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  •  You beat me to it. (3.25)
    Line in the sand time.

    ANY attempt to repeal the estate tax should be met with filibusters and, if necessary, procedural measures to shut down the Senate for anything but flood relief.

    And shouting from the rooftops, of course. Which seems to be the weak point right now.

    But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas.

    by sagesource on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 02:12:45 PM PDT

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    •  You can't filibuster tax bills (none)
      If the Dems tried, they'd just ram it through during the reconciliation process. I think so, at least.
      •  Then... (none)
        ...just force them to read out EVERY WORD of EVERY bill and amendment. I think that's a legal demand -- a relic of the days when bills weren't so long. It's skipped due to the courtesy of unanimous consent these days, but that can be withdrawn at any time.

        But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas.

        by sagesource on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 02:42:20 PM PDT

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      •  Can Be Filibustered (none)
        If I understand how this bill is being brought up, it is subject to a filibuster (it's the annual budget bills that are typically not filibuster-able). The question is, will the GOP leadership be able to get the 60 votes necessary to kill a filibuster. That's why the anti-tax folks are going after McCain, Voinovich and a bunch of Dems (including Landrieu) and urging them to support the repeal.

        I posted on the estate tax repeal and the bad prioritization of it recently if anyone's interested.

        The timing couldn't be worse; Frist ought to be ashamed of himself.

        www.chargingrino.com - because not all Republicans have gone off the deep end.

        by JBD on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 02:49:38 PM PDT

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        •  On The Filibuster (none)
          Senator Frist tried to bring the bill up before the Senate went into recess in late July.  He did not have the votes to avoid a filibuster.

          The House of Representatives defeated an amendment that would have set the estate tax exemption at $3 million.

          Senator Kyl was given the negotiating authority to come to a deal that would pass.  The "buzz" in tax circles was that a $7-8 million exemption might avoid a filibuster.

          Full estate tax repeal would cost $290 billion in lost tax revenues.  The family farm argument is a dead letter because an estate tax exemption of $3.5 million would leave only 65 farms in America subject to an estate tax.  As a result, this pits the "rich" versus the "super rich."  So far, it looks like the "super rich" are winning.

          •  Absolutely Right (none)
            You're quite correct. "Family farm" rhetoric is just plain ridiculous. I can barely stomach that, having grown up around real true family farmers and knowing full well the last thing they've got to worry about is the estate tax. Even those "65 farms" would hardly fall under any sane person's definition of "family-run."

            We've got to beat this repeal back. It's just impossible to justify right now. Impossible. Sensible Republicans and all others must join to push back against the anti-tax crowd.

            www.chargingrino.com - because not all Republicans have gone off the deep end.

            by JBD on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:31:54 PM PDT

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