Here’s Perry, closing out Glenn Beck’s show in style:
It’s really that competition [among states] that’s going to make America strong again. It’s the federal government kinda getting out of our hair. The idea that they’re telling us how to educate our children or how to deliver health care or how to, for that matter, clean our air is really nonsense. If you really want to get America back to this vibrant economy then respect the Tenth Amendment allow the states to be the laboratories of innovation.
As Ian Milhiser explains, that’s crazy talk:
Likewise, Perry’s strange suggestion that Texans should be immune from federal clean air laws is also nonsense. The Constitution gives national leaders sweeping power to regulate “commerce…among the several states,” and that includes the power to regulate polluting industries and polluting products such as automobiles.
And as I pointed out this morning, clean air laws are wildly popular.
Here’s the clip:
(H/T: Jed Lewison)
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