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Kiss your right to vote,worker rights,local public schools & pensions goodbye

 

 This consulting firm handpicks local, state, and federal candidates who share the Kochs' free-market, limited-government agenda, and groom them to win elections. "We seek out electable advocates of the freedom and opportunity agenda who will be forceful at both the policy and political levels," the company notes on its website.

Aegis says it can manage every aspect of a campaign, including advertising, direct mail, social media, and fundraising.

 

Aegis' president is Jeff Crank, a two-time failed Republican congressional candidate who ran the Colorado chapter of Americans for Prosperity and served as the chief operating officer of the national organization. The firm's six-person staff boasts two others with connections to the Kochs.

 

The group's lead strategist is Karl Crow, a former project coordinator for the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, where he focused "on how political advocates for economic freedom are identified, trained, and promoted," according to his bio on Aegis' website. 

 

Crow, who was scheduled to speak at an invite-only Koch donor summit in 2010 on the subject of voter mobilization, subsequently worked for Themis, the Koch brothers' voter microtargeting operation. Brad Stevens, the former state director for Americans for Prosperity-Nebraska, is Aegis' director of candidate identification.

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Trump  has been pushing the Koch American Legislative  Exchange Council Anti American Agenda

 

John Birch Society Celebrates Koch Family For Their Role In Founding The Hate Group

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/06/10/242334/john-birch-society-celebrates-koch/

 

We must ask ourselves why in the hell does American Legislative Exchange Council inspired corporate America want to own government programs that they spend so much time and money convincing we taxpayers our great programs are evil and do not work? 

 

BIG PROFITS inspired with our tax dollars. Of course taxes will increase once the corporate giants take over to cover the cost of obscene CEO wages,bonus packages,golden parachutes and medical coverage for the rest of their  lives.

 

This isn't management or a fiscally responsible action. This is a big game of pretend.This right wing American Legislative Exchange Council Party knows nothing about management yet seem to know all about destroying an economy. And destroying employment.

 

http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/alec-the-voice-of-corporate-special-interests-state-legislatures#Voter

 

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/27/the_united_states_of_alec_bill

 

http://www.salon.com/2015/07/31/secrets_of_the_extreme_religious_right_inside_the_frightening_world_of_christian_reconstructionism/?source=newsletter

 

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/01/koch-brothers-candidate-training-recruiting-aegis-strategic

 

 

 

 

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ALEC serves as a means for corporations to advise, lobby and sway legislators. By paying hefty dues and sponsorship fees, corporations are able to participate in ALEC ventures, forums and legislative advocacy work, and also underwrite conferences, task forces and meetings with politicians. Corporations use ALEC to formulate, present and promote model legislation to elected officials who are ALEC members, and hold leadership roles in the organization.

 

“Our members join for the purpose of having a seat at the table. That’s just what we do, that’s the service we offer,” explains Dennis Bartlett, an ALEC task force head who is also the executive director of the American Bail Coalition. “The organization is supported by money from the corporate sector, and, by paying to be members, corporations are allowed the opportunity to sit down at the table and discuss the issues that they have an interest in.”12

 

ALEC propagates a wide range of “model legislation” that seeks to make it more difficult for people to hold corporations accountable in court; gut the rights and protections of workers and consumers; encumber health care reform; privatize and weaken the public education system; provide business tax cuts and corporate welfare; privatize and cut public services; erode regulations and environmental laws; create unnecessary voter ID requirements; endorse Citizens United; diminish campaign finance reform; and permit greater corporate influence in elections.

 

In order to draft and promote their “model legislation,” ALEC operates task forces that bring representatives from corporations together with lawmakers. Each ALEC task force is chaired by both elected officials and “private sector” members, who have an equal vote on introduced bills.

 

According to Jesse Zwick of the Washington Independent, “ALEC’s task forces are better known for crafting legislation that coincides, rather than conflicts, with the interests of its private-sector members. Famous for hosting lavish conferences for state legislators who possess no staff of their own, the group pampers lawmakers while providing them the opportunity to collaborate on legislation often previously researched and introduced by the policy shops of its corporate members.”13

 

According to ALEC, in 2009, of the 826 “model bills” that were introduced in state legislatures, 115 of those bills were enacted into law. As ALEC’s former Executive Director wrote in 1995, “I would say that ALEC is a good investment. 

 

Nowhere else can you get a return that high.”14

 

ALEC was influential in crafting and passing a Texas law, dubbed the “Successor Asbestos-Related Liability Fairness Act,” that shielded Crown Cork and Seal, a business that in 1966 acquired a company that used asbestos in its products, from lawsuits from the company’s workers. Even though Crown agreed to pay the company’s liabilities, it wanted immunity from paying damages to workers facing asbestos-related diseases. Crown Cork and Seal turned to ALEC to help shape the Texas law, which put an extremely low cap on liability for companies like Crown who acquired companies which committed wrongdoing, known as a “successor immunity” law.

 

 

Mark Behrens, an attorney for Shook Hardy, worked as a lobbyist for both ALEC and Crown to encourage allied lawmakers to introduce and pass the bill.15 The American Association for Justice writes that “this so-called ‘successor immunity’ has all the hallmarks of an ALEC special interest bill. It is plainly designed not with public policy in mind, but rather a specific industry (or in this case, a specific company).”16 The Texas Supreme Court ultimately found the cap to be an unconstitutional retroactive protection for Crown that inhibited the rights of people to rightfully sue corporations for damages, but similar ALEC-derived laws are still on the books in other states.17

 

In Arizona, an investigation by Beau Hodai documented that a long-time member and leader of ALEC, the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) stood to benefit from the state’s new immigration law that was approved by the ALEC Public Safety and Elections Task Force on which CCA’s Senior Director of Business Development sat as a member. CCA is a for-profit prison company which reported “$1.7 billion in gross revenue for 2009, attributing about 40 percent of this business to its federal clients ICE, the BOP and the U.S. Marshals Service, all of which house immigrant detainee populations,” according to Hodai’s investigation.

 

As a dues-paying member of ALEC, CCA was present when Arizona’s draconian immigration bill was voted on at the ALEC task force before it was introduced in the state legislature by then-Senate President Russell Pearce, who was an ALEC leader before he was recalled from office last year. The bill was approved by that ALEC task force, at which CCA claims it did not vote, and became Arizona’s immigration detention law, SB 1070, a few months later almost word for word. 

 

 

Many of the bill’s cosponsors received campaign contributions from CCA, and CCA lobbyists have close ties to the Governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, who is also an ALEC alum.18 For years, ALEC has also helped increase the number of people in jail for longer sentences by pushing “truth in sentencing” laws that restrict parole eligibility for felons, which is another ALEC model bill that helps keep CCA’s “occupancy rates” high along with its profits.19

 
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We said we didn't want it. Most people didn't even vote for it. In survey after survey, public opinion polls rank a large tax cut as one the least desirable uses of the federal budget . And Republican and Democratic leaders alike warned the President-select that his tax cut package STINKS.

 

But all to no avail. CONSERVATIVES HAVE YET  to back off from the monstrous, surplus-draining tax cut proposalS that cornerstone THEIR campaign. CONSERVATIVES KEEP telling us that it's for our own good: CONSERVATIVE tax cut will cure our softening economy and stave off the threat of recession by "encouraging capital formation, economic growth, and job creation."

 

At least one group is happy to swallow the CONSERVATIVE tax cut medicine—"the haves and the haves-more," as CONSERVATIVES refer to THEIR supporters.. After all, it is THE WEALTHY taxes THAT GET cut. 

 

Nearly three-fifths of the total benefits of the tax cut package will go to the richest 10% of all taxpayers, and some 43% will go just to the top 1%.

 

But no matter what CONSERVATIVES say, this tax giveaway to the wealthy will not inoculate us against recession. Nor are well-to-do taxpayers suffering from over-taxation, as the CONSERVATIVE team insists. One thing is sure.  Social programs that have already been neglected for more than two decades will continue to suffer AS WILL THE ECONOMY = IT IS DUMB TO PULL MONEY FROM THE ECONOMY.

Defending the Indefensible

The editors of the Wall Street Journal never met a pro-rich tax cut they didn't like. And the CONSERVATIVE tax cut is much to their liking. 

 

CONSERVATIVES ALWAYS SAY AND HAVE BEEN SAYING FOR THE PAST 38 YEARS:

  • "Taxes are too high. Last year [1999], federal tax revenue as a percentage of the economy reached an historic peak—20.4% of GDP." 
  • AS ALWAYS CONSERVATIVES  exceed THEIR its own budget caps and increased its spending beyond REALITY.  WRECKANOMICS IS SUPPLY SIDE ECONOMICS = BORROW AND SPEND.
  • The economy HAS RETURNED TOo wobble. Economic forecasters are sniffing a recession; they are busily lowering growth projections for next year. And for good reason; TRUMP THE RUMP data IS starting to look scary." 

 

THE TRILLION TAX DOLLAR WARS AND TAX CUTS CREATE BIG BIG BIG DEBT!!!

 

http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

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ALEC works fervently to promote laws that would shield corporations from legal action and allow them to limit the rights of workers. The group’s model legislation would roll back laws regarding corporate accountability, workers compensation and on the job protections, collective bargaining and organizing rights, prevailing wage and the minimum wage.

 

ALEC is a main proponent of bills that undermine organized labor by stripping public employees of collective bargaining rights and “right to work” laws. They also push “regulatory flexibility” laws that lead to massive deregulation.

 

It is no surprise that the director of ALEC’s Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force previously worked as a Koch Associate at the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation.23

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On 11/22/2017 at 2:31 PM, merrill said:

 

conservatives war on women and women's rights is massive sexual harassment

 

Remember Trump used a degrading word to describe a females vaginal area while using his fingers to demonstrate which was sexual harassment in and of itself not to mention the conservatives war on women and women's rights is massive sexual harassment beyond reality.

 

Yes the whole damn right wing libertarian/fundamentailst anti american party commits sexual harassment 24/7 each time this group legislates against women.

 

Yes the women in this anti American Party are also committing sexual harassment against women. 

 

The party is insane beyond belief!

Proof of the GOP War on Women

http://www.politicususa.com/proof-war-women-2

 

War On Contraception

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/02/republican-war-birth-control-contraception/

 

5 ways The Assault Is Way More Than On Abortion

https://www.salon.com/2014/03/10/the_rights_other_war_on_women_5_ways_the_assault_is_about_way_more_than_abortion/

 

Conservatives ARE Waging A War On Women

https://www.quora.com/Are-Republicans-waging-a-war-against-women

 

The Increasingly and Disturbing War On Womens Rights

https://newrepublic.com/article/100806/women-health-republicans-planned-parenthood

 

Why do so many conservative Republican women support positions so hostile to the economic interests of American women? And what have women done to Republicans that the GOP cannot bring itself to support full pay equity for women?

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/the-judiciary/167373-gop-war-against-women

War On Women = Sexual Harassment

1.    The Battle Against Birth Control

2.    The Contraception Coverage Debate

3.    Intensifying Attacks on Choice

4.    Stopping the Violence Against Women Act

5.    Fighting Equal Pay Laws

6.    Conclusion

 

http://www.pfaw.org/report/the-war-on-women/#battleagainst

If Republicans Love One Thing, It’s Attacking Women

By Michael Keegan, Contributor

President, People For the American Way

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/if-republicans-love-one-t_b_7842450.html

 

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