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Expanded Powers Of The National Government

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Tug Of War Between President And Congress Is Steadily Escalating. Most Recent Sign Of Incipient Institutional Breakdown Is House Speaker John Boehners Suit Against President Obama For Rewriting Laws And Stepping On Congress ' Turf. But lurking in wings is second separation-of-powers issue, just as important, that Americans have mostly overlookedthe separation between Federal and State Government. In many areas, that vital divide is fast disappearing, owing to relentless expansion of Federal power. And both political parties share blame. Programs like Medicaid, Common Core, Clean Air Act, and Federal highway system enjoy popular support because they appear to allow Federal Government to accomplish things all Americans want, at least in short run. But those programs often turn States into mere field offices of Federal Government, often against their will, in turn creating host of structural problems. Federal officials exert enormous influence over State budgets and State regulators, often behind scenes. New federalism replaces laboratories of democracy with heavy-hand, once-size-fit-all solutions. Uniformity wins but diversity loses, along with innovation, choice, and Constitution Necessary limits on Government power. Take Medicaid. On surface, it looks like Federal matching-grant for State health care programs target needy. In fact, it is opposite: way to rope States into match-funding Federal program. Federal Medicaid funds come with so many attached that States have little room to deviate from Federal dictatesexcept by expanding their programs to fiscally unsustainable levels, which Medicaid actually encourages States to do. States ' participation in Medicaid is supposed be voluntary. Supreme Court Has Insisted In Such Cases As New York V. United States That Federal Government Cant Command States To Regulate According To Federal Instructions. But if state rejects Medicaid and decides to establish its own program for needy, there is huge penalty: It loses its share of Medicaid funds, but its citizens still have to pay Medicaid taxes, meaning state residents end up paying twice for same services. That means less money for schools and and other things they need. Facing this penalty, States have little but to comply and be essentially deputized into Federal service. In 2012 decision NFIB v. Sebelius, Supreme Court held that States couldnt be threatened with loss of their existing Medicaid funds just because they refuse to comply with Medicaid expansion required by Obamacare. That was gun to say Courtcoercion, pure and simple. But Court failed to see that even losing new Medicaid funds also imposes double tax, albeit on smaller scale. Virtually every Federal program of assistance to States involves intrusive conditions coercive penalties. States lose Medicaid funds if they refuse to comply with intricate requirements of Medicaid program itself. They lose Federal highway funds if they their drinking age below 21. They lose Common Core funds for not complying with Common Core.

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3a. The Founders and Federalism

More than any other aspect of US government structure, Federalism contributes significantly to innovation in State, local and National Government alike. 1 However, it is unlikely that contemporary impacts of Federalism in postindustrial America were fully anticipated by framers of US Constitution. Founders Were Driven To Much Greater Extent By Desire To Strike Balance In Political Power Between Nascent National Governments And Several Pre-existing State Governments Than In Promoting Innovation And Capacity To Adapt To Ever Changing Socio-economic And Environmental Circumstances. Adoption of federal form of government at outset of our nation's history reflects appreciation for cultural heterogeneity that characterized original thirteen States. 2 As Intergovernmental relationships between federal government and several States have evolved over time, however, Federalism in America has repeatedly proven to serve as important institutional asset in service of sustainability. This Chapter will demonstrate how variety of incentive structures propel State and local governments toward greater open-mindedness, experimentation, and learning from experience than is generally case with National Government. Unlike more insulated federal government, several States and their many local governments face increasingly vexing and complex social and economic challenges which cannot be brushed aside in favor of engagement in rough-And-tumble of global politics and national partisan competition; citizens in our towns, cities, counties and States frequently demand that action be take To address their immediate concerns for quality of life where they live, and they tend To expect tangible results from their State and local Governments. Law enforcement services and community safety are good examples of such concerns for tangible results. When criminal activity increases in state or jurisdiction, citizens often call for stricter laws, stiffer penalties for violations, and more robust enforcement; sidestepping of issues and shifting of blame to others are generally not acceptable dodges of responsibility to citizens calling for effective action. Heighten visibility of problems at state and local level, and demand for quick solutions to those problems, commonly place heavy burden on State and local governments for timely action. While this often intense atmosphere can be quite stressful for State and local policymakers, some of very best and most innovative solutions to tough problems emerge from this setting-leading to development of solutions that promote sustainability of States and local communities in one location that are often copy, modified and implement in Other State and local Government settings across nation. Term Federalism Refers To Formal Legal Relationship Between One Or More Levels Of Government Vertically Organize, And Whole Host Of Relationships Between Similar Levels Of Government Horizontally Organize. As Watts notes, highly regarded late scholar of Federalism Daniel Elazar View Federalism as complex contractual arrangement; for Elazar, Federalism represents form of share Rule plus self Rule and balance between cooperation and competition among General and constituent Governments.

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Chapter Study Outline

US Federal System Assigns Decision-making Authority To Both National And State Governments And Protects Each Level From Encroachments By Other. Framers structured Constitution to carefully define and limit powers of national government. Framers ' attempts to create mutually exclusive spheres of influence, however, quickly give way to system of share federalism, where national and state governments jointly supply services to citizens. Over time, powers of national government have increased relative those of states. Nationalization of public policies formerly under jurisdiction of state governments has been facilitated by Constitutions vague language. Supremacy, commerce, and Necessary and Proper clauses all provided legal cover to efforts to expand national power. Several additional help account for nationalization. First, nationalization enables states solve enduring collective action problems. It allows States to on policy solutions, prevent reneging and shirking, and avoid cutthroat competition. Second, national have provided more efficient venue for political actors pursuing causes that enjoy widespread support. Finally, nationalization was further by historic shifts of authority to Washington during 1930s and 1960s, when national officials assumed responsibility for crafting responses to economic and social problems that were beyond capacity of state governments. Today, national governments enjoy substantial advantages in structuring their relations state governments. Through combination of carrots and sticks, national officials are able to dictate policy in States when they feel so inclined. Recent Growth In Size Of State And Local Governments Has Occurred Not In Spite Of, But As Result Of Nationalization, As Much Of Federal Domestic Policy Is Implemented By States Rather Than Federal Bureaucracy.

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