Monday, November 20th, 2017

Bruce Murphy is going to have his conspiracy theorist secret decoder ring taken away


Milwaukee Magazine’s Bruce Murphy took a look this week at the supposed pervasive influence of the American Legislative Exchange Council and finds the conspiracy theories a little hollow. Unfortunately for those who are ready to believe ALEC meetings are the state-level equivalent of meetings of the Tri-Lateral Commission, many of the policies of presumed ALEC origin actually have rather identifiable sources elsewhere.

But whatever ALEC’s impact, when it comes to Walker’s key anti-union bill, I wouldn’t overlook the impact of his experience dealing with county labor unions during his eight years as Milwaukee County Executive. Or the influence of his labor expert Greg Gracz. The idea that Walker and company are simply mindless corporate puppets may be an effective way to stoke the rage of liberals, but that doesn’t mean it’s true.

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