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Years ago I wrote that 1913 was a very bad year for our republic. It recently has become even worse.

Few people like the 16th Amendment. It has been shown that two competent tax experts often will get different results when asked to complete a complicated tax return. Now we have another unforeseen result: We have no national budget. Before this amendment, the government depended on collecting tariffs and money from the states. This was done in proportion to the population of the states. That would be impossible to do if you had no total to be divided among states.

The 17th Amendment has given us a flawed way to select U.S. senators. They now owe allegiance to their parties and may no longer represent their states. The parties get them elected, not the states they should be representing. So we are concerned about the lack of civility among our senators. When they represented their states, there were disagreements with their own parties and reasons for agreements with members of opposite parties.

Ernest F. Daniel

Augusta

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/06/12 - 05:17 am
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Doesn't that go for most

Doesn't that go for most elected in todays world??
Money puts them in office & money pulls the strings...we only THINK they work for us......while ya check....check that freedom of speech thingy too..:)

desertcat6
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desertcat6 05/06/12 - 05:22 am
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And the point is what

And the point is what exactly? Suggestions. reccomendations, or thoughts on how to right the perceived wrongs with our ammended Constitution?

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jrbfromga 05/06/12 - 05:28 am
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I agree that the popular
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I agree that the popular election of senators violates the intent of the founders, and the design of the federal government. Returning the control of the U.S. Senate to the states would be the first in a long chain of events to restore states rights in the U.S.

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Techfan 05/06/12 - 06:50 am
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States' rights? Where have we

States' rights? Where have we heard that before?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_States'_Rights_Party

Techfan
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Techfan 05/06/12 - 07:28 am
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For claiming they love the

For claiming they love the Constitution so much, ever notice how much of it the right wingers want to get rid of?

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Conservative Man 05/06/12 - 10:33 am
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We don't want to get rid of

We don't want to get rid of the Constitution. We want it restored. The two most dangerous amendments are the 16th and 17th. One usurps the authority of state governments thereby granting more power to a central government which lefties absolutely get a "shiver up their leg" over, and the other punishes achievement by giving a distant
"Imperial Federal Government" authority to tax it's citizens at the point of a gun....rather than leaving that task to locally and state elected officials who are more accessible to voters...Any one who has studied history and the framing of the Constitution understands this.....This LTE is reminding us that until these two amendments are repealed, the government can and will be used as a tool of plunder in order to buy votes from the stupid at the expense of the successful....

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