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  •  Without the filibuster (1+ / 0-)
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    we would have had privatized SS in time for the Great Recession.  

    How about we instead attach a political price to the filibuster?  Force an actual filibuster.  Force the media to notice when obstruction takes place.  If the obstruction is backed by the public, then it will be successful.  If not, there will be a backlash.  

    Not that the public is up to the task, but it seems far safer than letting the GOP have free reign next time they seize control of our government, which may not be so far in the future.

    "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

    by Subterranean on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 08:16:41 PM PDT

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    •  Privatized SS would not have passed (0+ / 0-)

      even without the filibuster.  That idea was seriously unpopular right from the start and squandered all of GWB's "political capital".  Granted, he really didn't have much to begin with, after squeaking through to win one legitimate election.

      •  Maybe I'm mistaken (0+ / 0-)

        about the details of the SS privatization battle.  But are you willing to take that chance again?  I sure as hell am not.

        "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

        by Subterranean on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 09:47:41 AM PDT

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