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Taxation Without Representation

Posted by clubsodaandsalt on August 9, 2004

Taxation without representation is a pet peeve of mine, so I’ve been watching the movement to give residents local voting rights pretty closely. What’s truly amazing is that apparently, some people are talking about “security concerns” as a reason to oppose expanding franchise (as opposed to the usual GOP reason for limiting franchise – “they won’t vote for us”). Security concerns. Talk about your catch-all excuses. Some scholar in San Francisco actually have this enlightening comment:

In San Francisco, some critics have also argued that the proposals raise security concerns. Louise Renne, a former city attorney in San Francisco and a longtime critic of the concept, recently raised the question of whether terrorists would soon be allowed access to the polls. “If noncitizens can vote,” she asked reporters, “can Osama bin Laden vote in a school election?”

Right. Because the problem with terrorists is that they are voting, not that they’re TRYING TO KILL US. Besides, why would a terrorist vote? They HATE our freedom, remember?

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