Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Alito Climbs Into Bed With Big Business

Bush's new Supreme Court nominee, Samuel 'Scalito' Alito, has been a firm proponent of federal regulation, limits on legal liability, and employee rights.
While the majority of us, especially women, are not too thrilled about Alito's nomination, one group is not only breathing a sigh of relief, but batting their eyes at Alito as well: CORPORATE AMERICA. Of the rumored 12 or so names on the Chimp's short list of candidates, Alito reanked near the top for the "suits".
Alito has consistently come down on the side of limiting corporate liability, limiting federal regulation, and limiting employee rights.
For the cooky conservatives, Alito's resume is beefed up by his membership in the Federalist Society, which is a club of lawyers and law students that support a limited role for the nation's judges.
Big Business would likely benefit from Alito's approach. He wins stellar marks from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which judges nominees based on their records on legal liability, employment law,etc.
As a judge, Alito has written many minority opinions making the case for setting a higher bar on claims of racial and sexual harassment/discrimination in the workplace.
In one case of interest to big business, Alito claimed that the federal goverment could not apply the Family and Medical Leave Act to state employees! In Chittister v. Dept. of Community & Economic Development, he upheld a lower court ruling backing the state of Pennsylvania, taking Congress to task for enacting the Family & Medical Leave Act. This federal law requires employers to provide employees with 12 weeks of unpaid leave for health or family reasons, including the birth of a child. Alito wrote that it was an unconstitutional abrogation of states' rights!
No wonder Bush & Co. like this guy! He'll fit right in! And big business will be awaiting the results, hopeful that Bush can prevail on this one. But if the Democrats continue to grow balls and fight, possibly Caveman Alito may start to smell a filibuster in the air! Bush has simply exchanged one set of complaints ( Meirs) for another (Alito).