More of the Same

Posted on Wednesday 5 April 2006

Bad behavior still showing up in Republicans all around. Not all that surprising… kind of predictable, and very sad.

Unethical Voter Registration—California Style

In California, the Republican Party has been accused of flipping people to the Republican party without their permission.

Orange County election officials received complaints from 167 people, and an investigation by the Orange County Register found that the problem was actually far more widespread. Many of the bogus registrations were linked to Christopher Scott Dinoff, who has since been fired from the Orange County Republican registration drive. However, it seems unlikely that Dinoff was acting alone, or that the OC Republican party had no knowledge of his activities.

What is really worrying is the unethical nature of the bogus voter registrations. Some were forgeries, others were signed under false pretenses, where the petitioners lied about the actual uses of the voter registration affadavits. In many cases, the victims were either college students or people with a limited command of the English language.

It does seem that unethical behavior is rampant throughout the Republican party. It doesn’t seem to matter what level of the party or where in the country it is located, as the corruption appears to be pervasive throughout the GOP.

Props to the Hammer of Truth for the heads up.

And DHS is Supposed to Keep Us Safe?

Apparently the moral corruption of the Bush regime goes really deep. The Department of Homeland Security is supposed to protect Americans, yet DHS Deputy Press Secretary Brian J. Doyle was arrested for trying to seduce a minor over the Internet. The target was not the 14-year-old girl that he thought he was seducing, but a Polk County, Florida, Sheriff’s deputy. Not only did Doyle initiate sexually explicit conversations with the virtual 14-year-old, but he has also been accused of sending hardcore pornography to her.

Someone who appears to be both a sexual predator of children and a pervert—is this someone that should be part of the people protecting us?

Even though Doyle is only being charged with use of a computer to seduce a child and transmission of harmful material to a minor, it is rather disturbing that this is one of the people working for the agency that is supposed to be protecting Americans. DHS has not had a great track record for some of their choices of employees.

While it isn’t certain that Doyle is a Republican, it seems pretty likely, as most of the officials of that rank are Bush regime appointed cronies. The AP article can be seen here. Two other takes on this same story are at Hammer of Truth and Sploid.

The Rich Get Richer

The New York Times has an article on how there is a big gain for the wealthy seen in the tax cuts on investment. The analysis of the tax cuts found:

Among taxpayers with incomes greater than $10 million, the amount by which their investment tax bill was reduced averaged about $500,000 in 2003, and total tax savings, which included the two Bush tax cuts on compensation, nearly doubled, to slightly more than $1 million.

These taxpayers, whose average income was $26 million, paid about the same share of their income in income taxes as those making $200,000 to $500,000 because of the lowered rates on investment income.

Americans with annual incomes of $1 million or more, about one-tenth of 1 percent all taxpayers, reaped 43 percent of all the savings on investment taxes in 2003. The savings for these taxpayers averaged about $41,400 each. By comparison, these same Americans received less than 10 percent of the savings from the other Bush tax cuts, which applied primarily to wages, though that share is expected to grow in coming years.

The savings from the investment tax cuts are expected to be larger in subsequent years because of gains in the stock market.

If this analysis is accurate, the effective tax burden on the wealthy is dropping and will continue to do so in the future. Yet, the Bush regime, which was elected in two very questionable elections, is spending vast sums of money on its very questionable “War on Fundamentalism” and many other projects which will do very little to actually improve the productivity of the United States. Obviously, the Bush regime is a government for the wealthy, by the wealthy, and the lower and middle classes are being forced to carry a greater proportion of a tax and deficit burden which is not being spent to benefit either group.

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