Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Two wrongs make a class-action "right"

The biggest problem with a justice system based on class action lawsuits is that they often do not make sense.

Take the present Black farmer/Indian money compensation package that is moving through Congress.

I personally think that it is terrible that any black farmer was denied loans or other USDA assistance in the past. And it is equally terrible that American Indians were denied royalties they were owed.

But I did not practice discrimination and I did not benefit from either of these past egregious activities -- so why should I pay?

What is more, any government compensation for these past acts is paid by all taxpayers -- which includes blacks and Indians. How can that be fair?

Wouldn't it be more logical to track down those government officials and punish them form being racist or from illegally profiting from their government positions?

Yes, it would. But it would be much more difficult and there would be no money in it for the class-action lawyers because most of those people who committed the actual crimes are dead.

And that course of action violates the basic premise of class-action lawsuits -- don't waste time on those who have no money to pay.

So this solution, soak the taxpayers for something they did not do is a great example of class-action justice -- and how it is a good deal for just one group -- lawyers.


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