The GOP is cynically shutting down the government of the United States, cultivating a climate of fear coupled with disgust and anger in an attempt to simply regain power. They had nearly 16 years and the last 8 at the trough of easy money which has been just too tempting and lucrative to give up. They want the purse strings back and they want them back desperately and NOW.
Amplify’d from pr.thinkprogress.org
September 16, 2010
by Faiz Shakir, Benjamin Armbruster, George Zornick, Zaid Jilani, Alex Seitz-Wald, Ian Milhiser, and Tanya Somanader
The 100 Vote Senate
It's common wisdom that nothing gets done in the U.S. Senate
without a 60 vote supermajority, but this common wisdom is entirely too
optimistic. Although only a small minority of senators object
to any oneof President Obama's judicial nominees, confirmations have slowed to such a glacial pace that Republican control over federal trial courts increased since Obama took office. Likewise, a massive 372 billsthat passed House during the Obama presidency have yet to receive a vote in the Senate. Only a handful of these bills were even remotely controversial in the House, and 44 of them passed the House unanimously. Such obstruction works, even against uncontroversial bills and nominations, because the Senate's system of filibusters, delay tactics and secret holds empowers just one senator to bring the institution to a standstill. The Senate does not operate by majority rule; It does not really even operate by supermajority rule. Increasingly, the Senate can only act unanimously.
Beyond essential bills to prevent catastrophic globalwarming
and mitigate the damage caused by the Supreme Court's egregious decision allowing unlimited corporate funds into American elections, these bills were almost entirely uncontroversial in the House. They include measures to prevent prisons from becoming breeding grounds for AIDS, to authorize relief for torture victims, and to ensure that college dorms are equipped with fire sprinklers. Even bills to enable a full investigation into BP's catastrophic oil spill and to ensure that BP is held accountable for this spill are being denied a Senate vote.Read more at pr.thinkprogress.org
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