"It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the nonproductive segments of the population to destroy the country -- which is precisely why Barack Obama zealously supports registering welfare recipients to vote," Vadum, the author of a book published by World Net Daily that attacks the now-defunct community organizing group ACORN, writes in a column for the American Thinker.The term "nonproductive segments of the population" is a pretty-elastic concept in an advanced society, where most people perform work that is arguably nonproductive. How, for example, for would you classify "Hollywood"? Or "Wall Street"? Or "Silicon Valley"? I would include GOP columnists under the "nonproductive" description.
"Encouraging those who burden society to participate in elections isn't about helping the poor," Vadum writes. "It's about helping the poor to help themselves to others' money. It's about raw so-called social justice. It's about moving America ever farther away from the small-government ideals of the Founding Fathers."
Most conservative criticism of voter registration drives aimed at poor and minority communities has been under the guise of worries about voter fraud. Vadum's column is notable because he isn't just pretending to be worried about the nearly non-existent threat of in-person voter fraud -- he just doesn't think poor people should be voting.
I suspect that many of these GOP columnists would classify anyone earning less than $100,000.00 per year as "nonproductive". What's the quote attributed to Herbert Hoover?: “any man who's not a millionaire by age 40 is a failure”. Why not restrict the franchise to millionaires? Let's get some more clarification!