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    The ideal of the senate was to give the states a voice in the federal government. All states are supposed to be considered equal, hence the two votes no matter how big or small, no matter how rich or poor.

    The 17th amendment stripped the states of this power, and rightly so: the whole appointment thing was rife with graft and corruption.

    But the unintended consequence was that the states—as entities—no longer had any power Over the functioning of the federal government.

    If we really want to make the Senate more like the House, we might as well abolish the Senate and go unicameral. Check out the Nebraska legislature to see how "well" that works in a microcosm.


    “Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it; it's only for wallowing in.” — Katherine Mansfield

    by Simolean on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 09:18:57 AM PDT

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    •  I didn't mean literally minorities but states that (2+ / 0-)
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      would be overpowered by the bigger states, the richer states. In some ways I think that is an issue with people from red states. I think unicameral is a terrible idea because it gives too much power to that body. Curtailing power and balancing power are very important...So even while it feels unfair when there is something we want done, it feels very fair when we are wanting something to be undone or not to be passed in the first place. Personally I am with Obama. everyone counts, even those we dislike intensely so we have to jiggle and box and dance around until someone gives and we move on. Frustrating as hell but anything else is dictatorship either by an indvidual or a group who have the power. You can see the problem when either side focuses on one issue ignoring all the attached issues or the fact that thier claims are in direct contradiction to some of thier aims.

      How can you tell when Rmoney is lying? His lips are moving. Fear is the Mind Killer

      by boophus on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 09:37:38 AM PDT

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    •  there are plenty of successful democracies (2+ / 0-)
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      that have unicameral legislations, including all of scandinavia. nebraska's problems have nothing to do with unicameralism. kansas and oklahoma and texas are bicameral.

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 10:13:46 AM PDT

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