In a Nation article right after the 2004 election, scholar James Galbraith denounced the long lines in Ohio
that prevented so many people from voting. "It is an injustice, an
outrage and a scandal--a crime, really--that American citizens should
have to wait for hours in the November rain in order to exercise the
simple right to vote."
Some court decisions come to the right result for the wrong reasons. Today's Supreme Court decision in DaimlerChrysler v. Cuno is a perfect example. The case involved whether states could offer certain corporate subsidies to entice businesses to open plants. The corporate subsidies involved are terrible policy, but it's just as well that the Supreme Court, especially this increasingly rightwing one, isn't taking on the job of second-guessing economic decisions by state leaders.
The Cleveland Free Times takes a long, hard look at the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) operating methods in Ohio. As usual, it ain't pretty. The right-wing, corporate-funded network of state legislators is exposed quite thoroughly.
The Cleveland Free Times takes a long, hard look at ALEC's operating methods. As usual, it ain't pretty.
In 1994 marketing materials, ALEC billed itself as "a genuine opportunity for American business to achieve greater public policy effectiveness."
In an arrangement not unlike "ladies night" at a bar, ALEC's 2,400 "legislator members" pay a nominal $25 in annual dues. Major corporations, however, shell out between $5,000 and $50,000 for a seat at the table.
While Ohio and a few other states have established statewide
voucher systems, the voucher movement has generally been moving forward
more incrementally through privately-managed charter schools and what
are known as "virtual charter schools", online teaching programs
combining aspects of home schooling with corporate privatization.
Fully aware that their anti-worker policies are anathema to most
Americans, corporate conservatives often posture and position
themselves on worker issues to avoid bearing the full brunt of the
backlash from their noxious positions and to try to fix blame on their
opponents, who really are working for the common interest.
Fully aware that their anti-worker policies are anathema to most Americans, corporate conservatives often posture and position themselves on worker issues to avoid bearing the full brunt of the backlash from their noxious positions and to try to fix blame on their opponents, who really are working for the common interest.
There is probably no better example of this toxic behavior than what is happening in Ohio.
State governments offer businesses tens of billions in tax incentives
each year to invest in their states-- corporate subsidies that many
advocates see as wasteful giveways but that others see as a lifeline for their communities.
North Carolina was the first state to pass a law reining in shady
predatory lending practices, such as steep prepayment penalties,
balloon payments and the sale of high-cost loans to borrowers who could
qualify for lower rates. Soon a number of other states followed with
similar laws and the result, according to a new study, is that homeowners now save $9.1 billion per year.