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February 13, 2016

Can Cantor Deliver on Voting Rights Act?

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After two trips to the Deep South alongside civil rights icon and Georgia Democrat John Lewis, the pressure is on Eric Cantor to deliver on the Voting Rights Act.

The majority leader has made a major, personal investment in connecting to the civil rights movement — something that ultimately could prove important for a GOP that regularly polls in the single digits among African-Americans and poorly among other minorities.

But translating participation in the Faith and Politics Institute’s annual pilgrimage into legislative text that can win support from the bulk of the Republican Conference isn’t an easy task.

And so far, Cantor hasn’t laid out a clear path for a bill nine months after declaring his support for a congressional response to the Supreme Court decision striking down the VRA’s core enforcement mechanisms.

Democrats have signaled that they trust Cantor, a Virginia Republican, on this issue, and that the extent to which he is able to help advance a VRA fix depends largely on his ability to mobilize his flock, many of whom are hostile to the idea.

“A lot of what is happening on the other side of the aisle wouldn’t be happening if it were up to Cantor,” said the House’s No. 3 Democrat, James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, adding that many far-right Republicans “relish in gumming up the works.”

Cantor spokeswoman Megan Whittemore said the majority leader is working diligently to address “concerns on all sides” of the issue.

“[He] wants to see if we can find a path forward and really get it right,” she said. “He wants to make sure we preserve every American’s right to vote.”

For sure, there are Democrats who have strong feelings about what Congress should do to address a revised VRA. For one thing, they want to make sure states with historically high frequencies of voter disenfranchisement and discrimination are still held accountable.

When the Supreme Court handed down its 5-4 ruling in June, it gutted the preclearance provision that required many states — predominantly in the South — to obtain federal court approval before changing local voting rules and regulations. Any VRA rewrite taken up by Congress would address the preclearance requirement, and the bill that’s been introduced by former Judiciary Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., and current ranking member John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., would limit states subjected to that mandate to only four: Texas, Louisiana, Georgia and Mississippi.

“I’m catching hell from the left,” Clyburn, the House Democratic Caucus’ point person on bipartisan VRA negotiations, told CQ Roll Call. “They don’t think the bill is good enough. I just read a piece … from a person from the NAACP down in Mississippi or Alabama, just a scathing commentary.”

But Clyburn said the vast majority of his colleagues were prepared to support a VRA fix that, while not perfect, was a step in the right direction. Sources familiar with talks agreed with that assessment, adding that it was important not to conflate outside activists’ stated opposition with any serious interest in derailing efforts on Capitol Hill.

“Civil rights groups are attempting to refine their positions but have no ultimate disagreement with the aims of the bill,” said one House Democratic aide close to the negotiations. “They’re not going to oppose it. To the extent that there is a delay based upon substance, it’s not the Democrats.”

If a VRA rewrite fails to advance in the House, Democrats say, blame will rest squarely on Republicans.

Many Southern GOP lawmakers lauded the Supreme Court for removing the stigma that their states were hotbeds of racial intolerance and recognizing that these states had over the years changed their ways. These same members are less than enthusiastic about Congress putting them back in the preclearance penalty box.

One such lawmaker is Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., who participated in the past week’s pilgrimage. He described the chill he felt standing in the Jackson, Miss., driveway where Medgar Evers, a black civil rights activist, was murdered in 1963 with his wife and children just inside their home — but he said that the experience didn’t change his opposition to a VRA update that would single out states like his.

“You can’t have something that creates different classes of states. And if you’re gonna do something, it’s gotta apply to everybody,” Harper said. “Why wouldn’t it be based on future events instead of pulling people back in based on something that has happened in the past? What’s your standard gonna be?”

Cantor also has to navigate pushback on a rewrite from some outside conservative groups.

“It is 2014, not 1965. This bill really isn’t about the [Supreme Court] decision. It is about having the federal government manipulate election rules and propagate racial gerrymandering and guarantee success for Democratic candidates,” according to a Heritage Foundation analysis on the Sensenbrenner-Conyers proposal. The think tank’s advocacy arm, Heritage Action for America, aligns itself with this position.

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., expressed an opposite view on Tuesday: “We ought not to delude ourselves or pretend that there are some who believe that limiting the number of voters through various means is advantageous,” he said.

Hoyer said he and Cantor had a chance to talk about the VRA during the pilgrimage, however, and that they would be meeting again this week to follow up.

“He’s been very positive in his response and I’m hopeful we can bring this bill to the floor before the summer,” Hoyer told reporters at his weekly briefing, adding that he’d received no specific promises about what Cantor would and would not support.

“He didn’t make any representation as to what he was going to do or not do,” he emphasized. “I don’t want to leave you with that impression.”

In fact, Cantor has not yet even said whether he would support the legislation introduced by Sensenbrenner and Conyers, or anything resembling that framework.

On Tuesday night, Conyers suggested that Cantor was still a hard figure to pin down.

“Eric Cantor was with us in Alabama and Mississippi over the weekend, so he was improving his credentials,” Conyers said. “But we didn’t have any discussions, as a matter of fact.”

  • chock

    Canter is another Boehner, sell out your mother to keep your seat. Well we don’t need you to put the south under the Fed control since they can’t do anything right. They are corrupt and communist. Stay out of states business. You are too dumb to even hold your seat much less tell the southern states what to do. If you want to do something, go to California and get rid of the sanctuary cities that cost all americans millions and millions of dollars for illegals and their many kids as well as there crime against our great nation.

    • johnblack45john

      Spoken like a true racist redneck

      • chock

        Spoken like a real follower of liberal and communist following. I should add Illinois and N.Y to the list of stopping them wasting tax dollars. When you have no borders, you have no country. Thank you for your grown up comment.

        • johnblack45john

          IO don’t follow Communism period. And all the wasted dollars are spent in the red states probably where you come from.

          • robin hood in perverse

            Bully Bully, if you ain’t got no money take your punk butt home or I’m going to put my tea bags in your liberal mash potatoes.

            We all care. We all have a sense of fairness. We all don’t like coercion but otherwise nothing is sacred. Everyone’s body is an amusement park. Ruthless betrayal is what we the people deserve until we pull out our constitution and bill of rights. In comparison to persuasion, coercion is a pathetic cop out so I am going to try to convert you into a conservative in the most obscene and persuasive way I can.

            Back in the day, the Puritans were not cool with freedom of religion but thank god liberalism is the idea that evil deserves a fair chance. The freedom loving Quakers taught the Puritans a lesson by walking up and down the aisles undressed. Mass is at 9 am. If you want to coexist, just call and I’ll give you directions. After I put my tea bags in your liberal mash potatoes, we can go the Church Festival and share a Pelosi – a warm Italian desert stuffed with pork and topped with bacon. Every year they have a gun sale.

            Why in the wide wide world of sports do liberals keep on trying to get everyone to dance around like a bunch of Kansas City Mullahs? Nowadays all the Opie Cuttinghams have color TVs to watch the Rodeo. The other day the liberal media facially and odiously profiled Duck’s Willie. They thought he was Karl Marx.

            Karl Marx was fat, lazy, and stinky bum who managed to do an unbelievable amount of harm with his extremely faulty intelligence machine. On page 64 of the Communist Manifesto Marx and Engels outlined everything.

            Welcome to Hotel Obama,Reid, and Boehner. No free speech and you can only travel via the Hotel shuttle. Please invite all your rich friends. All property is taken from the emigrants and anyone who complains about the service. We pay with counterfeit dollars and extra tax people who work harder to have more counterfeit dollars. If any of the other guests like your dress or suit, we all share at Hotel Obama. Next week, we are going up to your lake property but you can’t go until you are part of the collective. You are no longer the President of your company and all the machines are ours. Tomorrow morning your chain gang is farming and next week you will be doing factory work. The dupes check-in but they can never leave.

            Karl Marx was a religious guy until Darwin throw him for a loop. The Darwins, Platos, Hobbs, and Leviathans mated themselves out of existence. Only nine people showed up for Marx’s funeral. Leon Trotsky was the first racist who spent some time in Mexico. It was a term he came up with to divide the white and black Russians. Trotsky also came up with the overload the system takeover plan.

            Words are so important that I would love to have an Orwellian nightmare find the right ones. Einstein said people are infinitely dumber than the universe. We won a cold war without understanding how Communists fundamentally transform countries. The audacity of hope and change is exploiting our incredible stupidity.

            Marxism has never worked. Socialism requires “new” men and women who do not distinguish between earned and unearned success. After World War I, the Marxists were surprised that the workers do not unite and create heaven on earth.

            The crazy Marxists decided civil societies were the problem. The solution was destroying the civil society before finding out nothing grows in a pile of dirt if you do not reward earned success. Since Marxism does not work, the Marxist has to replace religion with worship of the state to create heaven on earth. Words, names, and slogans are very important to the Marxist who wants the Marat media to worship a Robespierre in order to get a bunch of leeches to suck off Napoleon’s hemorrhoids. Mark’s legion is the ruthless mob of useful idiots. When the civil society is a pile of dirt, normalization begins.

            If you show the guilty mercy, you punish the innocent after the fundamental transformation. Every systemic problem creates a constituency that the communist wants to expand to punish and demoralize the innocent while doing nothing about the guilty during the civil society destroying 10, 20, or 30 year period. The best defense is an infuriating offense. Frankfurt critical theory is simple. Criticize, criticize, and criticize your problem solving opposition with your intentionally created problems that you have no solutions for while preventing the opposition from solving the problem – pure madness.

            Orwellian nightmares come up with politically correct wonderful names for awful things and awful names for good things. Lies are told again, again, and again by people who have no clue. Political correctness is important so the trouble makers can vilify without return fire. Orwellian nightmares put crazy narcissistic control freaks in charge of bureaucracies whenever possible then betray and condemn the useful idiots when the transformation is complete and the police state begins.

            Cynicism is a double edged sword. On one hand it protects people from crushing disappointment. On the other hand it paralysis people from saying or doing anything constructive. Saul Alinsky wrote Rules for Radicals to honor the devil because the devil got his own kingdom. The communist super genius is a truly evil person. Karl Marx thought Big Government was a bad idea and Stalin killed Trotsky because he agreed. There is a 1963 book called the Naked Communist that outlined destroying our civil society.

            Machiavelli said people remember who ripped them off longer than their loved one. The state is a non-working spouse that has no business hooking up with Daddy Warbucks.

            Where is your Democratic wife?

            Washington is bipolar and trying her best to be the most bloated bureaucracy of all time. She doesn’t get out much.

            People love to give after they have plenty but even a socialist works for himself. When Obama found out that Michelle wants a divorce, he issued a “you can beat your wife period” executive order. Michelle figured out 10% stimulus 2% growth for 5 years is a Brezhnev train that isn’t moving but now you, me, and everyone else has to clean up the mess you progressive clowns have made over the last 100 years.

            Milton Friedman said socialism is force but communal women are the long term problem and solution.

            For every one person a guy talks about a bad experience with, women and metro sexuals talk to 15. When women spend time together, women PMS at the same time – one of many mysteries that cross racial and ethnic lines. Women can win a “men don’t think things through” argument but what happens when communal women don’t change their mind even though the facts change? After breaking up with a two bit socialist, women are ruthless elephants.

            Margaret Thatcher, the stepping stone, said Socialism, Fascism, Communism, Tyranny, Nazism, Despotism, or Big Centralized Government is sinful, leads to decay, immoral, dishonest, immature, shameful, fearful, distrustful, dehumanizing, stupid, weak, pessimistic, morally bankrupt, evil, backwards, politically incorrect, void of moral choices, contemptuous, secretive, destroys people’s dignity, unethical, unjust, inefficient,absurd, and creates class divisions to hold people down.

            Shame on the members of public service unions and their bought and paid for politicians. Shame on people who strike for themselves at the expense of others. Shame on the people who make public union members feel as if there is no alternative. Shame on thinking nothing is sacred and everyone’s body is an amusement park except mine. Shame on the public servants who know the stimulus and government is corrupt. Shame on the Democratic Party. Shame on the President. Shame on academia for the politically correct narcissistic Frankfurt critical theory. Shame on academia for destroying the truth by teaching a pack of socialist lies. Shame on the liberal media.

            Shame on cynical Republicans for caving in to the pressure. Uncle Toms and uncle Rhinos go along to get along. Shame on black democrats selling out their brothers and sisters and calling black Republicans uncle toms – raw deals suck! Black, white, orange, and purple conservatives call a Rhino a Rhino.

            Milton’s wife complained about socialism and Milton said “deep sigh bummer”. He had to stay in a hotel for a week.

            Do you need to know more about Communism?

          • johnblack45john

            You don’t have a pot to p**s in and a window to throw it out of bagger redneck trash.

          • billybobz

            Get your stupid *ss in there and clean that toilet you stupid POS.

          • johnblack45john

            Why don’t you bring your poor white a** here first so I can flush you down the toilet with the rest of the s**t.

          • robin hood in perverse

            Bully Bully, if you ain’t got no money take your punk butt home or I’m going to put my tea bags in your liberal mash potatoes.

            Nancy gets a face lift because Obama cares

            OMG nipples to dimples is in the law

            Ma Bell more billing information

            Ma Bell more billing information

            Bully Bully, if you ain’t got no money take your punk butt home or I’m going to put my tea bags in your liberal mash potatoes.

          • johnblack45john

            You don’t have a pot to p**s in and a window to throw it out of.

          • robin hood in perverse

            Along with Christie, I am a Dickrdoo. My belly is so big I can’t see my junk. Every morning me and Chris Matthews wake up with a urinal cake in our pocket and freshen up with a bottle of old spice. About 3 o’clock something tickles my leg but when I look in the mirror, I am not a Lyndon Big Johnson.

            Behind every great man is a great woman but if I had a pair, I would play with them all day. Hillary and the Democrats are so mean they would lop off Bill’s pair, mount them on the wall, and laugh their butts off wearing a four skin cap. Chicks don’t have a sense of humor unless they’re genetically pro-gay rights but Bill will probably get off.

            Next time you see Barack, let him sit on your face and find out he doesn’t love you.

          • johnblack45john

            Why do you like lying on yourself? Are you that insecure that you have to convince yourself of this? Because you sure haven’t convinced me. and I really could care less about what you got whether you have anything or not .

          • pitch1934

            John is 100% correct. The smaller and red-leaning states get a greater return on their federal tax dollars than do the so-called liberal states. So, if you want to be fair, how about if we get a law that provides that you cannot receive a greater amount of tax dollars than what you pay into the fund?

          • robin hood in perverse

            Without government or coin clipping distortion, free markets naturally consolidate wealth in larger and larger metropolitan areas around about 0.7% compounding interest that government and coin clipping distortion jumped Washington DC up to around a 5% growth rate. Almost every third world country has one or two really large cities – it is not by accident.

          • billybobz

            foodstamp and welfare for mongrels like you is the real waste of money.

          • johnblack45john

            I pay more in taxes a year than you make. And the majority of people on food stamps is poor white trash like you. LOOK IT UP!

          • Wesley

            What % is that, tell us.

          • Wesley

            I suggest you read this before you repeat some propaganda you heard on conservative biased media.


          • Wesley

            He sounds like a communist.

        • Wesley

          Your republican party wastes more tax dollars, they provide corporate welfare and bailouts. And if you want to bring the word communist then look at the republican party, their color is red, just like the soviet or Chinese communist party and they act in accordance with the communist principals; almost everything for the few at the though and nearly nothing to the people that actually doing the work.

          • chock

            They divide the population so we won’t address the real problems of unemployment, free trade (that has exported our jobs out of the country and welcomed in uneducated, radical illegals into our country), government regulations, redistribution, rampant crime and radical judges legislating from the bench. We have got to realize that neither party represents us (the people). We have to embrace our common causes and stop tearing each other apart. Old saying, divide and conquer, that is what they are practicing and its working. What about unite and get our freedoms back.

      • robin hood in perverse

        If us Jeffersonians don’t get a chance to straighten things out, than you liberals will have to get r done.

        The pope will never replace Jesus Christ with Adam Smith but King James wrote the bible. When you compare the world before and after in terms of peace, love, and understanding, King James, Adam Smith, and David Hume totally kicked butt.

        If I remember right, King James was the King of Scotland before he wrote the bible. When King James, Adam Smith, and David Hume were young Scotsmen, they spoke gaelic, wore their kilts at their knees, and played with their bag pipes just like everyone else. The English were so feed up with the Hatfields and McCoys, the English shipped the Whigas off to Appalachia. Adam, James, and David pulled up their kilts, learned to speak English, and changed the world.

        Our national anthem is based on a drinking song the English use to sing about hating the Scots. We are the Scottish Enlightenment Shining City on the Hill and our founding fathers were radical hip hop dudes. Jerry Curls went out of style in 1780s just like they did in 1980s.

        If half the players are in the stands cheering on a back door Santa, King James will move to Miami, move overseas, or sit in the stands. Radical referees always go left, think the best defense is an infuriating offense, and promote their failures. Obama is a missed layup and we have to beg him to fix the pot hole – oops another miss because King James can’t be any better than the other players and the referees are geniuses. Bully bully, if you ain’t got no money take your punk butt home!

        Ronald Reagan wasn’t a lifeguard. President Reagan was a life saver for opening the big pool for business. When the rich man goes off the end of innovation diving board, he or she swims to the side of the pool and gets back in line. Reagan also cut taxes along the virgin mother of economics.

        During the Elizabethan age, Queen Elizabeth took England from an indebted backwater to the dominate world power. King Phillip and Sir John Keynes did not bust her Friedrich Hayek and capitalist pirates. Her cast iron booty was pure silver and gold that’s why our founding fathers promoted the species in the Constitution but what Queen Elizabeth and her public corporations were all about has been forgotten.

        Queen Elizabeth wanted everyone to love her and loved to give. Her despotic suitors and predecessor weren’t smart enough to realize they had to take in order to give. Taxpaying parishioners love to give after they have plenty of earned success making other people happy.The English loved her and still love her to this day.

        Queen Elizabeth’s public corporations were a means to put a bloated bureaucracy through a Church of England basket strainer. If the taxpaying parishioners thought a project or bureaucracy was of no use then no money went into the collection basket.

        By separating what government needed to do and what everyone wanted done, she was able to lower the base flat tax rate. The virgin mother of economics made it very clear that her capitalist pirates had to walk the free market plank. There is a right and wrong way for fat cats, politicians, and bureaucrats to get some loving. The fat cats, at the end of the diving board, made everyone love them by putting more money in the collection basket. With the belly flop junk out of the system, the government pumps ran smoothly and the control valves worked.

        $16 Trillion economy, $17 Trillion public debt of which $12 Trillion the government owes itself, $33 Trillion private debt, $80 Trillion in equity, $100 Trillion unfunded liability, $800 Trillion of who knows what, the rest of the western world in the boat, the solution has to make the everyone happy, and the guilty have to sell the solution. hmm

        Second place is the first place loser but a peek is worth ten free market estimators. Reverse auction bid results can be turned into a low bid equation with a variance that looks something like this:

        Low Bid = (95% – 1% times the number of bidders) times the average bid

        Companies play free market basketball on a diving board because a company can’t maximize their profits if the company hits more often than the dummy. A 5% drop in price is usually enough to jump to 15% higher overall hit rate. Government is a slam dunking monopoly that has proven to be 20% more expense than the free market. Socialism, Fascism, Marxism, Statism, etc. is four scarcity leaps backwards and corresponds with Carman’s and Kenneth’s findings.

        A Harvard Professor and previous President of IMF wrote a book called “This Time is Different” . Carman Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff studied fiscal crisis in 65 countries over 500 years. 1% GDP reduction in taxes increases private sector 3% in GDP. 1% GDP increase in Government Spending deceases private sector 1.2% GDP with a -0.2% change in GDP. Obviously a great deal of government debt can put a country at significant interest rate risk.

        If we go from a 38% tax rate to 20% tax rate with a balanced budget the private sector will grow from $11 Trillion to over $16 Trillion. Tax revenue won’t decrease 48%. Tax revenue will only decrease 24%. Half of Washington won’t have to go on a permanent vacation, only one out of four. Employment will increase 25% so displaced bureaucrats will have lots of new opportunities to contribute to society.

        If we get down to a balanced 10%, $20 Trillion – more than a 60% increase in jobs if half of Washington goes on a permanent vacation, each dollar earned buys ($0.90/$0.62) 45% more, and hard America becomes a soft warm place.

        John Nash’s beautiful mind recognized the importance of interactions in which the results of one person’s choices depend not only on his own behavior but also on the choices of another person. There is a related game called Ultimatum. You and your partner split $10. Less than $3 deals disgust and anger. The dealer has a pulpit.

        The Laffer effect is no joke. Charles Adams, an international tax attorney and historian, wrote books on taxes. Once tax rates rise above the disgust and anger point, the expected extra tax revenue never shows up. A flat tax system is part of Constitution. Everyone has to pay taxes to keep as many people’s tax rate below the disgust and anger tax rate or make sure an overwhelming majority is disgusted with high taxes.

        Carman, Kenneth, John, and yours truly believes dealers can routinely get an $8 to $10 deal by getting his or her partner work for a $3 to $5 deal. With each $3 to $5 of earned success the partner becomes a dealer that turns the $3 to $5 deal into $6 to $8 of earned success. Turning $10 into $13 is a win-win systemic solution that creates good people, great outcomes, and durable trust but when it rains, rainmakers show up and turn everything to dirt.

        There will always be zero-sum losers who just accept less than $3 deals and think the key to success is being an abusive dealer. A $7-$3 deal isn’t better than a $6-$4 deal because $7-$3 deals turn into $6-$2, $5-$1, and $4-two bit deals. Rainmakers turn everything to dirt because they feel entitled to $7up and someone else has to pay for the diet $7up.

        Obama and company’s overall 30% to 40% tax and spend policies have systemically increased the public sector by 25% and eliminated 10 million private sector jobs. For the first 150 years of our existence, we were 10% tax and spend country. Present day Switzerland, Russia, and much of Eastern Europe are 15% tax and spend countries.

        I can’t taste the difference between Wilson and Barack vegetable oil. The Federal Reserve was created on Jekyll Island and Obama is the Prince of Hyde Park. A famous Central Banker said something like “If I control the money supply, I care not for your laws”. If debt is money that can only be paid off with more money …. someone ends up owning everything and everybody.

        Fabians have three symbols. A wolf in sheep’s clothing. A slow moving turtle that strikes hard. Two guys pounding dirt. When Napoleon rolled into town, Hegel had a big stupid grin on his face. All the Hegelian dielectric isms should simply be call Central Banksterism.

        The Federal Reserve and IRS are private and foreign Corporations. There is a difference between the United States and the United States of America. One is a corporation. Thanks to tax and spend democrats we were all born at sea in our mother’s womb because that way we are slaves. The global warming and cooling, etc. began after we went off the gold standard because our masters wanted our land. Private central bankers also created communism. Socialized medicine is a means to get rid of the old. The dirty rotten democrats made all the deals with the devil but wait a minute.

        In 1934, the Exchange Stabilization Fund was created. Right off the bat, the Treasury Department started debasing the currency thanks to Harry Dexter White. Sir John Keynes was just a useful idiot. The ESF has become the IMF, WB, EU, and BIS. There is a central bank in almost every country now.

        Our founding fathers promoted the species (Gold and Silver) because a stable money supply is key to creating an innovative middle class and responsive Government. When things are set up right, the wealth disparity between rich and poor is only four fold and a society’s standard of living doubles every decade but there is a great deal of guess work involved. Government being around 45% of GDP appears to be the little or no innovation setpoint.

        With some modifications, Bitcoins can indirectly tax on transaction size (good), proactively tariff (good), turn the down and out into limited central banks (good) and tax on population density (good) and be like an invading army. Bitcoins, that don’t vary in quantity could be the beginning of a wonderful bottom up Milton Friedman world that leaves the elites on top without any change.

        The 10% public sector corresponds to a bottom 20% to top 20% ideal distribution is around $3.50,$4.50,$6.25,$8.25, and $11.25.

        We went off the gold standard 40 years ago. Over that period the average overall tax rate was about 30%. Over the last 40 years relative wealth distribution went from ($2.75,$4.00,$5.25,$7.00,$9.25) to ($1.25,$2.00,$2.75,$3.50, & $18.50). 30% to 40% Obama has taken us to ($1.00,$1.75,$2.50, $3.25, and $16.75). If the dollar is no longer the world currency, ($0.75,$1.31,$1.87,$2.41,$12.19). The above mentioned Bitcoin arrangement would lessen the wealth disparity.

        With some modifications, Bitcoins can indirectly tax on transaction size. After the transaction gets above $700,000 or so the taxes get much higher.

        Bitcoins could proactively tariff. If a 40% nation trades with a 10% nation, the relative tax is 25%. 80% of the tax proceeds go to the 10% and 20% of the proceeds go to the 40% nation thus creating better and better governance.

        Without government or coin clipping distortion, free markets naturally consolidate wealth in larger and larger metropolitan areas around about 0.7% compounding interest. Second place is the first place loser but a peek is worth ten estimators. A 5% to 10% tax difference between low and high population density areas is enough to leap past the first place loser. Over time all the metropolitan or region areas will become about the same size and thus less of a threat to the ruling elite.

        The 10% poor are 3 to seven times better over than the 40% poor. Bitcoins could also turn the down and out into limited individual bottom up central bankers.

        The elite Architects of the bitcoin ponzi scheme can be compensated for creating good governance. If they create a 10% world they get to make $22.50. If we the people create a 40% world, the elite only get $16.50.

        Prior to the Civil War we were on the gold standard, our banking system was decentralized, we had 10,000 currencies, and the system worked just like our founding fathers (primarily Jefferson) envisioned. To promote free market stability, have say 1000 worldwide bitcoin systems no more 5% of the currency market with at least 15 used in each market. If someone is clipping coins, the currency won’t create so much havoc.

        In the 1910s, there was a wave of immigration. One of Wilson Ivy league buddies gave the immigrates IQ tests. 98% of the immigrates were idiots, imbeciles, and morons who did better than the rest of us over the next two generations except the minority groups that specialized on succeeding in government or were dependent on the state.

        Models, templates, and people systems make the difference. From 1920 to 1965, the borders were closed and everyone understood how the American way works and why the centralized banking Statist way doesn’t.

        One government job has and probably will always cost about six private sector jobs, related tax revenue, and general happiness. A stable money supply, something we haven’t seen since 1934, creates the innovative middle class. Steps to make metropolitan areas, nation and worldwide, more evenly sized makes sense.

        Eliminate 50% of Washington, cut Federal Taxes 50%, and have a strong dollar policy, two years down the road everyone will forget about all this fascist nonsense.

        • johnblack45john

          You Jefferstonians are the ones who got us into this mess in the first place. Now take this long winded crap and shove it.

          • billybobz

            Go sodomize yourself you pathetic piece of mongrel garbage.

          • johnblack45john

            You dothe same pathetic white trash

          • robin hood in perverse

            Sarah Palin is our tea party virgin mother of economics and you’ll never forget her cast iron booty.

          • johnblack45john

            No wonder you’re so dumb and stupid.

          • robin hood in perverse

            I’m talking a crap in my deer stand right now and I’m thinking to myself we should catch all the invasive carp in the Missouri, etc. and mail them to Washington DC, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Trilateral Commission. We could also put Obama’s middle finger mugshot on a the Bitcoin and call it the Mohammad Bit.

            If Doc Warren (the nuttiest founding father) were alive, John Belushi, the Adams Family, and Old Hickey Nut would dress up like Cicero. The 1812 Mississippi Delta boys would get in the back of the TSA line, see the whites of the TSA eyes, and scream “KABOOM” at one airport and train station after another. Government should be supervised and conditioned. The citizens should be free to be harmless nuts.

            Philo, of the Alexandria Israelites, kicked a touchdown Buddha by reconciling Greek and Roman philosophy with God. The Proverbs game was on the line. What would Caligula do?

            Sir Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor. Sir Robin was the tax collecting Baron of Exchequer. The black and white plague came. The lost sheep didn’t know what to do. Herman Cain and able Robin challenged the Sheriff of Nottingham to a duel. There is a new Sheriff in town.

            Cain and able Robin spread their flat tax and limited government seed everywhere. Robin Hood died in 1476. All of Robin Hood’s descendants and converts are filled with the timeless 1776 spirit.

            When the tough get going, it gets rough.

      • billybobz

        Spoken like a true monger POS. You would have to stand on your boyfriend’s shoulders to kiss a redneck’s *ss.

        • johnblack45john

          Unlike you I don’t kiss nobody’s a** And if I did it wouldn’t be redneck poor white trash like you.

  • ShadrachSmith

    This is a Democrat campaign issue, Democrats don’t want a solution. And this article is just one journalist flacking this particular Democrat campaign issue.

  • Sentry Virginia

    Virginia has turned blue due to the migrant voters Dems bus in on every major election from Maryland. NO VOTER PICTURE ID LAW.

  • Hedley Lamar

    Get stuffed, Cantor. We’re all hoping you won’t be back next year.

  • Don

    It’s nice to know that Eric Cantor’s passionate concern is shared by the Communist Party USA:

    “Restore Voting Rights Act”

    “Tell Congress they must act to save the Voting Rights Act.”

  • billybobz

    RINO stool samples like cantor, boehner and ryan need to go.

  • rogerclegg

    First, there isn’t any legislation needed. The Shelby County decision was correct and was aimed at only one section of the Voting Rights Act – the preclearance provision, requiring some (mostly southern) jurisdictions to get permission in advance from the federal government before making any change related to voting – and the rest of the Act remains in full force, including other, potent enforcement provisions for every jurisdiction in the country.

    And, indeed, for better or worse the Justice Department and civil-rights groups are now using those other provisions to try to advance their agendas, which amount to a war on voter-ID requirements and ensuring the continued racial gerrymandering and segregation of voting districts. There’s no evidence that the Left needs more weapons in its arsenal; all that’s different in the post–​Shelby County world is that now its lawyers have to prove racial discrimination before they can get court relief, which is the way that every other civil-rights law works.

    The second point: Much in the bill has nothing to do with Shelby County at all. Rather, the Court’s decision is being used as an excuse to enact the Left’s wish-list in voting policy. In particular, the Left wants to promote its plaintiffs’ lawyers to the status of the attorney general in making civil-rights enforcement decisions. All this is a standard demand for the civil-rights groups whenever they (deservedly) lose a case and run to Congress.

    The Left’s agenda is, of course, a decidedly color-conscious one. Thus, the bill itself features racial classifications, and offers protections for “minority voters” that it withholds from “nonminority” voters.

    Key provisions of the bill attempt to reinstate the “preclearance” provision of the Voting Rights Act by amending another section of the Act so that it is triggered even when there has been no constitutional violation, as is now required by that section. This raises the same sort of constitutional issue that resulted in the Shelby County decision in the first place, since Congress would again be acting to limit state prerogatives even though it lacks a constitutional predicate for doing so.

    What’s more, the new legislation is an attempt to ensure that the Voting Rights Act works principally as a “disparate impact” statute. This approach to civil-rights enforcement is favored by the Obama administration, as shown by its new school-discipline “guidance” this year. But that approach is not about stopping real discrimination; it’s about ensuring racial proportionality by eliminating legitimate standards and procedures.

  • Jon McCasper

    Within an impersonal modern civilization, we serve and are served by those we don’t know and whose very existence we will likely never know.

  • Organix

    Civilization faces grave danger where the angst of responsibility is transformed into hostility toward liberty.

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