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  •  Well, please don't be disheartened. (2+ / 0-)
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    breakingranks, Akonitum

    For those of us that watch the daily details, it's very obvious what happened.

    Once Scott Brown was seated into the Senate on Feb 4, 2010, the Republicans started filibustering every important piece of legislation.  We no longer had 60 in the Senate, you see.  By October 2010, there were 420 bills that had been passed by the Democratic House, now held up in the Senate.

    Plenty of Democrats became disappointed during this time, but they mostly did not realize what was causing the hardships.  As a nation, with a fragile recovery just beginning, we needed important legislation passed.  We had the debt ceiling crisis, also caused by Republicans, and Obama moved too far to the right to compromise, which caused some disappointment as well.

    The very next month, in Nov of 2010, the Republicans took over the House, and that sealed our fate.  They literally have passed nothing that would help our economy in any substantial fashion since.  

    So don't let the lack of progress cause you to blame the wrong people!  It's very important.

    Now, I realize that there are valid criticisms of Obama to be made.  I have a few of them on my list.  But then again, I never expected things to be as progressive as I'd like them to be.  My biggest complaint is that the Senate did not get rid of the filibuster.  If they had, we would not be having this conversation.  Our economy would be markedly better, many other issues would be on their way to being solved, etc.  We literally only held the Senate for 6 months with 60 votes (Franklin was seated until July 2009).

    As for the welfare (and other) lying commercials by Romney, yes, unfortunately, it has been proven many times that the populace will fall for lies, a good many of them.  These lies have to be rebutted.  I hope that some of the monied Democrats will step up and help with funding, as I know this is part of the problem wiith rebutting each of Mitt's lies.

    •  Four months. Only four months because by the time (3+ / 0-)
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      breakingranks, buffie, indie17

      Al Franken got seated, Senator Kennedy was too ill to ever be there.  I think it might have been less than four months, actually.  When did the temporary Senator (Paul Kirk?) from Massachusetts get seated?

      •  I added up (0+ / 0-)

        the time using the info supplied on wiki.  But you are correct that Kennedy was not there for some time before his death on August 25th, 2009.  Paul Kirk was seated on September 25th, 2009.

        First, we are counting Lieberman as a Democrat here -- let's be clear about that.  We barely get to 60.

        Periods where we had 60 Senators caucusing with Democrats in 2009:

        July 7th to August 25th = 49 days.
        Sep 25th to Feb 4, 2010 = 132 days.

        49 + 132 = 181 days.  That equals approximately 6 months.

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