Lisa Graves, who you see in this video with Thom Hartmann, sent me a link to a piece on ALEC that she wanted to share. By the way, Lisa is officially awesome. (Just had to throw that in.)
First things first. What is ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council )?
Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. [...]
More than 98% of ALEC’s revenues come from sources other than legislative dues, such as corporations, corporate trade groups, and corporate foundations. [...]
The organization boasts 2,000 legislative members and 300 or more corporate members. The unelected corporate representatives (often registered lobbyists) sit as equals with elected representatives on nine task forces where they have a “voice and a vote” on model legislation.
In other words, corporations are writing bills that Congress passes that result in laws that we must live by… including Voter I.D. laws.
Now ALEC is whining because the EPA wants to limit the sale of poisons that our kids can (and do) ingest, and they complain that by regulating lethal substances, Big Government is being way too intrusive (but of course, limiting reproductive rights is A-OK).
An American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) member is defying Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules limiting the sale of rat poisons that pose dangers to children and the ecosystem. ALEC representatives say that kids eating rat poison is an “acceptable risk” that does not justify government intervention in the market. [...]
As for the claim the EPA action is an example of the “nanny state” with the government substituting its judgment for that of parents, [Aaron Colangelo, an attorney for the NRDC] says a child’s exposure to rat poison often occurs in settings outside of a parent’s control. “It is one thing to say parents need to be conscious of what their kids are doing in their own homes,” he said. “But exposure [to the rodenticides] is not limited to one’s own home.” [...]
For Colangelo, it is a disgrace that a few “hold-out bad actors from the chemical industry” are further delaying EPA regulation of the rodenticides, despite decades of evidence of harm.
“It should not take this long to do something simple like protect toddlers from rat poisoning.”
“Pro-life” my ass.