Matt Yglesias points out that Rick Perry holds some astoundingly extreme opinions. Perry thinks that Social Security, Medicare, federal labor laws, federal environmental laws, federal banking regulation, and federal aid to education are all unconstitutional, and that global warming is a fraud.
Avik Roy responds that all of these borderline-crazy views are mainstream conservative views. For example, opposition to the use of the Commerce Clause is “about as mainstream of a conservative position on constitutional law as there is.”
That’s supposed to disprove Matt’s claim that Perry is spouting lunacy. All it proves to me is that the viewpoint now falsely calling itself “conservative” is not to be taken seriously.
Update Ezra Klein has more: Perry wants to repeal the 17th Amendment, returning the power to choose U.S. Senators to state legislatures. I suppose we’re not moving back to the Gilded Age fast enough to please Gov. BigHair.
Second update Perry scores a trifecta: Paul Krugman explains why Texas’s success in luring jobs from other states with lower wages and weaker regulations can’t be duplicated nationally. Can you say “Fallacy of composition”? I was sure that you could.