Concurrent Powers

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Under the Articles of Confederation, the government grew too weak, and some thought that chaos would soon fond over the newly founded nation of colonial America if this situation wasn 't taken care of quickly. The idea of rewriting the Articles sprung, but some thought of writing a whole new constitution and starting from square one would be the best decision to make. Under this new constitution, the nation was to use a federal system or federalism. Federalism is a system, in which the power to govern is shared between the national government and the states. It took two years of disagreements between the states, but the new constitution was finally ratified and had finally become the new foundation of our nation. With this new constitution, new powers were bestowed such as, enumerated, reserved, and concurrent powers. Unlike being under the first…show more content…
These are powers that were bestowed to both the states and the national government. One of these concurrent powers are establishing and enforcing laws on the citizens of the nation. States often carry out new laws to test out if they help the status of the state. If these experimental laws are successful, they are then often ratified nationwide by the federal government. The government does this to see if laws would work or if they need a bit of fixing to do before being spread nationwide. The government also has the power to establish courts, such as the Supreme Court which is located in the capital of Washington, D.C. Another concurrent power is the power to tax. Although many people despise the idea of taxation and the government taking a bit of their money away, they don 't see the whole picture. When the government collects taxes, they use this money on helping the nation by fixing the streets, building schools for children, and even maintaining our armed forces to protect
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