Skip to comments.Georgia Attorney General refuses to join health reform suit
Posted on 04/02/2010 3:44:32 AM PDT by Man50D
Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker has angered Georgia Republicans to the point that some have called for his impeachment. Mr. Baker refuses to join other state attorneys general filing suit challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare. He's become the darling of the left by his refusal to file suit.
Based on praise by the liberal media, you'd think General Baker was the model of fiscal responsibility and restraint on judicial activism.
That bastion of fiscal responsibility, The New York Times writes, that Mr. Baker "has rejected such lawsuits as frivolous' and a waste of taxpayer money.'"
AlterNet reports on Mr. Baker's appearance on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC conservative smear show:
"It's impossible to have a lawsuit where there are no inherent costs," Baker said. "Every time you are pulling employees away from their appointed duties to file a lawsuit and to engage in this counter-activity, there's going to be cost. Lawyers don't work for free, not even lawyers who work in house. So I'm not aware of any way that a lawsuit can be filed, even if we do it in house, where it doesn't cost the taxpayer some money."
If only Mr. Baker had been consistent throughout his career. You see, Mr. Baker was given a grade of A from ACORN in 2008 precisely because he is an activist attorney general who spent taxpayer money in pursuit of ACORN's legislative and judicial agenda. Mr. Baker's grade of A is shown on page four of ACORN's report.
ACORN's highest grades were awarded to attorneys general "pursuing cutting-edge cases." ACORN's favorite attorney general did not worry about frivolous cases, because "in the near future as more legal theories get tested in different states, there will be additional case law established to provide a guide for attorneys general to take legal action."
Concern for taxpayer money being spent by attorney general? That was obviously never a concern to ACORN's AGs such as Mr. Baker who were praised for "putting their offices to work for distressed borrowers," and "devoting additional resources to the issue."
ACORN knew to rely on activist AGs such as Mr. Baker. In its report, ACORN wrote
While Congress and some governors have grabbed headlines for some of their modest reactions to the foreclosure crisis, there is another critical and largely untold story of the innovative and impactful leadership that many states' attorneys general have demonstrated in their diverse responses to the crises in their states.
I wonder how much taxpayer money General Baker spent pursuing ACORN's agenda rather than protecting the Constitution?
“Lawyers don’t work for free, not even lawyers who work in house. So I’m not aware of any way that a lawsuit can be filed, even if we do it in house, where it doesn’t cost the taxpayer some money.”
The govt workers are getting paid regardless of what you assign them to do. The judge is already on the payroll, and the frigging courthouse has been built.
I call BS.
Thro him out!
No doubt Hank Johnson has his back.
And the Atlanta election was honest...........
There are more than enough state AGs suing so that this health care fiasco will be before the Supreme Court sooner rather than later.
His whining about cost overlooks the fact that THAT’S WHAT HIS OFFICE IS PAID TO DO. If he won’t do it, then his office should be de-funded.
Gov. Perdue is appointing a “Special AG” to join in the suit. The best news about Baker running for Governor is that he will no longer be AG and he has NO shot of being governor.
Oh, it’s pretty simple.
The guy should just declare “I SUPPORT this fascist/socialist policy, so I of course will not oppose it in court.”
If only the left were honest...
He has NO chance at Governer.