Too paraphrase citizen 13, this is a wolf in sheep's clothing: The pillars of the American middle class - those things that used to give ordinary citizens some power, something like authentic social mobility -are (or were) public education, organized labor, a free and open press, and a real shot at equality before the law. The right has been hacking away at all four for more than 30 years through an incredibly complex and well-funded campaign to propagandize and corrupt, to divide us against each other and break our shared culture. These recurring legislative attacks on lawyers and litigation are merely part of the overarching strategy. What are we left with after more than thirty years of Reaganism? Our schools are shredded and unequal, teachers under attack and children betrayed while the "privatizers" fatten at the public trough. Our unions have been broken and marginalized. Our mainstream press has been reduced to a corporate plaything. And the lawyers whose job it is to fight for the least among us have been hobbled by calculated legislation like this, even as reactionary Federalist Society zealots rule over our courts (especially at the appellate level). It's pretty much a horror show. But it's also quite the crowd-pleaser. Nothing gets those all-American juices flowing like a crude attack on public school teachers, community organizers, "the liberal media," and -perennial favorite - lawyers. The Kochs and their cronies have received real value for their investment. Americans don't hate the bankers who recklessly gambled away our futures, we don't hate the polluters and exploiters and the ruthless SOBs who have bought up our courts and our legislatures; instead, egged on by endless agitprop, we hate the lawyers and activists who try to fight back on our behalf. There's something deeply ironic (but also deeply tragic) about the spectacle of Americans cheering the destruction of their own support system, but there you have it. This is how civilizations are brought down from within.