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Decentralization: How a Hidden Provision in the U.S. Constitution Could Remake America

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America started out with 13 state and today we have 50. Is that too many? As federal power and activities have expanded over the past century, has the national government overshadowed the states because they are too numerous and uncoordinated to provide a stable balance to federal power? Or, because sparsely-populated conservative states with two senators each get a disproportionate share of the power, should the urbanized areas quit relying on the federal government for policy and funding on health care, housing, education, and transportation, and refocus instead on states or regional groups of states to provide most domestic programs?

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