The Supreme Court today declined to hear the federal government’s appreal in the lawsuit against the tobacco industry. Quite rightly, the courts found that the $280 billion award for past tobacco profits was ridiculous. Of course, this suit began under the Clinton Administration’s Justice Department. But why has Bush’s Justice continued to pursue it? In 2001, Justice maintained budget levels for the tobacco suit. Since the inquiry wasn’t expanded, Democratic Senators asked then-AG Ashcroft if he supported the suit. He replied, “The Justice Department is proceeding with the case and I support the department’s position.” That’s the reply of a man obeying the White House. For more on the lawsuit’s affront to free speech, see Jacob Sullum in Reason earlier this year.
This isn’t the only area in which Bush’s Justice is off track. Steve Moore wrote in our June 2005 issue (“George Bush’s Antitrust Tax”) that Bush’s aggressive antitrust policy prevents the market from adapting.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online