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Think tanks we’d like to see in 2013

By Laurie Bennett

December 4, 2012 at 9:34am
Tina Fey
Tina Fey

Tina Fey delivered a good line at the Kennedy Center honors Sunday.

“David Letterman,” she said, “is a professor emeritus at the Here’s Some More Rope Institute.”

Which got us to thinking: What idea factories have been overlooked in the proliferation of think tanks in Washington and across the country?

We came up with a few:

The Institute for Freedom from Facts - A nonpartisan organization.

The Center for Grover Norquist Klout Score Analysis

Nate Silver Watch - Basically just a web cam, a panel of naysayers from Fox and Politico, and an auto-refreshing browser window pointed at FiveThirtyEight.

The Reddit Foundation for Global Anarchy

The Anti-United Nations Consortium - Unlike the Reddit Foundation, this one would never work. None of the think tanks opposing the UN believe in top-down governance.

The Center for Meme Definition for Internet Users over Age 50

The Global Warming Denial Society - Putting their money where their mouths are, based in a new high rise on the shores of Staten Island.

The Trump Fund for the Gutting of Red Herrings

The Republican Revisionist Institution - Viewing all things through a Reagan prism.

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Truth in Twitter Watch - Advocating criminal sanctions for tweeps who maliciously lie during disasters and national emergencies.

The Six-Syllable Institute - Dedicated to the study of isms.

CELA - The reverse of ALEC, it seeks to impose federal policy on local and state governments.

The STFU Media Critics Institute - Not based in academia or RNC headquarters.

The Government Integrity Foundation - There is already a Government Integrity Fund. But the new group would have integrity.

The Survival of the Fittest Center for the End of All Public Policy - Already exists, under several different names. But let’s call a spade a bloody shovel.

The Rich Guys Funding “Grassroots” Efforts for Deregulation Institute - See above.

It goes without saying that the Muckety map below shows none of our suggested institutions. Instead it illustrates a few of the many connections between conservative think tanks in America.

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