The Government Looks So Big When the Other Guy's in Charge!


Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, is backing a state resolution that gives a shout-out to the 10th Amendment in these government-expanding times.

"I believe that our federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state," Gov. Perry said. "That is why I am here today to express my unwavering support for efforts all across our country to reaffirm the states' rights affirmed by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I believe that returning to the letter and spirit of the U.S. Constitution and its essential 10th Amendment will free our state from undue regulations, and ultimately strengthen our Union."

Perry, you may recall, was also governor of Texas through George W. Bush's entire big-government and unduly regulatory presidency, when such public displays of constitutional affection (let alone rubber-meets-the-road legislation and governance, as opposed to mere chest-puffing) were much less in evidence from Republican politicians.

Brian Doherty wrote about why states should refuse stimulus money last month.