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July 16, 2013

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Michael

IF THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP OR SENATORS CAVED ON ANY OF THE NLRB APPOINTMENTS, IT IS TIME TO VOTE THEM OUT AND REPLACE THEM WITH REAL CONSERVATIVES. THE BALANCE OF POWER CREATED WITH THE TAFT HARTLEY AMENDMENTS WILL GO OUT THE WINDOW AS OBAMA'S SLAVERY TO THE UNION BOSSES DICTATES THE END OF EMPLOYEE FREE CHOICE.

Avon

Sure the Democrats have retreated from some of their toughest threats, like the "nuclear option" to get judges confirmed. But that's what compromise is.

I'm glad that the Democrats are now compromising not just reasonable milquetoast positions, but strong positions. That's what the GOP has been doing (when they compromise at all), and it's restored some balance to the outcomes.

But as the major parties inevitably switch in control of the Senate and the White House from time to time, we are all going to wish that we'd solved the "40-vote veto" problem with cloture as it's applied now. A supermajority vote on everything, as opposed to majority rule in general, is not supposed to be required to legislate. It's a short-circuit into stalemate and dysfunction. If we can't roll back the clock to 1980s standards of practice, we must overhaul the filibuster rules entirely.

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