As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Reviving State Regulatory Laws

This is a bit in the weeds, but President Obama reversed a major Bush policy which pre-empted state regulations with federal guidelines that were often threadbare and protected corporate interests over the public. This has implications for consumer product safety, environmental law and all sorts of other regulations. I'd like to see the states-rights conservative argue that it makes more sense for the federal government to pre-empt all kinds of local regulations rather than having those closest to the local issue, and closest to the people, make the decision. While this won't get much attention, it really is the kind of major reversal that leads to something like you saw yesterday, where the federal government adopted California emission standards for cars, instead of fighting them in court.

When Obama does something good, I reward. When he doesn't I beat with a stick. That's how I roll.

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