Paying Attention

Herein be random ruminations on politics, history, ideas, spirituality, religion, education, media, life, relationships, culture... and Boston sports when I really want to vent.

"If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention." (ubiquitous)

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never has and never will." (Frederick Douglass)

"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." (Susan B. Anthony)

"Clearly the trick in life is to die young as late as possible." (William Sloane Coffin)

February 15, 2012 8:39 pm


ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) is a right-wing corporate-funded lobby which seeks to overturn the “socialist” policies of our current president by “working with” Republican state legislators.  They’re bringing high-powered Washington lobbyists to state capitols.  Wanna know why so many states all of a sudden and all at the same time started attacking public employee unions?  Or simultaneously filed lawsuits against Obamacare, oftentimes with bills using the same language?  It’s our friends at ALEC.  Too bad local news programs are too busy showing fires and crime stories to let viewers know where their state’s Republican legislative bills are actually coming from.

Florida Republican state representative Rachel Burgin — here showing her love for black children and her concerns for their education — recently introduced another anti-Obama bill which was actually written by ALEC.  Nothing unusual there, except she forgot to take ALEC’s mission statement off the top of the proposed bill ALEC had written when she introduced it as her own.

Awkward, but not embarrassing to people who have no shame.

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