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Showing posts with label American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Show all posts
Showing posts with label American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Show all posts

Sunday, May 24, 2015

ALEC On Camera; Actually HIding From Cameras

Do you recall this Mitt Romney responses to a heckler during the 2012 presidential campaign:

Yes of course, corporations are people (facetious) and the US Supreme Court added to that certainty via its judicial activist Citizen's United ruling. The SCOTUS ruled corporations have what only a conservative could consider Freedom of Speech. A state chartered entity with the sole purpose of returning a profit to shareholders has been given US citizen and rights formerly reserved for human denizens for the nation. A chartered organization that has no sense of sympathy, empathy, caring or rational thought will pay the CEO multiple millions in total compensation while at the same tie laying off thousands of workers to keep the P&L Statements presentable. 

The corporation's top executives can operate in ways you or I dare not consider. The entity will lie to advance the sell of products or services. Corporations have tax department to minimize its burden of paying US taxes. Increasingly, some corporations are moving headquarters to foreign lands to avoid paying a full share of US taxes (e.g. Burger King's HQ move to Canada): Tax Inversion. 

Only in America and then only via a conservative Supreme Court could such an entities evolve to Constitutional rights common to tat of its citizens.

Let's lay the corporations as an entity with freedom of speech same as you and me aside for a few minutes.

Have you every heard of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Of course, you hared heard of ALEC and you know thousands of US corporation have either past or current membership in the council. 

If you know nothing about ALEC you are probably a conservative who doesn't care that corporations wield significant power over elected state and federal officials. As with the vast majority of elected officials their number two driver is funds for re-election to their cushy legislative eats. We will not venture into the prospect of money as an impetus to elected officials as a number one priority. We dare not tread there in this screed, but we hope the thought is either via this post planted and reaffirmed.  

If you are still a bit fuzzy about ALEC, let's try another approach. ALEC is a membership entity that effectively crafts favorable legislation and hands said output off to politicians for introduction votes and enactment in the legislators respective governing body. What would entice a politician to assent to ALEC without deep consideration and act as its indentured servant? Need we answer that rhetorical questions?

Suffice it to say the following: "ALEC does not...
  • Fight for voting rights
  • Strive for human rights
  • Offer climate change legislation
  • Fight for raising the minimum wage
  • Develop strategy and craft legislation to raise corporate taxes
  • Work to maintain Social Security and Medicare as we know it
  • Work towards national health care reform 
  • Offer options for preservation of our National Parks name a few progressive or humane ideology/policies for handing off as legislation."

If you care to know of one national policy developed, nurtured and handed-off to state legislators by ALEC there is one such law you cannot help, but know well: Stand Your Ground legislation.   Could we convince you Stand Your Ground was inseminated to our state legislatures via the National Rifle Association (NRA).  

Since, we haven't touched on anything in this screed you did didn't know, it is time for a very basic question.

"Did you cast your conservative (or progressive) vote to place people in your legislature to become money targets for corporations. Does your representative sit with you and discuss, or better yet, craft legislation that you feel critical to your life or livelihood? Has your representative ever asked you how you view Social Security and Medicare? Think for a second, when was the last time your representative asked you how she/he should vote regarding defense spending? Watch the following news segment from an Atlanta area television station. After viewing the segment recall the last time you sat behind closed and guarded doors with ALEC? via @11alivenews

VIDEO EMBED after the break below


Monday, April 13, 2015


Rand Paul told New Hampshire audience the following: ..."fight for your right to be left alone." Wonder if he feels the same about Cliven Bundy's refusal to pay land taxes and his defiant stand against efforts to collect said taxes?

GOP Problem alert! 

As CNN's Dana Bash interviews GOP presidential aspirant, Rand Paul, a response to a question about gay marriage drew a conspicuously troublesome response. Paul used that favored GOP word: "states." 

States Rights is mere code for government differentiation the leads to discrimination. Recall the "States" during the Civil Rights Era of the 60s. Imagine states with legislatures ruled by Koch Brothers dark money with politicians subservient to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

"Well, no, the states will end up making the decisions on these things," Paul replied. "I think there's a religious connotation to this. I also believe people ought to be treated fairly under the law. I see why if the marriage contract conveys certain things, that if you want to marry another woman, you can do that and have a contract. But the thing is that the religious connotation of marriage that has been going on for thousands of years, I still want to preserve that."

Paul has gone on record in the past with his views that private business owners should not be forced to serve or provide accommodation to all who wish to patron the establishment. 

GOP Problem alert!

If the US (and voters) allows states to call the shots on fair and balanced life in the nation, our quality of life will deteriorate like a fizzled-out Alka Seltzer (Tm). We are seeing state legislatures reversing voters election preferences regarding LGBT Rights. We are seeing cases in a couple of states where legislators are forbid from using the words "Climate change." How about the reality of GOP governed states that are refusing life sustaining medical care via the ACA based in pure political obstruction?

Paul's continued affinity for states rights and the ironclad GOP lock-step commitment to state's rights spells doom for a comprehensive fair, balanced and equal nation under the law.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

South Dakota Republican Legislator Joins In Showcasing Core Party Ideology

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As we move away from Paul Ryan's revealing comments about "inner city men" (code for African-American men), The GOP has provided another example of why the GOP is not representative of our diverse nation.  South Dakota State Sen. Phil Jensen (R) believes business owners (members of the Ku Klux Klan) should have the right to deny service to black people. Jensens honest remarks are shared by those who openly espouse "State's Rights" and certain GOP politicians who would be president.

It is important to keep-in mind Rand Paul's stumbling, mumbling and incoherent on-camera appearance with Rachel Maddow of May 19th, 2010.  Linked here (shorten segment of a longer video). The current front-runner for the GOP nomination for a 2016 presidential run, believes property owners should have the right to deny service (no problem). And, he seemed indifferent that such a right could 'cut' along racial lines problem).

Jensen is a state representative. He doesn't hold a seat in the US House of Representatives or  the US Senate. However, US politics starts at the local level, has deep fissures at the local level and bed rock legislation resides at the state level. In reality have you ever heard the often stated GOP mantra and Libertarian core value of "State's Rights?"  If State's Rights is a core value of the GOP and conservative America, how do you divest Jensen's commitment to racist based in property ownership? Secondarily, yet ever more important, the Koch brothers funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) focuses its extensive development of "model legislation" efforts on state legislators and state law.  It should be stated, I am not connecting Jensen's support for "property based racism" and the Koch brothers. Of course, I would be remiss if I failed to remind of reports the Koch brothers have supported school segregation (issue) in at least one North Carolina school district. That battle centered around public and private schools. It seems the nation's uber wealthy Libertarians do no care for public schools. 

Remember, the TPI credo, "isms come in bundles!"

Now, let's move to The Raw Story and the South Dakota Legislator who is OK with racial and LGBT discrimination.

Linked: Should embed fail:

South Dakota GOP lawmaker: KKK business owners deserve right to ban blacks and gays (via Raw Story )
South Dakota state Sen. Phil Jensen (R) believes that a recently-killed bill that would have let companies discriminate against LGBT people should have also let businesses owners in the Ku Klux Klan refuse service to African-Americans. Last week, the…


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

North Carolina Leads The Nation In Shame!

North Carolina Governor and GOP legislature show exactly why voters should be aware. They cut unemployment payments!!!

One might think voters in the US South will one day realize the serious social errors in their ways.  They consistently vote for candidates who clearly value 'business' over the rights and well-being of human constituents.  Many southern voters are fully socially paradigm (ed) and delivered as reliably 'in the bag for the GOP. Factually speaking, the GOP need not deploy their General Election "southern strategy" across those "in the bag states." The  strategy serves to frighten and fire-up borderline voters who might dare vote Democratic.  The strategy is easily and regularly enacted via commonly used 'code' and dog-whistles (e.g. welfare, urban, BLAH people, et al).  

A quick look at a far-right wing militia web page shows the potential for well orchestrated GOP campaign strategy. I  state before posting,  the site developers must have tracked deeply into 2012 Karl Rove, Dick Morris and the Rassmussen and Gallup polling.

Red states blue states map
Romney projected to win 320 electoral votes to 218.


Fortunately, and with exception for Texas, blue states are those with the highest levels of population.  Thus, states with more voters. 

State elections, however, are fertile ground for all things conservative; even in blue states.  While North Carolina is far from consideration as a blue state, it falls squarely in the Southern voting belt.  The state has a long history of Democratic Governors and actually shares very little social connection with its neighbor state: South Carolina. The newly elected Governor of North Carolina has taken a Draconian step that will surely drive the state to consideration of gubernatorial return to the Democratic Party. 

Governor Pat McCrory signed his second piece of legislation since winning the gubernatorial seat in last fall elections.  The unfortunate unemployed in North Carolina will effective July, 1, receive moderately less life-sustaining unemployment payments. 

Huffington Post

Pat McCrory, North Carolina GOP Governor, Signs Law Slashing Unemployment Benefits

(signed into law).....a measure that will cut benefits for jobless workers by about one-third and reduce how long they can collect any aid in a state with the fifth-highest unemployment rate in the country.  
The Republican governor said the legislation, the second bill he has signed since taking office at the start of the year, marked an important step toward fixing the state's unemployment insurance system.  
The overhaul will allow North Carolina to repay $2.5 billion borrowed from the federal government for unemployment benefits at a quicker pace.  
The law, which takes effect on July 1, cuts maximum weekly benefits to $350 from $535 and caps benefits at 12 to 20 weeks, depending on the unemployment rate, instead of the current 26 weeks.  
McCrory said the measure "will protect our small businesses from continued over-taxation, ensure our citizens' unemployment safety net is secure and financially sound for future generations, and help provide an economic climate that allows job creators to start hiring again."
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We find the governor's actions reprehensible with full recognition the legislation moved to his office from state legislators. We realize such and anticipated the results posted below.


2013–2014 composition

(Shading indicates majority caucus)
End of Previous Legislature526801200
Latest voting share35.8%64.2%


North Carolina House Officers
SpeakerThom TillisRepublican
Speaker pro temporePaul StamRepublican
Majority LeaderEdgar V. StarnesRepublican
Majority WhipMike HagerRepublican
Deputy Majority WhipsPat McElraftRepublican
James L. Boles, Jr.Republican
Republican Conference LeaderRuth SamuelsonRepublican
Republican Freshman LeaderRick CatlinRepublican
Republican Freshman WhipDean ArpRepublican
Minority LeaderLarry D. HallDemocratic
Deputy Minority LeaderMichael WrayDemocratic
Minority WhipsWinkie WilkinsDemocratic
Susan C. FisherDemocratic
Rosa GillDemocratic
Deborah K. RossDemocratic
Marvin LucasDemocratic

MSNBC, The Ed Show

The GOP is the party of the South. Despite a long history of Democratic Governors , the new law is indicative of what takes place when citizens make the grievous mistake of turning certain governmental bodies over to the GOP. 

The Governor and his GOP legislature have taken steps as "friends of business" at the expense of people who actually cast voters. Alas, I am remiss. Businesses pay taxes (hopefully), and due to Citizens United contribute to political campaigns. 

I also recall significant American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) work in the state and I recall reports of the Koch Brothers meddling in one North Carolina Education System. The "meddling" had a side effect that resulted in potential or actual school segregation Why would two of the nation's wealthiest conservative libertarians have so much interest in North Carolina. 

I could speculate the Kochs and ALEC have been successful in North Carolina. Has North Carolina been converted to a reliable GOP Red State?

As Ed Schultz stated, "this is what you voted for North Carolina".