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    institution in the Government, I think its role should be reduced to an advisory role. My Senate would have no direct legislative role. All they could do is send Bills back to the House and ask for revisions. Similarly, they would do essentially what they do now vis-a-vis the Executive, but they are really more like a House of Lords than anything else. George Washington, with his famous tea-cooling saucer analogy, seemed to be of the same opinion. The Senate was envisaged as a place of review. It wasn't supposed to be the muscular actor that it has become. If the Senate were to retreat to that role, filibusters would not exist. We would, instead, have discussion and review of the activities of the House and the Executive. The Senate would evolve to become a more reasoned and more useful institution.

    For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

    by Anne Elk on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 02:17:53 PM PST

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