Thursday, December 13, 2012

ALEC Legislative Priorities - R Not the USA's

When you voted last month did ANY – repeat ANY of the candidates on the ballot have ALEC listed as their political party?
Nope didn’t think so.

Then please tell me – how we can have this
     ALEC Unveils 2013 Legislative Priorities
A headline yesterday across the US.

That – in and of itself – is a major issue right now in the US.
Show me a poll - any poll -  that shows that a majority of citizens in the United States knowingly elected ALEC? We didn't! Cause US voters don't know which ballot candidates were members of the American Legislative Exchange Council political party.
NOT ONE PERSON in the US voted for an ALEC candidate.

But the other part of it is that ALEC’s 2013 legislative priorities are not"new" - it's the same old destructive ALEC agenda - with a new cover page.  It is ALEC’s legislation from the 80's and early 90's (disgusting, really disgusting) pulled out of the ALEC "model legislation" vault and itnroduced yesterday to the world as something new.

               Here’s ALEC’s gift to you - 2013 legislation that will result in

               economic inequality,
               wage suppression,
               and stagnant incomes,
               depriving state and local governments
               of the revenue needed to maintain
               the public infrastructure and education systems

Onward and forward

ALEC releases its plan for Jobs, Innovation, and Opportunity.
Model legislation is available at
It is - really - full text????
I couldn’t find it! 
Must be hidden on one of those secretive pages – just for ALEC members.
Nope - just anther misleading statement from ALEC.  (aka LIE!!!)

And their plan (part of it):
1. Limiting Taxes and the Growth of Big Government
The very first thing – the very first chapter and it ends like this
Finally, legislators should establish a Council on Efficient Government to determine which programs currently being run by the government could be competitively bid out to the private sector.

2. Protecting Workers’ Retirements
This section starts with this right wing lie
Because lawmakers have overpromised and underfunded pensions for state employees, states are now facing trillions of dollars in underfunded pension costs and worker retirements have been put at risk.
There was no “overpromising”!!!!!!  There were negotiated contracts!
It was the guys on Wall Street that screwed the pension funds.
Put the blame where it really belongs – WALL STREET.
Their solution:
         Ditch pensions and use 401k plans.

3. Harnessing America’s Energy Resources and Reducing Costs
It is imperative that states repeal costly renewable energy mandates in order to ensure affordable and reliable energy.

States should eliminate expensive renewable energy mandates that harm consumers and job creation.
God forbid the United States should stray away from the fossil fuel Corporate Profit Sector members of ALEC for energy.

4. Cutting Red Tape and Eliminating Unnecessary Regulations
Cost of Regulations is Hurting Businesses and Destroying Jobs

tax code, health care regulations, and environmental regulations –
Boo Hoo! For the ALEC Corporate Profit Sector members.
That’s the cost of doing business.
If corporations didn't destroy the environment and maim or kill people with your products and services – we wouldn’t have to regulate you!!

5. Economic Opportunity
The ALEC Occupational Licensing Relief and Job Creation Act ensures that an individual may pursue lawful occupation free from unnecessary occupational regulations.
This one has always slayed me.  Think about it folks – something, somewhere happened that caused licensures to be REQUIRED.  But good old ALEC doesn’t bother to take that into consider.  Probably because licensure mean a more knowledgeable workforce – which requires (morally) higher wages and god forbid the organization that wants to eliminate the minimum wage would want people to earn more because they were licensed to do their job.  This also is applicable since ALEC wants anyone that wants to teach to be able to do so – without licensure.

6. Harnessing Innovation
contradictory rules and proceedings by each of the fifty state public utility commissions threaten Internet-based services such as video calling.
ALEC VOIP Profit Sector Members really want the public to be stupid enough to let regulations on internet based products be de-regulated.  The general public is choosing to stay ignorant on this - but others are writing about it - trying to educate the public.

7. Improving Education
The ALEC Education Savings Account Act allows parents to use funds that would have been allocated to their child at their resident school district for an education program of the parents’ choosing.    including private school tuition, online education, certified private tutors,   

program that provides high school students with access to online learning options regardless of where the student lives.     focusing on student mastery of subjects at their own pace and own time, instead of the traditional seat-time learning requirements.
Yep gotta get rid of those classrooms and those damn teachers that steal public tax dollars away from the ALEC Profit Sector Members.
ALEC Corporate Profit Sector members deserve those tax dollars!!!!

8. Increasing Access to Health Care and Controlling Costs
The ALEC Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act protects the rights of patients to pay directly for medical services, and prohibits penalties levied on patients for failing to purchase health insurance.
Still trying to kill Obamacare.

9. Preventing Lawsuit Abuse
Trial lawyers and others have found ways to, at times, profit off our nation’s broken legal system at the expense of small businesses and job creators.
Oh, god – the tort reform crap – can’t you guys find something new to talk about.
Those damn trial lawyers – trying to protect the consumer.  I’ve written ad nauseam about ALEC’s hate for trial lawyers and trial lawyers have now gotten smart and have their own web pages about the nastiness of ALEC tort reform.  Take Justice Back –Corporations are Stealing From You
With few proof requirements and lenient standards for claims, consumer protection acts are being used to punish law-abiding businesses.
Yeh – those dumb people who sit on juries, listening to all that evidence and then making unwarranted awards  - that hurt those poor ALEC Corporate Profit Sector Members for maiming or killing people with their products.
ALEC’s model Product Liability Act would develop a variety of commonsense reforms in state product liability statutes to ensure, for example, that a lawsuit against a product manufacturer is brought against the manufacturer of the product that actually caused the injuries.
Good luck trying to sue that company in China that made your hip implant!
Good like trying to sue the company in Bangladesh that made the parts for your knee replacement.
Good luck trying to sue that pharmaceutical compounding company in Ireland that caused the death of your family member.

This book contains information on 25 pieces of model legislation in the following nine subject areas:
It includes summaries of the legislation.
One paragraph - with misleading verbiage of the "possibilities" of the legislation.
It's not until you actually read the legislation that you see how horrendous it is.
One of ALEC’s misleading statements that they will feed to the press – another ALEC LIE by omission.

Oh - but they do tell you:

For questions about model legislation contact Briana Mulder at
Good luck with that – if you aren’t a dues paying ALEC member!!!

Same old, same old.
Nothing new.
More weakening and destruction of historically acceptable and viable systems and processes of our country - by ALEC. 

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