I just emailed my congress-critters

Dear Senator/Representative XXXXXX, I support you and the President’s position in the current budget battle. Please introduce a bill that strips health insurance coverage from all members of congress whenever A) the government is shut down, or B) congress fails to pass a debt limit increase in a timely fashion. Thank you.

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Remembering my friend Senator Paul Wellstone

Minnesota Democratic Senator Paul Wellstone was killed iin a plane crash ten years ago today while campaigning for re-election to a third term in the U.S. Senate. His wife Sheila, daughter Marcia and five others also died in the crash. Former Rep. Jim Ramstad reflects on Wellstone’s legacy in this open letter.

May your great spirit continue to live in the hearts of all of us.

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House passes cybersecurity bill

despite veto threat over privacy protections.

The cybersecurity bill seeks to protect the nation from cyberattack, but concerns over how personal information is shared with the government and corporations has sparked opposition and a veto threat from the Obama administration.

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GOP Thrashing

…or, This Needs To Be Said;

The surest way to get progressive legislation, like another stimulus bill if it’s needed, isn’t to pull out all our hair while complaining that Obama needs to yell louder, or voting in a way that will add Republicans to this congress.

The surest way to get progressive legislation passed is to put the speaker’s gavel back into Nancy Pelosi’s hands (and if possible, reduce the number of Republicans and blue dog Dems in the Senate).

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Reid Just Nuked the Senate

In a shocking development Thursday evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) triggered a rarely used procedural option informally called the “nuclear option” to change the Senate rules.

The Democratic leader had become fed up with Republican demands for votes on motions to suspend the rules after the Senate had voted to end a filibuster.


Now we need to keep Reid in charge of the Senate, and put Nancy Pelosi back in charge of the house.

Update: The Senate isn’t “nuked”. The minority still has the power to filibuster. All Reid did, and I applaud him for it, was stop the GOP from fucking around with “amendments” AFTER cloture is filed. As far as that goes, I see no reason why the minority can’t offer amendments after cloture is file. They just can’t use them, in a cloture vote on a motion to proceed, to effectively mount a SECOND filibuster if they don’t like the way they’re delaying the vote by repeatedly changing the amendments they’re offering.

In effect, Reid just fucked Mitch McConnell up the ass.

But here’s what someone smarter than me has to say about it.

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A 3-Party System?

I’ve heard calls for a third party “who will represent US” before.

I think we now have evidence of the stupidity of that position.

We have a 3-party system, now.

I don’t know exact numbers, and I’m too lazy to look them up, but it breaks down something like this;

Continue reading “A 3-Party System?”

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Why The Federal Government Might Shut Down Tonight

So the GOP can appease the fundie extremists who don’t believe women should have a say in their own healthcare, so the GOP can allow the corporations that fund them to pour poison into the air we breath and the water we drink without consequence to increase their profits, and, perhaps most importantly, so right-wingnuts can “prove” that government doesn’t work/we don’t need government.

Did I miss anything?

And to anyone dumb enough to believe that the House bill to extend the budget for a week, and the military’s budget to the end of the fiscal year, is a serious one I have a few questions for you; Do you honestly believe that a one-week extension that changes nothing WOULDN’T pass? Why is the one-week offer contingent on taking cuts to the military’s budget off the table? Why is the GOP insisting that a one-week extension come at the price of defunding planned parenthood and the EPA without negotiation? And finally, why were some in the GOP chanting “Shut it down! Shut it down!” inside and outside congress, and cheering when their teabagger leaders were saying on the floor that they’d rather shut it down than compromise, at all?

The Democrats have compromised enough. At this point, the only option is to let the GOP shut it down until the teabagger faction concedes defeat on the riders. I would suggest that social security checks to the seniors, who voted teabagger in large numbers, be stopped until the government is open and functioning normally again.

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