It feels like the government has a lot more power today than what they had 90 years ago. 90 years ago, they believed that they didn't have the power at the National level to restrict our consumption of alcohol, according to the constitution as written.
Were we too strict in our interpretation of the constitution when passing the 18th amendment? Or are we being too lenient now? The risk of being too lenient is of course inevitable corruption at the federal level. We're losing the balance of power between the people and the government if this is true.
To be more specific - I'll ask about the necessity for amendments for the Health Care reform and Prohibition. (in my view, they both affect our lives simply by being citizens, both are being enforced at the federal level, but one was passed via an amendment and the other passed as a simple bill)