Friday, March 22, 2013

Bad Day for ALEC in the Editorials

What a wonderful day in the neighborhood.
Lots of people opining about ALEC this morning – blessings to these people who took the time to voice their opinion in their local papers.
All across the country – what a good day!!!

Snips - the editorials were longer than the sentence examples below:

    in his defense of ALEC, paints a misleading picture of the group’s activities, asserting that it simply “invites members of state legislatures to go to conferences, eat hotel food, sit through PowerPoints, and share legislative ideas.” Sounds benign, right?

What he conveniently skips over is that ALEC membership and ALEC task forces give an equal vote to corporate lobbyists and other special interest groups peddling legislation that benefits the bottom line of some of the biggest corporations in the world

Tennessee's Legislature and its ruling Republicans rely far more on the rich corporate collaborators that fund and guide ALEC — the American Legislative Exchange Council — than most Tennesseans will ever know.

ALEC has mounted a relentless attack on renewable energy standards in states across the country in an effort to repeal or weaken them to the point of being irrelevant.

ALEC’s mechanism is essentially a boilerplate report that uses bogus analysis to question the cost and economic impact of renewable energy standards.

I’m not surprised that as a Republican legislator he probably agrees with the majority of ALEC’s corporate-directed positions since it reads like a GOP platform document. The very fact that this legislator is defending ALEC so passionately is proof of the partisan nature of this group.

But the goal of movements such as ALEC, and the lawmakers whom they influence, appears to be to undermine the supportive roles of both the government and the individual citizen.

An example of the type of legislation championed by ALEC in Pennsylvania is PA HB 683. If this bill becomes a state law, then it will be a felony for a citizen to photograph, videotape, audiotape, or transmit media that depicts anything occurring within an agricultural setting in Pennsylvania.

One wonders why this legislation targets activities in agricultural settings. A likely explanation is that Marcellus Shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania commonly occurs on farms

Consider the source: the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which is notorious for drafting or at least guiding bills, in statehouses nationwide, that are masked as reasonable proposals but in fact play on people's fears, such as the Arizona immigration law of a few years ago. ALEC guides legislation designed to enrich conservative business interests.

ALEC underwrites legislation that disenfranchises Montanans and other states on education, taxes and budgets, tort reform, health-medical issues, work and consumer rights, environmental-pollution law, and gun-crime-immigrations. ALEC proposes model legislation carrying out a national agenda which it writes for legislators and then rewards compliant legislators with campaign donations (dark money) to prevail over their opponents.

Gov. Walker has been working with Gogebic for some time, as have key Republican legislators.  This is all related to big money.  American Legislative Exchange Council  is an organization of big corporations that meet in secret, along with legislators, to promote enacting of laws that will enhance their profits.
Greg Forristall may have inadvertently admitted more than he intended when he said ALEC was as democratic as the state Legislature. Since ALEC is set up to give corporations veto power over its decisions, maybe we should not be too surprised when the same seems to happen under the Capitol dome. Or perhaps the new definition of democracy is, “One Corporation, One Vote.”

Isn’t that great???
People taking ten minutes to write an opinion piece letting their neighbors know about ALEC.

“One Corporation, One Vote.”
At the American Legislative Exchange Council, corporations get as many votes as they want  - all they have to do is buy more seats on a voting task force.

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