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Friday, January 27, 2012

ALEC and the corporate take over of Kansas lawmakers

From Wichita Peace and Freedom Party Examiner;

According to an organization called Kansans Count, About 1/4 of our Kansas legislators have ties to a lobby group called ALEC, that is American Legislative Exchange Council.
ALEC claims to want “Limited Government · Free Markets · Federalism”. But opponents argue that the real attempt is to give almost all government control to corporate interests and virtually nothing to the common working citizen.
As Alec Exposed explains it;
“Through the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, global corporations and state politicians vote behind closed doors to try to rewrite state laws that govern your rights. These so-called "model bills" reach into almost every area of American life and often directly benefit huge corporations. Through ALEC, corporations have "a VOICE and a VOTE" on specific changes to the law that are then proposed in your state.”

Kansans Count has also stated what the goals of this group are;
“Suppress the vote(new voter ID cards needed).
Alienate communities of color(legalizing racial profiling against immigrants).
Destroy organized labor (especially in the public sector).
Decimate public programs (and privatize what’s left).
Enact corporate welfare (shift the tax burden to those who can least afford it)”.
This group’s members have said they believe that ALEC is focusing on state governments rather than national laws. With the push for state rights, it will be easier for them to defend the changes they make and prevent the federal government from overturning laws that may be un-constitutional.
The point of this story is that corporate lobby groups such as ALEC are trying to take complete control of the government for their own greedy and racist agenda. They want the rest of us to foot the bills.

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