A guide to the Koch-funded propaganda...

A guide to the Koch-funded propaganda about rich states and poor states

Posted in the Minneapolis Forum

Since: Apr 12

St. Paul, MN

#1 Apr 18, 2014
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is slated to roll out its annual "Rich States, Poor States" publication this week. The document, whose lead author is economist Arthur Laffer, is sold to the press as an objective, academic measure of state economic performance, but should instead be viewed more as a lobby scorecard ranking states on the adoption of extreme ALEC policies that have little or nothing to do with economic outcomes. This year, leaked documents revealed that the report is directly funded by the Kochs, on top of longstanding Koch support for ALEC itself.

Until recently, little information was available about the funders of Rich States, Poor States, but tucked in a cache of ALEC internal documents obtained by the Guardian in December was a spreadsheet (PDF pg. 40) that showed for the first time that Rich States, Poor States is funded by the Kochs' Claude Lambe Foundation, as well as the Searle Freedom Trust.[Ö]

Greg LeRoy, executive director of Good Jobs First in Washington, D.C., told theMilwaukee Journal Sentinel that Laffer's report evaluates and rewards states that are suppressing wages and moving their tax burden from the rich to the poor. "This is all about regressivity," LeRoy said. The non-partisan, non-profit resource centers Good Jobs First and the Iowa Policy Project issued a report in 2013 which took apart Rich States, Poor States on methodological grounds. Their analysis criticized Rich States, Poor States for its "primitive approaches" and for ignoring decades of academic peer-reviewed studies on economic development.

Moreover, the 2013 Rich States Poor States appeared highly politicized, ranking Scott Walker's Wisconsin 15th in the nation at a time the state was ranked 44th for new job creation by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Laffer and his colleagues, which included Stephen Moore (formerly of the Wall Street Journal, now at the Heritage Foundation), seem intent on rewarding Republican governors who pursue austerity agendas even if that agenda hurts economic growth. Wisconsinís Governor Scott Walker is a former ALEC member who signed 19 ALEC bills into law in his first two years in office, slashed government spending and eviscerated state unions prompting mass protests in February 2011.
The Truth

Minneapolis, MN

#2 May 8, 2014
It is staggering how much money the Koch brothers are spending to try to force their views on America.

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#3 May 8, 2014
Good thing there are no rich people in Congress or the Whitehouse. Whew!
Common Sense

Minneapolis, MN

#4 May 8, 2014
I don't believe there are ANY members of Congress with the wealth that the Koch Brothers possess, and the President is scarcely what I'd call "rich".

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#5 May 8, 2014
Common Sense wrote:
I don't believe there are ANY members of Congress with the wealth that the Koch Brothers possess, and the President is scarcely what I'd call "rich".
There are superwealthy people spending oodles of money trying to get the rest of the world to come over to their side.
Obama's net worth is over 12 million dollars. You don't call that rich?
Pelosi, upwwards of 100 million.
Boehner, over 5 million.
Reid, over 5 million.
Paul Ryan almost 8 million.

Half of the members of congress have a net worth of over 1 million dollars. None of these people gives a rats rump about you or the rest of the middle class or anyone else but themselves. It doesn't matter what "party" they support. Their number one goal is to get richer.

Wake up.

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#6 May 8, 2014
The Truth wrote:
It is staggering how much money the Koch brothers are spending to try to force their views on America.
It's staggering how much money Michael Bloomberd has spent to try and force his views on America. And how much he spent to actually force his views on New York. A lot of people with a lot of money are trying to force their own version of utopia on America.

Pay attention.

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#7 May 8, 2014
Sorry, Michael Bloomberg, not Bloomberd.

Since: Apr 12

St. Paul, MN

#8 May 9, 2014
cantmakeitup wrote:
<quoted text>
It's staggering how much money Michael Bloomberd has spent to try and force his views on America. And how much he spent to actually force his views on New York. A lot of people with a lot of money are trying to force their own version of utopia on America.
Pay attention.
Small potatoes compared to what a small group of right wingers are spending.

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#9 May 11, 2014
griddy wrote:
<quoted text>
Small potatoes compared to what a small group of right wingers are spending.
Small group of right wingers, small group of left wingers, no difference. And their goals are no different either. Control. And the result will be pretty much the same either way.

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#10 May 13, 2014
griddy wrote:
<quoted text>
Small potatoes compared to what a small group of right wingers are spending.
Wait, what? A single uber-wealthy progressive giving money to a progressive cause? How can that be? I thought there were no uber-wealthy progressives.

Warren Buffett has given $1.2 billion to abortion groups

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/05/13/war...

Lose the partisan prejudice and pay attention to what's going on in the world. Not what huffpost, the dnc, and alternet tell you.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Minneapolis Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Senator Hopes Trump Assassinated 34 min TAAM 24
Did Daley Crockett and his BLM visit Mayor's of... 4 hr Oak Tree 6
News Global warming 'undeniable,' scientists say (Jul '10) 11 hr Galt 37,271
News Roseville Dairy Queen makes annual list of '10 ... (May '10) Sat Jim_M 34
Fox news sold out and is fake news now Sat Space ace 5
Get Out of Jackson, Wyoming! Aug 18 Tim Shey 1
All these big mouth white boys who never fought... Aug 18 Davycrockett 7

Minneapolis Jobs

More from around the web

Personal Finance

Minneapolis Mortgages