THEN                                                           NOW
The states were unable to meet needs. The national government is unable to meet needs.
National government growing faster than state governments. State and local governments growing faster than national government.
Introduction of grants-in-aid. Move to block grants.
Faith in national government to have the solutions. Belief that solutions may be impossible.
Positive attitude toward national government regulation. National government regulation viewed by many as a problem, not the solution.
Sharp partisan differences over role of respective levels of government. Partisan differences blurred.
Economic centralization. Economic decentralization.
States varied in regulation of business. Most regulation of business is by the national government.