The DOJ is being used as a club against citizens, and the club they’re wielding is the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).
For example, if a restaurant bathroom has a light switch that is 52 inches above the floor, then that business is in compliance. But if the light switch is 53 inches above the floor, than the restaurant owner is a civil rights violator subject to fines from the government and liable for civil damages from any disabled individual who ever used the bathroom.
And they keep adding more “guidelines”, as any good out-of-control government bureaucracy does. The next one takes effect tomorrow, and it’s a doozy: all public access swimming pools must provide a lift capable of moving disabled patrons from their wheelchairs into the water.
Compliance with the rule requires pool owners to have a lift for each “water element” in their facility. So if your local community pool also has a spa, both the spa and the pool must be “accessible.” But if you have two spas, don’t worry, only one lift is required.
It wasn’t of great concern; many, if not most, facilities have portable units to assist if necessary. Ah, but in Eric Holder’s DOJ, that’s not sufficiently compliant: they’ve decreed that the units must be permanently mounted; all 300,000 public pools in the country are required to install fixed lifts – and the deadline is tomorrow.
There is no way all 300,000 pools can install permanent lifts by Thursday. There simply are not enough lifts in existence or enough people who know how to install them, according to industry spokesmen. Plus, each lift costs between $3,000 and $10,000 and installation can add $5,000 to $10,000 to the total.
So what happens tomorrow when a disabled individual checks into a Holiday Inn and finds no lift at the pool? The Obama DOJ has said it will not be enforcing the new guidelines right away. That means no fines from the government, for now.
But the ADA also empowered citizens to sue businesses that are not in compliance with DOJ guidelines. The result will be a huge payday for enterprising trial lawyers everywhere.
The most transparent administration in the history of the country: transparently looking out for you: enforcement through litigation.
Presumably, they’ll soon apply the same standards to lakes and streams. There are, after all, natural hot springs in the area, and none are ADA-”compliant”.