Welfare (Food Stamps, WIC, etc...) are not entitlements. They are taxpayer funded handouts and shouldn't be called entitlements at all. Social Security and Veteran's benefits are 'Entitlements' because the people receiving them are entitled to them. They were earned and paid for by the recipients.
2001-2008: Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
2009-2016: Dissent is the highest form of racism.
2017-? (Probably): Dissent is the highest form of misogyny.
I am so glad to see some one else say this! There were very good reasons to have one House removed from the electorate's mood of the moment.
Quod scripsi, scripsi
In 2004, Massachusetts Democrats devised a plan to keep John Kerry's Senate seat in their party's hands by blocking Republican Governor Mitt Romney from naming an interim replacement should Senator Kerry win the White House. They forced a change in the state's succession law from exactly what Senator Kennedy is asking for today to the new requirement of a special election.
In June of 2004, the State Senate voted, almost entirely on party lines, to change the nearly century-old electoral rules and was able to stave off a veto from Governor Romney thereby assuring there would be no Republican appointed to the seat should Senator Kerry win the White House. Robert E. Travaglini, the State Senate's president at the time said, "This is an elected position, not an appointed position, and there's been a process that's evolved over a period of time where I believe the people should vote and voice their opinions in situations of significance."
Evidently the opinions of the people and their right to voice them are no longer significant. At least not according to the Democrats of Massachusetts.
TalkingSides.com - The Democrats' Favorite Strategy: When You're Losing Change The Rules
In a letter to Massachusetts leaders, Kennedy asked that Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick get the authority to quickly appoint a successor to his seat — presumably a Democrat –rather than waiting five months or so for a special election. To maintain the appearance of fairness, Kennedy requested that the governor pick someone who will commit to not run for the seat at the time of the special election. Kennedy’s request would require legislators to alter a 2004 succession law that requires a special election be held to fill a Senate vacancy.
A Liberal Yankee turns Successionist. But in this case, he's trying to AVOID a Vote of the People.
I actually don't have a HUGE issue with what Kennedy is asking for though I would rather see them not change it simply because he's asking. But appointing an "interum" senator for the 5 months before the special election would at least provide Mass with someone representing them in that seat between the time of his death and the time the people can elect someone new.
I would rather them just have a faster election, but I imagine that:
1. The setup time to get the election going
2. Time to campaign that doesn't cause them to start campaigning while the man's still alive
may be why the 5 months time table is there. I would find it very distasteful to find people campaigning for a Senate seat of a man still alive on his death bed.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.