November 20, 2010
Written by shayne · Filed Under Featured, Op/Ed
2 Responses to “Scrap Anarchic Senate Filibuster Rules”
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It’s way past time to revise the filibuster rule. It should be changed to 55 votes required to break. The filibuster exists in order to permit debate to be extended on issues that are considered important by minorities in the senate, so they receive a full hearing. It is not intended to be a way for a minority in the senate to rule the country. The republicans are way out of line and way out of control. They have gone rabid. The democrats currently have large majorities in the house and senate and control the white house. They have the right to pass legistlation and govern the country.
When the Democrats were using the filibuster only to block confirmation of those Bush-era judicial appointees to which they strongly objected, the Republicans threatened to change the filibuster rule (which requires only a majority vote in the Senate).
Now when the shoe is on the other foot, the republicans find it appropriate to act like judicial terrorists, threatening to derail the workings of the entire legislative branch in a massive temper tantrum until they get their tax cuts for the rich.
The time has come for the democrats to stop being pansies and govern the country. The filibuster rule only works when the major parties in the Senate use it responsibly. Since the republicans have turned it into an atom bomb to try to govern the country from a minority position in the senate, the rule is no longer useful.
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