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  •  Priority #1: fix the filibuster. (2+ / 0-)
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    kid oakland, Eric Nelson

    I am dead serious.

    Quite obviously, there are more poor and middle class people than rich people. If the poor & middle class turned out to vote in comparable % as the rich, it would swamp all the GOP vote-suppression measures. We'd have progressive government.

    But the poor and middle class don't turn out in comparable % as the rich (Charles Blow: We Should Be In A Rage).

    Why not? Because when they do turn out, as in 2008 and 1992, the change they get is halfhearted, disappointing. So at the next election, they stay home--as in 2010 and 1994. Elementary human behavior: learned helplessness.

    And WHY is the change they get halfhearted and disappointing?

    The filibuster rule.

    The filibuster is why, once the Dems figured out the 2009 stimulus was too small, they couldn't push through more stimulus. The filibuster is why Obamacare is so complicated, and still leaves out millions of people--once we lost the 60th vote in the Senate, we couldn't negotiate to something closer to the House version of the healthcare bill. The filibuster rule is the biggest obstacle to climate change legislation.

    Fix the filibuster and we make government more responsive--more democratically (small-d) accountable.

    Make government more democratically accountable, and more people will participate in elections.

    When more people participate in elections, government will be more progressive--it will work more for the welfare of ordinary people.

    AND, fixing the filibuster rule only requires about 6-12 people--a few Senators--to change their behavior. We can maximize pressure on that small target, instead of trying to shift the behavior of millions.

    The filibuster rule is the point of maximum bang-for-the-buck. That's where we need to focus our efforts.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 07:34:22 AM PDT

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