A Liberal Supermajority

The nearby table shows the major bills that passed the House this year or last before being stopped by the Senate minority. Keep in mind that the most important power of the filibuster is to shape legislation, not merely to block it. The threat of 41 committed Senators can cause the House to modify its desires even before legislation comes to a vote. Without that restraining power, all of the following have very good chances of becoming law in 2009 or 2010. Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Chris Finnie - Oct 17, 2008 - 8:36 AM PDT
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Chris Finnie
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by Chris Finnie - Oct. 17, 2008

This is actually the funniest piece I've read all day. The "scary" chart of things Republicans have blocked with the filibuster is actually a list of things most Americans would welcome. Being able to renegotiate your mortgage in bankruptcy is a bad thing? Health care for children whose parents can't afford it is frightening? Having citizens vote in DC is a threat to democracy? Being able to join a union would be bad for the average worker? The biggest bugaboo they can drag out is that this would drag out the economic downturn, without explaining how. That and the really awful photo of speaker Pelosi, which they should have saved for Halloween--and maybe photoshopped a tall, pointy black hat on.

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James Igoe
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by James Igoe - Oct. 18, 2008

Although I think the article is interesting, and in many ways correct, the slant is obviously partisan. It predicts policies that Democrats are likely to implement, most of which are likely correct or close, but certainly not the entirety, and only perceives them as negative. Additionally, the target audience is only the party faithful of the business class, and does not review the positive outcomes likely to ensue, only the negatives that the party faithful keep repeating.

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Andrew Van Camp
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by Andrew Van Camp - Oct. 17, 2008

Assessing the journalism and without taking sides on the particular issues mentioned that I assume those who lean left approve of and those who lean right reject, this article highlights an unprecedented aspect of the current election. Checks and balances have been an important part of our system of governing ourselves. With a liberal clean sweep of congress and the presidency, coupled with a left leaning MSM as a ‘watchdog,’ the country may be in for a shock next year. I fear the nation is in poor condition to suffer such a fate.

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Peter Hansen
3.2
by Peter Hansen - Oct. 17, 2008

Quality journalism? I don't think so. Written to elicit fear and panic the corporate world into dumping millions of dollars into a last minute push to prevent this liberal armageddon. A call to action indeed. It is time for the pendulum to swing back to joe six pack and elect Obama. Talk about suicide voters! That's what the goal is for the GOP. Walk over the cliff lemmings before we give power to the people.

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