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Yes. Reid gave a speech on the Senate floor bragging about saving the filibuster.
Reid's expected rules change will not allow this to happen.
This is an excellent point. This is a preliminary battle over Obama nominations to the Supreme Court. The President will be allowed to install a crony if allowed to put a nominee on the Court, with very limited debate, with 51 votes.
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Brian 2798 Wrote: Oct 23, 2012 12:50 PM
Nothing prevents the Leader from forcing a talking filibuster through the use of quorum calls. If the floor is empty and nobody is speaking, that is supposed to end a talk-a-thon. There are ways to break a filibuster.
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Brian 2798 Wrote: Oct 23, 2012 12:49 PM
The whole of ObamaCare did not pass under reconciliation. There are two elements of ObamaCare. The first is the legislation that stalled after Scott Brown was sworn into the Senate and the second was a reconciliation measure used to bypass filibuster.
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Brian 2798 Wrote: Oct 23, 2012 12:48 PM
True, but this is another option.
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Brian 2798 Wrote: Oct 23, 2012 12:47 PM
Market based reforms -- not bigger and bigger government provided services.
This is a classic Keynesian economic analysis and it misses the mark. Money isn't free. If the feds are borrowing to pay for these state and local employees, then there will be less cash to loan out to private enterprise. Some people believe that borrowed money is free money. That is clearly not the case.
Bulwark is spot on.
Great point. I agree that the whole idea behind ObamaCare is offensive to constitutional governance. I merely wanted to use a concrete example of the Courts recognition that the mandate was not a proper use of federal power.
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