Relationships between federal, state and local governments seem to be more frayed today than anytime in recent history. Consider the current “standoff” between the federal government’s mandates for the reopening of public schools during the COVID-19 crisis, and local school districts’ responses. Polls indicate a decline in public confidence in the direction (or lack thereof) provided by the national government on this issue. As trust in the national government declines, will trust in local governments increase? is this is good thing for our system of government or does it matter? Why or why not?

Also, the President recently threatened to “cut-off” funding for cities where he feels unrest does not seem to be under control. While there is considerable question/debate about the Constitutional authority for him do so, do you view this as a perversion of the concept of federalism or consistent with what the Founders had in mind?