With so much attention on the turf war between Congress and the President, it’s easy to overlook another, equally disturbing separation-of-powers crisis – the swift erosion of federalism.
Just as the U.S. Constitution assigns certain powers and duties to the three coequal branches of the federal government (legislative, executive, and judicial), so too does it differentiate lines of responsibility between the federal and state governments. This latter idea is known as federalism, and it’s in pretty bad shape according to a thought-provoking essay by Richard Epstein and Mario Loyola.
In particular, the practice of conditioning receipt of federal money on capitulation to federal regulations is turning states into mere enforcement officers.
It seems you can’t go anywhere these days without hearing the refrain: America is suffering … and it’s because of the wealthy. Barack Obama rails against fat-cat bankers and employers sitting on money. Liberal protestors bewail the influence of money in politics in the wake of the Supreme Court’s campaign finance rulings.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid takes to the floor for daily denunciations of Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who’ve financed many conservative and libertarian causes.
Of course, there are some ironies at work here.…
"Immigration has emerged as perhaps President Obama's worst issue -- definitely for today, and maybe of his entire presidency -- when it comes to public perception. A new poll from AP-GfK shows more than two-thirds of Americans (68 percent) disapprove of Obama's handling of the immigration issue in general. Just 31 percent approve -- down from 38 percent two months ago. When you separate those…[more]