Saturday, August 27, 2005

Impliedly--Is That Even A Word?

Republicans like to claim to be champions of state's rights. And in fact they do champion state's rights--as long as the state is promoting the interests of corporate America and white male elites--as when a state wants to weaken environmental regulations or civil rights protections. But they are just as quick to oppose state's rights--if the state wants to do something that is not in the interest of corporate America or tries to broaden civil rights (such as by legalizing gay marriage). Most recent case in point, as noted by Think Progress: "A state law that seeks to reduce motor vehicle carbon dioxide emissions is both expressly and impliedly preempted." This is from the administration's proposed CAFE standards.


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