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LIBERAL TALKING HEADS AND BIRD CAGE LINERS
By Keith Allison, D.Dn.
Have you ever noticed how members of the so-called main line media find that solutions to government related problems are best solved on the public�s collective back? And unfortunately, those solutions routinely manifest themselves in the form of new or higher taxes, or new restrictions on our inherent freedoms and liberty; all while allowing the abuse of government power to continue unabated.
One of the latest high profile media circus events is the movement to limit jury awards for medical mal-practice cases. According to our purveyors of infinite wisdom, limiting the amount of money a victim of medical incompetence may expect to receive from a jury, will automatically lower the cost of healthcare by lowering doctor�s malpractice insurance premiums. Anyone who believes these vendors of pondefication, needs to sign up for a government sponsored mandatory mental health examination. Paying heed to such rhetoric is the equivalent of believing governments spiel when they claimed that mandatory seat belt laws would reduce the cost of automobile insurance. Even though I�ve never had an accident, and I haven�t received a traffic ticket in several years, the cost of my insurance has continued in an unabated upward spiral despite having to wear a seat belt.
One of the latest pieces of liberal lunacy I�ve run across is being espoused by Washington State Attorney General candidate Mike Vaska, and apparently supported by the editorial board of The Yakima Herald-Republic. According to the Herald-Republic�s editorial board, Mr. Vaska has stated, �In recent years, some of the plaintiff attorneys in the state seem to have learned a certain code to follow when they pursue lawsuits against state agencies and they have been successful.� He further stated, �The key to changing that code is defeating the strategies that plaintiff attorneys use in suing state agencies.� The editorial goes on to point out that tax dollars pay for public employee crimes and misdemeanors, and they�re absolutely right on that count. According to the editorial, Washington State has apparently become a litigation El Dorado where government wrongdoing is concerned. They say that such litigation �costs a taxpaying family of four $120.00 out of the current budget to defend the state in court, and within the next 10 years, that figure will reach $1,500.00.� However, is limiting the damages a plaintiff may receive as compensation for official misconduct the appropriate remedy for this ever-increasing malady? I don�t believe so.
Although I seriously doubt that our mentally impaired liberal strategists will agree with my answer to their perception of the public being unfairly compensated for government�s ubiquitous problem of official misconduct, I believer there is a better solution to the problem at hand. What do you think would happen if the public demanded that public employees be held officially and personally accountable for their actions? Shouldn�t we, as the employers of these recalcitrant miscreants, treat them according to the same legal standards we are held? After all, why should our government employees be held to a lesser standard of acceptable behavior than we? Doesn�t it seem appropriate to abolish laws that exempt public employees from punishment for their actions, even if they were �actions taken in good faith?� Under the premise of good faith actions, judges, politicians and bureaucrats have been breaching the public trust for centuries; even to the point of believing they may commit treasonous acts with impunity. Knowledge is the key that unlocks the shackles of bondage.
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Keith Allison is a Viet Nam era veteran, freelance writer, a para-legal, and hold a doctorate degree in denturitry (making and fitting false teeth) and a doctorate in dental technology from Honolulu University. My work has been published in The Patriotist, The Idaho Observer, MichNews.com and Sierra Times. I reside in the West Valley area of Yakima, Washington (apple country) and spend what idle time I have playing golf, and hunting or fishing in the mountains above my home. E-Mail: Raptor@nwinfo.net
Although I seriously doubt that
our mentally impaired liberal strategists will agree with my answer to
their perception of the public being unfairly compensated for government�s
ubiquitous problem of official misconduct, I believer there is a better
solution to the problem at hand.