Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Thom Hartmann: ALEC drops it's campaign for 'Stand Your Ground' & Voter ID laws

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In response to pressure from several progressive organizations - and an exodus of corporate members - the American Legislative Exchange Council announced on Tuesday it's dismantling its non-economic taskforces responsible for writing radical legislation like "Shoot First" laws and "Voter ID" laws.
While this is a small progressive victory - ALEC promises to continue writing economic legislation that repeals environmental regulations, busts up unions, and gives massive tax breaks to the Romney-rich in America. Not only that - even though ALEC is ending its non-economic task forces - the damage has already been done. Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin is dead in Florida thanks to ALEC's Shoot First law - and millions of Democratic voters will be disenfranchised this election because of ALEC's Voter ID laws.
So let's not celebrate ALEC's decision yesterday - let's take it as a sign that we need to work even harder to expose the American corporatocracy that's been working in the shadows for the last 30 years.
(What difference do you think this will make? Tell us here.)

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