Thursday, May 26, 2005

US Senate Club

The US senate should be called the chamber of prevaricators. To listen to their retoric is to hear self appointed saints plead their cases before a higher power. The so-called minority interest protection supplied by a filibuster is the charade. If the senate chamber is filled with independently minded individuals (a major assumption) then a bad submission by the president would be voted down, regardless of party affiliation. If, on the other hand, the chamber is filled with intellectual sheep (as demonstrated by their actions), then perhaps the filibuster is necessary. The members of the senate should answer this question themselves.
It would appear, to those not privy to the most exclusive club in the US, that the elected ones very quickly forget that they were elected by the people (us,the public) and not by some political "Old Boys Club". These members are so beholden to money, and party affiliation, that they forget (ignore) the citizens in deference to the next contributor. The concept of one term (8 years) senators is not a bad idea. If there is senatorial election every 2 years for a quarter of the membership, then the continuity issue is settled. And, we get rid of the money incentive for elected senators. Tough laws would have to be written to prevent carryover funding and electioneering by sitting senators. Just imagine, the senate would actually have to work! Oh, and they would be subject to the same laws that they pass, for instance, paying Social Security, having to pay their own medical insurance and use public hospitals. This concept has significant merit as you can see where it could lead.


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