It’s probable that the name Grover Norquist means very little to the vast majority of persons who will vote in this year’s general election. But I can assure our readers that the GOP candidates for the U.S. Senate know this man very well. Norquist operates under the banner of “Americans for Tax Reform,” But his mission has been and currently is in an arena that has little to do with “taxes.” Norquist has been a leader in the efforts to destroy the civil justice system and specifically to do away with the American jury system. He has had the financial support of the Koch brothers and other anti-consumer persons and groups. Norquist has done a masterful job of deceiving the American people, including the news media, about such things as governmental regulation and the litigation climate in the U.S.
The election of GOP candidates for the U.S. Senate is a top priority for Norquist and his allies. It was reported that republicans are already starting to focus on what they could accomplish through a “budget reconciliation process” next year if they win a majority of the U.S. Senate in November’s midterm elections. The “budget reconciliation” is filibuster-proof and could be used to enact a great deal of anti-consumer legislation. Norquist has given warning that Republicans are making plans to use reconciliation to make changes in the civil justice system and to pass legislation to further weaken consumer rights.
As I have mentioned in previous issues, Public Citizen is a group that has done a very good job of defending the civil justice system. Public Citizen has fought very hard for a viable and independent court system. The consumer advocacy group said recently that events over the past few months underscore how vital our civil justice system is – and how Big Business’s pervasive, ongoing efforts are determined to undermine it. Consider these events and there are many more:
Most Americans believe access to justice to be extremely important. Unfortunately, many of them haven’t realized how intense the attacks on the system have been. Neither do they fully understand how important the courts really are until they need the system. The sad truth is that the federal government does a very poor job of regulation insofar as safety issues are concerned. That makes the court system even more important. We know from our experience in litigation involving the automobile, drug and other industries, that the government’s regulation is grossly inadequate.
Greed in Corporate America has caused consumer rights to be put in severe jeopardy. The consequences of allowing corporations to put profits over people have been quite apparent. Public Citizen needs our help to ensure consumers’ rights are represented in Congress and before the courts across the land. We can’t sit back and depend on others to fight our battles.
Contact us today for a free legal consultation with an experienced attorney.
Fields marked *may be required for submission.
If you would like to subscribe to the Jere Beasley Report digital edition, simply visit our Subscriptions page and provide the necessary information or call us at 800-898-2034.
Attorney Advertising - Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.