Re: NYT vs. Perry on States’ Rights

by Ramesh Ponnuru

Stanley, this might be an occasion to recall a line from former Senator Phil Gramm (R., Tex.):

As I am fond of saying, if the Congress had a vote on whether to build a cheese factory on the Moon, I would oppose it based on what I know now, and I cannot imagine the circumstance under which I would support it. But on the other hand, if Congress in its lack of wisdom decided to start a cheese factory on the Moon, I would want a Texas firm to do the engineering, I would want a Texas construction firm to do the construction, I would want the milk to come from Texas cows, and I would want the celestial distribution center to be in Dallas, Texas, or College Station, Texas, or somewhere else in my State.

Gramm is for Gov. Perry.