Mein Hastert

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  1. jay_too

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    Hastert Launches a Partisan Policy

    By Charles Babington
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Saturday, November 27, 2004; Page A01

    In scuttling major intelligence legislation that he, the president and most lawmakers supported, Speaker J. Dennis Hastert last week enunciated a policy in which Congress will pass bills only if most House Republicans back them, regardless of how many Democrats favor them.

    Hastert's position, which is drawing fire from Democrats and some outside groups, is the latest step in a decade-long process of limiting Democrats' influence and running the House virtually as a one-party institution. Republicans earlier barred House Democrats from helping to draft major bills such as the 2003 Medicare revision and this year's intelligence package. Hastert (R-Ill.) now says such bills will reach the House floor, after negotiations with the Senate, only if "the majority of the majority" supports them.
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    Someone has been reading their German history. This too, was a goal of the Nazi Party...the elimination of political parties and their agendas from the Reichstag.

    Apparently, Hastert is a scumbag of the ilk of Tom DeLay, the roach killer [yea, that is what his business was before election to Congress.] So much for the fiction that these are good American, Christian gentlemen.

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  2. BobLeeSwagger

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    In all fairness, the Democrats often did the same thing when they controlled the House in the forty-or-so years before 1994. It's not a new tactic. Eventually the GOP will overreach, piss off enough voters, and then wring their hands over what went wrong.

    The question is, will the Democrats be smart enough to take advantage of it? I'd say it's 50-50.
     
  3. jonb

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    In the Senate, they're trying to make filibusters unconstitutional. The problem is, the Senate's supposed to be the conservative element, hence the fact that (for all practical purposes) it takes 60 votes to get anything done in the Senate.
     
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