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The 9/11 First Responders Bill is Fair Enough (but just barely)

December 23rd, 2010 No comments

Over at, I have a just-published piece that looks at the 9/11 first responders bill that was passed yesterday.

A regular readers of this site know, I have a strong interest in this issue of compensating victims of disaster: How do we do so in a way that’s fair not only to those compensated, but to others who suffer life’s indignities but don’t have a fund in their name? In this case, I think that the law is probably justified; but if it is, so is compensation for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

I’m only upset that the editor (who’s great) eliminated my favorite phrase: “Jon Stewart’s incinerating anger….” Oh, well. At least you get to read it.

Best of the holidays to all. I’m blogged out for now.

Article on BP Compensation Fund

July 22nd, 2010 No comments

Over on Slate, I have an article today on the BP compensation fund, administered by Ken Feinberg (he of 9/11 Compensation Fund and Executive Compensation overseer fame). I explore how the law that Feinberg says he’ll rely on actually isn’t good for most claimants, but that I expect him to compensate most of them anyway. I’m a fan of his, but I hope this isn’t a “puff piece.”

A shameless plea: If you read it and like it, please “like” it by sharing to Facebook. It matters how well the piece is received.