repealing the 17th admendment

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    Can someone please explain why so many people advocate for this? I don't quite understand why people don't want to be able to vote for their own officials
     
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    Because the Senate was supposed to be the place where the state legislatures had a say in spending policy, since the states were the ones who were charged with collecting apportioned federal taxes.

    Since the passage of the 17th Amendment, no state has had any say in federal spending policy.
     
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    senators and reps are from the states so yes they do have a say.
     
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    Is there no end to your historical ignorance and buffoonery? :lol:
     
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    How is having elected officials pick them rather than the peopel directly electing them less represntation of the state?
     
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    Because the Senators could be recalled at will by the state legislatures if they became creatures of DC.

    Now they're merely popularly elected congressweasels with tenure.
     
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    When state assemblies elected federal senators they were usually people that had experience in their own state government. The House of Representatives was supposed to be the people's house, the senate was supposed to represent the states. The 17th amendment takes powers from the states and gives them to the federal government.
    Some things we have seen more of since the ratification of the 17th amendment;
    1-more and bigger unfunded mandates from the federal government to the states
    2- senators that represent states that they either lived in a very short time or not at all
    3- more career senators at the federal level
    4- the same level of cronyism and lunacy in the senate as in the house.
     
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    what a fucking circus that would be.

    You would have the peoples business subject to bickering in one states senate.
     
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    Oh, like it's not a fucking circus now. :rolleyes:
     
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    Before it was ratified by all the states some states withheld electing senators for political reasons. One senator seat sat empty for 4 whole years.

    That is why all the states were willing to change it.
     

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