With the failure of our senate to address the failing ACA multiple times, and now as they prepare to fail on tax reform, its time the senate itself is reformed to better represent the interest of the American people. The core of the problem is entrenched senators who are shielded by a 6-year term in office that allows them to build huge campaign chests that make challenging an incumbent, with the added advantage of name recognition, a near impossibility.
The modern American senator becomes dedicated to protecting the status quo that he or she has committed 6 years of his or her life to and that keeps the re-election donations coming and guarantees airtime and exposure in the friendly press. All take priority over the current needs of their constituents from their far away state. Today’s U.S. senator only leaves office when he is good and ready to go, not when the people of his state decide they’ve had enough of their contribution to gridlock and inaction.
Such intransigence leads to bad law, such as ongoing bi-partisan effort in the senate right to keep Obamacare subsidies going another two more years, instead of repealing or fixing fatal the flaws in the current legislation.
Either get rid of the 17th Amendment (that directly elects senators), like we did the 18th Amendment or add a 28th Amendment to cut the term of a senator to 2 years (like the House) or limit senators to 2 terms (like the President).
The way we have it now is not responsive to the American people and encourages abuse and self aggrandizements among those fortunate enough to become a U.S. Senator.