Will the 1% steal Ohio’s labor rights referendum?
by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman
November 6, 2011
Tuesday’s most important vote is the repeal of Ohio’s vicious anti-labor Issue 2.

Polls show the repeal winning by 25% or more. But will it—like the 2004 presidential election—be stolen by the 1% intent on crushing working people and stealing huge sums of money?

Like Wisconsin’s millionaire assault on the bargaining rights of public unions, the thoroughly bought Ohio legislature has passed a draconian law aimed at crippling the organizing ability of working people.

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11 Comments to “ALERT! Major vote on labor rights this Tuesday in Ohio—& the 1% is poised to STEAL it!”

  • I’ll be shocked if they steal this one. The 1% need the cops to be on their side to maintain their power. And Ohio’s anti-union bill includes the cops.

    btw, more people should post comments at this website. MCM is a great patriot and we oughta be supporting him more.

  • After reading the comment suggesting that the 2004 presidential election was stolen, I quit reading any further. I would like to point out that every person or organization in the United States who wished to prove that the 2004 presidential election was stolen threw every copper penny they could find and legal expertise as well into finding some evidence to this end. This was particularly the case in Florida. They found none! Therefore, the writers of this piece are simply propagandists.

  • The evidence comes from Ohio, not from Florida, and there’s a lot of it, from the Conyers Report (WHAT WENT WRONG IN OHIO?) in 2005, to the writings of Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman in 2005 and 2006 (and afterward), to Richard Hayes Phillips’ WITNESS TO A CRIME (2008), based on an exhaustive audit of the vote-count in 18 Ohio counties, and including many photographs of altered ballots. The exit polls in that election also stand as solid evidence that it was stolen—the case confirmed by Steven Freeman and Joel Bleifuss’ WAS THE 2004 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION STOLEN? (2006).

    There’s also been the close analysis of that election by the mathematician Richard Charnin, finding further evidence that it was stolen:
    http://richardcharnin.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/2004-election-fraud-analysis-confirmation-of-a-kerry-landslide/

    And, finally, we now have the contract that Mike Connell, Karl Rove’s top IT manager, signed with the office of Ken Blackwell, Ohio Secretary of State, in 2003, to set up the computer system that allowed the covert tracking and manipulation of the vote-count on Election Day, 2004:
    http://markcrispinmiller.com/2011/07/urgent-how-george-bush-beat-john-kerry-in-2004-ken-blackwells-secret-contract-with-mike-connell-to-rip-off-ohios-vote/

    I could also mention my own book FOOLED AGAIN (2005), and the essays in LOSER TAKE ALL (2008), which provides still further evidence that Bush & Co. stole their “re-election”; and I could mention further works by other analysts as well.

    But this much is certainly enough to make clear that the only “propagandist” in the conversation here is you.

    MCM

  • Hey Michael Greenstreet, I live in Ohio (the scene of the crime in 2004). Explain these election results as written by Bush backer Christopher Hitchens in the March 2005 Vanity Fair headlined, “Ohio’s Odd Numbers.”

    http://makethemaccountable.com/articles/Ohio_s_Odd_Numbers.htm

    There do seem to be a lot of eccentrics in the state. In Cuyahoga County, which includes the city of Cleveland, two largely black precincts on the East Side voted like this. In Precinct 4F: Kerry, 290; Bush, 21; Peroutka, 215. In Precinct 4N: Kerry, 318; Bush, 11; Badnarik, 163. Mr. Peroutka and Mr. Badnarik are, respectively, the presidential candidates of the Constitution and Libertarian Parties. In addition to this eminence, they also possess distinctive (but not particularly African-American-sounding) names. In 2000, Ralph Nader’s best year, the total vote received in Precinct 4F by all third-party candidates combined was eight.

    In Montgomery County, two precincts recorded a combined undervote of almost 6,000. This is to say that that many people waited to vote but, when their turn came, had no opinion on who should be the president, voting only for lesser offices. In these two precincts alone, that number represents an undervote of 25 percent, in a county where undervoting averages out at just 2 percent. Democratic precincts had 75 percent more under- votes than Republican ones.

    In Precinct lB of Gahanna, in Franklin County, a computerized voting machine recorded a total of 4,258 votes for Bush and 260 votes for Kerry. In that precinct, however, there are only 800 registered voters, of whom 638 showed up. Once the “glitch” had been identified, the president had to be content with 3,893 fewer votes than the computer had awarded him.

    In Miami County, a Saddam Hussein-type turnout was recorded in the Concord Southwest and Concord South precincts, which boasted 98.5 percent and 94.27 percent turnouts, respectively, both of them registering overwhelming majorities for Bush. Miami County also managed to report 19,000 additional votes for Bush after 100 percent of the precincts had reported on Election Day.

    In Mahoning County, Washington Post reporters found that many people had been victims of “vote hopping,” which is to say that voting machines highlighted a choice of one candidate after the voter had recorded a preference for another. Some specialists in election software diagnose this as a “calibration issue.”

    Machines are fallible and so are humans, and shit happens, to be sure, and no doubt many Ohio voters were able to record their choices promptly and without grotesque anomalies. But what strikes my eye is this: in practically every case where lines were too long or machines too few the foul-up was in a Democratic county or precinct, and in practically every case where machines produced impossible or improbable outcomes it was the challenger who suffered and the actual or potential Democratic voters who were shortchanged, discouraged, or held up to ridicule as chronic undervoters or as sudden converts to fringe-party losers.

  • Anyone who does not believe the Rethugs stole any and all elections really needs to wake up. The Republican Party are inhumane sociopaths and thankfully most US citizens are not like this group of thugs, and we are starting to realize what this group of crazies are all about. Only another sociopath would follow such idiots. They claim to be religious, and doing the work of God, but break every law God wrote. The only God they represent is Satan. Their evil ways will be ended soon, God willing.

    The only terrorists we need to fear, are those of the Republican mind set. They are more of a threat to the world then any country or group.

  • @ Rebecah… I wouldn’t just pin it on the Republican Party. I think the root of it is corporatism and militirism which can be boiled down to greed and fear.

    Their are plenty of elected Democrats who don’t seem to mind maintaining their power by feeding the corporatist/militarist political machine.

  • G. W. Bush should have never been up for re-election in 2004 in the first place. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Bush v Gore case amounted to a coup ‘d taut by judicial fiat.
    Too bad the Occupy movement didn’t rise up then.

  • It is self evident: when real evidence–raised hands or physical paper ballots hand counted in public and posted in precinct on election night– is removed by e-voting or hidden by e-scanning and e-tabulating, it is filtered, hidden or removed evidence on purpose, a purpose that can be easily understood.

    Any politician that talks about the ownership of the machines is not elected by the machines. That is why the gop and democrats have both “moved” further and further to the right. These machines were selecting the most right wing, non whistle-blowing politicians available and preventing the election of whistle-blowing politicians…though not all politicians, but enough to control the process and power and the machines.

    And yes, some of the best whistle-blowers have been republican as the following shows:

    — Stephen Spoonamore, an election tech who spills the beans on the right-wing religion/politics of dominionists/corporatists controlling susceptible by design to man-in-the-middle attacks on evoting, scanning, tabulating machines in the 2004 election in Ohio (see http://www.velvetrevolution.us/newVR/#110508 )

    — Clinton Curtis, Riveting testimony followed from Clinton Curtis, a Tallahassee-based computer programmer who told the hearing he had been hired by (GOP) US Rep Tom Feeney, then Speaker of the Florida House, to write a program that would conceal the theft of an election. Curtis said Feeney was then a lobbyist for a major computer company as well as Speaker. Curtis said Feeney wanted a program that could use voting machines to “flip an election” without being detected. Curtis said he wrote a prototype program, then quit. snip “One person in a simple tab machine can affect thousands of votes,” Curtis testified. “There is absolutely no assurance of anything on those machines.” from: http://www.freepress.org/departments/display/19/2004/986

    — Kevin Phillips in his books about the coalition we are up against. This same coalition is for bankers’ CREDIT/Our DEBT Money and keeping their corporate/theocratic control of susceptible voting machines, undermining democracy:

    from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Phillips_%28political_commentator%29

    Formerly a Republican Party strategist, Phillips has become disaffected with his former party over the last two decades, and is now one of its most scathing critics.

    American Theocracy (2006)

    Allen Dwight Callahan[1] states the book’s theme is that the Republican Party (GOP), religious fundamentalism, petroleum, and borrowed money are an “Unholy Alliance.”[2] The last chapter, in a nod to his first major work, is titled “The Erring Republican Majority.” American Theocracy “presents a nightmarish vision of ideological extremism, catastrophic fiscal irresponsibility, rampant greed and dangerous shortsightedness.”

    — John Dean in his book,”Conservatives without Conscience,” about the hierarchical, amoral, fearful, aggressive, anti-democratic, Machiavellian Authoritarian personality of the right wing. (This is how they self identify when surveyed autonomously) Bob Altemeyer was the source expert of much of John Dean’s book:

    http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~altemey/

    Bob Altemeyer’s – The Authoritarians
    you can download a pdf of his book

    snip

    If, on the other hand, you’re way ahead of me, and believe the extreme right-wing elements in America are poised to take it over, permanently, I think you can still get a lot from this book. The studies explain so much about these people. Yes, the research shows they are very aggressive, but why are they so hostile? Yes, experiments show they are almost totally uninfluenced by reasoning and evidence, but why are they so dogmatic? Yes, studies show the Religious Right has more than its fair share of hypocrites, from top to bottom; but why are they two-faced, and how come one face never notices the other? Yes, their leaders can give the flimsiest of excuses and even outright lies about things they’ve done wrong, but why do the rank and file believe them? What happens when authoritarian followers find the authoritarian leaders they crave and start marching together?

    I think you’ll find this book “explains a lot.” Many scattered impressions about the enemies of freedom and equality become solidified by science and coherently connected here.

    …..

  • Anonymously…not autonomously

    John Dean in his book,”Conservatives without Conscience,” about the hierarchical, amoral, fearful, aggressive, anti-democratic, Machiavellian Authoritarian personality of the right wing. (This is how they self identify when surveyed anonymously)

  • The book Witness To A Crime,
    “includes eight color plates, and a CD with
    1200 digital images of actual ballots, poll books,
    voter signature books, ballot accounting charts,
    and other forensic evidence from the 2004 presidential
    election in Ohio.”

    For anyone who wants to see the evidence, that
    the 2004 election was stolen, just get the book.

    I bought one so I would have the proof in my
    possession.

    WITNESS TO A CRIME — AVAILABLE ONLINE
    http://www.witnesstoacrime.com/buyitnow.htm

    “Richard Hayes Phillips has been the leading
    investigator of the fraudulent 2004 presidential
    election in Ohio. His work was relied upon by John
    Conyers in challenging the Ohio electors in Congress,
    by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. in his article for Rolling
    Stone magazine, and by Algernon L. Marbley in issuing
    his federal court order protecting the ballots from
    destruction. Assisted by teams of volunteers equipped
    with digital cameras, Phillips amassed some 30,000
    images of forensic evidence. Then he analyzed it all
    himself, examining 126,000 ballots, 127 poll books,
    and 141 voter signature books from 18 counties in
    Ohio”.

    http://www.witnesstoacrime.com/buyitnow.htm

  • Amen, Mark!

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