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May 12, 2004

The troublesome 17th Amendment

It seems that more and more people are recognizing that the Constitution's 17th Amendment, which provided for the direct election of senators, is the root of many of the evils we see today in the federal government.

Today's column by Bruce Bartlett recounts how the 17th came to be, and looks at some of the damage that can be traced to this amendment.

A couple of weeks ago outgoing last-of-his-kind conservative Sen. Zell Miller (D-Ga.) introduced a constitutional amendment that would repeal the 17th. Not that Miller's amendment has any chance of going anywhere, but I'm always happy to see efforts to raise the debate.

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