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The fight against voter fraud is a solution in search of a problem -- these days, documented instances are virtually non-existent. Nonetheless, in fourteen states, new election laws passed by Republican-dominated legislatures since the 2010 midterm elections seek to limit voter registration or require government-issued photo IDs to vote -- identification that for many is too expensive or otherwise difficult to obtain.
This week on Moyers & Company (check local listings), Bill talks to Keesha Gaskins and Michael Waldman of the Brennan Center for Justice about accusations that new voter ID and other election laws are thinly-veiled attempts to keep the young, elderly, minorities and the poor from exercising one of the most fundamental American rights.
“When these votes come under attack by this level of partisan gamesmanship, it's completely inappropriate and antithetical to our history,” Gaskins tells Bill. “This is a very real political issue, but beyond that, this is a real issue of real Americans being able to access and be self-determinative in how we're governed.”
Also on the program, Bill talks with independent filmmaker Anthony Baxter, director of You’ve Been Trumped!, a new documentary about the perils of rampant capitalism and gluttonous conspicuous consumption, epitomized by Donald Trump’s aggressive efforts to build “the greatest golf course in the world” across ancient sand dunes in Scotland. A veteran journalist, Baxter says what Trump and the Scottish government are hailing as an economic boon is actually a disaster to the environment and a callous disruption of people’s lives by a ruthless One-Percenter run amok.
“It seems to me there's one rule for the super-rich and one rule for everybody else,” Baxter says. “And the 99 percent of people in the world are tired and fed up of having money and power riding roughshod over their lives and our planet… Our planet, I don't think, can afford these kinds of decisions.”