According to the new law, any person seeking to buy a product regulated by the Federal Caustic Poison Act and identified on its package as "causes severe burns" must:The Act was passed in response to some recent attacks in which Chicago-area women were burned with caustic drain cleaners.
According to the Illinois Food Retailers Association, among the products included are Drano Crystals, SnoBol Liquid Bowl Cleaner, The Works Drain Opener, KaBoom Bowl Blaster Toilet Cleaner and Vam-Sol High Acid Bowl Cleanse. Batteries are exempt from the law.
- Display a government issued photo ID with the person's birth date.
- Sign a log documenting their name and address, date and time of the transaction and the product's brand, name and weight.
Yet, although Illinois protects its citizens by mandating government-issued photo identification to buy Drano, it has no similar law to protect its electorate from voter fraud. Indeed, in 2008, Illinois rejected voter ID legislation, on a party-line tally.
Meanwhile, on December 23rd, Eric Holder's Justice Department blocked South Carolina's voter ID law, saying the state hadn't proved the requirement wouldn't discriminate against racial minorities attempting to exercise their electoral franchise (though the photo IDs were free). This from the same DoJ Civil Rights Division that retained a staffer who apparently leaked confidential internal memos to the press, then allegedly perjured herself to cover up.
Four years ago, the United States Supreme Court upheld the Constitutionality of Indiana's voter ID law as a legitimate check against ballot fraud that imposed minimal burdens on eligible voters. Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, 553 U.S. 181 (2008). That decision was denounced as detrimental to those who are "poor, elderly, belong to racial minorities, or have disabilities." Yet somehow, it's not racist to demand a picture ID to clean your drain--though (except perhaps in Boston) no ID is necessary when purchasing a kitchen knife that also could be used to stab. And, what are Illinois police going to do with the mass of new "Drano reports"?
The nanny state is both absurd and internally inconsistent, as Steven Birn says:
I’m left wondering how blacks in south side Chicago will ever be able to clean their drains since obviously they’re incapable of obtaining one of these racist picture ID’s.Yup. It's fine to force the hypothetical poor old Illinois woman without a driver’s license to pay an expensive plumber rather than unclogging a drain herself, but racist to require her to show ID to vote. Could it be that progressives want to help the poor only on election day?
A photo ID is required in most states to purchase tobacco or alcohol. If it’s racist and burdensome for the poor to obtain picture ID’s, one wonders how black, other minorities or the poor obtain beer and cigarettes. Especially so considering how the left always likes to point out how the poor disproportionately purchase tobacco products. How do these people come up with a picture ID, what with all the red tape and burden placed on them, so they can buy cigarettes. Yet the poor somehow manage. Amazingly even blacks and other minorities manage to come up with a real, legal photo ID.
The whole notion that minorities and the poor are incapable of coming up with a photo ID is insulting to the intelligence of such people. It also flies in the face of reason. . .
With all of the other products and services that require a photo ID out there, it’s a wonder how only the requirement for voting is called racist. The reason is clear: The left wants to work minorities and the poor into a frenzy so they’ll vote Democrat. If Obama loses, then the left wants to taint the election and call into the question the results based on phony, non-existent racism. Reasonable people won’t buy this nonsense, unfortunately the far left has never been reasonable.
(via reader Warren)