July 6, 2012 by falcon7204
That’s the only word I can use to describe the latest in the saga of the Texas voter ID law that’s being challenged by the “Justice” Department. Texas enacted a law that requires registered voters to show photo ID when they go vote. But the DoJ is fighting the effort, claiming it “disenfranchises” minority voters, especially Hispanics.
In presenting its case, the DoJ relied on data from a company called Catalist, which Republican U. S. Representative Lamar Smith calls an “agent” of the Democratic party. (See the Fox News story here: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/05/gop-lawmaker-accuses-justice-department-basing-voter-law-crackdown-on-liberal/?test=latestnews).
That’s not the disgusting part, although it’s plenty disgusting. The money quote in this story comes from Tom Perez, the head of DoJ’s civil rights division. In the above named Fox News story, he is quoted as saying, “(A) Hispanic registered voter is at least 45.6 percent, and potentially 120.0 percent, more likely than a non-Hispanic registered voter to lack (state-issued) identification. Even assuming the data most favorable to the state, Hispanics disproportionately lack either a driver’s license or a personal identification card issued by (the state), and that disparity is statistically significant.”
Let’s do a little math. According to the Census Bureau, Texas was estimated to have 25,674,681 residents in 2011. An estimated 38.1% of those residents are listed as hispanic. That boils down to 9,782,053 hispanic residents in the state of Texas. Even if you don’t use raw numbers and stick with statistical likelihood, there is no such thing as “120%” more or less likely of anything. Either something is a certainty (100% likelihood) or it’s not. But to say that it’s more than a statistical certainty that Texas hispanics don’t possess state-issued ID is to destroy credulity. That would mean no person of hispanic origin in the entire state of Texas possesses a photo ID. And I know of at least one who does.
Does the DoJ really think most Texans are that stupid? Do they really think they can spout off a nonsensical number like that and expect people to believe that’s true?
This is what’s disgusting about the DoJ. Not only do they believe they are above the laws they were appointed and sworn to uphold, but they lie in order to prevent states like Texas from doing the right thing.
What’s next? Will hispanics and other minorities be allowed to purchase alcohol without a state-issued photo ID? Cigarettes? Write a check?
Many hispanics I know are decent, hard-working people, just like many blacks, Asians, and whites I know. And I believe if this were brought to their attention, they might be just as disgusted as I am about this travesty of justice – and the fact that math must be exceptionally difficult for leftists in this country.