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Tort Reform

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Conservatives routinely blame trial lawyers (a historically Democratically leaning group) for all matter of economic woes from rising medical costs (see Health Care), for everything that goes wrong in the civil court system and more. Trial lawyers are accused of being the litigious bad conscience of America.

The reality, of course, is different (conservatives often have trouble with reality because the Bush Administration is not part of The Reality-Based Community). For example:

Tort reform also presents an interesting test case for conservatives' oft-stated views on federalism. Conservatives profess to believe in states' rights, and they generally decry the expansion of the powers of the federal government vis-a-vis the states. In the case of tort reform, however, their current ascendancy in Congress gives them the opportunity to implement a policy that has been accepted by some states but rejected by others. Hence, they have the opportunity to achieve their goal of shielding their wealthy donors from being held accountable for negligence, but they can do so only by disregarding one of their core principles. Most conservatives have chosen expedience over principle and have supported sweeping federal legislation in an area that has traditionally been left to the states.

External Links

Washington Monthly (Tort Reform Myths).

National Review Online (a pro-tort reformer's summary of the results in 2004 on ballot issues and judicial races which were definitely bad for progressives).

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This page was last modified 21:35, 19 May 2009 by Chad Lupkes. Based on work by Andrew Oh-Willeke and dKosopedia user(s) Jim Lane, MH in PA and Acrapo. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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