There have been 64 cloture votes so far this year and a big backlog of legislation waiting for the senators when they return from the August recess.
Since the Democrats lost their filibuster-proof 60-seat majority with the election of Republican Scott Brown of Massachusetts, the Republicans have wielded the filibuster effectively. The newspaper Roll Call reckons that the Republicans have gained 10 victories in 20 filibusters over the last four months.
The Republicans blocked financial regulatory reform four times until Democratic leader Harry Reid made enough changes in the bill to pick up the necessary Republican votes. The reason the House has had to make a special trip back to Washington to vote on a $26.1 billion jobs bill is because the Senate didn't close off debate until after the House had left on vacation.
Republican Scott Brown voted against allowing the bill to move forward, agreeing with his fellow GOP members that the $34 billion for the unemployment extension should only be approved if it does not add to the deficit.
Making the tax cuts permanent for all taxpayers would cost $3.1 trillion, including interest on the national debt, over 10 years, and cause the national debt-to-GDP ratio to rise to 82 percent.
[A] recent New York Times/CBS News poll reveals that 20 percent of Americans believe Obama was born in another country, and that another quarter aren’t sure he was American-born. The mainstream media have published lengthy reports that, by any objective standard, should have thoroughly refuted the idea that Obama is a Muslim, or was educated in a madrassa, or favors the creation of “death panels” to ration end-of-life care. It doesn’t matter. A national Harris poll this spring found that 57 percent of Republicans believe that Obama is in fact a Muslim (and, for good measure, 38 percent believe he is “doing many of the things that Hitler did,” and 24 percent believe that Obama actually “may be the anti-Christ”).
It got to the point where Obama and Emanuel would joke that, when it was all over, they were going to open a T-shirt stand on a beach in Hawaii. It would face the ocean and sell only one color and one size. “We didn’t want to make another decision, or choice, or judgment,” Emanuel told me. They took to beginning staff meetings with Obama smiling at Emanuel and simply saying “White,” and Emanuel nodding back and replying “Medium.”
"...Lincoln could say of the men who had engineered his
nomination in Chicago, "They have gambled me all around,
bought and sold me a hundred times. I cannot begin to fill all
the pledges made in my name.""
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