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Tuesday, December 14, 2004  

That Wicked Wickard thing

Supporters of states' rights have always blamed Wickard, and a few other cases of the same era, for paving the way for strong federal action on workplace safety, civil rights and the environment. Although they are unlikely to reverse Wickard soon, states' rights conservatives are making progress in their drive to restore the narrow view of federal power that predated the New Deal - and render Congress too weak to protect Americans on many fronts...

In pre-1937 America, workers were exploited, factories were free to pollute, and old people were generally poor when they retired. This is not an agenda the public would be likely to sign onto today if it were debated in an election. But conservatives, who like to complain about activist liberal judges, could achieve their anti-New Deal agenda through judicial activism on the right. Judges could use the so-called Constitution-in-Exile to declare laws on workplace safety, environmental protection and civil rights unconstitutional.

Wow. Today's the first time I've heard the name Wickard. In addition to the above info, there are probably implications for health care and other things that are in the way of the far right's pockets. There's more in this piece in the NYT about the growing campaign (happening under our noses) to undo the New Deal. It's an alarm to watch the legal system a bit more closely.

posted by Anjali Taneja | 12/14/2004 01:15:00 PM | |


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