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Does Voting Even Matter?

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"[m]alicious software running on a single voting machine can steal votes with little if any risk of detection," and that the software can be installed on a voting machine in only a minute by anyone that has physical access."   Ryan Paul

"In August 2003, Walden O'Dell, then the chief executive of Diebold, announced that he had been a top fund-raiser for President George W. Bush and had sent a get-out-the-funds letter to 100 wealthy and politically inclined friends in the Republican Party, to be held at his home in a suburb of ColumbusOhio.

In December 2005, O'Dell resigned following reports that the company was facing securities fraud litigation surrounding charges of insider trading."  Wikipedia

And now it's happening again.  The vote counting company, Hart Intercivic whose machines have failed in the past, is tied to Mitt Romney and Bain Capital.

In Mark Crispin Miller's book, "Fooled Again" he calls for electoral reform.

"The pattern--not one overwhelming fraud but thousands of little ones--did not end in 2004.  The same pattern continued in '06, costing the Democrats a number of seats in the House and Senate, and that is likely to be part of the Republican electoral strategy for '08 as well."

And now companies are telling their employees how to vote threatening them with layoffs and loss of benefits if they don't vote for Romney.

Greg Palast claims hacking is the least of our problems.  He states computers tend to lose more votes and cost five times as much and votes just disappear.  According to the U.S. Elections offices in D.C. 1.4 million votes were lost (spoiled) in the last election.

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Senate races are the big concern in this election. It's not about Republicans or Democrats winning.  These are billionaires who install politicians who favor them.  "They don't care who it is they just choose which hand puppet to stick their hand in."  Greg Palast

Oligarchy runs our system Palast continues, and the billionaires are backing Romney this time.  Prior to this they voted for Barack Obama.  There's too much money at stake to let the people decide.  They steal votes to steal money.  In 2008 the bankers backed Obama and now they've slid over to Romney and they want to steal the Senate races.

The Debates

The debates are a joke or as my friend Thomas Baldwin labeled them, "weapons of mass distraction."  The debates used to matter but were strong armed away from the League of Women Voters, a non partisan entity that stood up to the two political parties and wanted third parties to be included, demanded transparency and made sure the questions were not pre determined.

The debates and are now run by a private corporation called the Commission on Presidential Debates.

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""a private corporation, financed primarily by Anheuser-Busch and other major companies, that was created by the Republican and Democratic parties to seize control of the presidential debates from the League of Women Voters in 1987." George Farah

"The Obama and Romney campaigns have secretly negotiated a detailed contract that dictates many of the terms of the 2012 presidential debates. This includes who gets to participate, as well as the topics raised during the debates." Democracy Now!

Real issues are not discussed, the audiences are pre screened along with the questions and the participants are not allowed to ask follow up questions and just in case anyone's tries their microphones are cut off as soon as their prescreened question is asked.  Nothing of merit is discussed by either political candidate.

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Jill Dalton is a recovering army brat/writer/performer/activist who has appeared in film and television as well as performing her solo plays in New York and around the country. Most recently she can be seen in and consulted for William Hurt on the (more...)

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