National Federation of Republican Women

Political Briefing for the Week of July 16, 2012


U.S. District Court to Consider Texas Voter ID Law This Week
On July 10, Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the 103rd convention of the NAACP in Texas. The NAACP has launched a campaign against voter ID laws, and Holder vowed to be "aggressive" in challenging any voting laws that restrict minorities' rights. Holder received a standing ovation as the conventioneers shouted, "Hold your ground," and "Holder, Holder."

The Justice Department has blocked Texas' 2011 voter ID law which requires voters to show photo identification before being allowed to cast their ballots. The Justice Department contends that the law would violate the 1965 Voting Rights Act and would disproportionately harm Hispanic voters. As a result, the U.S. District Court is hearing arguments this week on the Texas voter ID law.

In his speech, Holder referred to voter ID laws as "poll taxes" and claimed that minorities without IDs will be hardest hit by the law. According to Holder, some minorities might have to travel great distances to obtain an ID. He went on to say that some minorities will have to struggle to pay for the documents necessary to obtain an ID.

Under the Obama administration, the Justice Department has challenged new voter ID laws across the country, arguing that a voter identification law would adversely affect black voters. The Justice Department claims that such laws will hurt turnout among minority voters, an estimated 1.4 million voters, and others, many of whom helped elect Obama in 2008.

Neither Holder nor the current administration has responded to arguments that voter ID laws are necessary to combat voter fraud, especially in Texas where the director of elections testified in court that there are potentially 50,000 deceased voters on the Texas voter rolls.


Democrat Talking Points Ignore Facts in Fast and Furious
The current battle over documents involved in the Fast and Furious gun plan is a test for the resolve of Republicans in the U.S. House. Will the Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman and members get worn down by the left and the media propaganda?

Democrat talking points are being floated. The major point being floated is that this program started under George W. Bush. No, not so. The program under Bush was called Wide Receiver and was found to not be successful. It was discontinued in 2007. Fast and Furious was started in 2009.

Democrats are also ignoring the fact that not just two Americans were killed in Fast and Furious, but that more than 200 Mexicans died due to the Fast and Furious illegal guns sent to Mexico. How many members of the Hispanic community know that?


Promises, Promises
The CBS News Political Hotsheet reports that on NBC's "Today Show" in February 2009, Barack Obama claimed, in regard to economic recovery, "If I don't have this done in three years, then there's going to be a one-term proposition." Prior to that announcement, on January 9, 2009, Obama's economic advisers predicted that stimulus monies would keep the unemployment rate below 8 percent. On July 7, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate is now 8.2 percent.

In April 2010, Vice President Biden predicted that "sometime in the next couple of months, we're going to be creating between 250,000 and 500,000 jobs a month." The Associated Press, on July 6, reported that, in the third straight month of weak hiring, employers added only 80,000 jobs in June.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, appearing on Fox News on July 8, explained, "There are almost half a million more people unemployed today than four years ago." Chairman Priebus posed the question of whether voters remember that Obama claimed that if the trillion dollar stimulus was passed, we would have 5.5 percent unemployment today.

Again, as noted above, on July 7, the Bureau of Labor Statistics declared that the unemployment rate is 8.2 percent. As amazing as this sounds, on July 8, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz stated she is "happy" with the current state of the economy and the 8.2 unemployment rate.

During an October 7, 2008, debate, Obama promised that he would cut "more than I'm spending so that it will be a net spending cut." That promise was broken in that the Congressional Budget Office declared the federal budget deficit for fiscal 2009 tripled to a record $1.4 trillion. That is nearly $1 trillion more than the $459 billion deficit recorded in President Bush's last full year in office.

Obama's increases in spending on everything from the economic stimulus to Wall Street bailouts clearly contributed to the startling increase. Alarmingly, and contrary to Obama's announcement that he wants to bring the deficit down, projections show the fiscal 2010 deficit, when analyzed, will also be shown to have exceeded $1 trillion.

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