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Texas Voter ID Bill As Sign Of Republican Weakness As Texas Changes

The so-called voter ID bill now at issue in the Texas legislature is a plenty bad idea.

It’s a Republican effort, to the extent that anything is the responsibility of one party in the freakishly organized Texas legislature, to deter low-income persons and persons of color from voting. It may also have the same effect on some older voters.

Yet as bad the bill is, what strikes me is the desperation behind the bill. Texas is already a majority-minority state. Dallas County has gone Democratic and Harris County may do the same in 2008. Republicans realize that at some point in the next few years they may lose Texas.

This bill may be a case of it being darkest before the dawn.

Texas is changing and the reaction to that change is going to be harsh in some quarters. Yet no matter how harsh the reaction, a new and different day is on the way.     

April 25, 2007 - Posted by | Politics, Texas


  1. I have no doubt that the Republicans will lose Texas before long. Harris County is already an all but lost cause. I don’t support either party anymore, but I do wonder what the ultimate result will be when Texas once again becomes a one party, Democratic Party state, although I’ll probably not live long enough to see the “ultimate” result. I take it from your post that you assume that because Texas is a majority-minorty State that it’s logically going to go Democratic, by which I (perhaps incorrectly) infer that it’s evil whitey that’s kept the state Republican for the last few years. I can only speculate as to the outcome, but I’d expect taxes to rise, growth to slow and ultimately stagnate, crime to rise, State expenditures to double, and if the patterns of the midwest are indicative, we’d start to see a migration of boht people and business out and away from the major metropolitan areas to more remote and rural locations. We’re already seeing that with the Austin/Dallas corridor. As a resource economy, Texas is past it’s prime having achieved peak oil/gas production in the 1970’s, (or was it the 1950’s). Thus the focus will have to be on some other business activity/activities. We’ll just have to wait and see.

    Comment by glide625 | April 25, 2007

  2. Thanks for the comment. I said nothing about any evil whitey. Though your remark does remind me of how George Jefferson would speak to Archie Bunker and I always thought that was funny.

    Hopefully taxes will indeed go up and we’ll get an income tax and we can finally bring Texas into the modern world.

    Please keep reading the blog. Thanks for your time with the comment.

    Comment by neilaquino | April 25, 2007

  3. I think the i.d. cost is low and if people care more about their freedom and representation than lottery tickets and liquor we would have more voters. the dems need to organize a (get your i.d. and register to vote) drive and fund the cost of the i.d. for democrats or republicans to show they support the right to vote. every time the republicans come up with a road block we must find a new road or steal one of their ford f-350’s and ram the road block.

    Comment by bill b | April 26, 2007

  4. So having an income tax will bring us into the ‘modern world’? To deal with “roadblocks” we should steal and destroy?

    Did you guys ever consider that there might be fraud in voting and an i.d. is an answer to that?
    You can show your water bill to vote now. It must be that in your estimation minorities and poor have easier access to their water bills than their id.

    Unless you want illegals to vote…that could not be it could it?
    I love how you consider yourself so enlightened as a liberal. But then you dont want your target voters to think, just emote and hate.

    Comment by txbrewer | March 15, 2009

  5. If illegals voted that would make them better citizens than many of our native born folks.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | March 15, 2009

  6. My only concern in this issue is non citizens voting. If there not citizens (ie illegal aliens) then the souldnt be voting. Photo ID would go a long way into resolving that issue. If the democrats or the republicans want to argue that issue as a way of extending the gerry mendering affect let them. I have but one thought here. Voters voting how have the legal right to vote, nothing else. I see no need to spend extra money to start a voter ID program. We have one working right now. Just provide transportation. I dont understand what the whining is about????

    Comment by spuds | April 10, 2009

  7. Having to provide a photo ID is common sense. There is not one person in this State or country that doesn’t have some sort of identification with a picture. It is ridiculous on it’s face to think that this is discriminating towards low income, older people and minorities. You have to show an ID to cash a check for crying out loud, what are you thinking??? Unless of course, you need to allow 4 month old babies, dead people and illegal immigrants to vote.

    Comment by Lisa Harris | April 19, 2009

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