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  1. Anthony 2816

    Anthony 2816 GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    Thank you, Senator Reid.

    – Signed, The Republican Minority

  2. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, 12 months ago

    So gov’t is broken until one of the parties has a 60 vote majority in the senate AND a majority in the House of Representatives. AT which point we’ll have an oligarchy made up of a singular party with its own goals and ambitions- and those of their corporate, union, and/or private donors.
    With the votes and opinions of so many Americans already trivialized by legislators who vote in favor of donors over constituents, our “democracy” is not going to move forward until, like Hugo Chavez’s party, only one party makes all the decisions and like Venezuela, the United States will become a reflection of that ideal and ambition. I do not trust either party with “total control”, but how do we move forward when neither will compromise to the degree needed?
    Respectfully,
    C.

  3. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, 12 months ago

    @Respectful Troll

    Or until party discipline is broken enough that congressmen can vote according to the wishes of the majority of their constituents, and not just according to the wishes of their party base within their district (or worse, the biggest donors, who may not even live in their district), which is inevitably a minority of their constituents.

  4. gmgodsil

    gmgodsil said, 12 months ago

    @Respectful Troll

    Well written and depending on the discussion, I would agree with you. LOL It does seem to go against everything our ideals are based.

  5. ScullyUFO

    ScullyUFO said, 12 months ago

    @Respectful Troll

    The answer is simple (to say): leadership. Which in the USA is far too often confused with “authority”.

  6. magicwalnut

    magicwalnut GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    @Respectful Troll

    Well said, C. What we need is a third party made up of sensible people in the middle who are willing to vote on the merits of the issue rather than on any party line!! oh, wow! What a concept!

  7. ARodney

    ARodney said, 12 months ago

    Actually, we need an opposition party that is more interested in America doing well than in destroying Obama. There are plenty of things they could vote for in good conscience (do the GOP really think that we don’t need a jobs bill?) that they have blocked because they hate Obama so much that they’ll destroy America to destroy him.

  8. d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C and Martens Release

    d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C and Martens Release said, 12 months ago

    What we need campaign finance reform so people can enter the race as representatives for the people and not the special interest who are dumping unlimited amounts of money on a candidate they hand pick for themselves. Thanks Citizens United!

  9. d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C and Martens Release

    d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C and Martens Release said, 12 months ago

    Thank you Harry Reid for not having the stones to change the Senate rules since the senate makes up its own rules. You sir, are a scourge to democracy.

  10. Justice22

    Justice22 said, 12 months ago

    @Doughfoot

    Unfortunately, most Congresspeople are worried about reelection funds and so succcomb to the wishes of their corporate donors.

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 12 months ago

    @Respectful Troll

    The wrong parties are in charge. But then they are cemented into place. No other party can take their place now. No normal transitions.
    -
    Reid is just doing his duty for God and Country via his bosses the Plutocrats. They are the ones who want it all, like they use to have.

  12. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    What happened to majority rules?

  13. Justice22

    Justice22 said, 12 months ago

    re: the ’toon; The hurdle is just too high!

  14. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    @Anthony 2816

    “Thank you, Senator Reid.”


    I could be mistaken here, but after reading extensively on the Senate rules on voting, Harry Reid was just being practical. He knew the republicans would try to filibuster the bill so he invoked the cloture rule which would demand a 60 vote majority on the bill but could not be filibustered.


    http://uspolitics.about.com/od/usgovernment/a/filibuster.htm

  15. Tigger

    Tigger GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    Harry Reid set the 60 Senate Vote for passage because he was paid a hefty sum of money by The NRA, Had Reid allowed a simple Majority, the Bill would have passed the Senate, and then gone to The House.

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