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The relationship between state and federal power
How has federal power expanded over time?
Article I, Section 10: prohibits the states from certain things (making treaties, raising armies, etc.)
Article VI: Supremacy clause (laws of the national government shall be the supreme law of the land)
Congress shall have the power . . . to make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.”
Does this clause expand or reduce federal power?
Because it’s elastic!
It’s all in how we interpret two sections of the Constitution . . .
Dual: Narrow interpretation of the elastic clause
Cooperative: Broad interpretation of the elastic clause
Which makes a “big” government?
Financial incentives influence state behavior (because the money comes with “strings”)