Here in Pennsylvania we just lowered the DUI level to .08, in order to comply with federal regulations. If we had refused, then the federal government would have pulled some of the money for our highway improvements and social programs. So we didn’t really have a reasonable choice in the matter.
This same type of thing happened when the federal government required all states to raise the legal drinking age to 21. The same threat was given then, too. If the state chooses not to comply, then the federal government will pull funding for highway maintenance and social programs. The last state to hold out was Louisiana, but they too eventually complied.
The name of the country that I live in is called the United States of America. I am a big fan of States’ Rights.
What presidential administration or period of time in US history did so much power get usurped from the States by the US government?
What actions, in your opinion, could the States take to shift the power back to the States?
These are not rhetorical questions. I’m truly looking for facts and opinions on this matter.