Voter IDs, fraud
Please help me out and tell me how many American citizens who can legally vote do not have any type of identification. They have no ID for health insurance, car insurance, Social Security, veterans insurance, welfare or unemployment payments or bank accounts.
Is it a very small percentage?
Some people contend that any ID requirement would curtail many legal voters from voting, but finding studies with resources and control groups is nearly impossible. I have also searched for the studies that say there is virtually no voter fraud. But the studies do not define whether they are being done in a state that requires ID to vote, in which case you would expect little, if any, fraud.
And researchers obviously cannot do a study in a state that requires no ID to vote because they would not be able to prove whether voter fraud was occurring if voters did not have to show any ID.
Please help me find valid numbers and facts.
Trump race summit
After Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s terrific, and hugely productive, meeting with Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto, Trump really should consider a meeting to address race relations here at home.
I’m thinking something along the lines of President Barack Obama’s 2009 beer summit with the police officer and the professor. Trump likes a little more flourish, so he should invite David Duke and Oprah Winfrey.
Instead of beer on a patio, they could get together at Red Lobster. I recommend this locale for two reasons — adults wearing bibs are always a nice equalizer (not to mention hilarious), and if the conversation stalls, digging around in the shells is a perfectly acceptable diversion.
How could this not succeed? And if it doesn’t, Trump can say, with tremendous conviction, that he did more for race relations than anyone in the entire world ... ever.
The best part? Because Duke added a fourth K to his group, the Knights of the KKK, making it the KKKK, and Oprah owns the letter O, Trump could quickly launch (but not fund) the OK Scholarship for American Greatness.
Hello landslide in November.
Pay Kansas taxes
Kudos to James P. Zakoura for shining light on the so-called limited liability company loophole, the tax provision at the heart of the Kansas budget debacle (8-28, A1, “Hundreds of thousands of Kansas business owners are exempt from state income taxes. But many, feeling like ‘freeloaders,’ want the tax break to end”).
Like Mr. Zakoura, I pay no Kansas income tax on the earnings of my CPA practice. My clients who own Kansas businesses pay no tax. (Their employees do pay.)
If we had only our self-interest at heart, we would happily pocket a few extra bucks. But my grandkids’ schools are struggling, our roads and bridges are crumbling and the University of Kansas Medical Center, our health-care provider, just took a $3.7 million budget hit.
There is no precedent for exempting income from tax based solely on the form of an organization. Gov. Sam Brownback’s great experiment in trickle-down economics has bankrupted the state, caused multiple downgrades in its credit rating and caused an exodus of teachers.
Businesses must pay the state income tax.
What are we to think? The opposition has been quite forceful in painting Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as the Wicked Witch of the East.
Even her supporters wonder whether they could do better. Now I wonder, if she were a man would they be tramping down the same road?
Her biggest problem is her gender. If she shows vulnerability, she will be cast as weak, and without that she is seen as a shrew.
It is a no-win proposition. Were she a man she would be seen as strong and resolute.
We have not come as far as we like to think. Just give us another 100 years and we’ll get there.