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“Nothing is more harmful to workers than when plutocrats and their legislative marionettes are feeling their oats and turning greed into law,” so says Gordon Lafer in an important report he did for the Economic Policy Institute.

Lafer again, “The state-by-state pattern of public employment cuts, pension rollbacks, and union busting makes little sense from an economic standpoint. But it becomes much more intelligible when understood as a political phenomenon.”

We have been discussing both the role of plutocrats taking power in America and destroying democracy, and the role of ALEC in designing and pushing state legislation while doing the bidding of America’s most fantastically wealthy plutocrats.

“[T]he most striking feature of the pattern of state legislation—relating not just to union rights but also to a wide range of labor and employment standards, as will be outlined in greater detail later in this paper—is the extent to which similar legislation has been introduced, in largely cookie-cutter fashion, in multiple legislatures across the country,” writes Lafer.

The EPI report concludes that relying on an electoral strategy is not enough by itself, that there must be people in the street raising hell, making clear their righteous anger.

The plutocrats, America’s most fabulously wealthy have put together a helluva team. The plutocrats provide the money and marching orders. ALEC creates the cookie cutter state legislation, and the bogus tea baggers provide the front for ALEC and their puppet masters.

A conspiracy? I’d say so. Worth a RICO investigation? Definitely! Please call your Senators and Representative at 202-224-3121. Please tell them that ALEC is violating their nonprofit tax status in state after state and deserves a RICO investigation.

Thanks to Gordon Lafer and the Economic Policy Institute for the documentation we can use to take action against the American Legislative Exchange Council, puppet of America’s plutocrats.

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Art Installation by Rox Steady / New Orleans: Greed -”In their greed, they will exploit you with false words”

Originally posted to StewartAcuff on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 07:40 AM PST.

Also republished by American Legislative Transparency Project.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Just Bob, Mentatmark, Gorette, MNDem999


    by StewartAcuff on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 07:40:10 AM PST

  •  Please read today's ManfromMiddletown's Diary (3+ / 0-)
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    hannah, Mentatmark, StewartAcuff

    for a much better take on the ALEC fight.

    This RICO nonsense is fucking silly.

    This is a real fight.  Put your action into real energy.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 07:51:01 AM PST

    •  Wow! This is amazing! (0+ / 0-)

      The right calls for The President's impeachment and those of us calling for an investigation of obvious illegality on the part of ALEC are treated like schoolkids who have to be disciplined by folks who claim to be on our side. Hey you lawyers, hate to break your precious fantasies, but there's no magic in the law. And real fights in America are won in struggle. That's why it took a Civil War to make slavery illegal. If the law were so righteous why do we have Citizens United? And why aren't we using every available and righteous method of struggle to stop ALEC from making a mockery of the world's first democracy?


      by StewartAcuff on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 02:29:10 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Laws are not magic (0+ / 0-)

        and yet you are ardently relying on a gross misinterpretation of 18 USC Sections 1961-1968, as passed into non-magical law in the 1970 Organized Crime Control Act and amended by non-magical law thereafter.

        If laws are not magic I assume wishful thinking must be or else I will need to have the "obvious illegality" explained to me without reference to laws which we can clearly overturn with another civil war or something....

        OH.. and please dont use an explanation that could inversely be used by a GOP authority to prosecute the ACLU, NARAL, Planned Parenthood, The Sierra Club, EMILY's List based on their advocacy for policy legislation.  I like those organizations and contribute to their causes.  It would make me a sad panda to see their leaders convicted in Magic Court on distorted Mafia laws.

        Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

        by Wisper on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 03:24:37 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Gordon Lafer is a little late to the game. (1+ / 0-)
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    As far as I can tell, ALEC is just a more formalized re-invention of outfits like the Heartland Institute, which presumed to provide state legislators with assistance in how to promote the pecuniary interests of their cronies without appearing to. I suspect the organization middlemen provide an objective gloss that enables legislators to pretend to personal disinterest.

    The fact is that the U.S. has a long history, dating back to the charters issued to explorers and traders by the crowned heads of Europe, of relying on governmental authority to promote private commercial and industrial interests. After all, that's what much of our civil law and criminal law are about -- property rights. Human rights had to be content with lip service to endowments from their Creator, while the Constitution went on to designate humans stolen out of Africa as 3/5 of a person. Women, children, natives and slaves had no rights and no role in governance. Let's not forget that universal suffrage for all emancipated persons did not arrive until 1971.

    Property rights, IMHO, have always trumped human rights for the simple reason that the ownership of humans would not/ cannot be possible were that not the case. Which would seem to account, for example, for why the Convention on the Rights of the Child still hasn't been ratified by the U.S. Children are the property of their parents and, when they are emancipated at age 18, the state insists that males register for the military draft -- i.e. a condition of servitude.

  •  Look to the DKos group named below (3+ / 0-)
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    unfangus, StewartAcuff, translatorpro

    The American Legislative Transparency Project group is made up of several people dedicated to destroying ALEC that have been involved for several years in this fight. We have been shouting from the rooftops here for a while. Our researchers' material has been shared with many of those publishing articles about ALEC and their minions.

    I encourage you to ask to join the group, I insist that you check out the groundwork we have laid, and I join you in demanding ALEC be exposed and defeated.

    Just your average every day Autistic hillbilly/biker/activist/union steward with an engineering degree.

    by Mentatmark on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 09:49:43 AM PST

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