Monday, September 12, 2016

Corporate Lead, State House Pre Emption of Local Communities

As the Slate article linked below makes clear, one of the most productive methods of current corporate influence is now the use of state legislatures to keep cities, towns and counties away from laws that might cost Big Money lower profits. An organization called the American Legislative Exchange Council (or ALEC) all but dictates the business agenda desired by Big Money, and the, usually, Republican controlled state houses jump to it.

Commercialized Democracy in action.

The Shackling of the American City

Local governments want to set their own minimum wages, gun laws, and smoking bans. And statehouses have methodically stripped away their powers to do so.