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(22,666 posts)
Mon Nov 16, 2015, 09:13 AM Nov 2015

The Little-Noticed Conservative Plan To Permanently Lock Democrats Out Of Policymaking

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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 nation’s 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 Congress’s lower chamber.

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The Little-Noticed Conservative Plan To Permanently Lock Democrats Out Of Policymaking (Original Post) Triana Nov 2015 OP
Fiorina mentioned the REINS Act in the last GOP debate, PatrickforO Nov 2015 #1
Money before people. Again. Needs more attention. n/t DirkGently Nov 2015 #2
Holy hell. blackspade Nov 2015 #3
You underestimate them, they won't stop then either...they want all of the earth for themselves. Ford_Prefect Nov 2015 #4
Agreed. no text DhhD Nov 2015 #6
Kicking because everyone should take the time to read this. CrispyQ Nov 2015 #5
Thank you, Triana! A must-read! Octafish Nov 2015 #7
K&R rbrnmw Nov 2015 #8
This is a symptom angrychair Nov 2015 #9
Another reason Howard Dean's 50-state strategy... Triana Nov 2015 #10
kick. nt bananas Jan 2016 #11


(14,468 posts)
1. Fiorina mentioned the REINS Act in the last GOP debate,
Mon Nov 16, 2015, 09:36 AM
Nov 2015

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.


(7,712 posts)
4. You underestimate them, they won't stop then either...they want all of the earth for themselves.
Mon Nov 16, 2015, 11:24 AM
Nov 2015

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.


(55,745 posts)
7. Thank you, Triana! A must-read!
Mon Nov 16, 2015, 11:59 AM
Nov 2015
Enter the Federalist Society. Speakers at this year’s lawyer’s convention offered so many different proposals to halt regulatory action, it was difficult to keep track of them all. The conference opened with a speech by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), a deeply conservative lawmaker who once claimed that federal child labor laws are unconstitutional because the Constitution was “designed to be a little bit harsh.” Lee used his talk to push the REINS Act, a bill that, if enacted, would most likely freeze most of the federal regulatory code in place. New York Law School Professor David Schoenbrod, the opening speaker at a panel on environmental law, called for a similar regime where regulations would not go into effect until they were enacted by Congress.

Judges. What do they know?


(8,428 posts)
9. This is a symptom
Mon Nov 16, 2015, 12:48 PM
Nov 2015

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.



(22,666 posts)
10. Another reason Howard Dean's 50-state strategy...
Mon Nov 16, 2015, 07:04 PM
Nov 2015

... was SO important and the Dem Party apparatus was SO STUPID to get rid of it and him.

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