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  •  The procedural vs. the real vote (2+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, Desert Scientist

    So, this is a procedural vote (a vote to vote), and, I would infer that it will get more votes than the actual vote itself.  Are there any Democrats with the guts to vote against the amendment itself when it comes to a vote?  The amendment is awful, and I want it to fail.  Our elected officials of both parties have been telling us for the past few years that we need to "tighten our belts," a crude metaphor that always seems to evoke torture to me.  No one outside of the Progressive Caucus--and perhaps some Senate progressives--opposed sequestration because of opposition to austerity; the "repeal and don't replace" contingent has always been small.  So, we cut Head Start and Meals on Wheels and public health and food safety and on and on, but do you know what we need more of?  BORDER DRONES.  And border guards, who will probably be outsourced to private contractors.  And a border fence, likely outsourced to private contractors as well.  The amendment is fiscally irresponsible and also inhumane.  We are not at war with Mexico, and we do not need to "militarize" the border.  Democrats, by accepting it, concede the narrative to Republicans, agreeing that "border security" is such a horrible problem that we need to effectively go to war against it.  

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