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by Jim Hightower
CORPORATE CAPTIVE FOR THE COURT
liberal and conservative groups alike are poring over the record of Judge Sam
Alito to decipher where he stands on Roe v. Wade, who’re those guys over in the
shadows grinning from ear to ear?
Ah, those are the executives and
lobbyists of corporate America, and they don't care whether Bush's new Supreme
Court nominee even has a position on abortion. They're all grins because they
know that, whatever other ideological bent Alito might bring to the bench, he's
a died-in-the-wool, tried-and-true, hard-core corporatist who can be counted on
to favor big business over workers, consumers, environmentalists, shareholders,
small competitors, and anyone else entangled in a court case against corporate
After 15 years as a federal appeals judge, Alito's extensive paper
trail shows that he's been a reliable and ardent champion of the corporate side
in practically every case that comes before him. "We're always happy to see
Judge Alito on the panel," says a Philadelphia lawyer whose firm represents some
of America's largest corporations.
Indeed, in several big cases, Bush's
nominee has tried to prevent employees from suing corporations for sexual and
racial discrimination, tried to protect monopolists from facing antitrust
judgments, tried to stop environmental groups from suing polluters, and tried to
reduce fines that corporate wrongdoers have to pay. As a beaming spokesman for
the U. S. chamber of commerce put it, "He has come down on a host of issues in a
way that the business community would prefer," adding that "This is not a guy
who is going to go off the reservation."
This is Jim Hightower saying...
And that's the real problem with Alito's nomination. We already have a court
full of judges who side with the corporate powers. It would be good for our
country and for the workaday majority of Americans if we had at least one
Supreme Court justice with the independence and integrity to go off the
corporate reservation, despite what the chamber of commerce big shots prefer.
"Court Nominee Has Paper Trail Businesses Like," The New York Times,"
November 4, 2005.
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Reprinted with the author's
Posted December 07, 2005
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