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Helpful foundation mails out Absentee Ballots in Wisconsin - alyburns' (aka sideburns & alyjude) Hiding Place
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Helpful foundation mails out Absentee Ballots in Wisconsin
Americans for Prosperity was once again unveiled as one tricky group last night. AFP, one of the most recognized Tea Party groups, has a history so convoluted as to be nearly impossible to follow. See, originally, there was Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) but then they kind of broke up into two groups: FreedomWorks and, of course, Americans for Prosperity, which was funded by the infamous Koch Brothers (together, their wealth places them as the third richest people in the world). Of course, CSE was also a Koch funded/founded Tea Party organization.

And in case you forgot, the AFP is also the foundation famous for their "No Climate Change Pledge", a pledge that demands government officials promise to oppose any climate change legislation that would result in a net increase in government revenue.

Yeah, God forbid we should penalize corporations who are destroying our climate by fining them and putting that money back into the revenue column of the government's budget. We wouldn't want to actually balance the budget or lower the deficit, now would we? (Side note: As of 2010, hundreds of lawmakers and potential candidates - especially those that ran in the 2010 primaries and of course, primarily Republicans (no surprise there), have signed the pledge). Folks like Michele Bachmann was one of those who signed (but then, she is the Tea Party Caucus leader in the House), along with John Carter of Texas, Doug Lamborn of Colorado, Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia, Phil Gingrey of Georgia, Tom Price of Georgia and Tim Walberg of Michigan. Surprised? Didn't think so.

So what selfless act has AFP committed now? Well, as stated in my subject line, they decided to be very helpful in the upcoming Wisconsin Recall elections by mailing out absentee ballots/Instructions to Democratic districts, but unfortunately, the ballots had not one, but TWO pieces of misinformation!

oh dear.

Now I could explain those small, insignificant bits of incorrect information, but I'll let Stephen Colbert do it for me - he does it so much better, plus has an actual ballot.

Shocking, I tell you. Just shocking. Surprising? Not so much.

(In case the video doesn't load, go here to see it. It's hilarious - and scary)


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From: ma_aaaa Date: August 6th, 2011 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
::shakes head disbelievingly:: I'm hoping the recall election will start swaying things in the other direction here. The Republicans put fake Democratic candidates on the ballot to force a primary, to the tune of >$500K, in order to give them more time to prepare campaigns and distance themselves from what went on during the winter. Because, yes, we're all too stupid to remember what we were pissed off about. *rolls eyes*

Scott Walker is next - lawmakers have to be in office for a year before they can be recalled, so I expect things will start heating up this Fall.

WI used to be a very progressive state. Out motto is 'Forward'. Right.

Hey, how've you been, sweetie?
alyburns From: alyburns Date: August 6th, 2011 02:07 am (UTC) (Link)

I've been wondering how you felt about

what's happening there. :) And I'm doing okay. :) And I can't wait to see what happens in the Fall and I pray that the Koch brothers and their goo-gaas of money don't overwhelm the hard work everyone is doing to turn things around. Wisconsin, what happens there between August 9th and January 2012, will say a great deal about our future against the few wealthy people who have hijacked a party and yes, the government itself. :(

GO WISCONSIN!!!! You started it all by starting the first unions and fair pay for a fair day's work, so it's only fair that you have the honor of ending this danger to unions, teachers, the whole ball of wax!
fabrisse From: fabrisse Date: August 6th, 2011 01:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
The ACLU keeps sending me information about suits they have on voter registration rights. I hear something like this and I completely understand why.

Unfortunately, I'm a DC resident, so I don't have a voting representative or senator to complain to.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: August 8th, 2011 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)

but you do have a president to complain

to. *G*
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