This nonsense about ALEC's being legally able to advance its causes makes me want to puke.
It is legal to pollute the air so severely that children with asthma will live lives gasping for air and many will die before they are ten years old. Sure, it's legal, so let's join ALEC in pushing to relieve them of regulations that will help their stockholders and kill little children. What the hell? It's legal.
It is legal to create legislation that says that people without a photo ID cannot vote. It is legal to set up a procedure where they may have to travel ten miles or more during the day, from noon to three p.m. to get a photo ID that they may have to pay for...even though they may not have a vehicle. It's legal.
But they may not be able to get that ID. Therefore, the representative that would have enabled them to get Medicaid or some local assistance would not be elected..because they cannot prove that--despite living in the same house for 50 years--they are a local citizen.
But North Carolinians are all right with a big corporate takeover of their state. They are ok with Harold Brubaker, working for ALEC, rather than the people of North Carolina, since 1985, and being national chairman in 1994....how much damage has he done to you?
When you find that your favorite stream has been polluted, or your grandmother can't vote or the corporation that sold you the faulty string trimmer that snapped off a toe is protected from a liability suit by your own North Carolina, Republican (they are all Republicans...all over the country not just North Carolina) ALEC representative, just remember...it's legal.
But remember this. You may be well off, but you're not rich. That is something else these days. And the "rich" today do not care about other wealthy people. They only care about those who are as rich and as powerful.
That's why they spend tens of thousands of dollars a year for legislation to keep you from being one of them. And also to keep what they want, not North Carolna voters want, being pushed through the legislature.
Indy Week • 302 E. Pettigrew St., Suite 300, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
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