Justice Targeting Voter ID Laws - and then some

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The Justice Department declared a jihad against state voter ID laws last week. After the 2010 elections swept conservatives into power, several states passed voter ID laws in response to the ACORN scandal.

But Attorney General Eric Holder declared in a speech that preserving ballot access for all voters is a "moral imperative," and for that reason these commonsense protections against voter fraud will face tough scrutiny from the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. Pardon me if I seem skeptical, but this is the same outfit that saw fit to dismiss charges against the New Black Panthers! Holder seems to have little credibility here. (By the way, 90 members of the House are co-sponsoring a resolution of "no confidence" in Attorney General Holder.)

We have to produce an ID to buy alcohol and other products. We have to produce an ID to drive and to board an airplane. We have to produce an ID to cash checks. Yet liberals say that it is an onerous burden to ask citizens to produce an ID when they cast their ballots. The American public overwhelmingly disagrees.

A recent Rasmussen poll found that 70% of likely voters support voter ID laws, including 64% of independent voters and even 54% of Democrats. Meanwhile only "22% of voters believe [such] laws … discriminate against minorities and low income Americans." Moreover, many reform-minded minority politicians actually support voter ID laws!

Solyndra At Sea?

Here we go again. As the administration does everything it can to prevent the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, it is ordering the Navy to buy so-called "green" biofuels. I say so-called "green" bio-fuels because as Andrew Stiles points out: "A University of Virginia study recently concluded that though such fuels 'offer a higher level of energy output and require a minimum level of land area to develop, the production of such fuels results in significantly more environmental degradation.'"

And while it would be nice to develop domestic sources of alternative energy, it would be even better if they were economically viable. Currently, the Navy buys jet fuel at $4 a gallon. According to Stiles, the biofuels cost $15 a gallon, "That's 375 percent more expensive than the standard JP-5 fuel the Navy uses."

Let me remind you what President Obama's former National Security Advisor, Gen. Jim Jones, said last week about the failure to develop a serious energy policy:

"If we get to the point where we cannot bring ourselves to do what is in our national interest, then we are clearly in a period of decline… A nation that fails to secure the energy its citizens and its economic engine need to keep functioning leaves itself vulnerable to external contingencies in a dangerous and uncertain world and to the whims of foreign leaders and other actors who may not always have its interests at heart."

Kudos To Rep. Scott Rigell

A controversy has erupted in the halls of Congress in recent days. Evidently, members have been told that they are not allowed to wish their constituents "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Chanukah" in their official correspondence. Thankfully, several members of Congress are working to overturn this ridiculous ban.

Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA) produced a short video making fun of the Capitol Hill Scrooges. You can watch it here.


My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
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