Marlin, as for politicians, that reminds me of a verse I once read by Hilaire Belloc:
Here richly, with riduculous display,
The Politician's corpse was laid away.
While all of his acquaintance sneered and slanged
I wept, for I had longed to see him hanged.
As for the Plaintiff's Bar, I could not agree with you more. You might find these facts interesting, Marlin, though I am certain they will come as no surprise to you:
The trial lawyers’ industry is sometimes referred to as Trial Lawyers, Inc., a hypothetical corporation, "raking in almost $40 billion in revenues annually – 50% more than Microsoft or Intel and double that of Coca-Cola." (KRC: from Manhattan Institute, Trial Lawyers, Inc., p. 2)
"Trial Lawyers, Inc.’s revenues have risen to a staggering $46 billion." (Manhattan Institute, Trial Lawyers, Inc. website, August 2005.)
"Over the past three years for which data are available, the litigation industry’s revenues grew by 11.1 percent annually, as compared with 3.9 percent growth in gross domestic product, 2.22 percent growth in inflation, and a 5.6 percent annual decline in the stock market." (Manhattan Institute, Trial Lawyers, Inc. website, August 2005.)
"The lawsuit industry’s lack of transparency prevents us from making an accurate profit estimate, but if its margins are as high as we suspect, Trial Lawyers, Inc. might well be the most profitable business in the world." (KRC: Manhattan Institute, Trial Lawyers, Inc., p. 2)
"The point here is not that these are very rich people. It is that their law firms are even richer—with the depth and agility to field an array of well paid experts, legal strategists, private detectives, jury consultants, and top public relations people. Against such outfits, even the largest corporations can be left feeling intimidated." (KRC: Hantler, "Seven Myths ...", p. 23)
"This plutocracy of 60,000 plaintiffs’ attorneys is so powerful it can overwhelm the broader interests of industry, workers, municipalities, schools, charities, and individual citizens." (KRC: Hantler, "Seven Myths ...", p.23)
"The most cherished myth of the trial lawyers is that they are so many Robin Hoods struggling against the armed might of the powerful Sheriff. Examined closely, the trial bar looks less like a tender shepherd boy with a slingshot and more like a band of Goliaths." (KRC: Hantler, "Seven Myths ...", p. 23)