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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

In case you were wondering

Yes, Washington really is run primarily for the benefit of bankers:

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has sponsored an unusual provision at the urging of the nation's banks granting them immunity against an active patent lawsuit, potentially saving them billions of dollars. Adopted with little fanfare, the amendment would prevent a small Texas company called DataTreasury from collecting damages from banks for infringing on its patented method for digitally scanning, sending and archiving checks. The patents were upheld last summer by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office after they were challenged.

The provision, passed without dissent by the Senate Judiciary Committee in July and inserted into legislation scheduled for a vote by the full Senate this month, is a rare attempt by Congress to intervene in ongoing litigation, congressional experts say.

Hey, if eminent domain works for real property, as the Republican-appointed Supreme Court decided in Kelo, then there's no reason why it shouldn't work for imaginary property that is created by Washington in the first place. I note that this little piece of Congressionally-abetted theft is sponsored by Republicans as well, just one more reason why I'll be celebrating their inevitable defeat to the other forces of darkness this November.

There is no lesser evil. As with pregnancy, political evil is merely a matter of progressive stages.

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