Upsource (new glossary entry)


A term I coined meaning the opposite of subsidiarity. Moving responsibility for something up and out of local or individual control to a higher level of government. For example, medical care for the aging was “upsourced” by LBJ in the 60s with the enactment of Medicare. Similarly, the GOP with Bill Clinton’s help, “upsourced” regulation of marriage to the federal government in violation of the Tenth Amendment through the Defense of Marriage Act. (This backfired of course as the Supreme Court took their upsourcing mandate and flipped it around so states could not regulate marriage even if they wanted to.)

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