Monday, December 10, 2012
By my initial calculation, 9.3 million Americans lost their vote on November 7 – purged from voter rolls, blocked at the polls, or had their “provisional” and absentee ballots thrown in the dumpster.
Let’s get to the bottom of this: In the next 90 days, we need to name names, expose their games, and make sure things don’t stay the same.
Just because Mr. Obama won re-election doesn’t mean the vote-heist didn’t happen. This is no joke: the evidence suggests the GOP actually lost the majority of Congressional races. But, through sick tricks in Arizona and three other states, snatched enough seats to hang our economy over a fiscal cliff.
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Let’s not hit the “snooze button” on vote suppression. The election-bending crime spree is far from over.The billionaires are buying the next batch of candidates for 2014.
That’s not all. The Koch Brothers are ready to suck gold through the XL Pipeline, and the Arctic is being melted down for its oil.
Our next targets:
… The nuclear industry’s radioactivity salesmen, the XL Pipeline pirates, the fracking fanatics, the vulture financiers and always, always, those who attack our right to vote. (Look out! The Supreme “Corp” is about to issue new rulings that will make Jefferson cry.)
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Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Armed Madhouse and the highly acclaimed Vultures’ Picnic, just named Book of the Year on BBC Newsnight Review.
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