Over the past few decades, there has been uncritical acceptance in many quarters of the notion that the federal government is the best level of government at which to establish regulatory programs. Congress, the entire federal apparatus, and even the states seemed to agree that when someone said "there ought to be a law," that meant a federal law. With the federal law came federal regulations, federal enforcement, federal judicial review, and, of course, federal bureaucracy.
C. B. Gray,
Regulation and Federalism,
Yale J. on Reg.
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