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  •  Tip Jar (0+ / 0-)

    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 Thu Oct 06, 2011 at 02:38:32 AM PDT

  •  $1T in coins might be a good idea... (0+ / 0-)

    just don't print a single $1T bill.

    •  The original idea was to mint platinum coins (1+ / 0-)
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      Roadbed Guy

      with $1 trillion in face value, each--as per a Think Progress article by Matt Yglesias. It's supposed to exploit a loophole in Treasury regulations that allows any face value to be attached to platinum coins. Obviously, the US doesn't have a trillion dollars in platinum handy. The diarist may be confused regarding the actual idea.

      "A man doesn't save a century, or a civilization, but a militant party wedded to a principle can." - Adlai E. Stevenson

      by Zutroy on Thu Oct 06, 2011 at 03:25:07 AM PDT

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      •  Absolutely understand this (0+ / 0-)

        I'd expect that they'd put a face value of somewhere around a billion dollars per coin, and mint around a thousand of them. That keeps the total number of coins limited, so stealing them would be unworkable.

        I don't see how "mint a trillion dollars in coins" could be misunderstood to mean using a trillion dollars worth of platinum. That would make no sense at all.

        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 Thu Oct 06, 2011 at 04:15:56 AM PDT

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  •  Many petitions are really legislative (0+ / 0-)

    A lot of what's there is not stuff the white house can do directly. I've included some petitions like that, but I think the most important ones are the ones asking for executive action, like minting money or EPA regulations.

    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 Thu Oct 06, 2011 at 02:56:45 AM PDT

  •  25,000 needed to advance petition (0+ / 0-)

    The requirement at first was 5,000 signers, but the White House learned very quickly that 5,000 people would sign just about anything at the drop of a hat, and most of the early petitions involved legalizing marijuana.

    It is, or at least it was when I signed up, rather complicated to register to sign a petition, but maybe it is another example of OWSing or another avenue to express our frustrations.  

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