2.8 - Thus the Constitution granted Congress the...

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Free-Response Question: The Constitution was an attempt to address problems of decentralization that were experienced under the Articles of Confederation. Discuss three problems of decentralization that occurred under the Articles of Confederation. For each problem you list, identify one solution that the Constitution provides to address the problem. Under the Articles of Confederation, the federal government did not have the power to tax; they left this up to the individual states. This caused problems when the government needed to fund the Revolution. Thus, under Section 8 of the Constitution, it says that Congress has the "power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States." In addition, the Articles of Confederation caused a lack of national supremacy in treaty making. The government needed the power to form treaties because individual states should not have this power, otherwise each state would be treated like a different country.
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Unformatted text preview: . Thus, the Constitution granted Congress the power "to declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water" Most importantly, there was no system of checks and balances exacted under the Articles of Confederation. Government needed to be checked with state laws. In addition, different branches of government were created (Legislative, Executive, and Judicial) to prevent the government from becoming dictatorial. Thus, this enabled a centralized government to form that would not be to strong that it would infringe on peoples' rights. no checks and balances- Legislative, Executive, and Judicial changing the articles was nearly impossible Some have argued the tension between decentralized power and centralized power continues to exist. Support this argument by explaining how one of the following demonstrates the continued tension. Environmental policy Gun control Disability access Environmental policy Gun control Disability access...
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This note was uploaded on 05/15/2011 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor Dannicatambay during the Fall '08 term at UPenn.

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