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Apr 21 2017

Lindsey Graham, Trial Lawyers’ Poodle

Under our insane and grotesquely unjust system of jackpot justice, individuals, businesses, and even whole industries can be looted to the point of ruin out of sheer sociopathic greed, like the victims of pirates or Vikings in the days of yore. As a consequence, we live in terror of being sued, making life less free and less fun than it once was. The reason this intolerable situation is not resolved through tort reform is that the never-ending looting spree has allowed trial lawyers to acquire vast sums of other people’s money, which they have used to purchase the Democrat Party — but not only the Democrat Party:

It’s good to be a Senator, especially if you are a Republican who is the most important opponent of tort reform on Capitol Hill. Witness the largesse that the plaintiffs bar is bestowing on South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham in its moment of maximum political peril.

On Thursday Mr. Graham was feted in Houston at a fundraiser hosted by Mark Lanier, who can afford it. The Lanier Law Firm has vacuumed up some $13 billion in tort verdicts over the years from Vioxx to asbestos. The invitation asks Mr. Lanier’s tort comrades to share their wealth to the tune of $500 to $5,400 for “Team Graham.”

Here’s why they shovel their ill-gotten lucre at Grahamnesty:

He’s long fought tort reform, and his legal friends have rewarded him with some $3.7 million over his 24-year Senate career.

The time has come for another round of payoffs; then they will call in their chits.

The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act would crack down on trial-attorney fees that are many times larger than the payout to the class of litigants they represent. The Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency Act would require the nation’s 60-some asbestos trusts to provide courts the records of trust payouts. This would reduce the plaintiffs bar practice of “double dipping”—secretly raiding the trusts while also pursuing claims via lawsuits. In court they claim the company they’re suing caused asbestos disease, but to the trusts they blame the defunct company financing the trust.

The purpose of a certain class of politicians is to keep corruption safe by stopping bills like these — for a cut.

Senator Graham is on the Judiciary Committee where Republicans hold a mere 11-9 majority. His defection on any tort bill would result in a tie that could kill it.

That makes Graham worth big bucks to the trial lawyers. How much he is worth to his constituents is another question. But money buys advertising, which moves the herd in the desired direction on election day.

Graham is yet another reason to repeal the 17th Amendment. He was meant to represent South Carolina as a political entity, not trial lawyers.

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  • MAS

    As usual…follow the money and you will find the corruption.

  • Wilberforce

    “Graham is yet another reason to repeal the 17th Amendment.”

    AMEN!!!

  • Jester
  • 762×51

    Graham is the quintessential Retardlican Progressive 5th column enemy operative, just like his butt buddy John McCain, Paul RyanO and of course Mitch “the Turtle” McConnell and many more. These Retardlican filth are worse than the D flavored Progressives who they work with against you. AT least scum like Obama, Schumer, Piglosi, et al are honest about which side they are on, but not these vermin.

    Then there are the rodents who support them and work to ensure their re-election, providing propaganda cover for their immoral and illegal acts against the American public.

  • Giorgio Palmas

    I always imagined this creepy, femmy doughboy as a Boy Scout master in those shorts with the white legs who had a bag of candy for late night “calisthetics”.

  • Agrippa

    So sick of this complete a’hole — please, South Carolina, get rid of this piece of shit (or rue the day you put him back in office, yet again).

  • Tom

    I live in SC; and here, of course, winning the Republican primary just about guarantees your election. Graham had 3 primary opponents in 2014 who split the vote and gave him the Republican primary, and so…

    Lots of us are hoping for a primary challenge from Nikki Haley or Mick Mulvaney in 2020…but we are stuck with him till then.

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