Lawsuit Czar Proposed
The Moonbat Messiah will bring change, all right. As it stands, America’s economy has been crushed beneath a thousand tons of regulation and litigation. With Obama, it will be crushed beneath a million tons of regulation and litigation. The next nugget of hopey change: enshrining an official lawsuit czar, who will preside over the looting of the productive by the verminous locust swarm known as trial lawyers:
One thing the Obama White House doesn’t lack is czars. So far, there are or soon will be an energy czar, an economy czar, a health care czar and an urban affairs czar. There may yet be a White House car czar, and, if the class-action trial lawyers have their way — which they almost always do when the Democrats they bought and paid for are in power — there will soon be a lawsuit czar, too. The American Association for Justice (AAJ) nee American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA) was careful in its statement last week not to call explicitly for a czar. Shorn of AAJ’s rhetorical smoke, however, it’s clear a czar is exactly what AAJ has in mind with its proposed White House office to “coordinate federalism issues” throughout the executive branch.
The immediate focus of AAJ’s White House lawsuit czar would be “pre-emption.” The class-action lawyers want to make sure Obama makes good on a campaign promise to reverse the recent trend among federal regulators to pre-empt — i.e. supersede — state jurisdiction on consumer safety regulation, particularly in the areas of transportation and prescription drugs. The class-action lawyers want to be able to file 50 separate class-action suits against an alleged corporate sinner instead of just one in federal court.
The White House lawsuit czar is needed, AAJ claims, to insure “the right of Americans to hold wrongdoers accountable through the civil justice system.” Translated, AAJ knows more class-action lawsuits mean more settlements mean more fees for the attorneys. The AAJ proposal couldn’t be more ill-timed. As the Institute for Legal Reform’s Lisa Rickard said “America cannot sue its way out of this recession. More lawsuits won’t create more jobs, help consumers or rebuild America’s infrastructure.”
But if Dems had any interest in ending the recession, they would cut taxes and stop wasting hundreds of $billions on obscene pork packages. On the contrary, they are deliberately worsening the recession, in hopes of achieving a depression, which will greatly facilitate their socialist power grab. A federally encouraged feeding frenzy by ambulance chasers will be helpful in this regard.
On a tip from Wiggins. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.