Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Schumer's U-Turn On Wall Street

Sen. Schumer (D-NY) has long been willing to fight to get his Wall Street friends whatever they ask for. But now that some public attention is being given to these kinds of connections, he's discovered a new face.

Because of the 17th Amendment, politicians, especially in the Senate, can safely pretend to go along with whatever public opinion is at the moment, because they can vote for their special interests for five years, and then be a populist during election year.

One reason why representatives were scheduled for re-election every two years is to keep them close to the demands of the people. Senators, who originally were overseen by their state legislatures, didn't need short terms because the state legislature would review their entire record, and not just their campaign rhetoric.

The best way to get politics out of the Senate is to repeal the 17th Amendment.

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