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A Strong Central Government

The United States, compared to countries like France, does not have a very strong central government. For example, public education in the United States is almost wholly within the domain of local government. In two-pages, discuss whether or not you believe that in the 21st century Washington should have greater power to dictate national policy. Should the federal government be able to override state policies? If you were to amend the Constitution, would you entrust greater powers to Washington DC and less power to the states? Why or why not? Are state and local governments fundamentally equipped to handle the current public policy challenges of today, or do they lack the expertise to adequately address concerns and issues that may have national implications?

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A Strong Central Government

Will Washington have greater power o dictate national policy? The answer is no. The states' rights versus federal rights have been a fight that has occurred throughout the history of American politics. The debate was discussed as part of the ratification process at a Constitutional Convention in 1787 between the Federalist and Anti-Federalists. This discussion has been debated between political parties and a Civil War. The purpose of the Constitutional Convention was to give the federal government more power as compared to the Articles of Confederation. The Constitution has a balance between states' rights and federal powers. Generally, the states' rights were held in tact with certain limitations. A key limitation is that no state law is superior to the federal law. Also, the federal government has the power to regulate commerce within the United States. The Federalist argued for the powers of the federal government whereas the Anti-Federalist argued against the powers of the federal government and opposed ratification of the Constitution. The Anti-Federalist argued that too much power was given to the federal government and taken away from the states. For example, the new powers given to Congress, Senators would have a six year term and the powers of the president. The Federalist argued that the states would hinder developing commerce. More importantly, a strong government would allow the United States to become a world leader. In order to obtain ratification of the Constitution, the Federalist agreed to the Bill of ...

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