Federalism Can Help Tame the National Debt

The late constitutional scholar James McClellan described federalism as a principle that the American Founders had woven “into the constitutional fabric” of the nation. Unfortunately, for decades, that federalist fabric -- whose threads strongly supported a division of power between the national and state governments -- has been badly torn. It is not just the largesse of the federal government, but also regulatory edicts and efforts to undermine key state protections, that place the future of federalism in danger. Restoring federalism is possible, but only with concerted efforts now.

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