Oct 17, 2012
Dear Center for Media and Democracy,
First, just what “industrialized nations would expect a presidential candidate to indicate his top choice for a position as significant as Secretary of the Treasury prior to the election”. Sounds kind of like the “trust me, I know what I’m doing” ad nauseum at tonight’s “debate”.
Next up in importance: it seems to us that since Geithner has said he’s leaving anyway, just what is the point of your throwing him to the dogs? The right wing might try to use him as a scape-goat for the economic issues that have remained long after Bush left office. They’re not having much success (according to polls taken before tonight’s debate) going after Obama on the economy, and you are suggesting that Geithner should be a distraction.
We agree with your view about Geithner being one of those who caused the problem(s), and we think that Obama made a crappy choice in selecting him as Secretary of the Treasury. That being said, is now the time to fuel the fires of the right by agreeing with them on a position they have long held – on the eve of an important election. Seems kind of political for a 501(c)(3) doesn’t it? I mean calling for a particular kind of person to be appointed to such a posting?
But most importantly to us is why an organization as responsible as CMD can be even going down this track? When as leaders of the movement to expose ALEC you are worrying about why any political candidate would make the future choice of a Congressionally-approved post, there is something really wrong.
Why are you not asking how many ALEC members and neocons will be on Romney’s cabinet? Why are you not thinking about how ALEC will prosper under another republican administration? Think how ALEC flourished under the Reagan and Bushs’ administrations–to the point of being a virtual partner in the government under Reagan. And after your own Brendan Frazier’s report on ALEC, Heritage, and the House Republican Study Group…how the heck can you be thinking about who will replace Geithner? ALEC. Heritage. RSC. Weyrich. What are you missing here CMD?
Who knows, would Tommy Thompson have another cabinet post under Romney? Or Donald Rumsfeld? Perhaps Victor Schwarz for Attorney General? Jack Kingston for HHS. Joe “you lie” Wilson; Mary Kiffmeyer; Spencer Bacchus, John Boehner… Neocons like John Bolton are already advising Romney on foreign Policy. Sure, let’s bring on another war, Iran and/or Syria—we’re still paying for the last ones.
Who is going to create and administer “austerity budgets”? We’re the ones who are going to get wiped up by this…this…Kochtopus. Austerity budgets are certainly winning the hearts and minds of Europeans right now, with ALEC–the legislative arm for the entire world’s 1% in America and increasingly in other countries.
We know Lisa Graves. We’ve been in sporadic communication and cooperation about our research re ALEC and transparency for almost 18 months. She is dedicated to exposing and eliminating ALEC. Watch her on videos on the VLTPVideoChannel. IMHO, she is the face of the “expose ALEC” community. She took the information from Cincinnati, organized it carefully, and created ALECexposed.org. She didn’t just dump the info as others have. I cannot believe that she approved this article for publication.
CMD–and others–what have you done with Lisa Graves? We cannont believe that she approved this article for publication.