normfromga Wrote:
Nov 01, 2012 10:28 AM
Charles- You actually mentioned only half of the FF's vision: not only would the House be closer to the people, and recognize their needs, but the Senators would be seasoned statesmen, selected by their state's legislatures, who would able to trim budgets without fear of voter retribution. The FFs knew that if budgets were controlled entirely by popularly elected officials, there would be no limit to the raiding of the treasury to buy votes. Unfortunately that vision was undone about a hundred years ago, and we are living with the results. That is why our friends to the North, Canada, continues with the older, more parliamentarian, model.