Friends of ALEC Open Thread


Promoting this Infrastructure bill item to its own thread so it doesn’t get buried by David Cohen’s matched 45s. Keep Calm and Carry On.

Since I posted this last night, Chuck McGrady and Nathan Ramsey have signed on as co-sponsors to Rep. Moffitt’s Infrastructure bill.

WOW! That was unexpected!


  1. Daniel Hopkins says:

    That David Cohen. Isn’t he a genius?

  2. TJ says:

    You ARE kidding, right Tom?!

    “Keep calm and carry on,” I mean.

    Too bad we can’t get a flash mob together in the same room when they discuss/vote on this!

  3. Ascend of Asheville says:

    So it turns out that the threat to Asheville’s water system and the heinous treatment of cities across NC was really only the beginning after all.
    And there really is a movement afoot to put a Southern Industrial Oligarchy in charge of the whole place, and they are even setting up a special bank to oversee the transfer of public funds into private hands.
    That is some real hard ball shit, that is.

    Somebody put in a call to Neville Chamberlain the NC Democratic Party. Maybe they can appease themselves back into power. Not.

  4. Ascend of Asheville says:

    Paraphrasing Scalia:

    “Now, I don’t think that’s attributable to the fact that it is so much clearer now that we need this. I think it is attributable, very likely attributable, to a phenomenon that is called perpetuation of corporate entitlement. It’s been written about. Whenever a society adopts corporate entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes.”
    “I don’t think there is anything to be gained by any state legislator to vote against continuation of this activity. And I am fairly confident it will be reenacted in perpetuity unless — unless a court can say it does not comport with the Constitution. You have to show, when you are treating corporate citizens differently, that there’s a good reason for it.”

  5. Ascend of Asheville says:

    This seems like a likely place to put this link:


    Absolute bullshit, if you ask me. This is what passes for political reporting in Asheville. No wonder we are losing the battle for our democracy. With this kind of incisive journalism we can’t help but be a fully owned subsidiary of WalMart any freaking time now.

    Oh look! Bipartisan! Yippee!

  6. Tom Sullivan says:

    All Moffitt and Brawley want from this commission is to privatize public assets for fun and private profit.

    Biff Tannen: Oh, McFly, your shoe’s untied.
    [jabs his finger up to George’s face]
    Biff Tannen: Don’t be so gullible, McFly.

    How’s about a foreign-run toll road, like Indiana‘s, McFly?

  7. Davyne Dial says:

    “Absolute bullshit, if you ask me. This is what passes for political reporting in Asheville. No wonder we are losing the battle for our democracy.”

    And yet that reporter would probably be the last to own up to their part in the demise. How far we have fallen.

  8. “That reporter” has always had serious blinders on about the threat of privatization. Whatever the supposed merits of a “Legislative Oversight Commission”, you can’t ignore that it’s geared towards leveraging private money into funding public infrastructure, and that was before Tim Moffitt embraced it.

    One other thing this reveals is that it’s not just Republicans who favor privatization. So, this is a “bipartisan” bill? Yay!! That’ll make it easier to swallow when you have to pay someone in Australia to drive on the highway that leads from your house to your job, or you have to pay someone in France to drink a glass of water that flows out of the mountains behind your house.

  9. Meanwhile, Florida Republicans are using the fake Blueprint NC story as a smokescreen to cover their own internal battles, and call for uniting against some phony Democratic attack machine.

    Florida Republicans have a battle brewing in their tent

    TALLAHASSEE – Lenny Curry picked a good time to call a trick play.

    As chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, he has a problem: His boss, Gov. Rick Scott, is attempting to save his political skin by embracing the very policy he entered national politics attempting to defeat: Obamacare.

    So this week, Curry used a strategy memo by an obscure North Carolina group to launch a call for “civility” in politics — and to try and turn attention away from the upheaval in his own house.

  10. Tom Sullivan says:

    “How do you hold forests in common, when every other force around you is trying to get you to privatize?” — A Fierce Green Fire