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Republicans claim to be for small government conservatism. So they're for letting municipalities set their own laws, right? Writing on North Carolina's recent anti-LGBT bill:

[The legislative blitz] wasn’t only a bathroom bill, though. That was the pretext — state legislation to override Charlotte’s city law protecting LGBT civil rights. But the effect — explicitly written into this new law — reaches far beyond just this immediate anti-LGBT pretext. The law claims for the state the right to overrule and override any local or municipal regulation — specifically mentioning local minimum-wage laws and child-labor laws.

So this isn’t just about prohibiting Charlotte from protecting the civil rights of LGBT residents. It’s also about preventing Charlotte from raising the minimum wage. Or preventing Charlotte — or any other municipality — from, say, requiring better water-safety standards than whatever state lawmakers might decide. It’s a centralized, top-down, Raleigh-knows-best power-grab by the capital. Because, again, small government conservatism.


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Date: 2016-12-29 03:20 am (UTC)
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It's like the chaotic neutral character in the party who always argues whatever premise will benefit him the most. Republicans are for top-down government when they control the top. When someone else controls the top, they're for small government. It consistently favors their right to do as they please, and they want a captive audience so they can hurt people without having to do too much actual work in the process.

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