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Prof. Jacobson: Democrats Nuked The Ratchet

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Enzyte Bob

Columbus, OH

#1 Nov 23, 2013
PROF. JACOBSON: Democrats Nuked The Ratchet.

The seemingly inexorable march towards economic socialism and political statism has been accomplished through legislative and judicial ratchets which, once established, were all but impossible to reverse in part because the filibuster helped lock in the agenda and those supporting the agenda.

Because of the ratchet, the nation moved only in one direction: Towards redistribution of wealth, and bigger government.

Because of the ratchet, there was little or no hope of fundamental reversals.

Not anymore.

Well, then, the GOP just needs to take the Senate back. And the White House.
Enzyte Bob

Columbus, OH

#2 Nov 23, 2013
Enzyte Bob

Columbus, OH

#3 Nov 23, 2013
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Democrats nuked the ratchet
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Posted by William A. Jacobson Friday, November 22, 2013 at 7:00am
The inexorable march no longer is inexorable.
Senate Votes to eliminate filibuster 11-21-2013
The seemingly inexorable march towards economic socialism and political statism has been accomplished through legislative and judicial ratchets which, once established, were all but impossible to reverse in part because the filibuster helped lock in the agenda and those supporting the agenda.

Because of the ratchet, the nation moved only in one direction: Towards redistribution of wealth, and bigger government.

Because of the ratchet, there was little or no hope of fundamental reversals.

Not anymore.

When Democrats — the embodiment of redistribution and statism — exercised the Nuclear Option yesterday, they blew up the ratchet. The filibuster is dead for all purposes, even if superficially only as to non-Supreme Court nomninees. No one will respect the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees or important legislation — the Senate can’t be half pregnant.

Ezra Klein gives several reasons whey the filibuster effectively is dead for all purposes, and why that may be a good thing for Republicans in the near term, Nine reasons the filibuster change is a huge deal:

8. There’s a lot of upside for Republicans in how this went down. It came at a time when Republicans control the House and are likely to do so for the duration of President Obama’s second term, so the weakening of the filibuster will have no effect on the legislation Democrats can pass. The electoral map, the demographics of midterm elections, and the political problems bedeviling Democrats make it very likely that Mitch McConnell will be majority leader come 2015 and then he will be able to take advantage of a weakened filibuster. And, finally, if and when Republicans recapture the White House and decide to do away with the filibuster altogether, Democrats won’t have much of an argument when they try to stop them….

The inexorable march no longer is inexorable.

Decades of negative and destructive policies can be reversed with a bare majority. Obamacare can be repealed with a bare majority. True Conservative Judges will not be banished due to a filibuster threat.

Yes, it’s true that the absence of a filibuster could accelerate the destructive policies. That fear is justified, particularly as to the judiciary. But face it, we were headed there anyway unless drastic action was taken.

That drastic action took place yesterday. By Democrats.

Now at least we have a chance to achieve previously unimaginable progress in a single presidential term if we also have bare majorities in Congress and a President with the willpower. It will take only one such term.

The ratchet has been broken. And opportunity created, even if dependent upon future electoral success.

It’s now up to us to seize the opportunity.
Danwig

Cincinnati, OH

#4 Nov 23, 2013
Enzyte Bob wrote:
PROF. JACOBSON: Democrats Nuked The Ratchet.
The seemingly inexorable march towards economic socialism and political statism has been accomplished through legislative and judicial ratchets which, once established, were all but impossible to reverse in part because the filibuster helped lock in the agenda and those supporting the agenda.
Because of the ratchet, the nation moved only in one direction: Towards redistribution of wealth, and bigger government.
Because of the ratchet, there was little or no hope of fundamental reversals.
Not anymore.
Well, then, the GOP just needs to take the Senate back. And the White House.
You do realize the 16th amendment gives feds the power to tax income at a 100% rate, right?

The dolts emerging from the euphoria of winning WWI allowed unlimited national taxation power to become constitutional.

The 17th amendment took away state representation in the senate, and turned it into a glorified redundancy of the House.

The original meaning of the 14th amendment is regular manipulated by the scum in power, who bray about the need for more equality and illegal immigration amnesty.

You are swimming upstream, against the current.

The national socialists have already won. The 2-party system is a reflection of the organized majority of voters, who allowed the constitution to be perverted.
Enzyte Bob

Columbus, OH

#5 Nov 23, 2013
MEDIAITE: In Their Panic, Dems Become Reckless Gamblers.

Prospect theory, a predictive model of economic behavior, stipulates that when a person begins to come to terms with increasingly likely losses, they become risk-takers. Losses sting, the theory asserts, more than gains reward. Thus, risk-seeking behavior increases as the acute pain of an imminent loss comes clearly into focus.

Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto astutely cited prospect theory on Thursday in the wake of the unprecedented maneuver by Senate Democrats to change the rules of the Senate by a simple majority vote along party lines.

The long-considered but never invoked “nuclear option” was appealed to at a conspicuous time. The ground is collapsing out from under Democratic feet. In a panic, they are falling back on maneuvers which mitigate immediate pain and provide short-term gains, all the while acknowledging that the risks they are taking are high and the prospect of long-term advantage extremely low.

Read the whole thing.

http://www.mediaite.com/online/in-their-panic...

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