Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Suggested Reading

These days, it seems to take sixty U.S. Senators to agree on legislation before it can be passed. Over at a site called Newsbound, someone has put together an explanation of why that is true. I learned a couple of things, like that cloture wasn't even added to the Senate rules until roughly 95 years ago. I've embedded it here, since there was a link at the site that tells you how to do it:

It's worth looking at, even if you think you're familiar with the issue.

For those using Javascript filtering software like NoScript, I'll just add that at a minimum you will need to enable these domains:


It's also possible that you will have to approve using an encryption certificate that Firefox doesn't like. That happened to me in preview mode, but not when I just looked at the published version of this article.

In addition, I had to reduce the size of the slide show so that it would fit in this blog format. If you're having trouble seeing it here, go to the link for the slide show and watch it there. I didn't have the certificate problem there.


One Fly said...

This was done before the dims gave up just awhile ago when the perfect opportunity arose after the election. Ya right. They like it like this.

Optimism is nice but it's not reality. The presentation ends up with the thought that it will change sometime.

But not now and not anytime soon is my point and we're years into this shit already and look at the results.

This is what this country wants - gets - and accepts. There was never a chance in hell from the beginning after the last election that the Senate was going to actually change this.

By doing so would at least open the door a bit for legislation that would benefit the middle class. That will not be allowed to happen for a long long time if ever.

We are in really deep shit and few get it.

Cujo359 said...

The slide show is correct in saying the Democrats had the choice to end or modify the filibuster if they wanted. They didn't, because, as you say, the Democrats weren't that interested.

Until something changes in the motivations of office in DC, I don't see this being changed, either.

In the long run, though, it will change. The question is how long the run will be, and how abrupt and severe the change will be. I'm betting at least a decade, and way more severe than most of us would like.

Expat said...

The public is barking mad if they believe change is going to happen in a totally corrupt institution that is paid to retain the status quo. Once complexity reaches a certain level, the failure of any part of its governing apparatus will trigger cascading failures. This sequence can be seen in Congress, the judiciary, law enforcement functions of the executive, the unregulated banking system and the ongoing economic collapse of the productive economy, not to mention the devastation being wrought throughout all levels of the educational system (at this point probably incapable of producing citizens at a level much above that of peasants for cannon fodder, but patriots all). Such a system cannot self correct. Such a system cannot fail to fail. Such a system has had its history, only its final chapter is not written. Too bad, it was such a splendid republic whilst it worked.

Never send a Republican to any public office what-so-ever. Never send an incumbent Democrat back to any public office what-so-ever. This is the first step on a long difficult journey to restore the national inheritance. Withdraw consent from those who do not understand this.

Cujo359 said...

A thorough housecleaning is in order at the national level. At others, I'd say that it depends.

Things will change. How they will change, and whether we like the changes, is an entirely different question, and one I don't feel I can predict, either. I'm not hopeful, as I think just about any recent essay here will show.

Expat said...

It is the Tribe that is the problem. Little local republicans and democrats grow up to be Big National Republicans and Democrats, the Tribe is perpetuated as is the mentality as are the permissible answers. It is the tribes that must be throttled back to political artifacts. These tribes have become a cancer on the body politic, treated or not, the patient is damaged goods.

Shall try refraining from above remarks again; watching the carry on in Boston creates the urge to warn of the state of the republic that overwhelms. The perspective of the enormity of the response to one frightened witless young man suspected of an atrocious criminal act, and not one publicly uttered word on how he may surrender in safety as he so chooses, and the public herded into their personal pens for the day, and the enormity of the police state brought to bear; all this requires serious reflection and the time to do it. Have yet to find out how custody was gained and if survival pertains for the accused.