The Business of Alito

While the debate over Samuel Alito revolves, once again, over the issue(?) of abortion (a decision that has been so eviscerated by various state legislatures that it is no longer recognizable) and social conservatives rally to his side on this non-issue- the true breadth of the thievery that he will bring to the Supreme Court goes undiscussed- namely, his love of, and fidelity to, big business to the detriment of individuals.

One need not go far to see the smokescreen that has become so popular with the radical right and the manner in which they deal with their "socially conservative" brethren when the choice becomes one of "Morals" vs. "Money".

The New York Times in "Court Nominee Has Paper Trail Businesses Like" (registration may be required, quotes are contained herein, and additional links to other sources regarding this point are set out below) reports:
Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. has reliably favored big-business litigants as he has pushed the federal appeals court in Philadelphia in a conservative direction... His extensive paper trail of 15 years of opinions reveals a jurist deeply skeptical of claims against large corporations. A review of dozens of business cases in which Judge Alito has written majority or dissenting opinions or cast the decisive vote shows that, with few exceptions, he has sided with employers over employees in discrimination lawsuits and in favor of corporations over investors in securities fraud cases... The judge's reputation over the last 15 years was such that corporate lawyers relished the prospect of his participation in cases, while plaintiff's lawyers hoped to avoid him...

Backs it up with nice quotes:
"We're always happy to see Judge Alito on the panel," said Robert C. Heim, the head of the litigation department at Dechert, a large law firm based in Philadelphia that represents some of the nation's largest corporations, typically facing accusations of antitrust, securities or corporate law violations..."

And guides the reader to other sources to prove the point:
Officials at the National Association of Manufacturers and the United States Chamber of Commerce said that as they combed through his record, they had been favorably impressed with what they had learned...

The Times also offers the other side of the coin (so to speak):
Lawyers for organizations often on the other end of lawsuits involving businesses are alarmed about Judge Alito's record... "We're concerned, based on his record, about what his appointment would mean for access to the courts by the people we represent," said Glenn Sugameli, senior litigation counsel at Earthjustice, a law firm that represents environmental groups and individuals seeking enforcement of environmental laws. "We're also concerned, based on his record, that his interpretation of the Commerce Clause threatens the enforcement of such laws as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act."

For all the readers who despise the Times as a "left-leaning, liberal mouthpiece", BusinessWeek Online offers:
But one group is breathing a big sigh of relief: Corporate America. Of the dozen or so names on Bush's rumored short list of high court candidates, Alito ranked near the top for the boardroom set...In the 800-plus opinions he has penned during his 15 years as a federal judge, Alito consistently has come down on the side of limiting corporate liability, limiting employee rights, and limiting federal regulation.

To get a further understanding of the dance between the "conservatives" in Washington, their voting base (social conservatives), and the ultimate winners (big business), "Bankruptcy, Business, and Christians" (AmeriPundit-contains links) offers up a view. One can also link directly to "Business, Christian groups pose dilemma for DeLay" (The Hill), and "Christian lawyers say bill, Bible don't mesh" (the Des Moines Register).

In this time of video over reading, to obtain a better understanding of what is going on, please refer to "Troy" (the DVD can be rented, purchased, and comes with many subscriptions to cable). Have a party and play games as it is being shown. A good game is, "Who Are You?"

Participants only need to identify with the shining city, the wooden horse, or the army contained within the horse. At the end, the only winners are those that haven't died during the party AND have enslaved the survivors of the battle. The King(s) sitting far away from the bloody battles are the ultimate winners and take everything.

The only problem with the game is that we all know that if you're reading this, you're not a King.

Kings have servants for that task.


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