U.S. GOP EVEN FILIBUSTERED THE U.S. PUBLIC PRINTER

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U.S. GOP EVEN FILIBUSTERED THE U.S. PUBLIC PRINTER

 user 2011-01-26 at 7:45:00 am Views: 46
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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dave-johnson/they-even-filibustered-th_b_808332.html

    U.S. GOP EVEN FILIBUSTERED THE U.S. PUBLIC PRINTER
    The
    Senate is considering changing the rules for the “filibuster” and this
    is an opportunity for you to do something that can make a difference.
    The filibuster has been abused and the Senate is broken. Call your
    Senators and tell them you want this fixed!”Abuse” does not adequately
    describe what has happened with the filibuster and “broken” does not
    adequately describe what has happened with the U.S. Senate. Two years
    ago We, the People voted for change — but in the Senate change and
    everything else was blocked. Everything was filibustered as part of a
    strategy to demoralize people and undermine democracy. Everything.
    Important bills, judges, agency heads, ambassadors and all the things
    that constitute “everything.” And the strategy worked.

    They even filibustered the Public Printer!
    What
    is the Public Printer? The Public Printer heads up the U.S. Government
    Printing Office (GPO). The GPO manages our country’s public documents.
    They print but also electronically distribute the Congressional Record,
    Supreme Court decisions, passports, tax forms, internal government
    documents, and agency publications. (They don’t print the
    money.)Benjamin Franklin served as the Public Printer when we were a
    colony, though the current office was established by Congress in 1861.I
    am unable to locate any stated reason why the nomination of the Public
    Printer was filibustered, leaving me to assume that this particular
    filibuster came under the classification of “everything.” Therefore the
    Public Printer was filibustered.

    So now the Senate is considering
    whether to change their system. They are voting on January 24. They are
    considering making Senators actually filibuster instead of being able
    to block things from a nice table at a nice restaurant. This way the
    public will be aware that this tactic is being used to block things and
    can respond accordingly.This is why you should call your Senators – both
    of them – today, and tell them that you want the Senate to reform the
    filibuster.

    If you do this, some of them will say “Uh oh, they’re
    on to us.” They depend on the public not understanding what is going
    on, but if you call they will know that you are hip to their bag of
    tricks.Others will say, “Hey, I don’t have to be afraid to change
    things, they are paying attention!” These Senators will know that they
    have support and will be nudged toward voting to fix the problem, which
    will help make it so they can fix the rest of the problems.Either way,
    calling WILL do some good. So call. Today. And tell others to call.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dave-johnson/they-even-filibustered-th_b_808332.html