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McTurtle against making Election Day a national holiday because it’s a “Power play” by Democrats.


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3 minutes ago, SimpleG said:

I think it should a mandatory paid Holiday and all businesses closed down so no one misses the chance to vote. 

 

I'm not sure the federal government has that power over private business.  And what about emergency personnel like police and fire fighters? Do they all get the day off?

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2 minutes ago, SFLUFAN said:

I'll be more than happy to eliminate that one, MLK Jr Day, President's Day, and combine Memorial Day with Veteran's Day on November 11 to obtain an Election Day holiday.

 

Hey now, my current company observes all the holidays, including the Utah only Pioneer Day (I don’t even work in Utah) , I don’t need you consolidating my free days off.

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The best thing the federal government could do is mandate that all states inistitute an optional (and no questions asked) vote by mail system.  I've voted by mail since 2004 and it's the best thing ever.  I can fill out my ballot buck naked in the comfort of my own home.  If I tried to vote naked at a polling place I would get arrested!

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1 hour ago, mclumber1 said:

 

I'm not sure the federal government has that power over private business.  And what about emergency personnel like police and fire fighters? Do they all get the day off?

There is no reason essential personnel cant have staggered days off to account for this.

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1 hour ago, mclumber1 said:

The best thing the federal government could do is mandate that all states inistitute an optional (and no questions asked) vote by mail system.  I've voted by mail since 2004 and it's the best thing ever.  I can fill out my ballot buck naked in the comfort of my own home.  If I tried to vote naked at a polling place I would get arrested!

I like this but lets be honest , both of our ideas are a pipe dream. The whole voting system needs completely reworked from the ground up.

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The Turtle is afraid that when they can’t suppress the vote they will lose every election to Democrats, because poor, white nationalists are greatly outnumbered, and the GOP cannot even matinee how they might grow up to be inclusive, actually try to improve society. They want to keep the poor poor, make America white again. Only way to keep winning any elections is to steal them, and ensure the fewest possible minorities can vote. 

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2 hours ago, mclumber1 said:

It's a dumb idea not because it is a power play, but because no one will benefit from it besides those who didn't have any trouble taking time off to vote already.  You honestly think that taco Bell and McDonald's is going to observe this new holiday?

Faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaart

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16 hours ago, mclumber1 said:

The best thing the federal government could do is mandate that all states inistitute an optional (and no questions asked) vote by mail system.  I've voted by mail since 2004 and it's the best thing ever.  I can fill out my ballot buck naked in the comfort of my own home.  If I tried to vote naked at a polling place I would get arrested!

They don’t even count your vote until after the election 

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You can certainly argue he meant something else, and I think the track record of voter suppression is not on the side of any republican, but his comments here seem to

cover three points that have little to do with what has been discussed thus far.

 

1. Creating a paid federal holiday for government workers entails paying for more than a single day off. I have no idea why this is the case or if it is true. Does anybody know?

 

2. Federal employees already get a ton of paid holidays. This seems to be true from my recollection of my wife working at Bank of America when we first got married and how many Mondays she had off for this or that federal holiday, but I don’t know what the rest of the average federal workers PTO situation is like.

 

3. The federal labor force leans Dem, and this is a ploy to allow more of them to work the campaign on the taxpayers dime. I don’t think he is wrong in his charge here.

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Because it is a power play. Democrats only support it because everything shows the larger the turnout the better they do. If latinos voted 70% Republican the wall would have been built 30 years ago. If Voter ID laws lowered Republican turnout you would need an ID a Passport and your social security card to vote.

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3 minutes ago, Dodger said:

Because it is a power play. Democrats only support it because everything shows the larger the turnout the better they do. If latinos voted 70% Republican the wall would have been built 30 years ago. If Voter ID laws lowered Republican turnout you would need an ID a Passport and your social security card to vote.

 

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5 minutes ago, Dodger said:

Because it is a power play. Democrats only support it because everything shows the larger the turnout the better they do. If latinos voted 70% Republican the wall would have been built 30 years ago. If Voter ID laws lowered Republican turnout you would need an ID a Passport and your social security card to vote.

Any sane so called democracy should want every person to vote. Only one side is consistently trying to limit the number of people eligible or able to vote, shutting down polling locations, moving polling locations at the last minute, instituting voter ID law's while simultaneously making it harder to get an ID, purging eligible voters from registered voting rolls, supporting supreme Court justices who gutted the voting rights act allowing these things to happen, etc.

 

Stop being a fucking shill for anti (small "d") democratic policies.

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2 minutes ago, CayceG said:

 

Even more woke: move election day to Columbus Day and shorten the election season by a month.

An EVEN BETTER reason!

 

And I'm dead serious about getting rid of those Federal holidays I mentioned and substituting them with days people actually care about: the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve or Boxing Day, and Good Friday or Easter Monday.

 

There really is no need to have both Memorial Day and Veterans' Day.

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3 minutes ago, SFLUFAN said:

An EVEN BETTER reason!

 

And I'm dead serious about getting rid of those Federal holidays I mentioned and substituting them with days people actually care about: the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve or Boxing Day, and Good Friday or Easter Monday.

 

Don't feds get a good amount of vacation time though? I'm in that boat of having a lot of vacation time and getting days like the day after Thanksgiving but not getting all federal holidays, and I'd rather have to burn a day for things like day after Thanksgiving and get days like MLK Day instead for the three day weekends. January 1 to Memorial Day is particularly brutal in terms of no three day weekends.

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3 minutes ago, Jason said:

 

Don't feds get a good amount of vacation time though? I'm in that boat of having a lot of vacation time and getting days like the day after Thanksgiving but not getting all federal holidays, and I'd rather have to burn a day for things like day after Thanksgiving and get days like MLK Day instead for the three day weekends. January 1 to Memorial Day is particularly brutal in terms of no three day weekends.

I really have no idea what Federal employee vacation time is like.

 

Because my firm works closely with the Federal government, we observe all the Federal holidays which totally sucks because why the hell do I want MLK Day or Presidents' Day off?  I've been trying for years to get my firm to convert MLK Day, Presidents' Day, and Veterans' Day into "floating" holidays that can be taken at any time.

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3 minutes ago, SFLUFAN said:

I really have no idea what Federal employee vacation time is like.

 

Because my firm works closely with the Federal government, we observe all the Federal holidays which totally sucks because why the hell do I want MLK Day or Presidents' Day off?  I've been trying for years to get my firm to convert MLK Day, Presidents' Day, and Veterans' Day into "floating" holidays that can be taken at any time.

 

a day off where EVERYONE stops working > a day where only you're taking off and work is piling up on your desk for you when you get back :shrug:

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1 hour ago, Jason said:

 

a day off where EVERYONE stops working > a day where only you're taking off and work is piling up on your desk for you when you get back :shrug:

As a man who has complained that daylight saving time throws you off for a while, I assumed you’d appreciate being able to tell someone on Thursday that you’re late with something that was due on Tuesday because you were off on Monday. :p

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