Skip to comments.Frankly, Scott has a better idea on highway funding
Posted on 09/29/2011 1:01:24 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The other day our sister newspaper, the Gloucester County Times, reported on a raid at a fraternity house at Rowan University where get ready for a shock some college kids were drinking. About 100 of the kids were underage and will face charges.
Believe it or not, that incident has its roots in the same problem that led to the controversy over the so-called "Bridge to Nowhere" in Alaska.
That problem lies in the way the federal government distributes highway funding: poorly.
Its obvious in the case of the bridge that would have connected the city of Ketchikan, Alaska, with the island on which its airport is located. The cost of the bridge seemed to be much too high at least when compared with other projects around the country. Construction plans were canceled after a Louisiana congressman concluded the money could be much better spent in his home state.
When it comes to drinking at that frat house, though, the connection to federal highway funding seems anything but obvious. Its likely that most of the partygoers arrived on foot. So why make a federal case about it?
I blame the 17th Amendment.
The 17th Amendment was passed in 1913 amid a wave of populism. It mandated direct election of U.S. senators. In the original Constitution, the framers had left the choice to the state legislatures.
Wisely so. State legislators would tend to select as senators only those who would represent the interests of the state against the federal government. No state would ever have selected a guy who would give the federal government the power to order the states around.
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The second best argument in favor of repealing the 17th amendment is occupying the senior senator's position for California.
The third best argument in favor of repealing the 17th amendment is occupying the senior senator's position for Pennsylvania.
And, as an aside, the 21 year old drinking age is nonsense. Prohibition for them, but not for us. Gee, don't we feel moral.