Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Senate Filibusters "Buffett Rule" Despite Broad Support

I think this is something of a new trend. Surely, Congress is not bound by public opinion on all legislation. That would be chaos. But it is odd, when bills like the one to remove Big Oil subsidies fails, even though it has massive support. Or this week's "Buffett Rule" which is just about as popular. The issue has more to do with hyper partisanship, and the now standard over-use of the filibuster in the Senate. In a world where 60 votes are needed to pass anything (and where there are always a couple of wavering Democrats), nothing passes, unless it's something extraordinary. And when you throw in the insanity of a Republican supplication to conservative toady Grover Norquist to never, ever, ever, ever, ever raise taxes, it's just that much worse. Stupid.

Here's the deal, Republicans: you have now set the standard on filibusters. If you take the Senate (shudder), do you expect Democrats to forget that tactic? You need sixty solid votes--no Susan Collinses or Olympia Snowes or Scott Browns--from now on. Stupid.

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