Thursday, January 14, 2010

SPECIAL RANT from Gail Collins (better than I can say it)

There are 100 members of the Senate. But as Brown is currently reminding us, because of the filibuster rule, it takes only 41 to stop any bill from passing.

U.S. population: 307,006,550.

Population for the 20 least-populated states: 31,434,822.

That means that in the Senate, all it takes to stop legislation is one guy plus 40 senators representing 10.2 percent of the country.

People, think about what we went through to elect a new president — a year and a half of campaigning, three dozen debates, $1.6 billion in donations. Then the voters sent a clear, unmistakable message. Which can be totally ignored because of a parliamentary rule that allows the representatives of slightly more than 10 percent of the population to call the shots.

Why isn’t 90 percent of the country marching on the Capitol with teapots and funny hats, waving signs about the filibuster?

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

"New Jersey Lawmakers Pass Medical Marijuana Bill"

The turnpike restaurant stops will soon be a lot of fun.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

"Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and John McCain, R-Ariz., took issue with President Barack Obama's suggestion that no one would lose his or her job over the incident."

Turncoat Joe Lieberman strikes again. How about firing the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.