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Steve Benson

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  1. soupinnh

    soupinnh said, 11 months ago

    So now the Senate can get on with the business of government..

  2. Enoki

    Enoki said, 11 months ago

    Rendering the purpose of the Senate irrelevant…

  3. midaswelby

    midaswelby said, 11 months ago

    It wasn’t just “the Repubs’” filibuster. It was the minority’s filibuster, designed to insure that the majority would take minority opinion into account. The Democrats will likely feel quite different about this when they are the minority.

  4. mikefive

    mikefive said, 11 months ago

    @soupinnh

    “So now the Senate can get on with the business of government..”

    It also means that a simple (and minimal) majority can dictate to the minority without considering the needs of the minority. This was a problem brought forth during the writing of the Constitution by the author of Federalist No. 51 in 1788 when the author stated “If a majority be united by a common interest, the rights of the minority will be insecure."

  5. moderateisntleft

    moderateisntleft said, 11 months ago

    @midaswelby

    except in this case it wasn’t an opinion they wanted to express, they just wanted to be obstructionists

  6. Tim Culberson

    Tim Culberson said, 11 months ago

    thanks goodness the House can stop most things

  7. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    All I hear is Republican whining.

  8. lbalch

    lbalch said, 11 months ago

    @mikefive

    That was said to discourage political parties from forming. Even as they were forming the founders knew they were a bad idea.

  9. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    Hmmm, “democracy” where majority rules, with concern for the minorities rights, but not minority RULE. How upsetting to “conservatives” devoted to the Constitution, right.

  10. spyderred

    spyderred GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    dtroutma, right on as usual. You must use knowledge instead of belief.

  11. mikefive

    mikefive said, 11 months ago

    @dtroutma

    The problem we have, trout, is that we have a republican form of government with two principle political parties, not a democracy. Now, the senate that has decided that it will dictate to the minority without concern of the minority needs. As much as I dislike the filibuster, it does force the majority to listen to the minority. With only a simple majority needed, the majority no longer has to listen to the minority. The Senate Majority Leader can present a bill to the Senate, take a vote to end debate, and have the majority pass the bill. Not a good situation for the public when the Senate can pass legislation in the heat of the moment or to repay political favors.

  12. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    ^You mean like prohibiting Medicare from negotiating drug prices, or blackmailing the opposition into passing the “Patriot Act” in a hate-filled political environment based on bulll??

  13. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 11 months ago

    @dtroutma

    98 U.S. senators voted in favour of the US Patriot Act of 2001. So the Republicans were not inconvenienced by the ‘painless’ filibuster when they controlled the Senate under Bushes sr and jr.

  14. cdward

    cdward said, 11 months ago

    @Enoki

    Hardly. Look and see if you can find it anywhere in the consititution. In fact, it was not used early in the Senate’s history. Furthermore, it still exists – just not for non-Supreme Court presidential appointments. Also, the nuclear option (or as Republicans called it at the time, the Constitutional Option) was the brainchild of Republicans back when the Democrats had a majority. If Republicans had not abused the filibuster, using it with more in a couple of years than in the entire history of the US, solely to hamstring the president, then this would not have happened. Republicans have brought this on themselves – and since Democrats never used the filibuster the way the GOP has in recent years, there’s little danger of it coming back to bite them.

  15. pirate227

    pirate227 said, 11 months ago

    Wouldn’t have had to do it if the Repubs weren’t being unreasonable. Now they don’t have to be. Hehe.

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