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  •  IMHO this is yet another instance in which (2+ / 0-)
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    mightymouse, Simplify

    the default assumptions of the Founding Fathers weren't spelled out, because nobody thought they needed to be spelled out - and later generations completely lost the context and screwed things up.

    The default assumption was obviously simple majority vote unless explicitly specified otherwise. We've screwed that up so badly that we are in direct conflict with Article 1, Section 3 of the Constitution, which explicitly grants the Vice-President of the United States the power to break tie votes. If there are never any tie votes because nothing is ever decided by majority vote, the Vice-President has no role in the Senate at all - despite the Constitution explicitly stating that he does.

    If it's
    Not your body,
    Then it's
    Not your choice
    And it's
    None of your damn business!

    by TheOtherMaven on Thu May 17, 2012 at 05:57:59 PM PDT

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