Magazine October 18, 2010, Issue

Rogue States

They are the enemy of federalism

In this season of resurgence, conservatives have goals more ambitious than ending bailouts or cutting federal spending: They seek a constitutional restoration. They believe that today’s bloated federal government is not just doing damage to the economy but doing violence to the Founders’ design. They worry especially that the federal expansion has come at the expense of the states. So there is talk in conservative circles about constitutional amendments to right the balance, and about “devolving” power and programs to the states. The House Republicans’ “Pledge to America” calls for a revival of the Tenth Amendment, a constitutional provision often

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Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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