UN promoting global ADA.
In 1990, the first President Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act Americans with Disabilities Act, U.S. civil-rights law, enacted 1990, that forbids discrimination of various sorts against persons with physical or mental handicaps. (ADA Ada, city, United States
Ada (ā`ə), city (1990 pop. 15,820), seat of Pontotoc co., S central Okla.; inc. 1904. It is a large cattle market and the center of a rich oil and ranch area. ), a measure that placed literally every millimeter of every business under federal regulatory scrutiny. Eleven years later, President Bush the younger proudly announced an expansion of the ADA, an initiative that would have prompted a full-scale revolt among congressional Republicans had it been proposed under Bill Clinton.
Businesses have been required to spend billions of dollars to accommodate disabled employees; employers are required to make provision for handicaps while at the same time being forbidden by the ADA to inquire about them. The measure was designed to invite hugely expensive litigation An action brought in court to enforce a particular right. The act or process of bringing a lawsuit in and of itself; a judicial contest; any dispute.
When a person begins a civil lawsuit, the person enters into a process called litigation. , and ADA lawsuits have resulted in novel definitions of the term "disability." For example, after an executive of Coca-Cola Company was fired for drunken behavior at a company function, he filed a lawsuit "because under the ADA alcoholism is a disability," recounts Michael Fumento Michael Fumento is an American author, photojournalist and attorney who writes about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, science and health issues. He has travelled to Al Anbar in Western Iraq on three occasions and to Zabul Province , senior fellow at the Hudson Institute The Hudson Institute is a corporatist-leaning U.S. think tank, founded in 1961 in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, by the futurist Herman Kahn and other colleagues from the RAND Corporation. . The "disabled" plaintiff was awarded $1 million in lost salary and $6 million in punitive damages Monetary compensation awarded to an injured party that goes beyond that which is necessary to compensate the individual for losses and that is intended to punish the wrongdoer. . Often derided as the "full employment for trial attorneys act," the ADA has done more than its share to help kill American businesses or drive them offshore.
Now the UN seeks to promote the blessings of the ADA worldwide through a proposed global convention on disabilities.
Discrimination against the handicapped is "unacceptable in a caring world community," contended Dick Thornburgh Richard L. "Dick" Thornburgh (born July 16, 1932) is a lawyer and Republican politician who served as the Governor of Pennsylvania from 1979 to 1987, and then as the U.S. Attorney General from 1988 to 1991. and Alan Reich in a November 7 Washington Post op-ed column. Thornburgh is a former U.S. attorney general and former UN undersecretary general; Reich is a former deputy assistant secretary of state. They maintain that the U.S. must send "an appropriate delegation of U.S. leaders with disabilities to represent our government and deliver the message that the United States will support the convention" when the drafting committee meets in January.
While the Bush administration is not opposed to the UN pact, it has stated that it will not seek U.S. ratification, since it is simply a global version of the ADA. But Thornburgh and Reich insist that this is not "a sufficiently worthy and engaged response to so significant a global initiative from the one nation that all the others view as the pioneer of disability rights."