Tuesday, March 15, 2005

DRE's?

I'm not sure about you, but I like Doctor Dre. Both of 'em. I liked the old school Dre on MTV (with Ed Lover). His Chuck D imitation still makes me chuckle whenever I need to get some chicken or tell someone to get out of the shower. The new Dr. Dre is an incredible musician. Spare me your comments on this, I'm an expert in these matters. On to the commentable bit.

DRE's? What does the TU have to say about DRE's

"To date, most talk has focused on DREs, in part because manufacturers have spent millions on lobbying."

Lobbyists? Spending millions? In Albany? Thank your lobbyists for the following exchange.

"There's no specific reference, but we're not precluding their use," said Sen. John Flanagan, a Long Island Republican and the committee's GOP co-chair.

"So you wouldn't mind putting something in the bill regarding their use?" asked Assemblyman Keith Wright, D-Harlem, his Democratic counterpart.

"I didn't say that," Flanagan responded.

Will someone please get to the point? DRE's. Direct Recording Electronic Machines. These are the expensive and controversial voting machines. The other cheap reliable onces are called Optical Scan. The Republicans in NY want DRE's. The Democrats want Optical Scan. Groups that are for fair elections are for optical scan. You like fair elections, don't you?

To the money quote:

"To date, most talk has focused on DREs, in part because manufacturers have spent millions on lobbying. Optical scan machine supporters say they cost about $5,000 apiece, while DREs could run $12,000."

Something to ponder. New York State is billions of dollars in debt. And we are about to have our elected officials choose more expensive, less reliable voting machines because of a couple million dollars. Doesn't that piss you off? I'd really like to put Senator John Flanagan in a room with a bunch of the founding fathers and watch them beat the snot out of him.