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If the federal government only adopts a single policy

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Unformatted text preview: ................................................................................. 4-5 Uniqueness Uniqueness – Federal Power Restrained Now ..................................................................................... 6 Uniqueness – Federal Role in Transportation Decreasing .................................................................... 7 Answers to: No Threshold .................................................................................................................. 8-9 Link Link – Transportation ..................................................................................................................... 10-11 Link – Federal Support/Block Grants .................................................................................................. 12 Link – Domestic Action ....................................................................................................................... 13 Answers to: Federal-State Power Not Zero Sum ................................................................................ 14 Impact Impact – Tyranny ........................................................................................................................... 15-16 Impact – Liberty .................................................................................................................................. 17 Answers to: State Power Harms Minority Rights................................................................................. 18 Answers to: State Power Decreases Efficiency .................................................................................. 19 Article: Remaking Federalism to Remake the American Economy ..................................................... 20 1|Page Federalism DA BDL Summary The federalism disadvantage partially stems from the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, which states that powers not explicitly given to the federal government are reserved for the states. The federal government possesses only those powers enumerated by the Constitution. Included among these enumerated powers are the powers to raise and coin money, the powe r to spend that money, the power to regulate foreign and interstate commerce, and the power to provide for the defense of the United States. Generally speaking, the states are responsible for policy action on domestic issues, including education, welfare, health, and criminal justice where the Constitution does not provide authorization for the federal government to act. States do have some authority over environmental regulation and environmental protection. The purpose of federalism, striking a balance between the powers of the state and the federal government, is to ensure that one branch of government, particularly the federal government, does not obtain too much power. The trick is to determine precisely how and where to strike the balance. There are a number of reasons that federalism is arguably good. In the debate, you should be sure to extend at least one piece of evidence that makes each of the following arguments. If you win some of these argument...
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