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Democrats, Your Politicians Don't Want to Pass Your Shit

January 21, 2010

IT DOESN’T MATTER what kind or size of majority you have in congress, the result is the same. Consider:

  • Patriot Act
  • No Child Left Behind
  • Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq

were passed in an evenly divided senate.

  • Partial birth abortion ban
  • Medicare Prescription Drug Modernization
  • Unborn Victims of Violence Act

were passed in a senate with 51 republicans.

  • Bankruptcy reform
  • Military Commissions Act
  • Secure Fence Act

were passed in a senate with 55 republicans.

I didn’t look up all of the votes, but at least one of the above passed, unfilibustered, with less than 60 votes, but many of them passed with significant to total democrat support. Yeah, yeah, it’s that the republicans will be obstructionist and won’t play fair, etc. But all of the above happened when mathematically the democrats could have done the same thing. If they won’t dig in their heels and filibuster the fucking Military Commissions and Sweeping Torture and Human Rights Violations Under the Carpet Act, then what the hell do they represent?

But they’re going to pass health insurance! They haz 2!

One cannot even imagine anything more horrible than the end of the Democratic majority. Therefore, passing a terrible bill that everyone knows is only being enacted as a political ploy to keep the Democrats in power is the best, in fact only, move, because it keeps the Democrats in power.

Witness Massachusetts.

And I just have to point out one more time, there is no health care in this bill. It mandates the purchase of insurance, but does not mandate that insurance companies pay for whatever care you need. Who’s gonna come out ahead in such a transaction? [Chuck Dupree]

6 Comments leave one →
  1. New Talking Wall permalink
    January 21, 2010 8:14 PM

    For health reasons, I do not pay that close of attention to the movements of our governing class, but have the Democrats ever thought about forcing the Republicans to actually, honest-to-goodness, Strom Thurmond-in-his-racist-shining-moment style filibuster this bill? It seems that there is just this “standing filibuster,” and the Democrats just accept it and then whine about mean Republicans. If they really felt that the Republicans were thwarting the will of the American people, why don’t they make them stand up and actually do it?

    This whole ordeal is even funnier when you recall that the Democratic Party decided not to filibuster some bill or appointment (I cannot remember the specifics at the moment) as the then-Republican majority threatened to eliminate the filibuster as a response. Harry Reid backed down, wanting to save the filibuster for another day. Apparently this is that day!

    • January 21, 2010 10:59 PM


      what i was trying to get at in an unnecessarily opaque manner is that all observable evidence indicates the democrats don’t care about the will of American people (whatever that may be.)

      • New Talking Wall permalink
        January 22, 2010 2:18 AM

        I know. I was just wondering out loud, or something similar. A bare amount of research have brought some articles that seem to say “flilibusters ain’t like in the movies,” but not exactly why.

      • January 22, 2010 9:26 AM

        there was this on Democracy Now yesterday:

        JOHN BONIFAZ: Well, right. I mean, here, first of all, the way we engage in dealing with a filibuster now is we simply get the threat, and then we don’t bring the bill to the floor, rather than forcing the opposition party, in this case the Republicans, to actually filibuster, to read from the phone book for days and days. Imagine if Republican after Republican got up on the floor of the Senate and read for days and days from the phone book, filibustering and shutting the Senate down. For what? Because they don’t believe in healthcare reform? That would change the debate.

        of course the health insurance bill is a turd that can’t rightfully be called healthcare reform, so perhaps a filibuster would be for the better.

  2. January 23, 2010 11:08 AM

    Of course the Democrats care. They come across as much nicer than those mean ole Republicans, and what’s more important than THAT?

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