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How Trump’s Medicaid Restrictions Will Stop People From Voting


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How Trump’s Medicaid Restrictions Will Stop People From Voting

Jamila Michener

The Trump administration released its fiscal year 2019 budget today, and it doubles down on what the administration has already been doing to undermine Medicaid—including more than $300 billion in cuts to the program and a call to take health insurance from those who can’t find a job.


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Maybe a written test to take a job with Medicaid and any political office needs to be applied.


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When I read this stuff it just reinforces my increasing conclusion that these…animals called “conservatives” can be best thought of as part rabid carnivore, part heartless mis-programmed and malfunctioning dangerous robot - not human or deserving of the respect due a human at all.


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What on earth is this ‘literacy test’ and what the hell does it have to do with healthcare and with its need?


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When something looks too good to be true…

The “impossible literacy test” this article links to over at Slate provides a vivid example of how unfair these tests were–the only problem being that nobody can find an original example of this test. (And a lot of people have looked because so many want it to be true.) Backtracking, the source that Slate’s source used as its source has removed the test, saying only that it was “quite atypical and probably little used” which likely means: ‘unknown provenance, probably bogus, probably never used.’

The authentic examples are easily as insidious, but much more pedestrian. The registration for Orleans Parish, for example required the applicant to not only provide a birth date, that was immediately followed by “I am now_____years_____months and_____days of age.” And this application was a sworn affidavit, so putting false information on it was punishable. How many people would be confident enough about their age right down to the number of days to risk it, especially with an ambiguous unit like months thrown in there? The applicant was also required to write down dictation by the Registrar from the preamble to the Constitution, and the Registrar set the dictation speed, pronunciation, and loudness, and was free to decide what to dictate from the preamble (he was not required to dictate it in entirety). The applicant then had to get four out of six questions right, such as “Limits are placed on the right to vote by the — a. National Government. b. States. c. courts.” and “Bad government in a democracy is possible if the people— a. make wise votes. b. forget to vote. c. do not stay at home.” (“all of the above” was not an option in either case)

Alabama had fill-in-the-blank questions like: “The President is forbidden to exercise his authority of pardon in cases of __________.”
(The answer they required was “impeachment”)

And “If a bill is passed by Congress and the President refuses to sign it and does not send it back to Congress in session within the specified period of time, is the bill defeated or does it become law?”
(The required answer is: “It becomes law unless Congress adjourns before the expiration of 10 days.”)

The impossible test was wonderful, but highly improbable precisely because it was impossible. The real tests retained legitimacy by being something that someone could pass, and many blacks did. They just set the bar high enough to have a very high exclusion rate for those who were not “grandfathered” in. (And this appears to be where the term “grandfathered” originated, which is something I did not know before today.)


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Excellent read about deplorable human beings who not only do not have one drop of empathetic blood in their veins, but psycho-sociopathy blood in abundance.