Letters: Jan. 13, 1930

Senate Flayed


Why is a Senator?

Subscriber Cooper in TIME, Dec. 30, wants to hear from TIME readers which is better for the country, snappy action by the House, or airy-contrary delay by the Senate, due to "independent-thinking" Senators.

Which reminds me of what Washington said to Jefferson when the latter, returning from France, asked why have a Senate, to which Washington replied by asking why he poured his coffee in his saucer. And Jefferson answered, "To cool it off."

It seems that the Senate now acts more often not to "cool off" legislation, but...

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