Wednesday, February 24, 2010

crazy politics

does anyone else feel like politics are getting weirder and weirder?

there was an article in the economist 2 weeks ago (I'm still catching up: they get delivered to school and I was away):

New dangers for the world economy
When the crisis started, governments helped save the world economy. Now they are the problem
Feb 11th 2010 From The Economist print edition

LAST year it was banks; this year it is countries. The economic crisis, which seemed to have eased off in the latter part of 2009, is once again in full swing as the threat of sovereign default looms.

oh my god.

on a higher sanity note, take a look at this senatorial candidate's website devoted to abolishing filibusters. I hadn't considered it before, but I think I agree with him. you guys?


Unknown said...

When everything the government does is wrong, a filibuster becomes the country's saving grace.

katar said...

the same senator would oppose the filibuster if republicans had a 51-49 majority in the senate. filibuster is a simple check on slight majorities in congress who enjoy an aligned president. (eg, republicans in 2005 when republicans wanted to abolish the filibuster)

democracy is nice,but the country is also founded on political checks and balances. it's not simple majority rule for a reason-- ok, except in california where a one-time popular referendum can literally amend the state constitution to "ban" gay marriage. hey that's democracy too.

think about it Ms. Vicary. thx.

ChargingKing said...

Liz so you're for mob rule?

The filibuster is an important check on the power of the majority and allows negotiation to take place. I didn't hear any democratic senators calling for the filibuster to be removed when repubs were in the majority.

The beginning of facism is when those in power try to remove the avenues of checks and balances. these same people are trying to overule the supreme court...does one ideology really deserve this much power???

Greg Shahade said...

I agree with the peanut gallery. Filibuster = good. Change is sometimes obvious but it's good that it takes a lot of time, even if it's frustrating as hell to watch everyone suffer through it.

Anonymous said...

Don't get me started on politics, I'm still upset they let women vote.

Unknown said...

Anonymous said...

I agree with the poster and disagree with the commentators. As a practical matter, the filibuster is just another form of obstructionism and if there is anything we need less of in our politics it is obstructionism. One commentator said that the filibuster is a check on mob rule; in fact, the filibuster has an ugly history of being used by majorities to prevent a vote on legislation that would advance the rights of minorities (the filibuster was used to block the Civil Rights Act of 1957, for example). The power vested in the courts to strike down legislation that violates the Bill of Rights is the measure we have in place to prevent mob rule, not the filibuster.

Unknown said...

You're assuming that what the filibuster is obstructing is a positive piece of legislation. (Positive for the american people and not lobbyists). I argue that this is rarely the case.

Anonymous said...

I assume nothing. You assume that the legislation is necessarily negative/bad. If that is true, our representative officials should simply vote "no" on the legislation and get it off the table, rather than delay with a filibuster.

Unknown said... have a point. Nevertheless I think history will support me when I say that most government legislation only makes matters worse. Any mechanisms which exist to stop the passing of legislation should be used to the maximum. Whether that be by filibuster or just voting "no."

Anonymous said...

"Nevertheless I think history will support me when I say that most government legislation only makes matters worse."

Examples? 'Cause I got about a half a ton to disprove you.

Rick Massimo