A Bush buddy at the Justice Department told government lawyers to ask for $10 billion instead of $130 billion in a tobacco lawsuit they've been fighting for five years.
The newly disclosed documents make clear that the decision was made after weeks of tumult in the department and accusations from lawyers on the tobacco team that Mr. McCallum and other political appointees had effectively undermined their case. Mr. McCallum, No. 3 at the department, is a close friend of President Bush from their days as Skull & Bones members at Yale, and he was also a partner at an Atlanta law firm, Alston & Bird, that has done legal work for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, part of Reynolds American, a defendant in the case.
The New York Times
I have almost lost my ability to be shocked by their arrogance. And then something comes along that makes me shocked again.
Interesting that conservatives distrust big government but are perfectly comfortable with big corporations corrupting the government. Funny, huh?
Even more ironic, libertarians want absolutely NO government regulation of business -
As if they never heard of the coal mine fiascos in Kentucky, people being paid in company script and essentially becoming indentured servants to the man. Boggles the mind.
I'm an adult caregiver to a mom with fourth stage cancer from smoking. Haven't had a vacation in 2 1/2 years.
God this pisses me off.
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