Read the argument that I indicated was the straw man. Read it carefully. Now read the way I tore it down. I only said the government would be hard pressed to make a decisive override, not that they couldn't. To point out, Shakrai made the direct question [paraphrased to include context] "Can Uncle Sam override some States' decisions as a matter of public policy not to engage in public solid waste collection but rather to rely on the private sector for such services?" To answer the question in Shakrai's favor to the argument he is trying to make, the answer would be "No."
My response tears down the half of the argument that tries to make a 1:1 comparison between solid waste disposal within state boundaries and municipal internet services that by definition create interstate commerce. Your argument that through tonal interpretation seems to come as a defense to Shakrai in an attempt to berate me actually pulls down the rest of his argument as a house of cards. Your argument shows that in using Federal Regulatory policies and procedures over solid waste disposal, Uncle Sam actually can, in fact, override any decision the States' have made in whether they can rely on the private sector for the services.
In essence, with your help, we have shown Shakrai that yes, the Federal Government can and often does override decisions made by the States, and that his argument held no ground whatsoever to stand on. So, the argument was definitely a Straw Man. I chose not to tear it completely down. You did that for me.
To summarize: Through the EPA, the Federal Government can regulate and override decisions that states can make regarding solid state waste management, including whether or not public entities can use private companies for management or that it must manage waste itself. Through the FCC, the Federal Government can dictate and override decisions that states can make regarding internet connectivity, including whether or not public entities can build out their own networking infrastructure to connect to the internet; which the FCC now says that they must be allowed to.