Tag: filibuster

Greg and guest host Alexandra DeSanctis Marr cheer a unanimous Supreme Court decision that says faith-based adoption agencies can limit their clients to traditionally married couples and that government must work with them. They also call out Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin for comparing those who want to kill the filibuster with the heroes of D-Day. And they react to the Biden administration issuing guidance declaring that Title IX protections against sex discrimination apply to sexual orientation and gender identity issues as well.

 

Has Snidely Whiplash Schumer Been Foiled Again?

 

As previously discussed, Senate Democrats, with their slim tie-breaking vote majority, have been trying to find a way to pass an aggressive agenda. It includes not just an expansive $2 trillion American Jobs Plan “infrastructure” spending package – very broadly defined – but a massive tax increase to pay for much of it.

The Senate’s 1974 budget rules provide the only way a majority party can pass legislation by a simple majority (51 votes, if everyone shows up, including the Vice President). But it has fit within the context of a federal budget – spending and taxes – with further “Byrd rule” prohibitions against “extraneous” items, increasing the deficit beyond a certain point and touching Social Security.

Join Jim and Greg as they enjoy watching the Dems’ case for killing the filibuster wither away. They also discuss the House GOP fight over Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney and the impact it’s having on the party. And they shake their heads as Brookline, Massachusetts, insists on requiring masks outside despite he CDC easing those restrictions.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome Sen. Joe Manchin joining Sen. Sinema in refusing to end or reform the filibuster and hope he means it this time. They also shake their heads as another scandal emerges involving New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, this time that they kept track of all nursing home-related COVID deaths but did not report them all. And they sigh as Virginia Dems flock to once-disgraced Gov. Ralph Northam for endorsements and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax ludicrously compares himself to George Floyd and Emmett Till.

Join Jim and Greg as they applaud Arizona Democrat Kyrsten Sinema for thus far refusing to kill or even “reform” the Senate filibuster – despite immense pressure from the left. They also shake their heads as New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand tries to argue that paid leave, child care, and caregiving fall under infrastructure. And the California recall spectacle may already be underway as the first celebrity hints at running for governor.

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On the cusp of practically eviscerating the Senate’s filibuster to advance the Democrat’s aggressive if somewhat unpopular progressive agenda, including outlawing voter ID requirements and some gun ownership, US Senate Majority (tenuously, by one vote) Leader Charles Schumer is now focused on an issue that clearly seems to have broad public support: Legalization of Marijuana. […]

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Clever minds have been at work amidst Democratic circles in the US Senate to find a way to circumvent the filibuster – that pesky Senate Rule 22 provision that requires a three-fifths supermajority to end debate and bring a matter to a final vote. But the Democratic caucus isn’t unified, at least yet. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they react to former CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield believing that the COVID outbreak probably started with a lab leak in Wuhan. They also discuss Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey saying President Biden is obviously not taking the border crisis seriously when he appoints someone like Vice President Kamala Harris to focus on the problem. And they point out all the ways Biden is nothing more than an opportunistic hypocrite when he now agrees that the Senate filibuster is a “Jim Crow relic.”

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome analysis from a Johns Hopkins University expert that we are much closer to herd immunity against COVID than Dr. Fauci will admit. They also shudder as President Biden is planning to ram through an aggressive, far-left agenda rivaling the New Deal or the Great Society. They shake their heads as the Suez Canal is effectively shut down because a ship has gotten stuck there. And Greg shares a family story in connection with the bicentennial of modern Greek Independence.

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the special congressional election win for Julia Letlow in Louisiana, as this impressive woman wins the seat her late husband won last year. They also cringe as Democrats plan to pass every agenda item possible through reconciliation, which would also render the Senate filibuster irrelevant. And Jim unloads on federal and state officials as barely half of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been administered three weeks after FDA approval.

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The US Senate’s “filibuster” rules have been front and center since last year’s contentious presidential election. Actually, it has been contentious pretty much non-stop for about 64 years, and maybe longer. When a great many Americans hear the word “filibuster,” many of a certain age think of Jimmy Stewart’s legendary performance as the fictional US […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they applaud Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for refusing to spend “one red cent” of taxpayer money on Critical Race Theory on the Florida civics curriculum. They also hammer the naked hypocrisy and opportunism of Senate Democrats who constantly tried to filibuster the Trump agenda but now insist it’s an ugly impediment to democracy and equality. And they shred New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for wanting police to confront people who have committed no crimes but may have hurt someone else’s feelings.

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But can we really trust Joe Manchin to live up to promises to protect the filibuster? Non-partisan pollster Scott Rasmussen released results from a new poll on the Democrat’s “For The People” Act, HR 1. House Democrats voted in lockstep to pass the bill with 220 votes last week (minus US Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-MS) […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they chronicle the latest women to accuse Gov. Cuomo of sexual advances. They also shake their heads as Sen. Joe Manchin is already starting to wilt on his promise to defend the filibuster. And they discuss the amount of defense Republicans have to play in 2022 as Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt announces he will retire in 2022.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema cementing the end of any serious effort to kill the legislative filibuster. They also discuss the talk of a Patriot Party and why fighting out serious differences within one party is far preferable to a major split. And they marvel at Politico staffers continuing their hissy fit over their editors asking Ben Shapiro to write one thing two weeks ago.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin saying he will not vote to end the filibuster in the U.S. Senate. They also unload on AOC, Jennifer Rubin, Evan McMullin, and other lefties who want to see anyone supporting President Trump’s legal challenges added to lists of people who should be shunned from government, academia, and polite society. And they shudder as the Obamacare architect who thinks people are no longer useful after age 75 is named to Joe Biden’s COVID task force.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome Sen. Dianne Feinstein – the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee – saying she opposes ending the legislative filibuster. Without killing the filibuster, Democrats would be unable to add seats to the Supreme Court, but is Feinstein sincere or is she just worried about touting court packing before the election? They also brace for a violent day or more in Louisville as officials announce whether police officers will face charges for the shooting death of Breonna Taylor in March. And they unload on media outlets for not only beginning to attack possible Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett but for getting the story spectacularly wrong.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome the exit of Democratic presidential candidate Mike Gravel, revealing he was never really running in the first place. They also push back strongly against Joe Biden’s assertion that white supremacists are winning the culture war. And they have plenty to say after Pete Buttigieg claims the Senate filibuster must be scrapped because it stopped a background check bill from passing in 2013.

I Sometimes Dream…

 

We often hear the word “filibuster” in connection with legislative action, but the word also has other meanings. It started as a term for pirates. In the 1850’s it was additionally applied to military adventurers who were taking over small Central American countries, like William Walker. Now, Walker rather spoiled it for the rest of us citizens of the United States of America. Because of his actions, Congress and the President made it illegal for Americans to go about taking over small countries. Apparently, having one’s citizens do that sort of thing can interfere with foreign relations and commerce. Way to go, Walker. Way to go.

I do not do very well in temperature extremes. Many say that with hotter weather one can always take off more clothing. When one has a body like mine, that’s not a practical idea. This physique needs to be covered. The more, the better. During the summer, I wear a short sleeve shirt with my long pants. But that’s as far as I’m accommodating the heat for fear of scaring the horses or blinding passersby. If it’s above 80°F, I’m probably staying inside. In winter, I can always throw on more clothing. The problem is that I seem to have a few lung issues. If it gets below freezing, I have to ensure air is pre-warmed through a scarf or other device before I breathe it. That means that if it’s much below 40°F, I probably have to bundle up more than I’d prefer.