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.
This week, we passed a new presidential milestone.
According to the periodic NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey, Barack Obama plummeted to an all-time low of 42% in public approval. While that alone constitutes a notable event, it’s actually not the most important aspect of the survey, since peaks and troughs are cyclical realities of any presidency.
Rather, four additional aspects add particular significance.
First, as highlighted by the Journal, “more Americans now view Mr. Obama negatively than positively, for the first time since he emerged as a national…
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