The Top 10 Latest Developments in Federalism
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1) A Check on Washington. Congressmen Eric Cantor and Rob Bishop spoke with the Daily Caller about their support for the Repeal Amendment to give two-thirds of the states the power to repeal any federal law or regulation.
2) Protecting the 10th by Giving States Standing. Congressman Tom Cole has introduced legislation to give state executive and legislative leaders special standing that would allow them to challenge in federal court regulations issued by federal administrative agencies.
3) Federalism Can Make the Presidency Possible. Congressman Joe Pitts argues that the best way to make a modern presidency manageable is to limit the president’s responsibilities to its proper constitutional role.
4) An Agenda for State Action. The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued a report and launched an initiative to develop an “Agenda for State Action” to help states explore ways to stop federal overreach and restore constitutional limits on power.
5) Hold the Defibrillator. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell reports from the Republican Governors Association that the “10th Amendment is still alive.”
6) Reclaiming Commerce. The Tenth Amendment Center’s Michael Boldin describes the consequences of a tortured understanding of “interstate commerce.”
7) Sarah Palin’s take on the 10th. Sarah Palin’s new book attributes a number of today’s most pressing problems to “the inevitable result of national leaders who have forgotten the fundamental wisdom of the Tenth Amendment.” Atta boy, Sarah.
8) Stop Smearing Federalism. Reason magazine’s Damon Root tells liberals to “stop smearing federalism and start evaluating the merits of the actual issues."
9) The True Story of the 17th Amendment and Federalism. David Gans argues that Tea Partiers love the Constitution, except for the parts they don’t, and gets the history of the 17th Amendment all wrong.
10) The True Story of the 17th Amendment and Federalism, a Rejoinder. George Mason law professor, Todd Zywicki, offers a persuasive rebuttal to Gans’ charges.
There is a vibrant discussion throughout America today on federalism. “The 10” is a regular summary of 10 noteworthy federalism stories or thought-provoking commentary designed to provide people access to this discussion. Not all items included in “The 10” are supported or endorsed by the members of the Task Force.
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