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John Scalzi: A Self-Made Man Looks At How He Made It

I know what I have been given and what I have taken. I know to whom I owe. I know that what work I have done and what I have achieved doesn’t exist in a vacuum or outside of a larger context, or without the work and investment of other people, both within the immediate scope of my life and outside of it. I like the idea that I pay it forward, both with the people I can help personally and with those who will never know that some small portion of their own hopefully good fortune is made possible by me.

Brad Blog: DOJ INVESTIGATING PA’S NEW, GOP-ENACTED POLLING PLACE PHOTO ID RESTRICTION

The U.S. Dept. of Justice may soon be filing a legal challenge to Pennsylvania’s new GOP-enacted polling place Photo ID restriction. The law will affect the ability of some 750,000 legal voters to cast their once-legal vote in the Keystone State this November, unless it is overturned. If the feds choose to bring suit against the new law, it would be the first time the federal agency has used the anti-discrimination provisions of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 to block such a law.

TPMMuckraker: Ahead Of Voter ID Trial, Pennsylvania Admits There’s No In-Person Voter Fraud

The state signed a stipulation agreement with lawyers for the plaintiffs which acknowledges there “have been no investigations or prosecutions of in-person voter fraud in Pennsylvania; and the parties do not have direct personal knowledge of any such investigations or prosecutions in other states.”

Additionally, the agreement states Pennsylvania “will not offer any evidence in this action that in-person voter fraud has in fact occurred in Pennsylvania and elsewhere” or even argue “that in person voter fraud is likely to occur in November 2012 in the absense of the Photo ID law.”

Why do you think allegations of in-person vote fraud have tailed off lately and we’re hearing more oblique complaints about dead people voting?

National Poverty Rate Approaching Pre-Great Society Highs

The gains of the war on poverty have been almost totally wiped out. The Census Bureau will report that poverty will reach a 46-year high when they announce their numbers later in the fall.

The Associated Press surveyed more than a dozen economists, think tanks and academics, both nonpartisan and those with known liberal or conservative leanings, and found a broad consensus: The official poverty rate will rise from 15.1 percent in 2010, climbing as high as 15.7 percent. Several predicted a more modest gain, but even a 0.1 percentage point increase would put poverty at the highest level since 1965.


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  1. Scalzi’s piece would be a lot more effective if he were actually a small-business owner as opposed to a writer. He just comes off as an effete liberal saying “government worked for me” but, since he’s pretty much the only person involved, it comes out very selfish and self-absorbed.

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