The Little-Noticed Conservative Plan To Permanently Lock Democrats Out Of Policymaking
Ultimately, however, these are very modest successes in comparison to the bold proposals offered at the Federalist Society. Take the REINS Act, for example, which would automatically invalidate any new regulation that impacts more than 0.0006 percent of the nations economy unless this regulation is approved by Congress by the end of 70 session days or legislative days. Given congressional dysfunction, this bill would likely shut down many new federal rules entirely regardless of whether those new rules expand the scope of federal regulation, update an existing regulation in light of new technological or other developments, or even if the new rule repeals an existing regulation entirely.
As a practical matter, however, REINS and similar proposals would likely effect a massive shift in power from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.
Much of our electoral system, at the moment, places a thumb on the scale in favor of Republicans. The GOP-controlled Supreme Court gave state lawmakers more leeway to enact voter suppression laws than they have enjoyed since Jim Crow. U.S. House districts tend to favor Republicans because Democrats tend to cluster in cities where they are concentrated into relatively few congressional districts. These geographic factors are then exacerbated by partisan gerrymandering, which also give Republicans a significant advantage in many key states.
Indeed, in 2012, ThinkProgress estimated that Democrats would have needed to win the national popular vote in all U.S. House races by 7.25 percentage points in order to eek out a bare majority in Congresss lower chamber.
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So they are still out there with it. It hasn't gone away by any means. None of the destructive, hateful things the GOP wants have gone away. That's why we need to vote.
They would prefer that we die off in conveniently large numbers.
Karl Rove proposed it and he was then speaking as the leading voice of the 1% tyranny. He said in so many words that if "we" could not defend ourselves we had no right to the wealth of the world or for that matter to be here. Rove is very much of the dog-eat-dog with the Uber-dog-over-all philosophy.
My contention is that if things are truly as Rove proposes then the next logical step for "us" is to remove the threat of Rove's 1% from our lives. I don't subscribe to Rovian theory but I do worry that its application by those who do has lead to ISIL, Christian Dominionist Theocracy (Tea Party Republicanism), and other genocide inducing organisms.
Judges. What do they know?
Of years of failed election policy. As long as we continue to focus on the presidential elections and ignore the state, county and city elections, we will continue to be put in positions in which we have to win a presidential election as a veto stopgap measure. At some point even that will fail to be enough.
We have to win from the ground up, trying to win from the top down is a failed model. No one has those kind of coat tails.
... was SO important and the Dem Party apparatus was SO STUPID to get rid of it and him.