I have to admit that Deer makes his points well, but I'm back to the issue of the thread. This wasn't really suppose to be political, but how can it help but not be. Deer, I am a registered Republican.....and my comments are nonpartisan....just wanted you to know that. My job requires me to know what is going on in law, politics and current events as I interview attorneys for a living. I have stories that would raise the hair on your back -- are there any politicians who are not corrupt (and that includes judges, as well -- I've known a few good men/women but not nearly enough)? That is what troubles me most.
The media blitz on "trial attorneys" and how money mongering they are makes me sick every time I hear it because it is only the defense bar that kisses the patuties of big business and they are well paid for that. Not that there aren't some decent defense lawyers, but the "plaintiffs' bar" is made up of the some really good lawyers and I might add hardworking, because they have to prove their cases and that's a lot harder than defending; I know this from personal experience involving 20 years working on both sides...those advocates, those trial lawyers, invest their own money in trying to win cases for the people who can't afford to hire lawyers....not like big business. Sure, if they win big (which is really hard since tort reform), they can get rich....but in so doing, their biggest reward is usually not the money -- it is the delight in helping someone who needs help badly and knowing justice was served. There are bad apples in every barrel, and there are bad Plaintiff's attorneys, too, but I sure have met and known more good than bad. I'm not down on defense attorneys, don't get me wrong. The hard part of their job is reconciling in their heart of hearts how to remain ethical and do good work for their clients (big business). What a state we are in that we need attorneys to fight for us, the little guys. It would be so much easier if big business took responsibility for their mistakes (that also includes doctors, people who cause accidents, etc.). If there weren't so many defective products, drugs, car accidents where insurance companies will not even offer you doctor bills, then there would be no need for lawsuits. Sometimes plaintiffs' attorneys, like John Edwards, win for the little guy; sometimes the attorneys lose their shirts (and that is happening more often than not now-a-day). As for medical malpractice cases, the fact that a doctor pays high premiums is not because of lawsuits as one would have you believe; doctors I have interviewed who have the guts tell me the truth say that their premiums have not gone down since tort reform, only up, and continue to rise. Now why is that, since maybe one in 20 of the lawsuits (which are never frivolous because plaintiffs' attorneys cannot afford the investment/gamble for something frivolous) go to trial. A frivolous lawsuit in this state NEVER makes it that far! And then, if someone does win a big case at the trial court level, there is the appeal, and the supreme court, where many times, the decision is reversed or sent back to the lower courts for a new trial -- and the defense firms get richer (paid by the hour on each file usually or by retainer) and the plaintiff's attorney (the little guy's advocate) gets broker. We have all been so brainwashed by big insurance companies that we cannot see the truth anymore. I was once blind, but now am in a position to see.
Deer, don't get me wrong, I'm not promoting Kerry. It is just I know some of the truth behind some of the spin we hear coming from the current administration. I don't know what to think about the war. I'm not pro-Kerry/Edwards 'cuz I'm not particularly fond of Kerry (I mean, after all he was reportedly in the same frat as Bush at Yale -- the Skull and Bones society). But it chaps me how twisted the media and all the talking heads play things. It also bothers me that Bush cannot speak English, let alone promote education the way he has.....my sisters, both teachers/principals (and Republicans), agree his policies on education are ruining public schools. His thing here in Texas when he was governor was to privatize education through vouchures....on paper it sounds good.....but it doesn't work for single-parented families or many both-working parents of middle class, who can't provide transportation to the children to get them to the "big business privatized charter schools" even if they were eligible for a freaking vouchure. Education is a big issue in my book, as well as tort reform!
I hope you'll take this as just me blowing off steam tonight and not any personal affront. It is not meant that way, at all. And, as far as I know, we still have freedom of speech.
[This message has been edited by iliana (07-11-2004 10:37 PM).]