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  •  Wow. (0+ / 0-)

    I really can't imagine taking that conclusion from the present circumstances.

    With your username, you're either an economist or a climate scientist. If it's the latter, you know that the difference between a livable earth and a post-apocalyptic hell rests on action, not inaction, now. If it's the former, you know the same thing for prosperity or an indefinite lost "decade".

    Either way, elections and democracy have to matter. Republican policies are disastrous, Democratic policies sometimes work. Do you think that voters can figure that out if all they see from Democrats is forced inaction? The filibuster guarantees that any Democratic majority will be short-lived.

    If there's an R majority in all 4 branches (including the media) in 2013, they will end the filibuster anyway. So that argument holds no water with me.

    And even if none of the above were true; even if the issues today were no more urgent than average, even if the filibuster had no systematic bias effect on relative voter enthusiasm and thus congressional control over time, even if it were ironclad against Repbublican tricks... I'd still oppose it. There are plenty of veto points in the American system; more than in any other major democracy. I'd rather see a the USS America with a bipolar captain at the helm than with a steering wheel welded to the post. (I use the ship metaphor because a huge country simply can't flit back and forth like a horny hummingbird).

    Senate rules which prevent any reform of the filibuster are unconstitutional. Therefore, we can rein in the filibuster tomorrow with 51 votes.

    by homunq on Sun Jul 04, 2010 at 06:16:35 AM PDT

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    •  Iran-Contra and Abu Ghraib vs. climate bill ... (0+ / 0-)

      and second stimulus.

      The worst abuses of the right have never been stopped through the filibuster. The best hopes of the left... not so much.

      (Even permanent Bush tax cuts wouldn't be much worse than what we have, because with no filibuster, we could repeal them.)

      I support a reformed filibuster as a stalling tactic. As a permanent veto point, it MUST go.

      Senate rules which prevent any reform of the filibuster are unconstitutional. Therefore, we can rein in the filibuster tomorrow with 51 votes.

      by homunq on Sun Jul 04, 2010 at 06:24:32 AM PDT

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