Question

Why is it that when the federal government plays a minimalist role and the states are given broad powers to regulate their own affairs, it is called federalism?

And why is it that when the federal government plays a maximalist role and tramples the rights of states to regulate their own affairs, it is called statism? 

Confusing as the terms may be, the truth is that we have had way too much statism in recent decades.  It’s time to get back to federalism.

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