The greatest issue facing America: a cruise-ship passengers’ bill of rights

Posted by: Phineas on March 18, 2013 at 5:40 pm

**Posted by Phineas

And Chuck Schumer is on the case:

Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the cruise ship industry to adopt a “bill of rights” to guarantee passengers certain protections while aboard their ships.

The New York Democrat says Sunday he’ll be asking industry leaders to voluntarily adopt the guidelines which include guarantees that ships have sanitary conditions, back-up power, medical staff and other standard procedures.

Schumer’s plan would also include the right to a full refund if a trip is abruptly canceled due to mechanical problems.

And thus we see the modern Democratic Party’s priorities in action: no budget from the Senate in more than 1,400 days? Bah! The threat of a nuclear-armed Iran or North Korea? Don’t waste my time! Food-stamp usage at an all-time high while labor force participation is at a record low? Small potatoes, friend.

No, as we see from the senior senator from New York’s example, what really matters is grandstanding whenever possible and wherever cameras and mics are available, so that you can pretend you’re fighting for the little guy and convince enough saps to vote for you again.

This also shows the different mindset of the limited government advocates on the one hand, and the statists on the other.

Limited Government Advocate:

“A company that provides poor service will eventually put itself out of business, and those who feel harmed by it have access to the civil courts. Annoying as these incidents are, it’s really none of the federal government’s business, and we should get back to tending to what properly is.”


“This is an outrage! People need our protection against evil corporations; the government must do something! What? They already have redress under the law? They can take their business elsewhere? Insufficient! We must pass new laws, because that’s what we’re here for — to pass laws! Not in our purview? Nonsense! We’ll pass a law to make it our business! Call a press conference!”

Is it any wonder people are disenchanted with our political class, when so many of them ignore the real problems we face and instead go chasing butterflies?

via Liberty Unyielding

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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4 Responses to “The greatest issue facing America: a cruise-ship passengers’ bill of rights”


  1. Drew the Infidel says:

    Since all those cruise ships are sailing under foreign flags (and not US), the passengers can take their lawsuit briefs and use them for toilet paper since they will accomplish nothing. If the ship companies are to go out of business due to market forces that is their fault; they will not need help from the commiecrats in going broke.

  2. Libertarian Advocate says:

    So, Schmuky Schumer’s off the Gun-Ban duty roster huh?

    Could it be because he knows damned well it has no hope of passing the House and maybe not even the Senate?

    Why waste precious political capital on a dead in the water bill push? Hand it off to the dementia suffering old windbag from California.

    Hell, if Obama was serious about it, he wouldn’t have handed it off to the brain-damaged one now would he?

  3. Carlos says:

    Watch for it; Stuck somewhere in the bill will be a hardly-noticeable part that, when interpreted by a great judicial mind, will indicate that it is a god(small “g”)-given right for anyone on government assistance of any kind to be given passage on one of those cruise lines, once a year.

    After all, doesn’t everyone have the right to a vacation every year? Lord knows, our Golfer-in-Chief and his lard-laden sweetie have set the standard there.

  4. Kate says:

    People don’t read what they sign…and if they ever read the manifesto printed out by the cruise lines that goes along with their rights on the high seas, etc, they wouldn’t go on a cruise.

    It is legal silliness at it’s best… and why shouldn’t Schumer the the MC for this Alice in Wonderland romp on the M. S. S. Debt.