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2019-09-19 07:00 by Karl Denninger
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What? You Mean Federalism Wins?
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Oh look, someone who read the Constitution..... well, one part of it anyway.

In a move President Trump said will reduce car prices but will also anger environmental groups, the administration is revoking California's authority to set strict fuel economy standards.

Trump announced the move Wednesday, saying the decision was made “in order to produce far less expensive cars for the consumer,” while making cars safer at the same time.

California has of course promised to sue.

If they don't lose the American people should revolt instantly and sack any court that rules otherwise.

Why?

Because the Constitution either means something or it doesn't.  Automobile production is nearly the definition of interstate (and, increasingly, international) commerce and the states have no right to set their own rules -- effectively tariffs -- on same.

Period.

There is no question as to whether automobile sales and manufacturing take place almost entirely in Interstate Commerce.  California has nearly zero auto assembly plants.  Indeed in 2009 Toyota closed the last large-scale automobile assembly plant in the state; they've all fled due to California's extraordinarily high cost of business operations.  (Tesla, the only current actual producer, is hardly a "large scale" producer -- never mind that they source a huge percentage of the components from outside the state.)

If California can effectively tariff cars then the rest of the states can tariff Facebook, Google, Amazon and others.

The Constitution prohibits this for a reason.  California never had a legal right to the waiver it was given in the first place.  If California wants this right then it can try to lobby to obtain a Constitutional Amendment specifically for this purpose.

Until it does it can **** rightly off.

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