Senator-elect Ted Cruz (R-TX) is no stranger to fringe ideas. He authored an unconstitutional plan to nullify the Affordable Care Act. His first campaign ad touted his work helping Texas to execute an “illegal alien.” And he published an article last January claiming that the United Nations and billionaire George Soros are engaged in a nefarious global plot to “abolish ‘unsustainable’ environments, including golf courses, grazing pastures, and paved roads.”
If anything, however, Cruz’ new chief of staff suggests that Cruz’ determination to stop imaginary Soros conspiracies to destroy the game of golf is only the first part of an even more ideological agenda:
Senator-elect Ted Cruz today named as his chief of staff Chip Roy, a former Senate aide who helped Gov. Rick Perry write his anti-government tome Fed Up! . . . .
In a review of Fed Up!, Gene Healy – a scholar at the libertarian Cato Institute – credited him as “the guy who did most of the heavy lifting in the book,” though it’s hard to know exactly how much influence his views had. In the book, Perry called Social Security unconstitutional and a “Ponzi scheme.” He called it a mistake to allow direct election of senators, saying it was better to let Legislatures pick. He called for ending life tenure for federal judges and for repeal of the 16th amendment, which authorized a federal income tax. And he denounced as overreach federal efforts to regulate health care, pollution, labor conditions and energy policy.
It is likely that no book by any politician in recent history misunderstands the Constitution as badly as Fed Up!. Among other things, Rick Perry’s book attacks Supreme Court cases permitting “federal laws regulating the environment, regulating guns, protecting civil rights, establishing the massive programs and Medicare and Medicaid, creating national minimum wage laws, [and] establishing national labor laws.” It also claims that we have Social Security “at the expense of respect for the Constitution and limited government.”
And an incoming United States Senator chose “the guy who did most of the heavy lifting” in this anti-Constitution screed as his closest and most influential adviser.