No Mary, not feta cheese, federalism. Federalism is the foundation of how our government functions. Federalism allows for all levels of government to exert their power in a more balanced setting. It's a system that ensures that the federal government doesn't have too much power over the state governments.
Wow, I didn't know about that policy! You'd think that they'd write that in the Consitution.
It actually is in the Consituiton; it's apart of the Bill of Rights. The 10th amendment states that powers not granted to the federal government fall under the jurisdiction of the state governments and the people.
We live in Massachusetts, which was the first state to legalize same sex marriage. So even if the federal government tries to ban it, federalism will protect our state government's law about same sex marriage
So, you're saying the state and federal government have different powers?
Exactly. State powers tend to be more specific to the values of the people in that state. That's why some states have different laws
Okay...sounds suspicious...what are some laws states are in charge of ?
Well, some state powers are, controlling public education, marriage laws, professional licensing, driving laws, and setting up local government regulations and elections.