Originally Posted by ganeil
The 17th Amendment removed the most effective check the states had on the power of the central government. The states created the central government and in doing so did not intend to completely subordinate themselves to it. They gave the central government specific powers and made the Senate answerable to the states as a way to prevent expansion of those powers at the expense of the states.
IMHO, the direct election of the Senate has been a major contributing factor in the proliferation of federal agencies with responsibilities that overlap state-level agencies and the attendant waste of tax dollars.
I would also argue that if we repealed the 16th Amendment and taxes were apportioned among the states, the states would require a seat at the table.
I don't understand the 17th amendment. What was the difference between before the amendment and after?