Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Next thing you know a Senator's dog will be able to stop all procedings

It's a logical step from one lone Senator preventing bills from being passed. Senator Jim Bunning stepped up to the plate last Thursday and refused to cooperate in giving his approval to the unemployment extension bill coming to a vote. Stand up guy indeed. Because of his action the benefits of several hundred thousand people are potentially in danger. I say potentially because it now looks likely that a compromise bill will be passed soon that will save some of those benefits.

But what point is there to having a chamber of a congress or parliament where one person can stop the entire process? Some have suggested that all of this is possible because of the Framers' dislike of majorities imposing their will on minorities, but when the minority who can object is a single person you've reduced the notion of democracy to a comedy.

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