Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Gop Tobacco Two-step

Gop Tobacco Two-step
by Robert A. Levy

Robert A. Levy is a Cato Institute senior fellow. His book "Shakedown: How Corporations, Government and Trial Lawyers Abuse the Judicial Process" is out next month.

Republicans love to criticize judicial shakedowns — using the court system to redistribute income from unpopular industries to "more deserving" plaintiffs. So why has a Republican-run Justice Department embraced the mother of all baseless lawsuits — the crusade against tobacco? If ever there were an appalling example of government's addiction to litigation (and a waste of $136 million in taxpayer money as the trial began), this lawsuit is it.

Basically, the executive branch is trying to bypass Congress and legislate via the courts — a tactic the Bush administration denounces whenever it's used by the reviled trial lawyers.



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