To the Editor-
American Legislative Exchange Council. Burn this into your brain (ALEC) this is who controls you in this state. They write your laws, they buy your politicians, they own you. You can start calling them master.
ALEC decides who has freedom of speech. Tia Nelson, Gaylord Nelson’s daughter, the founder of Earth Day has been told she can’t’ talk about climate change. (She is on the board of Commissioners of Public Lands). The Solidarity Singers, little old ladies singing in the Capitol Rotunda, have been arrested, put in handcuffs and dragged into court.
ALEC decides what laws are passed. When public hearings were held over the so called Right to Work law more than 1700 people testified against it including hundreds of business people. 25 lobbyists for ALEC and other moneyed, out of state interests spoke in favor of it and the bill passed.
With guidance from ALEC, Walker wants to destroy service programs for the elderly and disabled including Senior Care’s drug program. ADRC centers like the Lincoln Center will be closed. Home Health Care will be dismantled and given over to a private insurance company from out of state with a no bid contract. Many elderly and disabled people will be forced into nursing homes and some will simply become homeless.
Many programs for elderly and disabled in other states are modeled after ours, which were developed over 4 years under the Thompson (Republican) administration. These programs are cost effective. This dismantling will not save any money. In Kansas, their similar program was dismantled and cost the state $200,000,000 more. Now the insurance company running it wants another $50,000,000 or they will end services. ALEC’s plan for elderly and disabled Wisconsinites is like the failed plan in Kansas, also written by moneyed out of state interests.
So meet your new master, ALEC for short get to know him, he’s going to take away your voice, your health care, your environment, your education and your jobs.
Dennis Zylkowski, Stevens Point