Friday, December 27, 2013

“Twisting Words” to Protect ALEC

“Twisting Words” to Protect ALEC

editor’s note: I am glad to post this new article written by my friend 2old2care. Hiatus time is up and becauseican takes aim at the out-and-out lies from ALEC’s PR spokesman.  Nobody does it better.
On 12/18, the article “What is ALEC, and why should you care?” appeared in the Detroit News. The article took Michigan Governor Snyder to task for adopting “several Mackinac agenda items as his own priorities, including attacking pensions, rolling back corporate regulations, and privatizing public services.”
The article also called out the Michigan Legislature for passing “some deeply troubling bills that do not reflect the values of working families in our state.”
And the article pointed out the Mackinac Center’s involvement in all of this.
Well, rather than letting yet another critical article about ALEC pass, ALEC spokesman Bill Meierling responded with the article “Set the record straight on ALEC” where he (predictably) called everything reported in the earlier article lies. 
BS like this cannot stand, and since the Detroit News has not followed up and called out Meierling’s article for the absolute rubbish that it is, 2old2care has nailed Meierling and ALEC for perpetuating these lies in a style that has made becauseican one of my very favorite blog sites.

ALEC PR Poobah – Twisting the Words to Protect ALEC’s …

Oh, my – - – - – -
On Stand Your Ground – which was pushed by ALEC legislators from 2005 to April 2012 – #LicenseToKill
Meierling was quoted as saying. “Every single person also knows that we no longer have any model policy on that issue, or any firearms issues for that matter.”
On welfare drug testing – which was introduced to ALEC legislators at the November 2010 ALEC meeting.
Meierling declined to say if the staff at ALEC endorsed the idea of drug-testing welfare recipients.
Who cares about ALEC staff – it’s the actions of ALEC legislators we have to fear.
In relation to that statement by Meierling – you also have this statement:
Meierling said. “This is a great way to show what our policies are. If it is not on our website, it is not our policy.”
Well those of us researching ALEC question whether all 800+ of their “policies” made it onto the webpage.
On ALEC’s anti-gay history, part of the ultraconservative history of ALEC
ALEC spokesman Bill Meierling  told The Huffington Post  …   Currently, “ALEC maintains no model policy on social issues…    “
But that doesn’t mean they haven’t in the past – the proof is in the actual ALEC document that was produced.
On the elimination of paid sick leave which was discussed in detail at the 2011 ALEC annual meeting.
“The American Legislative Exchange Council has no model policy on paid or unpaid sick leave, and we are not engaged in any educational activities around sick leave in any state,” said Bill Meierling, senior director of ALEC’s public affairs
On ALEC’s push of legislation to destroy renewable energy
Bill Meierling, a spokesman for ALEC, said the organization “maintains no model policy on climate change.”
And then there is this goodie from ALECs webpage:
The American Legislative Exchange Council does not maintain model policy
For more information, contact Bill Meierling, Senior Director of Public Affairs:
If so then  – why do they have a webpage named “Model Policy”?
There you will find lots of documents that start with “Resolution”, or end with “Act” or “Amendment”.
Or this:
“The Council does not support government mandates,” said ALEC spokesman Bill Meierling.
Then why does their webpage have documents that start with “Resolution”, or end with “Act” or “Amendment”.
Or this blanket statement
“…the American Legislative Exchange Council does not support or oppose any piece of legislation and does not lobby for the passage of model policy,” Meierling said in an email.

Seeing a pattern here????

ALEC doesn’t take responsibility for anything they facilitate.
Backing away from everything they do.
According to their Poobah of PR,
ALEC – the IT – doesn’t do anything in connection to damn near everything.
ALEC – the IT – is not responsible for the vile string of legislation that comes out of the meetings that ALEC facilitates.
ALEC – the IT – is an innocent bystander – that is responsible~~~~~for NOTHING.
ALEC didn’t do anything
ALEC isn’t doing anything
Twisting the words around anyway they can.
Twisting the words
Twisting the words  
Every day the American Legislative Exchange Council is looking more & more like a corporate nonprofit psychopath.
So why in the hell should we believe this?
Meierling insisted that ALEC does not lobby in any state.
or this
Spokesman Bill Meierling insists ALEC does not push legislation or lobby,
or this
“We really believe in transparency,” ALEC spokesman Bill Meierling 
or this
They probably call it a “pledge”
This post is written by 2old2care, and is cross-posted here from becauseican at
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