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Unified Patriots by Bob Montgomery

Did you hear that? That was the sound of my jaw dropping and hitting the floor all the way across the country from where you live. I just read this piece at National Review Online and in addition to my sore jaw, I fell out of my chair and damaged my entire psyche. I am, what is the cool phrase hip writers use? Gobsmacked? I am gobsmacked. At first I thought it had to be”The Onion”, but alas, it was “National Review”. A sign of the times, you might say.

“To truly have an effect on the judicial branch, the Republican Congress needs to appropriate funds to increase the size of the lower federal courts. Our suggestion, spelled out more fully in our new paper, would be to boost the total number of judges by roughly 33 percent, as President Jimmy Carter and a Democratic Congress did in the 1970s.”

These brilliant thinkers either never read Leviathan, are Big Government Socialists, true believers in practicing the definition of insanity, or all three.

“Steven G. Calabresi is the Clayton J. & Henry R. Barber Professor at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Shams Hirji received his J.D. cum laude from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law this past May.”

They cry and whine about the backlog of cases in the federal court system, but rather than getting to the root of the problem, which is that there are way too many federal cases in the first place, their solution, which is actually an invitation for more of the same, is to hire a whole boatload of more federal judges, and the cast of thousands that goes along with them.

I have written about the malignancy that is our federal judiciary a few times in the past, including here.

“…there are 864 federal judges in the United States. Eight hundred and sixty four. Counting the appeals courts and the district courts and of course the Supremes, there are as many federal judges with jurisdiction over Indiana as there are members of the Indiana State Senate.”

And we need 250 more? Lawyers gotta lawyer, I guess. To be fair, the authors recommend cutting funding for so-called “administrative law judges” ensconced in the bureaucracies, and replacing them with actual members of the federal judiciary, with life tenure[…]

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