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(Episode 29) At Whom the Buck Stops (the Tenth Amendment)

Welcome to the Season 3 finale, listeners! In this episode, we discuss the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which deals with the concept of federalism:

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

Though in the modern-day, the text of the Tenth Amendment seems like an obvious point, the historical context in which the Amendment was proposed (and ultimately included) shows just how important it was. In that way, it's similar to the Ninth Amendment we covered last episode. While the Ninth Amendment talks about how there are more rights of the people that aren't listed in the Constitution, the Tenth Amendment essentially says, "Hey, federal government: if the power isn't listed, you don't have it - states or people do."

Is that still true today? Think about how big the federal government is and the scope of its powers…

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