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  •  Does it take a full term for Congresspeople (6+ / 0-)

    to understand these arcane, convoluted, nonsensical rules?  

    Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

    by SottoVoce on Fri Dec 23, 2011 at 06:05:52 AM PST

    •  The puppies have to have their noses rubbed into (3+ / 0-)
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      TofG, live1, HarryParatestis

      it.

    •  Some of them never get it. (1+ / 0-)
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      SottoVoce

      They rely on staff to tell them what's going on, right down to handing them scripts of parliamentary language to use on the floor.

      The truth is that most members don't spend any time there and never listen to debates or watch C-SPAN (and in truth, neither do their constituents). And if they do listen, it's certainly not to the parliamentary procedure.

      •  and yet, that very same procedure seems (0+ / 0-)

        to exist not to improve fairness, accountability or efficiency, but instead to parovide the kind of loopholes that can be seized upon to stop good legislation from happening.  Or am I wrong?

        Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

        by SottoVoce on Fri Dec 23, 2011 at 08:58:59 AM PST

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