This IPR editor requested a statement from the Steve Kerbel Campaign regarding recent comments and received the following (grammatical changes made with permission). More information on Steve’s campaign can be found at: http://stevekerbel2016.com
Dear Fellow Libertarians:
As my campaign has gained steam, there are those who wanted to know more about my career and history in business, and the related bumps and bruises that I and most business people have received along their journey.
As most of you know, I have had two run-ins with regulatory authorities in my 30-year insurance career. I suppose that that ratio is pretty good in the over-regulated business climate we deal with every day.
Also, in those years, I have dealt with a fair amount of litigation as well. Lawsuits are filled with accusations in which fact is not determined for the purpose of assailing the reputation of the persons or entities being sued for one main purpose: to use the legal system to extract as much cash as possible from the Defendant.
Libertarians do not want to be affiliated with people who purposefully take advantage of others via force or fraud. I agree with this point. While businesses are comprised of people, and people are far from perfect, and we did make mistakes over the years (it’s pretty hard not to make mistakes when you have written over 150,000 insurance policies), I can assure you that none of my organizations ever in any situation committed purposeful acts of theft or fraud. The system in place today allows and encourages Plaintiffs to assert anything that they want to and believe me… they do. Over the years I have read hundreds, if not thousands, of legal complaints and to be honest, it’s pretty hard to read one without chuckling at the allegations and dramatic verbiage used for the purpose of a cash grab.
Over the years, I have been fortunate. While I have never done anything even close to purposeful fraud or theft, there are those who throw those terms around with impunity. A successful Plaintiff attorney must be a master at painting their opposition in the most negative light. Facts are not always important in the influence of their arguments because they try to feed off the creation of outrage in the finders of fact and the more they can make statements (true or not) that paint their victim as a horrible human being, the better chance they can extract more cash for them and their clients.
All of us that are activists have become activists due to some event that was so outrageous that it spurred us to do something about the situation that caused the event(s). This is true in my case as well. Years and years of witnessing abuses of authority from government is what spurred my outrage. Civil suits that attempt to take financial advantage of this abuse are a byproduct of this situation.
Believe me… I have dealt with my share of civil suits. People are always suing each other for something, mostly because the ability of people to be successful on their own has been severely diminished by the actions of government. As a businessperson, I always look at these in the same light. If I was wrong, I pay what is fair. If I was right, I fight. Where this strategy gets sidetracked is in the fight against government. Once one is on their radar, one cannot win, so the pragmatic way to handle these issues is to fall on the sword and end them so you can move on with your life.
There is nothing more frustrating than defending against false allegations in any situation. Certainly it is natural for people to be interested in the experiences and ethics of a candidate for any office. In today’s world of the Internet, everything is public and unsubstantiated claims such as those I have had to deal with are available to all at the touch of a button. I repeat that none of my companies ever, in any case, committed any purposeful acts of theft or fraud. My mission is to take back the country from the government and give it back to the people. Those who want government growth and control to increase will bring up false accusations over and over again. To me, I take these as learning experiences and remain mindful of the reality of life and business in the USA in 2016.
In order for me to be successful in my endeavor, obviously these matters needed to be addressed.