The Feds Need the States to Do Almost Everything

Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“The federal government depends on teamwork to get virtually anything done. What happens if half the team quits? Things don’t get done. Alexander Hamilton stumbled on the truth in Federalist #16. He argued that the states should not have any say in executing the powers of the federal government. In so doing, he unwittingly laid the foundation of state nullification. ‘If the interposition of the State legislatures be necessary to give effect to a measure of the Union, they have only NOT TO ACT, or to ACT EVASIVELY, and the measure is defeated.’ Hamilton got what he wanted in one sense. State legislatures have no say in approving or disapproving federal measures. But states still play a significant role in enforcing the federal government’s will. … By refusing to act, states have the power to defeat federal measures for all practical purposes.” (09/09/21)