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.
When one side in a policy debate begins advocating imprisonment for opponents, it tends to suggest that side is losing on the substantive merits, not winning.
Case in point: the ongoing man-made climate change debate.
Stop us if this sounds familiar, but the United Nations just issued yet another report alleging that anthropogenic (human-caused) global warming threatens the earth and its living populations. The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, whose name itself seems farcical, warns that rising temperatures will reduce crop yields, displace populations and…
"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]