Ah ha! Obama and his liberal cronies have the following strategy: Collapse the economy and force millions on to government assistance. Then, because they are so desperate, they will be forced to vote for Democrats out of fear that they will lose their benefits. It's happening right now in Ohio and Missouri.
And to think that liberals like to view themselves as "the party of compassion". How compassionate is it to destroy the economy and take away the livelihood of Americans?
Read from Weasel Zippers:
Over 100,000 Ohioans Sign Up To Vote (Jan. – June) Through Welfare Programs; Obama DOJ Made Clear Voter Registration Must Be Provided To Those Signing Up To Receive Welfare
"Economy suck? No job? Sign up for free money and don’t forget to vote D . . .
COLUMBUS, Ohio — 'More than 100,000 Ohioans signed up to vote through welfare programs from January to June in part of an effort to get more poor people involved in elections.
The Election Assistance Commission says the number of people who registered to vote with public-assistance programs nearly doubles the annual average in 2007 and 2008.
The increase in low-income voters comes after a new set of rules went into effect in January. The rules make sure Ohio follows a federal law that says voter registration information has to be provided to people applying for welfare programs.
Since Congress passed the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, states like Ohio focused more on tying voter registration to driver’s license applications than to public assistance programs.
Here’s more from the NYT. It isn’t just happening in Ohio:
'In April, however, President Obama’s Justice Department sent the states a set of guidelines making it clear that it expected full compliance with the public-assistance office section of the law — the first time in the 15-year history of the motor-voter law that the Justice Department has explained what kinds of offices are covered and what procedures are to be used. The guidelines make it clear that people applying for benefits must not only be offered the chance to register but must be given help in filling out the forms if they ask. If states do not comply voluntarily, lawsuits are likely to follow.
The administration will undoubtedly be accused of acting in a self-serving political way by making it easier for more Democrats to vote. The effort may have that effect. But it is worth remembering that the recession has brought millions of new people to food stamp and other welfare offices in the last two years, many of whom may not be traditional Democrats. In addition, government offices are much more likely to provide reliable registrations than Acorn or other advocacy groups that were widely accused of fraudulent sign-ups in the last cycle. Welfare offices generally have extensive methods of verifying identities in order to provide benefits, and it is illegal to provide false records there.
But the best reason to applaud the Justice Department’s new posture is that it will bring more voters into public life. When advocacy groups sued Ohio and Missouri to force their public assistance offices into complying, huge groups of new voters surged onto the rolls — more than 100,000 in Ohio, and more than 200,000 in Missouri. Nationwide enforcement by the Justice Department could add millions more. The more people who have access to the ballot, the better the country will be.'"