April 17 2014

“Paycheck Fairness Act” All About Helping Lawyers

Carrie L. Lukas

Karl Rove picks up on one of IWF's themes from last week: Democrats' push for the “Paycheck Fairness Act” has little to do with boosting women's paychecks—unless those women happen to be trail lawyers.

In today's Wall Street Journal, Rove writes:

...the Paycheck Fairness Act would reward one of the Democrats' most generous sources of ready cash: wealthy personal-injury lawyers.

Consider John Eddie Williams and his wife Sheridan, the hosts of the president's Houston fundraiser where 55 guests paid between $16,000 and $64,000 to the Democratic Senatorial and Congressional Campaign Committees. Mr. Williams got rich by suing tobacco and drug companies. The dinner was held at the couple's 26,463-square-foot mansion, complete with five full baths, seven half baths, five fireplaces and an elevator. It is carried on the tax rolls at $17.1 million.

The same day as his Houston fundraiser, Mr. Obama also attended a roundtable with 25 donors at the mansion of Steve and Amber Mostyn. Mr. Mostyn is president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and made $150 million from lawsuits over hurricane insurance. He vows to spend $10 million this year to help Mr. Obama's national campaign field director, Jeremy Bird, to "turn Texas blue," changing the Lone Star State from reliably Republican to comfortably Democratic, starting with this fall's gubernatorial election.

Americans need to hear more about this. The Democrats have been masterful at demagoguery and distracting people will charges of the “War on Women” and promises of equal pay. But they rarely want to talk about their actual proposals and for good reason: Often they have nothing to do with platitudes that are used to advance them, and are all about growing government and enriching their cronies.

 

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