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Elizabeth Warren Dips into FDR’s Bag of Dirty Tricks

 
“If we give you taxpayer dollars, you give us your vote. Okay?” That seems to be the message promoted by Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Massachusetts.
In an effort to stuff welfare recipients into voting booths in November, Warren’s daughter Amelia Warren Tyagi is spearheading an effort to force the state of Massachusetts to send out voter registration forms to state residents who are on welfare. The mailing will cost Massachusetts about $275,000. Incumbent Senator Scott Brown, Warren’s indignant opponent, has responded, “I want every legal vote to count, but it’s outrageous to use taxpayer dollars to register welfare recipients as part of a special effort to boost one political party over another. This effort to sign up welfare recipients is being aided by Elizabeth Warrant’s daughter — and it’s clearly designed to benefit her mother’s political campaign.”
Where did Ms. Warren get the idea to appeal for votes that way? Of course, politicians throughout U.S. history have tried to use federal programs to sway voters, but the chief role model for Warren’s scheme may be President Franklin Roosevelt with his New Deal programs.
When FDR was first elected president in 1932, he moved quickly to set up government bureaucracies to dole out federal funds. And FDR and his aides made sure that the huge bulk of such spending went to districts that he would need to carry at election time. To find out where he needed votes the most, FDR had his pollsters research the following question: “What swing states (or congressional districts) would benefit from special injections of federal dollars?”

Read more: http://spectator.org/archives/2012/08/13/elizabeth-warren-dips-into-fdr

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