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    . . . you probably want to wrap yourself in a hazmat suit and dig through the ALEC website for their position papers. The sleazy tricks in their inventory are proudly on display, in PDF documents that are easily available for anyone to see. They're called various high-sounding things, they're slick and carefully presented, and if you read through them quickly you might not catch their underlying intent, but on any sort of serious inspection the meanings simply explode in your face.

    You'll see that the major thrust of ALEC is the money, always the money, ALL of the money. They want to suck every possible penny out of tax funds to shift our dollars into privatized scams (education and prisons are only the beginning) under the rubric of 'we can do it cheaper', which is simply not true. They want 'tort reform', to stop most legal action that might cost corporations money in liability and damage suits (not just the medical ones). There's a thrust to subvert the Constitution itself through 'Article Five' schemes, that are not really part of the document itself but are twisted from carefully parsed wordings, to destroy the parts that stand in their way to the money. Voter disenfranchisement is in there, and a host of other madnesses. And one intent of it all is to simply push the conversation over the cliff at every opportunity, the wet dream of Glen Beck's Overton Window right there in front of you.

    They're just as arrogant about destroying the universe as the PNAC crowd was in the 90s, before they were widely known. The "Project for the New American Century" was (and remains) an amazing conspiracy laying out precisely the intentions and detailed plans of the mob that became the central core of the Bush administration, and the names of those responsible, starting with the execrable Paul Weyrich and reaching right through Cheney and Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz and the rest of them, are emblazoned at the top. The ALEC folks are cast in precisely the same mold, proud of their perfidy and happy to spread it as far and deep as they can. It's a bit harder to dig out the names of those involved and where they're hiding in our various systems, but that's what John Nichols at the Nation, and the Center for Media and Democracy, not to mention various Kossack diaries and groups, are all about.

    It will never be a simple as we might want to see all the hooks and tentacles of the beast. It will always take a bit of work to expose them. Welcome to the excavation.

    The furnace of Affliction produces Refinement, in States as well as Individuals. John Adams, 1776.

    by semiAdult on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 05:59:11 AM PDT

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