Who Hijacked Our Country

Friday, February 03, 2012

Florida Rep. Rachel Burgin: “Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain!!!”

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is basically a “bill mill” that grinds out jillions of boilerplate “suggestions” for state legislators to pass into law.  ALEC is funded by some of America’s largest corporations, and the laws they dictate to their stenographers, er, state legislators, are pushing the Corporate/Rightwing agenda.  Voter suppression laws, union busting, gutting the safety net — if you like these laws that are being passed in lockstep throughout the red states, thank ALEC.

When state legislators receive their ALEC instructions for a new bill to pass, they’re usually discreet enough to change the wording just slightly.  They don’t want it to be too blatant that they’re nothing more than a secretary taking dictation, or a prostitute following her john’s instructions right down to the kinkiest detail.

But now Florida Rep. Rachel Burgin has let the cat out of the bag.  Yer Busted!

Last November she introduced a resolution calling for lower corporate taxes.  It was another written command from ALEC (needless to say).  The “resolution” she introduced was nothing more than a copy of the written ALEC instruction, and her Xeroxed “resolution” even included ALEC’s mission statement at the top of the page.  DUUUHHH!!!

Open cookie jar, insert hand.

She realized her error and quickly withdrew the bill; and then reintroduced it with a new bill number (HM 717) and without that pesky ALEC mission statement.

Her little coverup-of-the-coverup managed to stay covered up until a week ago.  Nice try.

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Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

Lisa is in the Florida Legislature? I had no idea.

February 3, 2012 at 1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Good One JR


February 3, 2012 at 3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll be really impressed if that bill doesn't pass


February 3, 2012 at 3:41 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Well we know ALEC has been behind lots of stuff, since it all seems to be a coordinated effort to bust unions and so on. This did not shock me when I first saw it and still doesn't, since the pugs are just too stoopit to think big picture and govern on their own.

February 3, 2012 at 6:20 PM  
Blogger okjimm said...

well, there has been a trend of electing idiots who have a hard time writing their names, let alone a bill.....

February 4, 2012 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

JR: LOL. Florida state legislator, blog troll -- same difference.

Erik: I hope it doesn't, but then we're talking about Florida.

Jess: If it weren't for huge campaign donors and groups like ALEC and the U.S Chamber of Commerce, the pugs wouldn't know what to do.

okjimm: Electing idiots -- an American pastime that's getting more and more popular.

February 4, 2012 at 3:18 PM  

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