Relief may finally be in sight for working Americans forced to pay through the nose for gasoline. Our spunky Senator, Maria Cantwell, has introduced bold new anti-gouging legislation that will punish oil companies and retailers that charge “unconscionably excessive” prices at the pump. What constitutes “unconscionably excessive” will be determined through litigation, as all good things are (except for Presidential elections).
A GOP-introduced provision to curtail “unconscionably excessive” attorney fees and “unconscionably excessive” class-action lawsuit settlements was scrapped for being “not vague enough”, as well as financially harmful to lawyers who charge fair market prices for a valuable public service. It seems the Repugs aren't as anti-pork as they claim to be. However, a compromise is in the works that would cut through all the legal red tape by simply giving trial lawyers a lifetime of free gasoline, allowing them to fly their private jets back and forth between New York and New Orleans without having to worry about who they’ll have to sue to get a next tank of gas in this dump. In return, every American taxpayer would receive a coupon worth one free download of the amazing RealNetworks player.
So everyone wins – right? Not if those Congressional Republicans can help it. The only laws they're in favor of are ones that will line the pockets of the weasels that put them into power.