“Don’t say nothing.”By Mark L. Taylor The Daily Call (5/26/15)
This video report was done by Atlanta, Georgia television station 11; what the reporter called the “fabled back rooms where laws are really made”. But what they expose in Georgia applies to all state legislatures across the nation. For example one legislator who attended this secret gathering in Georgia said he was from New England.
The report also gives an example of how a law passed in Georgia to prevent lawsuits against asbestos manufacturers was an almost word-for-word, clause-for-clause copy of a model bill supplied by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the Koch brothers led political advocacy group that has been so active in Wisconsin and directing much of Gov. Scott Walker’s agenda. ALEC churns out hundreds of such model bills every year peddling the special wants and fantasies of corporate money men and lobbyists.
Before Walker, there was former Gov. Tommy Thompson, an early supporter — and client — of ALEC.
Thompson was completely open about it, at an ALEC meeting back in 2002 when he said, “I always loved going to [ALEC] meetings because I always found new ideas. Then I’d take them back to Wisconsin, disguise them a little bit, and declare, ‘That’s mine.'”
Thompson was awarded ALEC’s “Thomas Jefferson Award” in 1991
This television report gives you up close view of how things really work. Seeing the sheriff’s deputies move in to do the bidding of the billionaires and crooked politicians should make the blood of every American taxpayer boil.