Unfortunately, if you try to advance federalism in a piecemeal fashion, attacking just one onerous regulation at a time, you will quickly find that it is just a single pebble in a Mount Everest of overregulation. And for each pebble you remove, several hundred are put in its place, on a monthly basis.
So here is a better approach: give the regulatory ability of the federal government to the states.
For example, a regulatory agency like the EPA should constitutionally create regulation only when pollution transcends state borders, or when there is an ecological disaster too great for a state to clean up (of which there are many). This would fit the original intent of the constitution.
But beyond these things, the EPA should only be an *advisory* agency, to give out information that others may *choose* to use to regulate.
Next, the problem of largess should be handled in a simple way, by giving the states block grants and *advice* on how those grants should be spent.
So, for example, if congress votes a new health program for poor children, the money would be given as a block to each state, based on how many poor children that state had. And if a state agreed to take the money on condition that they use it only for that poor children program, they could either choose to take it, or refuse it outright.
Doing this would slash a vast amount of federal government, cost a whole lot less, and make the federal budget much simpler.
It would be “federalism with a vengeance”.
Striker got it first at Ruby Ridge...