As if Congress needed any more obstacles to resolving the fiscal cliff (and the expiring continuing resolution, and the looming debt limit), a brewing fight over filibuster rules in the Senate threatens to obliterate the upper chamber's traditional comity that has greased the skids of compromise for generations. We've been covering this particular controversy over recent weeks -- and dating back years, really -- so feel free to brush up on what's at stake and why both sides are digging in their heels. Cliffs Notes version: Harry Reid is an obtuse and tyrannical majority leader, whose strong-arm...
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The solution to this (and to restoring the balance of power between the States and the Federal government) is to repeal the 17th Amendment to the Constitution (ratified in 1913). For those who are Constitutionally-challenged, the Framers' original intent was for the House of Representatives be directly elected by and represent the People. The Senate was to be elected by the State legislatures and would represent the States' interest. According to history and the various Federalist Papers, one of the greatest fears during ratification was that the Federal government would grow more powerful than the States, which is why they created two Houses to begin with, instead of a single House coalition.
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