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  •  This a dead-ender mentality. (2+ / 0-)
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    Cera, kcc

    There will certainly be many people harmed by a Republican Senate/House unfettered by any procedural stop-gaps. Do you consider them in your calculus?

    A deliberate Senate is perfectly designed to to slow down things. The fact is that any legislation ought to have to go through some heavy lifting before we just pass it because one election cycle shat out some ideologues.

    The faulty notion is that one or even two election cycles indicate the "will of the people" that must be bowed down before in the Senate and House.

    I admire your consistency in even hoping Republicans have that unfettered power in the Senate, but I resolutely oppose the idea of turning the Senate into a smaller version of the House. If they were supposed to be so similar why have two chambers?

    If our laws can be so dramatically rewritten with each election cycle we won't last long as a Republic. As frustrating as the Senate can sometimes be it is a necessary evil.

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    by Common Cents on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 03:43:49 PM PST

    •  The filibuster is not "law" (1+ / 0-)
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      Laconic Lib
      If our laws can be so dramatically rewritten with each election cycle we won't last long as a Republic. As frustrating as the Senate can sometimes be it is a necessary evil.

      The filibuster is one of the Senate's procedural rules. Those rules are subject to change by Senate vote. Eliminating or modifying the filibuster would make the Senate more democratic in terms of majority rule; eliminate obstructionism and make the Senate more productive in terms of laws passed.

      Of course, that could also mean that a future Democratic minority could not prevent republicans from dismantling Social Security or eliminating corporate taxes...

      The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. -FDR

      by SoCalSal on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 04:20:52 PM PST

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