This article introduces the proposal entitled Madison 2.0 which calls for an enlightened federal government to enact legislation—using its broad ability to tax and spend for the general welfare—to revitalize, as opposed to undermine, American federalism. Part I discusses American Federalism today and the need for an updated approach. Part II explores the government's dysfunctional response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Part III proposes how to revitalize American federalism through the Spending Clause. Part IV discusses how to claw back funds in situations of state recalcitrance and replacing funds with a basic income. Lastly, this article concludes by explaining why the Madison 2.0 proposal address the need to revitalize American federalism.
Mohamed Akram Faizer, Madison 2.0—Applying the Constitution’s Taxing and Spending Clause to Revitalize American Federalism, 46 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 69 (2022).
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