Monday, July 17, 2006

Frank Wolf Hates His Constituents


Together with fellow congressional GOPers Randy Forbes, Virgil Goode, Bob Goodlatte and Eric Cantor, Frank Wolf voted to strip mostly Latinos of bilingual voting ballots and language aid.

The final roll call via Latino Pundit shows that 181 Republicans voted "aye," with Wolf joining the gamy gang.

The Neanderthal who offered this ghastly bill was Rep. Steve King of Iowa; and here is one of his lying reasons why bilingual ballots should not be made available via Americablog.

Mr. Speaker, there is no excuse for producing multi-lingual ballots of any kind here in America. There is a requirement when you are a naturalized citizen that you demonstrate proficiency in English. And so therefore if you come into this
country legally and you acquire citizenship, which is a requirement for voting in America, you will have been required to demonstrate proficiency and literacy in English.
A bald-faced lie since legal residents of more than 20 years and over the age of 50 can take the citizenship exam in their own native language, as can those 55 years or older who've been permanent residents for 15 years or more.

So let's see, the 10th District encompasses parts of Fairfax County with a 27.0 percent minority population; Loudoun County with a 20 percent minority population; Clarke County with a 7.4 percent minority population; part of Fauquier County with 11.3 percent minority population; and a tiny sliver of Prince William County with a 29 percent minority population.

It also includes the cities of Sterling, McLean, Chantilly, Manassas, Manassas Park, Winchester and Front Royal.

When combining total population in the cities of Manassas, Manassas Park, Winchester and Front Royal, the minority population is approximately 16.7 percent.

Howling Latina suspects the over-all demographics of Sterling, McLean and Chantilly mirror those of the rest of Fairfax County; no separate figures were readily available from the Census Bureau.

Only four Democrats voted with Republicans for the King amendment: one-term Congressman John Barrow of Georgia who is in a tough reelection race (a flip-flopping liberal, according to his opponent); Tim Holden of Pennsylvania from a crimson red district; Collin Peterson of Minnesota (another endangered Democrat from a rural district in a tough race) and Gene Taylor of Mississippi (enough said).

HL would also like to point out that 10th District voters supported Gov. Tim McCain during last year's election.

So if Feder and other Northern Virginia Democrats can game Wolf and remind Hispanic constituents how Wolf and other Republicans tried to restrict the Voting Rights Act for naturalized citizens, it could well make a sizable dent in George Allen's cash advantage over Jim Webb in the area; and make the difference in their own races as well, a win-win for all!

Comments:
Damn. I didn't know fluency wasn't required in some cases.
 
That's why I howl:)
 
I'm so glad you do howl...I hope there are many howling!! Our country consists of immigrants and descendents of immigrant (except for the First Nation tribes...and most south american latinos have more First Nation blood ties than the average American. I'm so tired of hypocracy, lies, and spin! Please keep howling!
 
I hope there are many howling!! Our country consists of immigrants (voluntary and involuntary) and descendents of immigrants (except for the First Nation tribes...and most south american latinos have more First Nation blood ties than the average American. I'm so tired of hypocracy, lies, and spin! Please keep howling!
 
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