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  •  WHAT WILL IT FUCKING TAKE???? (3+ / 0-)
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    To force a rules change that will make this happen?

    Seriously, I don't know the mechanics of how they could do it, but my understanding is that this rules change is within the Democrats' power.

    If that is true, then these Republican obstructions point right back at our mostly timid Democratic officials.  They need to get off their asses and MAKE IT HAPPEN!!

    "We know how the Obama administration deals with those who would destroy it: it goes straight for the capillaries." -- Paul Krugman

    by Deighved H Stern MD on Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 12:06:40 AM PDT

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    •  Harry Has Power to do it NOW (8+ / 0-)

      Harry announces he is asking for a Senate rule change. The parlimentarian says, "OK, it requires at least 50+ Biden". If the parlimentarian said otherwise, Reid can legally replace him & replace him with one who will agree. That's how it works. It's an internal Senate rule. You do not have to wait for the seating of the new Senate in January, 2011. I believe the Conservadems like the filibuster rule. They were quite uncomfortable before Scott Brown won. They push the Republican/Corporate agenda. The filibuster allows them to vote as though they were actual Dems, knowing the vote will fail. It's win-win for them. Harry protects them to keep a Dem majority and a leadership position. It's about what's best for Harry.

      •  Fantastic Summary (5+ / 0-)
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        Thank you.  

        I really think this needs to be disseminated, and our Democratic leaders need to be pressed REPEATEDLY for explanations of WHY THEY HAVEN'T ACTED on this - and WHAT WILL IT TAKE BEFORE THEY DO?

        Until they do act, they own this travesty of a Congress just as much as the Republicans.

        "We know how the Obama administration deals with those who would destroy it: it goes straight for the capillaries." -- Paul Krugman

        by Deighved H Stern MD on Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 02:11:49 AM PDT

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        •  As things currently stand (0+ / 0-)

          Congress is a midway attraction for diversion of the politically aware. While SCOTUS rubber stamps newly obvious reality. The government is in the exclusive hands of the financier class, operating most visibly through its proxies in the corporate class. All of whom need nothing more from this country than a place to build their castles and some servants to tend the lawns, raise their children, cook their meals, grow their food, and/or finish raping the land outside the gate. The work - production of goods, services - has been taken elsewhere (it's a Brave One World). The vast majority of Americans are now surplus population to be culled by attrition hurried along by ratcheted 'austerity' imposed top-down.

          The Kabuki in DC is all about diverting the people's anger and increasing suffering as they are being herded onto the killing floor. The game of Risk can be played by a minimum of contestants, and there are plenty of peasants elsewhere to be exploited and robbed. They don't need us. In fact, without us they can keep this game going a lot longer because we won't be hogging resources anymore.

          Now, more than ever, we need the Jedi.

          by Joieau on Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 09:13:45 AM PDT

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    •  PS (3+ / 0-)
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      I apologize for the obscenity.  That is the first time I have ever used that kind of language in a post.  But I think I may be angrier right now than I ever have been over political cravenness in Washington.  

      Of course, no words could be as obscene as the consequences of this Washington gamesmanship will be.

      "We know how the Obama administration deals with those who would destroy it: it goes straight for the capillaries." -- Paul Krugman

      by Deighved H Stern MD on Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 02:14:26 AM PDT

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      •  I'm pretty sure you didn't offend anyone. LOL (2+ / 0-)
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        and this is a good issue to be angry about.

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        "This is no time for fancy pants!!"
        ~Stephen Colbert on Obama's Attire During Gulf Visit
        6/7/2010

        by Muzikal203 on Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 04:10:26 AM PDT

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