Throughout his peripatetic presidency, Bill Clinton has shown unwavering fidelity to one group of constituents: trial lawyers. In December, Clinton vetoed a securities litigation reform measure that was sponsored by the Democratic Party's general chairman, Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd. (Congress overrode that veto.) At press time Clinton had also threatened to veto a bipartisan product-liability reform bill championed by Democratic Sens. Jay Rockefeller (W. Va.) and Joseph Lieberman (Conn.). Excessive damage awards in liability suits lead to higher insurance premiums, increased consumer prices, and a reluctance by manufacturers who fear frivolous lawsuits to offer new products. A 1995 study by the actuary firm of Tillinghast-Towers Perrin estimates that the tort system cost individuals, businesses, and governments $152 billion in 1994. In March, Rep. Jim Saxton (R-N.J.), the vice chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, released a report estimating that three insurance-reform proposals pending in Congress could save consumers as much as $55 billion a year.
"I chose to be that guy who didn't issue the apology," says Daniel Elder. "Things went from there and it wasn't good."
And as many as 75 percent of middle income households face a tax increase under Biden's plan, even though the highest-earning households will pay the vast majority of the costs.
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids railed against cops for enforcing the same kind of anti-vaping rule they help pass.
It’s a jobs plan that isn’t about jobs, and an infrastructure plan that isn’t about infrastructure.