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ALEC: Puppetmaster for Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and Scott Walker
You just knew these three hate clowns were connected, didn’t you?
Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and Scott Walker are all Dominionist Christians who share a disdain for education and intelligence, which makes them the perfect puppets for an insidious, evil organization designed to steal democracy from a free country. Think George W Bush and then take away his intelligence and double down on the gut emotions. Yes, take away even what little evidence of intelligence the man may have ever given even the most remote hint of possessing and then strip away any soul he may have given a brief nod to and strip away his breeding until you have a crass, moronic, hate-filled smugster who tells America that God is on their side.
The ALEC puppet, also known as the American Legislative Exchange Council stooge.
Karoli at Crooks and Liars wrote of ALEC earlier this week:
ALEC stands for the American Legislative Executive Council, but what it really stands for is corporate conservatives corrupting democracy. As I wrote awhile back, ALEC creates turnkey legislation which is then disseminated to elected officials who are also members via their very secretive organization after it has been approved by corporate members. Only, we really never knew who those corporate members were or who the lawmakers were, either.
According to The Nation, was ALEC, not lame Democrats, who killed the public option.
Reviewing ALEC’s healthcare-related bills and resolutions from the past few years makes it clear that insurers realized early on that the best way to block the profit-threatening provisions of any federal reform would be to attack them at the state level through ALEC. With Democrats in control of both houses of Congress and the White House in 2009, insurers assumed some kind of healthcare reform was inevitable, so they adopted a strategy to shape rather than stop reform. Its top five goals became:
§ Keeping single-payer proposals off the table;
§ Ensuring that the final bill contain a clause requiring all Americans not eligible for an existing federal program to buy coverage from a private insurance company;
§ Preventing the new law from establishing a government-run plan (the “public option”) that would compete with private insurers;
§ Making sure that the reform law is implemented primarily at the state level, to keep the federal government from assuming any significant new oversight of private insurers’ business practices; and
§ Keeping any new regulations and consumer protections to a minimum.
Like any good force of destruction, ALEC works in many fronts at once. Kill healthcare over here, kill unions over there. Shock and awe, baby. While we were in a shocked daze, they were working clandestinely to kill all of the values we hold dear as a representative democracy.
ALEC: Think Scott Walker’s anti-collective bargaining bill.
In These Times writes of ALEC, “An exhaustive analysis of thousands of pages of documents obtained through public records requests from six states, as well as tax filings, lobby reports, legislative drafts and court records, reveal that these suddenly popular anti-public employee bills, while taking different forms from state to state, were indeed disseminated as “model legislation” by ALEC.
Not coincidentally, bills similar to those in Florida and Wisconsin have been introduced in Arizona, California, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Vermont.”
Naturally the Koch brothers are involved in ALEC and you know by now when you sniff a Koch, a Palin, Bachmann or Walker is not far behind. The puppets are “Copyright, ALEC”, just as the “model” legislation is marked before it’s sent out to the folks you pay to represent you in DC and at home, in your state government.
The ALEC puppet, brought to you by the GOP, because nothing says democracy like a for sale sign on your back and a corporate logo where your heart is supposed to beat.
Beware the ALEC puppet. They just keep making more of them. We expose one and out comes another soulless monster, with a plastic smile and an empty resume, full of “common sense conservative values.”