You elected them to write new laws. They’re letting corporations do it instead. | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


You elected them to write new laws. They’re letting corporations do it instead.

ach year, state lawmakers across the U.S. introduce thousands of bills dreamed up and written by corporations, industry groups and think tanks.

Disguised as the work of lawmakers, these so-called “model” bills get copied in one state Capitol after another, quietly advancing the agenda of the people who write them.

A two-year investigation by USA TODAY, The Arizona Republic? and the Center for Public Integrity reveals for the first time the extent to which special interests have infiltrated state legislatures using model legislation.

USA TODAY and the Republic found at least 10,000 bills almost entirely copied from model legislation were introduced nationwide in the past eight years, and more than 2,100 of those bills were signed into law.

The investigation examined nearly 1 million bills in all 50 states and Congress using a computer algorithm developed to detect similarities in language. That search – powered by the equivalent of 150 computers that ran nonstop for months – compared known model legislation with bills introduced by lawmakers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's face it, America's alleged "legislators" are simply bought and paid for by the corporations, which is why laws generally tend to favor them, rather than We the People.

How can this be prevented?!? For one, we need a straightforward, honest election system, with manual ballots substituted for electronic voting machines, which are, sadly universally breakable, in term of having the capability to shift votes from one candidate to another.

Secondly (and I know that this won't happen before pigs become aware that they are aerodynamic), no corporate money should be allowed in any campaign, because this gives strength and legitimacy to this fraudulent, corporate-purchased legislation.

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