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.
The news earlier this week that Liz Cheney would abandon her pursuit of a U.S. Senate seat in Wyoming — a quest which found her launching a primary challenge to long-time Republican incumbent Mike Enzi — generated a predictable overreaction from members of the mainstream media.
Salon’s Joan Walsh — a woman who is paid to be wrong in print about everything — declared the moment indicative of “the fizzling of the Tea Party as an oppositional force.” As is her wont, Ms. Walsh is making the wish the father of the thought.
That the dust-up in Wyoming doesn’t…
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