TORT REFORM….Do you live in Texas? You might want to think twice before buying a house. For all practical purposes, the Republican party there has eliminated the right to get home defects repaired unless the building industry itself agrees to do it. If they don’t feel like it, you have no recourse.

There’s no question that the civil justice system can be abused, and curbing those abuses is a legitimate topic for legislatures to address. But exempting entire industries from being sued is a plain and simple fraud on consumers. And remember: what George Bush did in Texas is the same thing he’d like to do for the entire country. If he gets his way, you may soon find that you have no recourse against corporate negligence either.

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