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Letter From The Editor: Unicameralism

It is time to put the United States Senate out of its misery.

I am not just talking about the 111th session of the U.S Senate adjourning sine die two weeks from now, I am saying it is time to forever dismiss this body of millionaires and minions.

We need to write it out of the U.S. Constitution.

Where’s George Norris when we need him?   George Norris, in case you asked, was the progressive Republican-turned-Independent who is the father of the Nebraska Unicameral.

During the Great Depression, Norris persuaded Nebraska voters to dump the bicameral system and they’ve never looked back.  He said bicameralism was outdated, inefficient, and unnecessary.

“…The constitutions of our various states are built upon the idea that there is but one class. If this be true, there is no sense or reason in having the same thing done twice, especially if it is to be done by two bodies of men elected in the same way and having the same jurisdiction,” Norris said.

And that was in 1934.

In the ensuing 76 years, it has only gotten worse.   The aristocratic House of Lords we call the U.S. Senate is a joke.   It a body that has made standing around wasting time an art form.   The Senate as a great deliberative body is history, if it ever once was.

We will need to make some adjustments when we close down the Senate and bring on the Unicameral Congress.   We need a federal legislative body that can keep up with the times in which we live.   

Until we get this accomplished, I know we all have to keep watching this pathetic body on C-Span.   We’ve come down to the last two weeks of the 111th Congress and because of the lethargic Senate; we do not know if there will be food safety legislation for the President to sign.

It’s time to be one people, represented by one House.  Bring on the Unicameral Congress!

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  • If Nebraska’s unicameral system is so desirable, Dan, then why hasn’t it spread during the ensuing 76 years to its culturally, geographically and economically similar neighboring states?
    What evidence is there that Nebraska’s unicameral system has worked better than the bicameral systems of its culturally, geographically and economically similar neighboring states?
    Your generalization of what may be working from one of most culturally, geographically and economically homogenous states in the US to being good for the astonishingly diverse, most economically, militarily and politically powerful COUNTRY in the world is quite similar to the foolishness of the attempt to impose HACCP-like food safety plans on all food manufacturers/processors, packers, storage facilities and distributors that have any form of storage no matter how temporary.
    Also, ONLY the Senate approves appointments and treaties and tries those impeached by the House (as it had to do last week for only the 8th or 9th time in history).
    Finally, like all organizations, the Senate functions poorly when it is poorly led. And Harry Reid has repeatedly demonstrated his inability to meet the awesome responsibilities of the Senate Majority leader.

  • I think it is time to kill the filibuster and for the Senate to work more that 4 days a week. The House sent the Senate some 300 Bills that never were considered. It a fast-paced world, this horse and buggy system does not function.
    Harry, Sen Reid may be low-key, but can you give me an example of s Senate leader you think would have done better when the “loyal opposition” simply says NO at ever turn for political – not for the country’s – advantage?
    Boy, things worked so much better when Trent Lott was in charge?

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  • If Nebraska’s unicameral system is so desirable, Dan, then why hasn’t it spread during the ensuing 76 years to its culturally, geographically and economically similar neighboring states?
    What evidence is there that Nebraska’s unicameral system has worked better than the bicameral systems of its culturally, geographically and economically similar neighboring states?
    Your generalization of what may be working from one of most culturally, geographically and economically homogenous states in the US to being good for the astonishingly diverse, most economically, militarily and politically powerful COUNTRY in the world is quite similar to the foolishness of the attempt to impose HACCP-like food safety plans on all food manufacturers/processors, packers, storage facilities and distributors that have any form of storage no matter how temporary.
    Also, ONLY the Senate approves appointments and treaties and tries those impeached by the House (as it had to do last week for only the 8th or 9th time in history).
    Finally, like all organizations, the Senate functions poorly when it is poorly led. And Harry Reid has repeatedly demonstrated his inability to meet the awesome responsibilities of the Senate Majority leader.

  • 🙂 Call me after Christmas, Bill, and I’ll be happy to discuss this then. Right now, I’ve still got lots to do helping people to understand the actual reality of the current incarnation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.

  • 🙂 Call me after Christmas, Bill, and I’ll be happy to discuss this then. Right now, I’ve still got lots to do helping people to understand the actual reality of the current incarnation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.