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  •  Here's hoping your right! (0+ / 0-)

    A fillibuster would derail recovery efforts and grind much of our progress to a halt for a month or more. The fact that we lost so many Democrats on the House version seems to show that Pelosi and Reid went a bit too far in the wrong direction when they wrote the Stimulus Bill. I am not saying that there is pork or not in the bill. Or that any one item is a poison pill or unnecessary. I am just saying we need to shape our Stimulus bill efforts on what is workable, not a wishlist of items we would like to see passed.

    I've always hated the process of crafting these bills as some huge clusterfuck of items. Most of them unrelated to the other and completely undefined as to what in the hell they are focused on giving us as an end result. Line items in a Bill should be focused, defined and have a reasonable target they are trying to accomplish when fulfilled. Each item should have a direct relationship to the primary objective of the main bill. I don't mind if they are second or third or frigging twenty-fifth in line to actually support the main bill, but they ought to have some definable path where they fit like a puzzle into the bill's focus.

    Riders and Ammendments should be placed in a bill where they don't conflict with any other part of the bill. If they conflict there needs to be some discussion on how it is to work in conjunction with the other part of the bill. No poison pills will be accepted. If they want to redefine or restrict a previous ammendment then they have to vote to ammend the previous ammendment. Not poison the entire bill.

    All I want is commonsense to be brought into the process. No more crappy loopholes and tricks to derail or pass bullshit bills on our dime. Can't we get that much done?

    Nuff Said,
    Wynter

    "Let's make sure that there is certainty during uncertain times in our economy." -- George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., June 2, 2008

    by Wynter on Mon Feb 02, 2009 at 11:08:54 AM PST

    •  Gee I didn't know 11 is a lot. (0+ / 0-)

      "Liberals are never so happy as when they are unhappy."--LBJ

      by Micheline on Mon Feb 02, 2009 at 11:55:12 AM PST

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      •  Any is too many... (0+ / 0-)

        If we can't keep our own satisfied with our progress what the heck was Pelosi and Reid doing? Talking to only a segment of the Congress? We need to do better in Congress. Do it better than the other guys and they can't refute what is put forward. Let's restructure how we do business in Congress and get it right the first time. No pandering to the conservative minority. And no shoving pet projects down the rest of the Congress because we are the Majority. Just honest legislating on what should be done for the good of all.

        "Let's make sure that there is certainty during uncertain times in our economy." -- George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., June 2, 2008

        by Wynter on Mon Feb 02, 2009 at 02:45:20 PM PST

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