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Filibuster: Mark Udall, Mike Bennet for Chicago-style corrupt government

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), the incompetent and extremely partisan majority leader, will try next month to eliminate or sharply curtail the power of the minority Republicans to filibuster against bills and presidential appointees.

Colorado Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet are all for this power grab, which would allow the majority Democrats to pass bills with 51 instead of 60 votes. As long as the GOP controlled the House as it does now, nothing passed by the Democrats in the Senate and opposed by the House Republican majority would be enacted. But if Democrats or Republicans get control of both houses and the White House, party discipline would allow the majority party the power to totally change the country's laws on behalf of their favored few campaign contributors.

As Coloradans have seen when we've had one-party GOP or Democratic rule, bad, corrupt things happen fast. And that's what we face in 2013 and 2014 with Democrats in charge of the state Senate and House and governor's mansion. 

It takes extremists like Udall and Bennet to back Reid's grab for power. They are showing a total disrespect for Republican and independent voters in Colorado, not just in the U.S. Senate. America's political history of compromise in Washington means nothing to them.

They want Washington to operate like Chicago, New York, California and Illinois. In Chicago and those states, Big Government breeds corruption, and single-party rule makes corruption accpetable.

That's where Udall and Bennet are. Can Colorado Republicans do anything about it in future elections? Given the fact that the Colorado GOP is ruled by Rick Santorum, Bill Armstrong, Bob Schaffer and Ken Buck Republicans, I doubt it.

LINKS:

GOP warns of shutdown over filibuster, Politico.com, 11.25.2012

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 11/25/2012 at 04:16 PM

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