- Published: October 31, 2021
- Updated: October 31, 2021
- University / College: Aston University
- Language: English
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Article IV of the constitution states the relationship between the states and the federal government but there are other areas of the constitution where this relationship is defined. The constitution gives the national government the authority to construct all laws that regard government’s power over taxation, business and military defense. The authority to create these laws gives the national government great control over these states seeing that the three areas it has control over are key areas of the states. This control is not clearly seen in the article iv of the constitution.
The constitution explicitly denies thestates their control over the taxation system, business and military defense. It gives the national government authority to control these areas. These are some of the key areas to the power held by the government.
Before the ratification of amendments to the constitution, the national government could neither tax the people nor the states. The amendments became necessary due to the realization that the central government could run bankrupt and the consequent introduction of a national taxing system.
Debt wars were part of the reason nationalists began to see the need for a stronger central government. Other reasons were the realization that the central government was running bankrupt due to lack of a national taxation system and also tariff problems.
It was the nationalists who proposed the calling of a convention of delegates from the various states that saw to the drafting and ratification of the constitution. The convention was initially called to discuss the taxation and tariff problems. The need to form a stronger government was agreed on and consequently the need for a constitution under which such a government would work on.
Henretta. “Making War and Republican Governments, 1776-1789.” The New Republic, 1763-1820. BenfordsMartins, 2009. Print.