Tim Leigh and the 52 percenters

City Sage

| February 20, 2013

City Councilor Tim Leigh's "Weekly Market Report" is never dull. It's sometimes hard to tell whether he's in his Serious Thinker or Thoughtless Provocateur mode, tossing bombshells for the fun of it.

Here's a recent excerpt: At dinner last night we discussed that only those folks who voted in the last election will automatically receive a mail-in ballot for the April City Council Elections. I think this is a good policy. Voting is a privilege. As the adage says — "use it or lose it!"

The discussion deepened when we dove into national politics and recognized only 48% of us now produce against 52% who receive. Presuming that statistic is correct, America is doomed. Without substantial systemic change we will become another bankrupt tax & spend socialist nation...

My solution is a policy change where only folks who understand our system can vote.

Here is what I suggest. Everyone who wants to vote should pass the basic test for citizenship.

Tim, are you sure there were no 52 percenters at the party? No military retirees, no Social Security recipients, no one who attended a state university and took advantage of resident tuition rates, no ranchers or farmers who benefit from agricultural subsidies, no homeowners who deduct mortgage interest from their tax bill, no one who ever lost a job and collected unemployment benefits?

You can't be too careful. Don't let anyone in your door unless they can answer all those questions correctly!

I have a few questions. Who will conduct these tests? Who will pay for this vast testing bureaucracy? Didn't Southern states once use literacy tests to disenfranchise African-Americans? And what will the questions be?

Here are a few, which Tim says he took from "a practice citizenship test on my cell phone":

• What are the colors of our flag?

• How many states are there in the Union?

• What country did we fight during the Revolutionary War?

• How many branches are there in our government?

• How many senators are there? How many congressmen are there?

• Why did the Pilgrims come to America?

"What's sad is," Leigh wrote, "it's likely that a majority of the citizens who vote can't answer these questions ... without context or knowledge our system is doomed."

What kind of knowledge? Tim, I suggest that the folks you want to disenfranchise may know a lot about the country that you and I don't, even if they can't answer some basic questions about the workings of government.

They probably know that our nation imprisons, or monitors on probation or parole, more black men than were enslaved when Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. They may know what it's like to live in a violent, ungovernable neighborhood, where murderous violence is a daily fact of life. They know what it's like to work multiple part-time jobs with no benefits, living paycheck to paycheck.

But, whatever. More along your lines, here are some other questions specific to Colorado Springs, structured to please the right-leaning elected officials who might conduct the tests. I've provided some likely answers as well.

Are you employed? If not, why not?

I am, but I don't get paid yet. I'm an unpaid intern for the next four months. I support myself by dealing stolen prescription drugs to rich people like Rush Limbaugh.

Did you vote for Barack Obama? If so, are you aware that he was born in Kenya, and is therefore ineligible to be president of the United States?

I thought Obama was born in Hawaii; isn't that part of the United States? It's a colony like Puerto Rico, American Samoa or the Virgin Islands.

Colorado Springs is one of the few cities in America that has not been taken over by the 52 percent. Do you know why?

It's because of the signs — the ones just outside of town that say, "52 percenters: Don't let the sun set on you inside the city limits."

And by the way, here's the answer to the Pilgrim question: The pilgrims came to America because they couldn't get on with their neighbors.



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Is Tim Leigh 1) mentally chalenged (no offense to the mentally challenged) 2) doing a stand up routine at Loonies?

If you can answer these questions, please proceed to the voting booth.

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Posted by karinkdf82 on 02/26/2013 at 5:00 AM

This last election was won by manipulation of the uninformed...I asked my liberal friends if they watched the state of the Union speech, not a one. They also think sequestration will cut the budget rather than just the rate of increase. These people are voting blind. I agree with Tim.

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Posted by TejonTech on 02/26/2013 at 8:24 AM

Why would anyone watch the State of the Union speech when you can just read the transcript online the next morning? Saves a lot of time and you don't have to listen to the annoying ovations.

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Posted by onesopinion on 02/26/2013 at 10:16 AM

You would watch, and then get the feedback from commentators, flipping around the channels to get the widest takes.

Whatever the guidelines, there ought to be both payment of taxes so that one has an oar in the game (pay to play is how Obama operates anyhow, so he should like this) and some level of understanding of the issues and what is at stake.

Posted by TejonTech on 02/26/2013 at 11:50 AM

The last election was won by intelligent, thoughtful voters, who cancelled out the deleterious effects of the "uninformed" who were, and still are, being manipulated by FOX "News".

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 02/26/2013 at 4:12 PM

The state of Arizona can't enforce a federal law to verify citizenship during trafic stops. How would we ever enforce a voting test?

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Posted by Cheryl R. Burr on 02/26/2013 at 5:16 PM

the democrats don't want any such thing because they depend on illegals and the uninformed to keep King and Lady Obama in office

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Posted by TejonTech on 02/26/2013 at 7:32 PM

The last election was won by intelligent, thoughtful voters, who cancelled out the deleterious effects of the "uninformed" who were, and still are, being manipulated by FOX "News".

Come on K, you can't seriously believe that?
As an aside, but relative, how do you profess to have such intimate knowledge of what is said on Fox News?

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Posted by siggie on 02/27/2013 at 6:45 AM

Voting tests were used historically to prevent Blacks from voting during Jim Crow.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 02/27/2013 at 4:01 PM

siggie, anyone who does not know that FOX "News" broadcasts propaganda aimed at manipulating the public is most likely a pitiable victim of said manipulation. Where do I get my "intimate" knowledge? The same place everyone else does: from watching their "intimate" broadcasts.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 02/27/2013 at 4:11 PM

K...voting tests are to assure that we are not a country run by fools...which currently is the case.

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Posted by TejonTech on 02/27/2013 at 4:15 PM

TejonTech, during Jim Crow red neck fools always passed the test, but no Black man, however intelligent, however educated, ever managed to pass in the deep South.

What is the point of disqualifying fools from voting, when the GOP cannot manage to nominate candidates who are not fools?

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 02/27/2013 at 4:50 PM

K: so you believe Romney and McCain are fools because MSNBC and their ilk tells you to believe it? Now, I am not saying they were especially good candidates (in my not so humble opinion), but fools? I don't think Obama is a fool. He is rather a pathetically inept president. He is a social democrat skating very close to socialism. He is incompetent in foreign affairs and a complete disaster fiscally. He wouldn't know a budget if it poked him in the eye. He will go down in history as absolutely the very worst president in history for the damage perpetrated on America.

Additionally, why don't you point to one segment of Fox News, other than Hannity, that skews the news to fit their agenda? If you look at your beloved MSNBC, every single one is in the lefty tank. I understand that when you are ideologically poisoned it is very difficult to see rationally let alone objectively.

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Posted by siggie on 02/27/2013 at 5:45 PM

All you need to know about Tim Leigh can be found by searching this website for "Tim Leigh Eats Crow". First he calls Dr. Neumann a fraud and con man, and brings in two internationally credentialed experts to meet with Neumann to shoot down the technology. Turns out they (experts) support the Neumann technology. Leigh's baseless claims are proven just that and the next day he says: "... we are lucky to have a Dr. Neumann...". Obviously that didnt sit well with someone (ie. Bach), so now he is back out complaining... and again questioning the due diligence of CSU and previous council to vet this technology. There is a reason he has pending ethics violations against him, regarding how he has handled himself during this process. He uses his bully pulpit (market report blog) to spout inaccuracies and falsehoods, and claims he is just trying to watch out for the people. Right... I wonder which people he is watching out for.

The HBA seems to love him, as he is one of two incumbents that they have endorsed, and keep in mind that they made endorsements before all candidates were even listed. It seems pretty obvious that the HBA is after the land grab downtown and are looking to fill city council with folks who can help them attain it. The endorsement by the HBA should be seen as an asterisk that identifies the candidates that have been bought and paid for. These candidates are not seeking the best interest of the people of CS... why else would you consider shuttering a power plant with 20 years life in favor of buying electricity from Xcel.

Educate yourself and vote smart in April.

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Posted by Andy on 03/02/2013 at 11:18 AM
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