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  •  Each time I read someone's comment on this issue, (20+ / 0-)

    and they note that any sort of change to Senate Rule 22 (the Cloture rule to end debate) must be considered in light of what the Republicans will do when they are in the Majority...

    I must pause and remind them of what the Republicans are doing now, while they are the Minority.

    There is just no profit for the Democratic Party in leaving Senate Rule 22 in place, as is - fearing that the Republicans will do worse somehow if the rule is changed.

    How much worse could it be, really? The Senate is not working, and that means that the US Federal Gov't is not working. How long can that go on, before we reach a point where the nation fails entirely?

    It's time to stop thinking "Keep your powder dry, men!" and time to start thinking "We need a new plan to defeat these bastards!"

    "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"

    by Angie in WA State on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 07:58:03 AM PDT

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    •  How much worse? (4+ / 0-)

      Passed by a 51-49 in a post-filibuster Senate: "Human life begins at conception..."

      Passed by the same margin: "All citizens will be required to move their Social Security accounts into stocks or other freely traded securities..."

      Also: "No law shall interfere the right of internet providers to assign bandwith space by any formula they determine, including giving preferential treatment to premium subscribers..."

      •  Truthfully? (1+ / 0-)
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        The Republicans will one day be the Senate Majority again.

        It's not a matter of if, but a matter of when.

        If you think their current behavior portends anything less than gutting Senate Rule 22 and running roughshod over the polite pleas of a much diminished Senator Harry Reid, the Minority Leader...

        then you have a big ass surprise coming your way.

        To be perfectly clear - saying don't change things, it'll just get worse is meaningless, when the opposition is going to do that same thing when they have the chance. Either way, it won't help the Democratic Party or the voters to put off what needs changing, while doing so can benefit Democrats and Democratic legislation now.

        "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"

        by Angie in WA State on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 10:11:27 PM PDT

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