Randy Weber Exposed – You Are Known by the Company You Keep

Randy Weber is a member of ALEC and the Koch brothers are supporting ALEC. This says a lot about Randy Weber.

ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, with the help of many corporations, has written hundreds of model legislative bills and many have become state laws in the last two years thanks to the Tea Party and other conservatives without conscience. Some of those laws, like the Texas Voter ID law, have recently been blocked by the courts, but many are still law.

Of all the Kochs’ investments in right-wing organizations, ALEC provides some of the best returns: it gives the Kochs a way to make their brand of free-market fundamentalism legally binding. — The Nation, Aug, 2011

Randy Weber, ALEC, and the Koch brothers want a right-wing, authoritarian, plutocracy. Here is a summary of the model bills they are creating to make that happen:

Reducing Democracy, Voter Rights, and Federal Power:

“ALEC bills or resolutions would disenfranchise Americans and give corporations even more power to use their vast financial resources to influence elections in our democracy. These ‘model bills’ include the infamous Voter ID bills pushed through this year by new governors, many of whom have ties to ALEC.”

Limiting Health care for women and children:

“ALEC’s model legislation harms women and families in numerous ways, including proposals that would roll back no fault divorce laws, limit the regulation of day care centers, make it more difficult for impoverished children to receive the benefits of welfare, limit regulation of toxic and hazardous substances that adversely affect children’s health even more so than adults, bar lawsuits for injuries due to recalled drugs despite the spate of recalls of medicine used by children and young adults, and, among other things, outsource to for-profit companies the collection of child support.”

Promoting ‘Stand Your Ground’, Filling Privatized Prisons, and Selling Guns:

” … bills pushed by ALEC corporations result in taxpayers subsidizing the profits of the private prison industry by putting more people in for-profit prisons and keeping them in jail for longer. The bills also would put more guns on streets and interfere with local law enforcement decisions about how best to interact with immigrant communities.”

Killing Unions and Sending Jobs Overseas:

“Bills {to} limit workers rights and drain labor unions of resources for protecting employees, undermine consumer protections, favor the Wall Street financial agenda, limit the ability to cap exorbitant interest rates on credit cards and big bank fees. {These} bills and resolutions … also attempt to funnel tax dollars to for-profit corporations through privatization schemes and push the “free trade” agenda that has shipped good-paying American jobs overseas.”

Limiting Corporate Liability and the Rights of Injured Americans:

“These [bills] erode the rights of an injured person, or that person’s family, who files a complaint alleging that a corporation caused injury or death and should be held responsible for all the damages its actions caused.”

Privatizing Public Education, Undermining Teachers, and Promoting “Conservatives” on Campus, More:

“Among other things, these bills make education a private commodity rather than a public good, and reverse America’s modern innovation of promoting learning and civic virtue through public schools staffed with professional teachers for children from all backgrounds.”

Limiting Patient Rights and Undermining Safety Net Programs for Older Americans and Others:

“These anti-patient ‘model bills’ advance the interests of global drug companies and the health insurance industry, while eroding the rights and health of Americans.”

Promoting Dirty Energy and Corporate Agriculture over the Environment:

“These ‘model bills’ and resolutions thwart efforts to address climate change, streamline siting of nuclear power plants, and oppose efforts to address hazardous coal waste.”

Reshaping the Tax Code to Benefit Big Business and the ONE%:

“These ‘model bills’ and resolutions also push for extending the Bush tax cuts and attempt to use temporary legislative majorities to tie the hands of future majorities to raise taxes to meet citizens’ needs.”

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A vote for Randy Weber is a vote for replacing our Public with Private – replacing representative governance that is accountable to We the People with corporate governance that is accountable only to major stock holders.

A vote for Randy Weber will increase national gridlock and further protect and empower the ONE%.

 

 

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