- Federalism under Obama
- Focused more on domestic policy as a way of delivering his 'change' agenda.
- States given categorical grants-in-aid to carry out policies.
- Money from the federal government accounted for 30% of state government spending in 2009 compared with 25% in 2008.
- re-authorisation of State Children's Health Insurance legislation
- The expansion of medicare under Obama's healthcare reform legislation
- Higher education expenditure (e.g Pell Grants, 2010)
- $4.35 billion invested in the Race to the top programme to boost education in the states
- Many Republicans saw the passage of the healthcare reform legislation as 'the end of federalism'
- The Tea Party movement thought Obama was more socialist than Federalist.
- 74% of Republicans & 60% of independents agreed with the statement that 'the federal government is doing too many things better left to business & individuals.'
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