Tort Reform - Limit the courts and increase the power of the Presidency?

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    Bouncing around with my Tea Party friends we came upon the subject of tort reform. Seems they all want Obama or their next candidate to have the power to decide who can sue for what.

    Really I suppose these regulations would come from Congress and would just be signed off by the President but few of them knew that. Interesting though their love of restricting the free market's decision of what things should cost.
     
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    What a ridiculous idea.
     
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    Why not leave it to the states to decide their redress levels for torts?
     
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    Why leave it to the states? Seems like we would have an odd patchwork of 50 different systems and every case would end up in Federal Court because some medicine or piece of equipment crossed state lines and fell under Interstate Commerce also.

    The Founding Fathers would have left it to the states in the interest of getting any 2nd Constitution signed. Heck, they left slavery to the states lol.
     
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    Why leave it to the states?...Because it's not a federally enumerated power, that's why.

    We seem to do just fine with a patchwork of different state laws and penalties pertaining to violent, property and fraud crimes.
     
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    Really?

    Am I seeing this correctly? Oddball wants to give the government MORE power?
     
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    I want less centralized power.

    There's a difference.
     
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    We do acceptable with the patchwork of laws, agreed. (ignoring Corporate Citizenship in friendly states)

    So individual states should have power? Like we will let Colorado decide where its rivers flow?

    That whole idea is foreign to me. I'm American not Missourian.

    Or is this just a way of pushing socialism by letting the States limit the capitalist nature of the judiciary since Republicans will sign off on anything done at the state level as "their right".
     
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    Not really. You still want someone to have control over how much you can sue someone for.

    I don't know where you live, but here in NY, Albany is MORE dysfunctional than Washington.
     
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    I dont understand this post.
    Who says the executive decides these things? Congress decides them.
    When we say "tort reform" we mean reform of a system that encourages people to sue because there is no downside to them to do so.
    Some bleeding heart will come along and claim that elderly people in TX cant sue for whatever. Ya know? Tough noogies. It would be far better than what we have now where literally hundreds of thousands of products and services are not offered and available to the public simply because the sellers are afraid of getting sued.
     

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