October 29, 2010
No crony capitalism here, boss!
Talk about a steaming load.
Lots of people are aware of Arizona's tough and controversial anti-immigration bill. NPR yesterday morning had an interesting feature about what REALLY went on behind the scenes.
It turns out a private, for profit corporation, Corrections Corporation of America, sees locking up immigrants as a potential growing new "market" for their business. CCA types and sympathetic politicians hooked up at a meeting of the conservative legislative group ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) and drew up a model bill. CCA and allied groups also provided campaign contributions to most of the sponsors.
The idea was that the immigrants to be locked up by the new law would be detained at a private prison run by CCA.
It's just business. And perfectly legal.
It does kind of make one wonder, however, what the next stunt to increase market share might be...
SPEAKING OF STEAMING LOADS, here's a piece on Wall Street's effort to shift the blame for the economic meltdown to poor people.
BALLOT INITIATIVES. Here's a look at a few that are on the menu around the country. I'm so glad WV doesn't do this stuff.
LOOKING AHEAD. Here's one gloomy prognostication.
HEALTH CARE REFORM. WV Senator Jay Rockefeller was a champion of health care reform and he's not running away from it now.
EARLY HUMANS may have hit the road earlier than had previously been thought.
NATURE RED IN TOOTH AND CLAW DEPARTMENT. Assassin bugs have a neat trick for making a meal of spiders.
GOAT ROPE ADVISORY LEVEL: ELEVATED