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Sunday, February 27, 2011

WI Retirement System - Walker's Piggy Bank?

See the entire article here:
http://www.progressive.org/rc0227b11.html


Sudden Retirements Wreak Havoc in Wisconsin

On page three of the bill, "third paragraph from the top, there is very interesting language that leads to the very important question for Governor Walker. The paragraph mandates that a study of the existing Wisconsin Retirement System be performed and it must “specifically address establishing a defined contribution plan as an option for WRS participating employees” and the deadline for completing this study is June 30, 2012. I don’t think that Walker would be adding retirement benefits for workers - so I am wondering if the Republican Governors that are trying to get rid of collective bargaining of retirement benefits, so that they can terminate the existing plans and recover excess assets for their state balance sheets.

"If Governor Walker’s bill passes, and collective bargaining of retirement benefits is eliminated, then next year when Governor Walker decides it is in Wisconsin’s best interests to get rid of the existing plan and replace it with something less valuable for the employees. And the employees would have no say and no one can keep Walker from raiding your retirement savings."

Over beers at Donnelly's retirement party, Phillips agrees: "ETF has $78 billion in retirement funds--it has got to have occurred to someone in the Governor's office to use those funds," says.
Walker, Koch, Madison, WalMart, Helmer

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Corporations Writing Legistaion - Examples

From their own literature.

I have spent the early afternoon reading the magazine for members of ALEC, several editions.
Here's some blurbs for your entertainment.
Go get a garbage pail - so when you get ready to throw up - you have a receptacle handy.
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Photo ID to Vote – Where’d that come from?
ALEC’s model bill on this issue, the Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act requires qualified electors to present one form of identification that bears the name, address, and photograph of the voter or two different forms of identification that bear the name and address of the voter prior to receiving a ballot. A requirement that voters provide either photo ID or two alternative identification documents (instead of just one nonphoto ID like HAVA requires) is a strong step toward the prevention of fraud at the polls  

Poor Wisconsin – They’ve been overtaken by this group.
Force stepped forward to join with Wisconsin manufacturers, building contractors, health care professionals, insurers, and restaurateurs in advocating for common sense civil justice reform. The highly effective public relations campaign convinced a bipartisan majority of legislators to reject the Governor’s wholesale changes to the state’s civil justice statutes. Give credit where credit is due. Not only was ALEC, and its staff, there to help enact tort reform in 1995, they were there to prevent those reforms from being rolled back. As a result, Wisconsin businesses, large and small, can cross the hidden taxes resulting from changes to the state’s joint and several liability statutes off the list of concerns as they struggle through in the midst of our current economic downturn.  Labor unions support the binding, mandatory arbitration provision because they believe the government will give them favorable terms and even help bail out their pension plans—many of which are seriously underfunded.   (Because of Wall-Street ineptness – you fools!)

From ALEC and ALEC Meeting to a Legislation Floor
For those of us who treasure freemarkets and limited government, EFCA is a threat to both these values. Mandatory, binding arbitration, like card check, is bad for employers, workers, and our economy. Even without card check, EFCA is a very bad piece of legislation that should be rejected by Congress.  Steve Palazzo, ALEC member and Mississippi State Representative, recently introduced a resolution based on ALEC’s Model Resolution to Restate State Sovereignty, calling on the federal government to respect the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

And again they’ve taken the Lead
The resolution also calls on the federal government to repeal legislation that sends unfunded and unconstitutional mandates to the states.  Already, more than 20 states have taken steps to update their telecommunications policy, either through regulatory agencies, their legislature, or a combination of both. Now, with even more states considering action, ALEC has once again taken the lead by adopting a policy statement and model legislation the can serve as a proven guide for state policymakers.

And they want to take over the world!
The common conservative mistrust of the United Nations is well-known. While there are many reservations one may have regarding the organization, two of the strongest and most often-cited are these: First, at its core, the UN exists fundamentally to forfeit the sovereignty of nations in favor of the consensus of the international community. The notion of handing U.S. sovereignty off to any other power is anathema to many of us, and rightly so. Second, the UN has demonstrated that it is often unable to efficiently implement the powers and regulations it has pursued. Even if one is concerned with the purpose of the organization, there is cause for even greater concern regarding whether the UN is capable of carrying out that purpose well and wisely.  This is why ALEC aims to apply for membership as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in consultative status with the UN. If successful, our voice would be added to a chorus of over 3,000 ALEC will gain the ability to craft an international agenda, publicly repudiate misinformation, and begin identifying and connecting with allies we have not yet even met. While both getting our message across and ensuring that it does not fall on deaf ears are labor- intensive tasks, both are also critical to the survival and expansion of our international outreach.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

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Does you Legislator Report to the Koch Brothers?

If you want more information pllease see my newer list    click here
It is more complete and easier to sift through.

Are these people working for you or
are these people working for the Koch Brothers, Coors and Wal-Mart?

These names are the State Chairmen - 2008 and present for ALEC.
(See the bottom of post if you do not know what that is - very important.)

Recognize any names?  Did you vote them in?
Be careful who you vote for!

Abbie Cornett

George G. Cromer

Michael Hough
Alan H. Carlson

Harry F. Cato

Michael Lamoureux
Alan Nunnelee

Jan Angel

Mike Harmon
Alexander X. Mooney

Jason E. Allen

Nancy R. Stocksdale
B.J. Nikkel

Jason T. Smith

Noble E. Ellington
Barbara B. Horn

Jay Webber

Owen Johnson
Ben Keickhefer

Jim Buck

Patricia A. O'Donnell
Bill L. Cadman

Jim C. Ellington

Patti Anne Lodge
Blair B. Thoreson

Jim Clark

Paul C. Bandy
C. Gene Whisnant

Jim Ellington

Peter S. Illoway
Calvin Hill, Jr.

Jim Jackson

Ray Merrick
Carol Weston

Jimmy T. Patronis

Raymond E. Cleary III
Charlie Howard

Joel C. Anderson

Renée Kosel
Chip Rogers

John A. Cosgrove, Jr.

Richard W. Rosen
Christopher Shank

John J. Wiles

Robert L. Burns
Curry Todd

John P. Adams

Robin J. Vos
Curtis S. Bramble

John R. Evans

Roy C. Ragland
Daniel B. Short

John W. Ford

Scott L. Fitzgerald
David A. Wolkins

Jonathan R. Miller

Scott M. Reichner
Deb Peters

Jordan G. Ulery

Stephen H. Martin
Debbie Lesko

Joseph P. Hardy

Steve Oroho
DebraLee Hovey

Kel Seliger

Timothy W. Jones
Dennis Himmelberger

Kent L. Cravens

Tom Buford
Dennis Nolan

Kevin D. Witkos

Tonya Schuitmaker
Don Benton

Kevin J. Mullin

Valentine B. Rausch
Ed G. H. Emery

Kirk W. Dillard

Wayne L. Niederhauser
Francis T. Maher, Jr.

Laura Brod

Wes Keller
Fred F. Steen

Leo R. Blais


Gary L. Daniels

Linda Collins-Smith


Gary MacLaren

Linda J. Miller


Gary W. Banz

Liston Barfield


Gary W. Banz

Mary Kiffmeyer


Gen Olson

Mary Sue McClurkin


Gene Ward

Michael A. Oliverio II




Michael D. Huebsch



And then there are these names I found as members or having attended ALEC events:
Dan
Greenburg
AR

Steve
Buhrer
OH
Gail
Griffin
AZ

Randy
Brogden
OK
Bill
Cadman
CO

Robert
Duxbury
SD
Don
Marostica
CO

Kristie
Feigen
SD
Nancy
Spence
CO

Arnold
Brown
SD
Sonny
Perdue
GA

Kenneth
McNenny
SD
Judson
Hill
GA

Susan
Lynn
TN
Earl
Ehrhart
GA

Curry
Todd
TN
Haley
Barbour
LA

Ryan
Haynes
TN
Delores
Mertz
IA

Curry
Todd
TN
Eric
Koch
IN

Jeff
Wentworth
TX
Steve
Brunk
KS

Curt
Bramble
UT
Ray
Merrick
KS

Bill
Howell
VA
Susan
Aumann
MD

Denise
Logsdon
VA
Gail
Bates
MD

Brenda
Griffith
VA
Alex
Mooney
MD

Frank
Mazur
VT
Steve
Palazzo
MS

Val
Stevens
WA
William
Hewes
MS

Phil
Montgomery
WI
Joseph
Amaral
NJ





And I found even more for you to look at.
Robert
Burns
AZ

Jimmy
Eldridge
TN
John
McComish
AZ

Jimmy
Buck
TN
Jimmy
Patronis
FL

David
Wolkins
TN
Rick
Price
GA

Paul
Stam
TN
Tom
Graves
GA

Jerry
Dockham
TN
Newt
Gingrich
GA

Fred
Steen
TN
Donna
Jones
ID

Bonner
Stiller
TN
Chris
Lauzen
IL

Chris
Herrod
UT
Michael
Hough
MD

Wayne
Niederhauser
UT
Addie
Eckhardt
MD

Michael
Waddoups
UT
John
Engler
MI

David
Clark
UT
Mike
Johanns
NE

Rob
Bishop
UT
Ken
Miller
OK

Eric
Cantor
VA
Henry
McMaster
SC

Bill
Howell
VA
Steve
McMannis
TN

Daniel
Knodl
WI
Steve
McDaniel
TN
Roger
Helmer
European Parliament - UK


In Washington this past weekend our governors were meeting and the following governors have ties to ALEC – having hosted ALEC functions, having attended ALEC functions, speaking at ALEC functions, written in ALEC literature,– so it can reasonably be assumed that they are part of ALEC or agree with the stance that ALEC holds– because it is a “members only” organization.  (There may be more – they do not release member lists – these are the only ones I could find references to after hours of research.)

Alaska
Gov. Sean Parnell

Oklahoma
Gov. Mary Fallin
Arizona
Gov. Jan Brewer

Oregon
Gov. John Kitzhaber
Arkansas
Gov. Mike Beebe

S Carolina
Gov. Nikki Haley
Indiana
Gov. Mitch Daniels

Texas
Gov. Rick Perry
Iowa
Gov. Terry Branstad

Utah
Gov. Gary Herbert
Louisiana
Gov. Bobby Jindal

Wisconsin
Gov. Scott Walker
Mississippi
Gov. Haley Barbour

Wyoming
Gov. Matthew Mead
Ohio
Gov. John Kasich





AND MORE - from the ALEC web page

Alabama

Missouri
Representative Greg Canfield

Representative Sue Allen
Representative Richard Laird

Representative Walter Bivens
Representative Greg Wren

Representative Cynthia Davis
Alaska

Representative Ed Emery
Representative Wes Keller

Representative Doug Ervin
Arizona

Representative Cole McNary
Representative Cecil Ash

Representative Brian Nieves
Representative Nancy Barto

Representative Therese Sander
Senator Pamela Gorman

Montana
Senator Jack Harper

Representative Elsie Arntzen
Representative John Kavanagh

Representative Bill Beck
Representative Debbie Lesko 

Representative Dee Brown
Representative John McComish
Senator Roy Brown
Senator Russell Pearce

Representative Dennis Himmelberger
Representative James Weiers

Representative Gary MacLaren
Representative Steven Yarbrough
Representative Mike Miller
Arkansas

Representative Michael More
Senator Cecile Bledsoe

Representative Ken Peterson
Representative Les Carnine

Representative Cary Smith
Representative Jane English

Nevada
Representative Ed Garner

 Assemblyman James Settelmeyer
Representative Dan Greenberg

New Hampshire
Senator Barbara Horn

Representative Laurie Boyce
Senator Johnny Key

Representative Jennifer Coffey
Representative Mark Martin

Representative Gary Daniels
Representative Tim Summers

Senator Robert Letourneau
Senator Jerry Taylor

Representative Beverly Rodeschin
California

Representative William Smith
Assemblyman Joel Anderson

Representative Pamela Tucker
Senator John Benoit

Representative Jordan Ulery
Assemblyman Dan Logue

Representative Fran Wendelboe
Colorado

New Mexico
Representative Cindy Acree

Representative Anna Marie Crook
Representative Kent Lambert

Senator William Sharer
Connecticut

New York
Representative Fred Camillo

Assemblyman Greg Ball
Representative Bill Hamzy

Senator Owen Johnson 
Representative John Harkins

North Carolina
Senator Michael McLachlan

 Representative George Cleveland
Representative Lawrence Miller
North Dakota
Delaware

Senator John Andrist
Representative Deborah Hudson
Representative Jim Kasper
Florida

Representative David Monson
Representative Brad Drake

Representative Ken Svedjan 
Representative Clay Ford

Ohio
Representative Alan Hays

Representative John Adams
Georgia

Representative Danny Bubp
Representative Amos Amerson
Representative Timothy Derickson
Representative Charlice Byrd

Representative Kris Jordan
Representative Sharon Cooper
Representative Jarrod Martin
Representative Tom Graves

Representative Seth Morgan
Senator Lee Hawkins

Representative Barbara Sears
Representative Calvin Hill

Representative Todd Snitchler
Senator Judson Hill

Representative Gerald Stebleton
Representative John Meadows

Representative Joe Uecker
Representative James Mills

Oklahoma
Representative Tom Rice

Senator Cliff Aldridge
Senator Chip Rogers

Senator Bill Brown
Representative Donna Sheldon

Representative Sally Kern
Senator Cecil Staton 

Representative Mark McCullough
Senator Renee Unterman

Representative Ron Peters
Hawaii

Representative Pam Peterson
 Representative Gene Ward

Representative Mike Sanders
Idaho

Representative Sue Tibbs
Representative Jim Clark

Oregon
Senator Patti Anne Lodge

Representative Sal Esquivel
Representative Jeff Thompson

Representative Bruce Hanna
Illinois

Representative Bill Kennemer
 Senator Dale Risinger

Representative Gene Whisnant
Indiana

Pennsylvania
Representative Brian Bosma

 Representative Ronald Marsico
Representative Timothy Brown
Rhode Island
Representative Bill Davis

 Senator Leo Blais
Representative David Frizzell

South Carolina
Representative Eric Koch

Senator Thomas Alexander
Representative Cindy Noe

Senator Chip Campsen
Representative William Ruppel

Representative Garry Smith
Representative Eric Turner

Senator Daniel Verdin
Representative David Wolkins

South Dakota
Iowa

Representative Phil Jensen
Representative Betty De Boef

Representative Betty Olson
Representative Greg Forristall

Tennessee
Representative Linda Miller

Representative Jimmy Eldridge
Representative Dawn Pettengill
Representative Joshua Evans
Senator James Seymour

Representative Dale Ford
Representative Linda Upmeyer
Senator Ophelia Ford
Representative Ralph Watts

Representative Susan Lynn
Kansas

Texas
Representative Richard Carlson
Representative Betty Brown
Representative Pete DeGraaf

Representative Bill Callegari
Representative Mitch Holmes

Representative Wayne Christian
Representative Steve Huebert

Representative Dan Flynn
Senator Dick Kelsey

Representative Kelly Hancock
Representative Forrest Knox

Representative Charlie Howard
Representative Peggy Mast

Representative Bryan Hughes
Senator Ty Masterson

Representative Susan King
Representative Don Myers

Representative Jodie Laubenberg
Senator Ralph Ostmeyer

Representative Jerry Madden
Representative Joe Patton

Representative John Otto
Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook

Representative David Swinford
Representative Marc Rhoades

Representative Larry Taylor
Representative Don Schroeder

Utah
Representative Scott Schwab

Senator Curt Bramble
Kentucky

Representative Christopher Herrod
Senator Tom Buford

Representative Mike Morley
Senator Julie Denton

Senator Wayne Niederhauser
Representative Mike Harmon

Representative Carl Wimmer
Senator Jack Westwood

Virginia
Representative Addia Kathryn Wuchner
Delegate Kathy Byron
Louisiana

Delegate Mark Cole
Representative Frank Hoffmann
Delegate M. Kirkland Cox
Representative Scott Simon

Delegate William Howell
Maine

Delegate Riley Ingram
Senator Doug Smith

Delegate James Massie
Senator Carol Weston

Delegate Christopher Peace
Senate District 27

Delegate Lacey Putney
Senate District 23

Senator Frederick Quayle
Maryland

Senator Frank Ruff
Delegate Gail Bates

Delegate Edward Scott
Delegate Addie Eckardt

Delegate Robert Tata
Delegate Ron George

Washington
Delegate Susan Krebs

Senator Jerome Delvin
Senator Alex Mooney

Representative Bill Hinkle
Delegate Christopher Shank

Representative Matt Shea
Delegate Tanya Shewell

Senator Val Stevens
Delegate Richard Sossi

West Virginia
Delegate Nancy Stocksdale 

Delegate Jonathan Miller
Minnesota

Delegate Ron Walters
Representative Matt Dean

Wisconsin
Representative Steve Drazkowski
Senator Alberta Darling
Mississippi

Representative Scott Suder
 Representative Sid Bondurant

Wyoming
Senator Eugene Clarke

 Representative Amy Edmonds
Representative Becky Currie

Representative Pete Illoway
Representative Jeffrey Guice

Senator Curt Meier
Representative Steven Palazzo

Representative Sue Wallis
Representative Gary Staples






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ALEC –has a annual meeting that is attended by “more than 2,000 state legislators, private sector members, government representatives, and public policy experts come together for this event to confront the problems facing the 50 states  (Wiki)

ALEC – brings together private sector companies – such as Koch Industries, Coors Brewing, AT&T and Walmart, for the purpose of  issues are debated by task forces of members, and policies adopted.”  AND  ALEC “model bills” (aka Model Legislation) are introduced in task force meetings and voted on by ALEC members at each of three national meetings. Public sector (state legislators) and private sector (companies, foundations and nonprofits) members vote on each model bill separately”  (Wiki)

What this means is that private sector companies – such as (but not limited to) right wing companies such as  Koch Industries and Walmart -  are writingmodel legislation” that legislature members then introduce as State and Federal bills.  Some of the “model legislation” are held on a public web site.  I’m sure in the “members only” area of the web site more controversial “model legislation” is kept, for members “eyes only”, for legislative members to “copy, print and present” as bills in their State or at the Federal level.

“Our members join for the purpose of having a seat at the table. That’s just what we do, that’s the service we offer. The organization is supported by money from the corporate sector, and, by paying to be members, corporations are allowed the opportunity to sit down at the table and discuss the issues that they have an interest in.” Dennis Bartlett, ALEC, 1997

HELL they are not only buying a seat at the ALEC table,
  They are buying a hidden seat in every State legislature.
  They are buying a hidden seat in the Federal government.
  They are writing “Model Legislation”.