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#1 User is offline   pepperonikkid 

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  Posted 14 May 2017 - 10:51 AM

To Deliver Real Senate Rule Changes, Repeal The 17th Amendment

By Ned Ryun
MAY 12, 2017


Last week President Trump tweeted that Senate rules for budget bills should be changed. Thereís little chance that will happen. But why settle for little changes when we need big-league change? We need to stop playing the game as it has always been played. If weíre to get this country back on track, we need to change the rules of the game.

Much of the frustration with Washington DC has been building for decades, and for good reason. People feel cut out and abandoned by their government. Government plays an even larger role in their lives and takes even more money out of their pockets, but they arenít seeing many benefits. They feel theyíve been cut out by their party and its elites, whom they fund.

Weíre staring $20,000,000,000,000 in debt, and itís not slowing down. Itís exploding. Government is not shrinking. Itís expanding and will keep expanding as more baby boomers retire and start receiving Social Security checks. More and more of lifeís decisions are being taken out of the hands of individuals and given to bureaucrats. Those who believe governmentís size and scope should be limited are losing. And this is all happening in the supposed heyday of the modern conservative movement and the ascendancy of the Republican Party.

Weíre Not Winning Because the Game Is Rigged

Let me remind people: Republicans control the White House, the House, the Senate, 33 governorsí mansions, and 70 of the 99 state legislative chambers. There have been billions invested in the conservative movement over the last few decades. People try to tell me the conservative movement is winning because conservatives dominate talk radio and cable, or because it has never been better-funded. My response: we just look and sound better while getting our tails handed to us. Itís like a basketball team with really nice jerseys and the biggest crowds getting beaten 100 to 43. The spectacle looks nice but the scoreboard is truly embarrassing.

Folks, we donít need to look better or sound better. We donít need another radio show or another beautiful think tank building with marble bathrooms. We need to start winning. The reason weíre not is because the game is rigged against us.

Thatís right: weíre playing a game where house rules make winning almost impossible. We keep playing it, even though the odds are against us winning, and every time we lose, we shake our fists at the skies and go, ďOh, rats. Foiled again. Thatís okay, weíll win next time.Ē Thatís basically the thought of virtually everyone walking out of a casino, so youíll be in good company.

Hereís a thought: letís flip the table and change the rules. Rig them in favor of limited, responsible government. Because seriously, if we donít bring fundamental change to our government, and just keep exfoliating that elephant of debt, guess what? That elephant, sans a few ounces, is going to land right on our collective heads.

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 11:24 AM

This needs to be added to the current Convention of the States campaign.

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 10:04 PM

I have been arguing this for more than 15 years

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 01:37 PM

Please, please, please. Along with the 16th as well.

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