The economy is in the crapper, unless you’re in the business of suing the federal government. We the taxpayers pay the legal fees to the “green” lawyers, who use EPA regulations as a basis to file lawsuits and enrich themselves. Maggie’s Notebook has the details:
The Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) was put in place in 1980, and was designed to help small businesses protect themselves against lawsuits from environmentalists, and a predator EPA. Today, huge Leftist environmental groups are using the EAJA to secure mammoth fees for its attorneys by initiating lawsuits against big and small entities who are targets of government regulations and other green encroachments. It’s a slick collusion between government and environmentalists, a sick joke on you and me.
Wait, that’s not all.
According to this Daily Caller article by Jacob Laskin (please read it all here), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is not ‘accountable’ for keeping track of these fees:
Still, we have some clues about the amounts at stake. In an August 2011 study, the GAO reported that between 2003 and 2010, the Treasury Department paid $14.2 million in attorneys’ fees just to those plaintiffs suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
That means that the total for all federal agencies is in the tens of millions of dollars every year.
EAJA thus serves as a hugely expensive vehicle of collusion between the government and environmental groups to advance the environmental movement’s political agenda on the taxpayer’s dime.
Since the general rule is that the loser pays the winner’s attorneys fees, and government is “paying,” we can assume we are winning – can’t we?
Congress passed several pieces of legislation designed to make it easier for small businesses to challenge the government. One was the EAJA, which ordered federal agencies to pay the legal costs of firms that successfully challenged their rulings.
But that’s NOT the story. This is the story:
We keep hearing the class warfare rhetoric from the Democrats, even though they continue to enrich their friends with our tax dollars. They don’t care about the poor – they just want to keep you poor so you keep voting for them, while they rob the productive and ensure you’ll remain poor and dependent forever. Wake up!