It seems to me that Lawyers are little more than parasites on the corpus Humana. The job of an attorney is to facilitate transactions between people to allow capitalistic enterprise to work. Attorneys have discovered however that if they throw roadblocks, loop holes, and sue whenever they can, they make far more money.
So Lawyers have eschewed their true function in society and have instead taken the path governed by greed. Not greed that is channeled to help the lot of man but greed that profoundly negatively affects the lot of man. As attorneys are complaining that big oil makes too much money… one year it was $30 billion dollars. That same year, lawyers made well over $100 billion, after tax. Lawyers complain that the health care system should be socialized using the single payer model but are in far more need of being reigned in than any doctor. Moreover Lawyers are fond of calling others greedy. (What else is the premise of the argument that “pay for services” cause doctors do too much testing)? When in fact they are the most greedy people on Earth! They feed their greed at the cost to mankind!
Every time a judge finds that a criminal who cuts his arm breaking into a person’s home is entitled to damages they create more demand for attorneys. Every time a judge finds a loophole in a solid contract they create a greater demand for lawyers. Every time a judge finds that I am liable for your action they create more of a demand for attorneys. Every time a legislative body requires more paperwork and regulations for business to work they drive the demand for attorneys. All of which drives up the cost of doing business and therefore slows business (job) growth.
The legal justice system in the US feeds the greed of today’s modern lawyer. An advocate they are… no more. Divorce lawyers keep former lovers at each others throats. Instead of giving up a $100.00 item lawyers will encourage their victims to pay them $1,000 to fight for it. All the while saying they are basically a plumber who charges by the hour.
What plumber could come into your home to fix a leak, break every faucet in your home, even ones that didn’t formerly leak, charge you five times his quote and act like you are a jerk? Lawyers would tear him to pieces. But they don’t have any oversight. They are self governed.
If self government is such a good idea for the Elite (lawyers) then why not for the rest of us? For a law to be valid it must be universally valid. If we cannot be trusted to self govern then how much more those that govern us?? Self government does not work because, as Hsun Ching said, “mankind’s congenital nature is evil.” in that we are self indulgent and our self indulgence is learned away.
Maybe before we destroy the health care industry in the US we should look into creating a single payer system for lawyers? Why should rich people be the only people who can afford to protect their property in a lawsuit? Why is it that only rich people should be able to use the legal justice system to drive their own personal agendas?
Like shutting down progress they don’t like. Road building has become exponentially more expensive since trust funders have their lawyers suing in environmental court. A road was ready to be constructed in Vermont a few years ago, the machinery was on site and initial construction had began, and some judge shut it down. He claimed an environmental study’s timeframe had elapsed (because of the incessant lawsuits that took years to wind through the courts) and the road project must be stopped. Tens of Millions of dollars was wasted…. But what the judge really meant was, “we lawyers haven’t sucked enough money from this project yet. So you must waste millions of dollars of taxpayer’s hard earned money so we can be further enriched!”
That is the definition of a leech if you ask me. Leeching off the labor of those that produce. The legal system in the US is as much friction to the right ordering of society as are all the criminal acts combined. They suck money from the system and waste it just like government. Together Lawyers and government provide a huge weight holding back the working man and woman in this country. But working people mean nothing to someone making $200.00 an hour to destroy people‘s lives.
So yes, I believe that lawyers in the twentieth century, an masse, have decided to go for the gold. Instead of helping society function they hinder it. Making more money even as they deserve less. But when your faction controls the presidency, the legislative bodies and the Supreme Court you have some clout! Madison be damned.