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  •  Why is every piece of legislation held hostage (8+ / 0-)

    by the abortion issue? This is why our legislative process is a complete and utter failure. Every piece of legislation that works its way through Congress gets bogged down by members of Congress trying to include some expression of their personal ideology and/or agenda in every bill. The result is mind-numbing bills several thousand pages long that bear little, if any, resemblamce to the bill as originally introduced. This system is designed to fail. I looked at the 26 acts of the first Congress. Most were less than a page long and consisted of one or two sections. The bill creating the Treasury Department is eight sections and less than 1500 words. And believe it or not, there are no amendments or any verbiage that does not deal with the Treasury Department. In other words, the law is straight-forward and addresses a single issue. If the anti-abortion people do not want the government to fund and abortion-related activities then let them introduce legislation that addresses that specific issue and see how far they get rather than trying to hijack every piece of legislation they see so they can grandstand on abortion for the press. We don't need these jackasses promoting their causes on the floor of Congress. We need to inject some common sense and logic back into the legislative process.

    •  That's a very good question (4+ / 0-)
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      and I think the answer points towards the filibuster. Nuking the filibuster would get rid of this political hostage process.

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      by slinkerwink on Fri Dec 18, 2009 at 09:36:14 AM PST

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      •  Really (1+ / 0-)
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        Since the purpose of the filibuster is to block a vote, it really has no redeeming value. A lot of people think of the filibuster as a principled stand to prevent some travesty, such as Jimmy Stewart's portrayal in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, but the filibuster has been used to block good legislation in the past and needs to be either eliminated or severely restricted. As it stands, it has been mainly used to thwart the will of the majority.

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