Who Hijacked Our Country

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

More ALEC Stealth Legislation: The Fun Never Stops

Just when you think ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) couldn't possibly have any more hidden corporate agendas to push, they find yet another one.  Their M.O. is to circumvent the legislative process by mass-mailing jillions of already-written bills (or “model legislation” as they like to call it) to rightwing state legislators all over the country.  These targeted legislators — hereafter referred to as ALEC prostitutes — will then “introduce” these bills to the legislature, as written; as ordered by their ALEC johns.  In red states, and some swing states, these bills are voted into law en masse.  And the ALEC cancer continues to spread throughout the country.

Stand Your Ground laws, voter suppression laws, laws requiring laid-off workers to pass a drug test before they can qualify for unemployment insurance, Ag Gag laws which shield factory farms from any kind of outside scrutiny, laws that are designed to sabotage renewable energy development — these are just a few of the state laws that have been mass-produced through the above-mentioned ALEC M.O.

And now the latest corporate giveaway from the ALEC stealthbags:  state laws that prohibit municipalities from providing broadband Internet access.  We wouldn't want Comcast and Verizon to suffer from any sort of competition now, would we?

The linked article includes a petition asking the FCC to preempt these ALEC-funded state laws so that cities will be allowed to provide their residents with Internet access.  Please sign.

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Blogger Jerry Critter said...

Competition is the last thing big corporations want. Can we all say monopoly?

February 19, 2015 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: I might even have a grudging respect for these corporate behemoths if they just came out and admitted that they want a monopoly. The fact that they hide behind all these "free enterprise" and "let the marketplace decide" slogans makes them all the more contemptible.

February 19, 2015 at 1:56 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Tom, they are also doing one with regards to minimum wages in states with GoOper leaning leges. It's like whack a mole with them.

February 21, 2015 at 5:37 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: Whack-a-mole is right. Even in Blue Washington, one of the Koch/ALEC hydra-heads, the "Freedom Foundation," is pushing for "Right To Work" legislation in a few individual towns. It won't work, but it shows we can never let our guard down.

February 22, 2015 at 1:20 AM  

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