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Destroying the Senate -
and our liberties

Washington Times, by Orrin G. Hatch

Original Article

Posted By:SpeedMaster, 8/3/2014 11:12:10 AM

Procedural changes impede the chamber’s traditional deliberative function Americans hold the Senate in low esteem, but the situation is even worse than most understand. The Senate is dysfunctional today because its current leadership has acted to destroy the institution itself. Job-approval ratings for Congress have been in the teens or single digits for more than three years. A poll last year found that Congress is less popular than head lice, root canals and traffic jams. The “good” news is that Congress is slightly more popular than playground bullies, telemarketers and North Korea.

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What destroyed the senate was the 17th amendment, harry reid just applied the final nail.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: john56, 8/3/2014 11:48:09 AM     (No. 9951777)

Orrin ... I respect playground bullies more than Harry Reid and his dictatorship over the US Senate. Even on telemarketers and North Korea is moving up fast.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: oh-heck, 8/3/2014 11:56:28 AM     (No. 9951785)

Senator Hatch, you are a US Senator. You have a great deal of power to block action in the Senate if you merely state forcefully that you will obstruct all legislation until the rules change has been corrected. You have not. Quit whining and do your job.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Bur Oak, 8/3/2014 1:41:01 PM     (No. 9951889)

Repeal the 17th amendment to the Constitution.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Aubreyesque, 8/3/2014 2:18:17 PM     (No. 9951945)

I concur: REPEAL the 17th AMENDMENT!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Hammock, 8/3/2014 4:16:08 PM     (No. 9952045)

The article says that the destruction in the senate of the rights of the minority to a say in nominations through the threat of a filibuster has resulted in the appointment of 3 extra judges to the appeals court of the DC circuit. This means that the recent ruling that O-care plainly states that subsidies are not authorized to be given where states have not set up their own exchanges will be reversed.

The capture of the DC appeals court was a big prize not only for that, but for future challenges to executive/administration dictats.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: KTWO, 8/3/2014 6:40:30 PM     (No. 9952142)

True enough.

But doesn´t Orrin realize that the great majority of his fellow Senators don´t care at all.

They want the job and the privileges and the payoffs and their grand titles. They just don´t want to be bothered with duties and difficulties.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: MDConservative, 8/3/2014 7:19:26 PM     (No. 9952167)

If the Senate never passed another bill the country would be better off. Politicians create problems or crises and then capitalize on the chaos they created. Take the border...

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