Thursday, January 3, 2013

ALEC Report Leads to Poor States

I love it when right-wingers make Freudian slips.
Cascade Policy Institute
Those who subscribe to the principles of individual liberty, limited government and free markets call themselves by many names, including conservative, liberal and libertarian. Cascade combines an appreciation for private enterprise and the market process with a respect for civil liberties.
Yep  right-wingers!!
Extremist right-wing policy in line with ALEC – in fact they are an ALEC-er.

Now that you know who is the focus of this post – here’s the reason.

A recent rebuttal to the American Legislative Exchange Council “Rich, States, Poor States” economic report notes in the closing paragraph:
Rich States, Poor States purports to provide a recipe of state policies to achieve economic growth and prosperity. These policies entail cutting or eliminating progressive taxes, suppressing wages, and cutting public services. The evidence and arguments cited to support the beneficial effects of these policies range from deeply flawed to nonexistent.  In actuality, the book provides a recipe for economic inequality and declining incomes for most citizens and for depriving state and local governments of the revenue needed to maintain public infrastructure and education systems that are the underpinnings of long-term economic growth. ALEC’s policy prescriptions don’t work. 
Source: Selling Snake Oil to theStates: The American Legislative Exchange Council’s Flawed Prescriptions for Prosperity

Well – today while searching the web I found this on the search engine:
So I thought – I’d better check it out.
So I clicked the link
and it took me to the Cascade Policy Center webpage

And right there
In the tags for the ALEC Laffer report articles on it’s webpage
 -  - the tag intentionally put on the ALEC Laffer articles
 - - by the Cascade Policy Institute
Poor States

From the rebuttal noted above about the ALEC Laffer Report (my emphasis):
In actuality, the book provides a recipe for economic inequality and declining incomes for most citizens

Poor States
And it appears that the right-wing ALEC-er, Cascade Policy Institute, agrees.

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