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This Week at Pioneer

by: Pioneer_Institute

Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 16:09:54 PM EDT

Massachusetts is home to one of the most closely watched Senate races in the country.

But do Bay State students understand what the U.S. Senate is, or why this election is so important?

Read Pioneer's op-eds here and here. 

Time to Get Real About Our Pension Liabilities

Across the country, states are confronting the massive problem of unfunded pension liabilities. Massachusetts is no exception, and is masking the true cost by relying on an unrealistically high return rate assumption for its pension fund investments. Read our new research: The Fiscal Implications of Massachusetts Retirement Boards' Investment Returns, the press release, and this Boston Globe article on the report.

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It hasn't been the same since the 17th amendment. (0.00 / 0)
The Founding Fathers designed the Senate to be a deliberative body that serves as a balancing force between the executive powers of the presidency and the more popular passions of the U.S. House of Representatives. In our federal government, the role of the Senate is to fully represent the often neglected rights and interests of the states.

The Roman republic provided the template for the Senate. In fact the word "Senate" is derived from the Latin "senatus," which means "council of elders." That is what our Framers had in mind. Each state - regardless of population - has two senators who serve six-year terms. It wasn't until passage of the 17th Amendment in 1913 that senators were popularly elected. Before then, they were chosen by state legislatures.

Thus bastardizing the whole deliberative body unswayed by popular opinion thing.  Might as well just keep going forward and popularly elect SCOTUS judges too.

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