I've just learned that the Senate's financial reform bill actually permits the Treasury Department to unilaterally override existing state regulations protecting consumers if said regulations "interfere" with international trade agreements. Is that why Republicans are so dead-set against the bill, since it doesn't respect "states' rights"? Nah -- that would be conservative, and Republicans are no longer conservative. It's not even about preventing states from flouting the will of Congress -- the offending provision permits the executive branch to enter into agreements without even consulting Congress. But Sen. Merkley (D-OR) plans to introduce an amendment that would strike the offending provision from the bill. Public Citizen provides the contact tool.
Meanwhile, the ACLU also helps you tell your state lawmakers not to pass any Arizona-style illegal immigration laws in your state. The law will absolutely promote racial profiling, no matter how much "training" Gov. Brewer promises her cops will get, even if they pick up the occasional California tourist just to convince everyone (including themselves) they're not being racists. And I don't get how this is a "conservative" law. Seems to me conservatives would oppose the law because people shouldn't have to prove they're innocent so much as the state should have to prove they're guilty. That's how Blackstone wanted it, that's how the Founders wanted it, and the whole presumed-innocent idea seems, you know, worth conserving. Yikes. How do people who hate "big government" suddenly think it's OK to turn Arizona into Commietown? Oh, wait, we've pretty much already answered that.