Most Republicans, also the president, talk of deconstructing government. Of devolving power beyond the Beltway, to where people work and live. Usually this is couched in terms of “states’ rights.” A supposedly important principle.
Except, I guess, not so important. Not when it flies in the face of someone’s allegiance to certain interests. Or fails to align with today’s thematic approach. Or a desire to mark turf.
The president wants to stop California from setting its own (more stringent) vehicle emissions and fuel efficiency standards. He says California is hurting Detroit. Living as I do in California, my reaction is: I don’t care if it hurts Detroit.
I care about my eyes. My lungs. Blue sky. Also renewable energy. I’m concerned about climate change…even if no one at the Cabinet meetings, other than the (current) Secretary of Defense, has the backbone to concede it exists.
I care about states’ rights to adopt their own policies, in certain arenas. I get why the feds “trump” states or cities when it comes to telecommunications — we need unified standards, for national networks. Civil rights should be uniform.
But air quality? Come on. More stringent standards for California, which on its own is one of the largest auto markets on Earth, cannot be unduly harming the industry. Certainly not Detroit more than Tokyo, Seoul or Munich.
Why would this president mess with California’s right to set its own environmental standards? It’s called crassly calculated political opportunism. And based on my doctorate in armchair psychology, and my recent profiling of 45, this also involves his taking perverse delight in punishing those who dissed him.
If you’ll forgive the play on words, it takes my breath away.
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