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  • • Constitution is designed to share powers between a federal government and regional governments. • Power moves top down.
  • • Under a confederal government, the states have the most power, and the nat’l gov’t is weak. • Power moves bottom up.
  • • Authors of the Constitution wanted a presidential government. • Voters pick members of legislative AND executive branch (but not judicial).
  • • 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
  • • 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)
  • • The Supremacy Clause establishes the Const. as the “supreme law of the land” – the trump card.