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Blueprint for the Constitution
Blueprint for the Constitution
Blueprint for the Constitution
Blueprint for the Constitution
Blueprint for the Constitution
Blueprint for the Constitution
Blueprint for the Constitution
Blueprint for the Constitution
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Blueprint for the Constitution

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  • 1. • Constitution is designed to share powers between a federal government and regional governments. • Power moves top down.
  • 2. • Under a confederal government, the states have the most power, and the nat’l gov’t is weak. • Power moves bottom up.
  • 3. • Authors of the Constitution wanted a presidential government. • Voters pick members of legislative AND executive branch (but not judicial).
  • 4. • expressed powers: those found directly in the Const. for the federal gov’t. – Ex: declare war • reserved powers: belong exclusively to the states. – Ex: establish public schools
  • 5. • concurrent powers: those shared by the states and the fed gov’t. – Ex: raise taxes • implied powers: not stated in the Const., but are reasonably suggested by the expressed powers. – Ex: interstate highway (interstate trade)
  • 6. • The Supremacy Clause establishes the Const. as the “supreme law of the land” – the trump card.

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