Thursday, July 05, 2007

Maybe ATT should have asked for state id

Ed Garvey, former Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, and others are upset at finding their names on a petition to support AT&T's plan to dominate Wisconsin the way Standard Oil dominated America before the Sherman Act. (Correction: AT&T just wants to sell television programming to compete with cable and satellite without too much government hassle.)

Oddly enough, Garvey and Soglin are not backers of AT&T, and Ed Garvey is even planning on abandoning electricty to protest AT&T's takeover of the Democratic Party. (Apparently under Governor Jim Doyle the Democrats are now publicly traded.)

The question they're asking, how did their names end up on the petition that was given to State Senator Fred Risser (D-Mesopotamia)?

Wait a sec, does it matter? After all, if AT&T had asked the petition signers for any sort of identification, it would have disenfranchised the elderly and the minorities that don't have proper identitification. No ID, no signing, even the homeless would not be able to register their support for AT&T. The horror, the horror.

These might be merely cases of illegal aliens (undocumented workers) merely trying to use white male identities in a desparate effort to participate in the Democratic process (white male power structure) so they could watch the Univision Network with a better picture and sound quality at a cheaper price.

Surely Garvey and Soglin would agree that one or two cases of petition fraud are not enough to justify draconian, mean-spirited and possibly racist requirements to ask for some sort of identification before signing a petition. After all, it could've been worse.

Somebody could have used their names and voted in an election.

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