Legal Literacy

In response to my Monthly Essay in July 2012 , (“Federal–State Relations:  A Plea for Constitutional Literacy”), Bill Julian, Esq., states:

I would slightly amend the topic—'legal' literacy rather than 'constitutional' literacy—because the difficult problems are ultimately about how to read the law, including the statutes, not just the Constitution.  

Congress is just as capable of performing the allocation of power and responsibility among local and national institutions as the Supreme Court, and has done so intelligently on many occasions, including especially the ensemble of energy measures in the 1930s (Federal Power Act, Natural Gas Act, Rural Electrification Act, Public Utility Holding Company Act). 

From a policy perspective, the issue is always aligning power, responsibility, and accountability.  Increasing the distance between decision-makers and the impacts of their decisions on constituents is often bad policy, as we know.  Efficiency is not a complete substitute value or consideration for accountability and responsibility.  Technology does not solve the problem, and may exacerbate it. 

Anyway, thanks again for focusing on the big picture.

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