In a request for an AG's official opinion on the matter, Campfield peppered Cooper with questions, to wit: "Are products made, sold and used exclusively in Tennessee items in interstate commerce?" Also, "Could Tennessee manufacturers lawfully stop paying federal taxes or abiding by federal regulations on items that are made, bought, sold, and used exclusively in Tennessee?"
Cooper responded this week with a civics lesson for Campfield, whose grasp of the Constitution obviously is weak. The answers to his questions were, um, no and no.
"Under the Commerce Clause," the AG opined, "the federal government can regulate economic activity that has a substantial effect on interstate commerce which includes the making, growing or manufacturing in Tennessee of products that also are bought, sold, used or consumed exclusively within Tennessee. Additionally, under the Taxation Clause, the federal government can levy taxes on such activities."