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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Let the Filibuster Continue

Back on Christmas Day I posted, "KISS --- A Prayer for Simplicity". My wish then was for simple, single topic bills that everyone could read and understand, and an "up or down" vote. A commenter seemed to think that this indicated I was against the filibuster.

On the contrary, I LIKE the filibuster. Probably a lot of stupid proposed legislation has gone down in flames because of it. The filibuster has been much praised and also much maligned down through history...usually praised by the minority, thankful that they can block the will of the majority and maligned by the majority, unhappy that they are unable to steamroller through legislation that they want.

There is nothing in the Constitution about the filibuster. It is simply a senate rule that allows for debate to continue for an indefinite amount of time. To stop the debate, the senate must invoke CLOTURE which requires 60 votes. There has been whining lately mainly by Democrats to change the filibuster rules. This is simply because after November they lost their 59 seat majority (including 2 independents) and now they will have a much harder time pushing through nonsensical legislation. I wouldn't doubt that if the shoe were on the other foot that we would not hear the same whining from Republicans. One thing politicians on both sides are real good at is whining.

What I would like to see is a Constitutional amendment requiring 60 percent supermajorities in both the House and the Senate on ROUTINE legislation. Of course opponents would be running around wringing their hands and screaming that under such an amendment, the congress would not be able to get anything done!

EXACTLY! As I said here many times, usually when the congress does something, it is bad for us. Therefore, any obstacles and roadblocks that can be put in the way is a good thing. Getting things done in Warshington usually means less freedom and more debt and taxes for us.

For now the filibuster should continue, but Constitutional supermajorities sound like a much better idea to me. What say you?

2 comments:

  1. I really don't much like the idea of them fiddling with the Constitution, either. Sometimes, no good can come of it. Like the 16th and 17th amendments. And the 18th, which then had to be repealed.

    The Constitution already lays out the groundwork for each chamber's rules, so there's no need to mess with it, IMO. Dummycraps have proven they're still suffering from all kinds of stupid, so once they're in the minority, if the filibuster is gone, they'll be whining to bring it back.

    Besides, didn't one of their own just get done "abusing" this particular rule when debating the tax cut extension?

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  2. The filibuster is good or bad depending on who's foot it is on, Angie Lee.

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