The Cheeseburger Bill

THE CHEESEBURGER BILL….I’m not sure what to think of this bill that bans suits against the food industry on the grounds that it encourages obesity. There seem to be two important ? and competing ? principles at work here.

On the one hand, I don’t think much of using civil damage suits aimed at a specific industry as a way of changing social policy. Down that road lies madness.

But at the same time, I also don’t think much of Congress exempting specific industries from the civil justice system. That can lead to some madness of its own.

Unfortunately, these two principles seem pretty well balanced, so I can’t figure out which one is more important. Tentatively, I think I’m opposed to Congress fiddling in such a specific manner with the civil justice system. I’d rather have them propose general reforms that would broadly affect the ability to bring lawsuits like this. Once that’s done, let the system work equally for every industry.

But I’m open to argument on this.