nothing for the state.

All of the questionable election activities have centered around absentee ballots, not the people who show up at the polls, but they aren’t really doing anything about that because a lot of the ‘anomalies’ have been in races won by Republicans, especially in South Florida.

3 chucklenuts { 06.13.12 at 2:53 pm }

Look at ACORN, NPR, and others, it seems if you throw BS out to the wind, this congress will reanme it un-american and run with it. Partisan hearings, a press that refuses to call it BS, and before we know it, the BS prevails. Let’s hope I am wrong on this one

4 Bryan { 06.13.12 at 10:45 pm }

No, Chuck, we all know you are right. The BS always trumps reality with the press. They report these flights of fancy as if they were sage political thought. They never bother to point out that they are fact-free and don’t correspond to reality – that would be taking sides.

5 chucklenuts { 06.14.12 at 12:29 pm }

Or worse, being called Liberal..damn liberal media!!

6 Bryan { 06.14.12 at 10:53 pm }

“Liberal’ is an interesting word. The conservative party in Australia is the Liberal Party, which is balance by the Labor Party. Liberal in the 19th century had pretty much the same meaning as libertarian means today.

The meaning of words changes over time, as do the policies of political parties.

Yeah, as they are owned lock, stock, and barrel by multinational corporations, calling them liberal is closer to hyperbole than stretching the truth.