You can call what I am doing today whatever you want. You can call it a filibuster, a very long speech. I'm not here to set any great records. I am simply here to explain the fact that we have got to do a lot better than this agreement provides.
Let's be clear. The Republican Party has only one core value: massive economic benefits for the wealthiest Americans. And they'll sacrifice the welfare of everyone else who is gullible enough to vote for them in order to get it.
The Democrats lost the House, and Nancy Pelosi the Speaker's gavel, because of the Senate's dysfunction. Many, if not most, I would wager, of the 400+ bills passed by the House had simple majorities in the Senate.
In the 90s, the major "bipartisan" policies that Bill Clinton enacted when he faced a hostile Republican Congress were all disastrous for the country. What was needed then -- and now -- was nothing short of a wholesale reaffirmation of the role of government in society.
It is downright ludicrous to say that a Nobel Prize-winning economist is somehow not qualified to get a job running economic policy for the government. Until Sen. Richard Shelby realizes this, Obama and the White House should point it out.
With control of the Senate up for grabs next month, the Democrats have a rare opportunity to eliminate the filibuster, one of the worst and most anti-democratic features of the American political system.
The Republicans of 2010 are all about ear-plugged "Lalalala! Can't hear you!" loud noises. The filibustering is unmatched on the Democratic side. The brazen, hubristic flaunting of obvious hypocrisy is unmatched. But still, it's "both sides."