The ALEC drill team was on full display this week. At Tuesday's public hearing, the only people to testify in favor of the bill were representatives of the corporations that would profit from lower wages in Wisconsin and an array of experts bankrolled by the Kochs.
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Just weeks ago, the Washington Post described Scott Walker as the first "It" candidate of the 2016 presidential races, but after stumbling over "truth," evolution, and whether or not the President is a Christian or loves America, Walker is getting ready to change the topic.
As long as Republicans keep opposing policies that most Latinos and Americans as a whole support, it's unlikely the Libre Initiative will have much success. But given the deep support and huge bank accounts of its two most important funders, the threat posed by Libre is one that we should all take seriously.
Only on the issue of the climate is the claim of ignorance considered a free pass to do nothing. For an incumbent lawmaker, "I'm not a scientist" should be seen for what it is: a contemptible evasion of responsibility.
The First Amendment should not only protect the freedom of speech but also the equality of speech in the political sphere. Otherwise, certain individuals who have amassed fortunes have an unacceptable dominance in the political process over average voters.
No one was surprised when the U.S. Senate recently passed a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, and though a new video urges all to sign the NRDC petition advising Obama to veto the pipeline, which he will likely do, sooner or later the black snake from Alberta will penetrate the heartland of the U.S. and pipe will be laid.
Malcolm X faced the kind of racial determinism that many students of color have become accustomed to today. Proponents of high stakes testing resurrect such determinism, presumably without the racial overtones, by reducing students, their hopes and dreams for the future, to test scores.
If you believe in America, then there really is no excuse for not spending $900 million and joining the great American experiment that is our democracy. You see, $900 million may sound like a lot of money. But according to the Supreme Court, it's not. It's a lot of speech. The Koch Brothers understand this.
Despite Rep. Steve King's anti-immigrant bile, plenty of potential GOP presidential candidates took part in his Iowa Freedom Summit. Chris Christie, Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson all showed up. That they would associate with King raises legitimate questions about their judgment and whether they're presidential material.
One thing is for sure, in a week when Walker wanted to be enjoying his surge in New Hampshire and telling America he is a "fresh face," he is left explaining why he has so much trouble with the truth.
In the 40 years since Congress established strict restrictions on campaign financing, the Chamber of Commerce and the Supreme Court have hacked away at government oversight with their First Amendment sickles.
Walker may have found the message that takes him all the way to the Republican nomination. By choosing such an anti-union politician to groom for power, the Kochs are trying to conflate organized labor and government dependency in the minds of the Republican primary voter.
It's a year before the first actual citizens get to cast their votes in the 2016 Presidential primary election, but the even more important Money Primary is already going full tilt in back rooms, luxury resorts, and billionaire's private homes.