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Old 11th September 2019, 04:36 AM   #41
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I wonder if this is just a token effort by the DOJ just to ameliorate their petulant POTUS. Even then, it is extremely alarming. Just another piece of evidence of the weakness of our system that relies of good faith following of norms by those in power. Nothing really stops the president from personally directing the DOJ to extract vengeance from his political enemies.

Realistically, there are lots of good business reasons for automakers to agree to the California standard. I imagine all the current engineering has been done to meet the previous standard, and redesigning would be expensive. Maintaining separate designs is probably more trouble than it's worth. If Trump is a single term POTUS, odds are good that the EPA decision will be reversed and they'll be back to the old standard soon enough.

I don't really see any price fixing here. They are agreeing to an emissions standard, but these companies are still very much in competition with one another. It's going to be tough for the DOJ to argue that industry standards that aren't explicitly written into the law are anti competitive.
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Old 11th September 2019, 06:58 AM   #42
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Originally Posted by johnny karate View Post
Can anyone come up with a principle of the Republican Party that the Republican Party hasnít completely abandoned?
You need to have principles in the first place for that. Since the 80ís the Republicans havenít had any principle other that say things to get elected even if itís self contradictory nonsense. Just keep repeating it and it will be ďtrueĒ

Originally I guess the idea was to promise everything then govern to a sensible conservative standard once you are in power, but it never quite worked out that way. Now the generation that has grown up believing the propaganda is actually in power and blaming everyone else for their failures.
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