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InsiderOnline Blog: October 2004

Keeping Statists at Bay

A few examples of how the public interest law movement has defended liberty this month:

The Pacific Legal Foundation beat racial-preferences in California (that's quite a feat!) in September, when:

The Third District Court of Appeal ruled on Sept. 14 that Sacramento’s utility district must stop playing favorites by race in handing out contracts. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District had been giving a 'bid preference' to minority contractors-- reviewing their bids as if they were up to 5 percent below their real price. This color-coded approach raised the cost of contracts by up to $50,000 each.

Isn't that about the equivalent of liberals passing a gun ban in Georgia? I mean, once you ban guns there, it should be smooth sailing for the rest of the country, right? So, California's down....here's to knocking down racial preferences all over the country.

The Washington Legal Foundation filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking them to review a lower-court decision that would give the Fish and Wildlife Service unlimited authority over land development.

In GDF Realty v. Norton, the Fish & Wildlife Service denied a permit to GDF Realty to develop its property and was threatened with criminal prosecution because it might disturb certain beetles that live underground only in certain nearby caves in two Texas counties. 

Next thing you know, they'll be protecting the adorable deer tick in my home state of North Carolina. After all, it brings such wonderful things to the state... like Lyme disease. Precious little things.

And the Center for Individual Rights is protecting the author of a tax book, "Cracking the Code," whom the IRS is investigating. The IRS also wants to help itself to the names and addresses of people who buy the book.

I tell you, my jaw never ceases to drop when I hear about the ridiculous things the public interest law firms have to fight. Check out the Washington Legal Foundation, Pacific Legal, and the Center for Individual Rights (just a few of many doing this work) and find out for yourself how far the government is willing to take rights away all over this country. Thank goodness there are folks who are willing to go just as far to protect us.

Posted on 10/14/04 11:48 AM by Mary Katherine Ham

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