Matt Yglesias writes:
It's worth considering that in January 2009, Americans will probably have a president elected on a platform of universal health care and robust action to curb carbon emissions, a House Speaker who backs both of those things, and a Senate Majority Leader who backs both of those things, and nevertheless the odds for either of those things happening aren't especially good and the reason is the filibuster.
In January 2005, Americans had as President a buffoon, who decided he was going to privatize Social Security. He had a House and Senate under GOP control. If not for the power of the filibuster, George Bush probably would have rammed through his plan to privatize significant parts of Social Security.
Funny how anti-filibuster folks on our side NEVER mention that.
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