by Max Brantley
Work by acolytes of the American Legislative Exchange Council — the Koch-funded lobby for corporatism — is instructive wherever it occurs because ALEC foot soldiers are prominent in the extremist Arkansas Republican legislative contingent hoping to take control of the legislature.
ALEC-written bills are already a fact of Arkansas life. ALEC staff has even been brought to testify for Arkansas legislators' efforts.
So check out Joe Nocera on what happens when an ALECite takes his strangle-government theology to the city level in Rhode Island. Falsely using public employees as a cover, he can wrest control of a near-bankrupt city from elected officials and punish not only public workers but the public with a loss of important services.
There is no free lunch. Slash taxes and services — schools, colleges, prisons, nursing homes — follow.