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  •  I don't really see it as optimism. The past (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson

    six years just couldn't foster optimism.  I just think that preserving the filibuster as is--where 60 votes is the threshold  for virtually every piece of legislation--simply because the Republicans might be in the majority in the future is a poor idea.  They have shown that theirs is a do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do way of operating.  If the filibuster is in their way, they will remove it, even though they'd shout bloody murder if the Democrats did that.

    I've been politically aware and active since the mid-1960s, and I have never seen a Congress so unwilling to legislate.  They consider throwing up obstacles to be their main job, alongside fundraising.  Doing the people's work is a kind of minor sideline.  If the whole country, in the face of the problems we have, must be at a standstill for 8 years just because the President is black, we have to make changes in the way it operates.

    "Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand." ~ Atticus Finch, "To Kill a Mockingbird"

    by SottoVoce on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 03:57:12 PM PDT

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