18 Dec 2009

Senate Action on Cloture Motions

Following the suggestion on Paul Krugman in his latest article, I was curious to see if the filibustering was really happening on an unprecedented scale. Yup, he's right, after the Republicans lost control, they've been blocking legislation on a scale never seen before. The data for the 2009-2010 congress won't be in for another year, but from the 2009 data it shows the Republicans are continuing this strategy of complete obstruction. This country is well on it's way to being a failed state due to a government which can not govern.

Something should be done about this. Some suggest that a democracy will lead to poor quality of elected leaders. It would be hard to argue with that. Krugman suggests getting rid of the filibuster. If that fails to yield the desired results, maybe voters should pass a simple test before they can vote. A political version of the driving exam. Who approves the test questions though is a serious problem. If all else fails, there is always the option to break up the country, preferably along the civil war lines.


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