The sticking point isn't that they regulate sales (all sales are regulated at some level), but that they expressly forbid manufacturers from direct sales.
Ha! Whoops! Read that as unconsititutional. It took me about a dozen rereads to spot it... guess I'm just not used to anybody actually arguing that something is constitutional
Sure, but right now Bar *is* bound to dealerships, even where none exist, at least in all of the states that Tesla hasn't won concessions in.
They're afraid that a Fiat or a Mitsubishi coming back to the states without a dealer presence will just use a combination of the internet and maybe some Apple Store-style mall showrooms to eat their lunch, shipping the cars out of central depots, and avoiding all of the overhead of traditional dealerships.
Just because FooCo sold franchise rights to its dealers doesn't mean that BarCo should be legally required to create franchises. That doesn't protect FooCo's franchises from FooCo's bullshit, it doesn't protect consumers from FooCo or BarCo, and it's against the most fundamental tenets of free enterprise.
There are good reasons to create franchise networks, but they should have to compete with other models. The current system was put in place for only one purpose: to artificially create a need for dealers.
What are you smoking? Regulating interstate commerce is a power directly allocated to Congress by the constitution.
First, you are wrong. Ha! Got you there, fucker. Let's see how you come back from that.
Second, I honestly don't care if your snippy comments and "sparing" us the trouble of finding it on wikipedia ourselves get you some cheap karma. But while you're at it, oh arbiter of internet fame, why don't you try searching slashdot and count how many articles have been posted about systemd in the last year? Maybe even click on one and see how the befuddled masses were able to cope with such arcane information?
TL;DR: No, you.
Tell me about it. The summary starts with "Linux creator Linus Torvalds..."
Why can't you just go up on your roof and mount a VHF/UHF antenna?
Yes, clearly we must protect obsolete industries at any cost.
I wish I could mod this up! Thanks!
>somebody got away with something so nobody should get prosecuted for something different
This is a felony. It's fraud and theft. Good engineers don't get fired for stealing 10% or less of what good engineers in the prime of their careers are making.
He didn't download a movie. He didn't copy that floppy. He appropriated a taxpayer resource to line his pockets.
...because you buy time on modern supercomputers all the time, and can give us the real scoop, right?
Being reclusive doesn't make you a recluse. A recluse withdraws from society; Watterson is just largely withdrawn from participating in the popular media. For someone as famous as he is, who is actively sought by writers and interviewers, that's reclusive behavior.