Letters to the Editor

ALEC alarm

August 3, 2011


To the editor:

I first read about ALEC in The Nation magazine. A day or two later, I read the excellent article in the Lawrence Journal-World by Scott Rothschild. I anticipated a response of letters to the editor, TV news, a general outpouring of alarm and rage; to date, nothing, at least locally.

ALEC, which enjoys tax-exempt status as a nonprofit organization is actually a front for corporate interests and is strongly supported by the Koch brothers in Topeka along with Exxon Mobil and other powerful interests. A group of Kansas legislators are members of the group and attend its annual meetings.

One of the most frightening of ALEC’s activities is its sending of model legislative bills to legislators all across the country. Public watchdog groups have viewed this mixture of corporate interests and legislation as unethical and have asked for investigations.

The resolution opposing the regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency (think Exxon Mobil’s oil spills in Alaska and Yellowstone Park) was passed 100 to 22 in the Kansas House. Appalling, but not surprising.


Richard Heckler 6 years, 9 months ago

ALEC http://www.democracynow.org/2011/7/15/alec_exposed_state_legislative_bills_drafted

Koch Brothers, ALEC and Their Corporate Allies Plan to Privatize Government http://www.truth-out.org/publicopoly-exposed/1310660473

Thank you for this letter. People should be nervous about this organization. How many out there want to work for less money? Wal-Mart famiiy money is backing this nonsense as well. Shopping Wal-Mart is the same as shopping your way into lower wages and perhaps out of a job.

Privatizing government = less wages and more tax dollars than ever going into the bank accounts of private industry. This will reduce the quality of life for millions upon millions more.

Private industry is the most reliable source of fraud.

ALEC represents lower wages and higher profits for corp america. It is another swindle being perpetrated against the american work force by the big money supporters or the Tea Party which in reality is one more arm of the former republican party aka neoconservatives. The same people that brought down the economy twice in the past 30 years.

Hopefully voters have not forgotten:

  1. TABOR is Coming by Grover Norquist and Koch Bros. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0705rebne.html

  2. The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist(Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion) http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

  3. Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers under Bush/Cheney http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

  4. Bush and Henry Paulson blew the $700 billion of bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

And that tax cuts do nothing to make an economy strong or produce jobs.

  1. Still A Bad Idea – Bush Tax Cuts - The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

Flap Doodle 6 years, 9 months ago

Now where have I seen that post of merrill's before? Oh, right here on this award-winning website, dozens and dozens of times. Get some new material, bub.

uncleandyt 6 years, 9 months ago

lol and omg, You're tired of the news you refuse to see, goob.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 9 months ago

Lookee, one of the disappeareded automatons recycles himself to the forum, reciting the same old Beckian blather.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 9 months ago

Instead of "the Wickersham Brothers," Dr. Seuss should have written "the Koch Brothers." On second thought, that would have lacked a syllable. Hence, "the evil Koch Brothers" would have fit the bill nicely.

Yep, them evil Koch brothers - just say the name, and a liberal's left knee jerks so high that it hits him in the chin.

Getaroom 6 years, 9 months ago

Good article Lynn Anderson!
Plynth: if you understand and know the history of coal use, then you understand just exactly why the citizens of this country have needed a years long organized effort to demand changes in that industry. Real changes to protect human lives and the environment as a whole and without it - it is quite likely you would not be around to complain about the EPA had there been no one to change the regulations that you so love to hate. One must wonder outloud just exactly how can you possibly believe that huge profit taking giant corporations are going to self regulate any more than greedy hedge fund operators did while stealing money from investors and do so without punishment? If there is no conscience in the "free market" just how do you figure necessary protections are put into action? By maintaining the attitude you put forth it would be just fine for companies to dump anything they want in your drinking and fishing water sources. So you want to drink killer chemicals and be able to light the water coming from your faucet in the name of what? - Your "God" given right and freedom to do whatever you want because you hate the EPA? You want to breathe killer compounds into your lungs, those compounds put out by coal being burned so you can power up your computer and complain about Merrill's postings? Perhaps you need to consider moving to a country that does not value human health and well being over the almighty dollar. Perhaps you are rich beyond compare and could care less about others welfare? I doubt you are all that wealthy, but if so where did your wealth come from - the unregulated market place? Do you own stock in Koch Industries and feel the need to protect your investment returns? Are you personally creating jobs for others at a fair wage for work done? More likely you are just another complainer who is bent on supporting that which is actually weakening society for the continued enrichment of the already super wealthy, which of course includes yourself? Or what? You just what to get rid of Obama and everything will be OK - Right?! Perhaps you are a "regular" person who hates having a black president and is content with shooting yourself in the foot.....for the enrichment and betterment of......? I can guarantee you do not know enough about healthcare reform to understand whether those changes will benefit you and others over the long haul. And you know, just because you can Google something does not mean what you read is accurate or that you understand it in the context of the whole. Plynth, you might want to consider finding a new "platform" on which to stand because it is getting really heavy with all Tea Bagers willing to bring America to it's knees. Real patriotism?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 9 months ago

Plynth will never read this post. And Plynth will never acknowledge any facts that contradict his fairy-tale world. He prefers to just recite more Beckian blather.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 9 months ago

"Yep, them evil Koch brothers - just say the name, and a liberal's left knee jerks so high that it hits him in the chin." === I think people should quit picking on the Kochs. They are just good libertarians who want to eliminate almost all regulations and nearly all taxes. They have the best interests of all Kansans and all Americans at heart. Once their vision is completely realized, we will all see how good things will get.

uncleandyt 6 years, 9 months ago

The idea haters are not all over this thread. What happened ? Was ALEC not discussed on the radio today ? Can any of you "great americans" explain why ALEC should not be talked about and investigated?

William Weissbeck 6 years, 9 months ago

In a weird way, the GOP should be advocating ALEC as a cost saving measure - we don't need elected representatives to write and debate legislation, it's all being done remotely and in states like Kansas, the outcome is a forgone result.

uncleandyt 6 years, 9 months ago

WalMart and Exxon helped ACORN with its homework??

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