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by: Ziks511 October 24, 2013 7:28 PM PDT

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Republican Obstructionism and Gerrymandering.

by Ziks511 - 10/24/13 7:28 PM

The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service has released an important new report that details Barack Obama's record on nominating judges during his first term. It's no surprise: Republican obstruction against his selections was unprecedented. For example:

"President Obama is the only one of the five most recent Presidents for whom, during his first term, both the average and median waiting time from nomination to confirmation for circuit and district court nominees was greater than half a calendar year (i.e., more than 182 days).

"A quick look at the report's summary confirms that Obama's nominees have been treated more roughly than those of Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and the other Bush."

"What changed when Obama took office, however, was the extension of the filibuster to cover every single nominee. Republicans didn't always vote against cloture (or even demand cloture votes), but they did demand 60 votes for every nominee. That's brand new. It's true that Democrats filibustered selected judicial nominations during the George W. Bush presidency, but only at the circuit court level, and not every single one."
This is from 2010 about 2009, about the Filibuster. It is followed by Mitch McConnell speaking in 2005 about wanting to end the Filibuster entirely..
In 2010, having been through the unprecedented 112 Filibusters and demands for Super Majorities on every single vote, the Democrats have been forced to fall back on Continuing Resolutions in order to govern. There are no Filibuster statistics for 2010 because the decision became, "Can we get 60 votes for this in the Senate? No? Fine then we can't bring it up."

The only party blocking legislation is the Republican Party by insisting on a never-before-employed standard of 60 Senate votes for everything. The US has been in business for 225 years, and never before has this standard been the standard for every vote.

How about the written questions the new EPA nominee? How many questions are enough. David Vitter submitted 600 written questions of the 1079 written questions she has answered. This is from May of this year, 2013.
And the clever redistricting of each state. Massive over representation of Republicans and underrepresentation of Democrats based simply on the numbers. 1.1 million more votes went to Democrats but the Republicans kept the majority in the House. And now they want to extend that over representation to include the Presidential vote too. What ever happened to one man or woman and one vote. I guess it got lost in the win at all costs or cheat trying that is now the modus operandi of the Republican Party.
from 2011
Republicans unprecedented obstructionism, with vote tallies.
The Documented Record Of GOP Political Obstructionism: Unemployment is High by Republican Design as GOP Sabotaged Obama's Job Proposals
Oct 29 2012.

Has lots of hyperlinks for more statistics on Republican deliberate sabotage of the Jobs Bill highlighting "the
lengths to which Republicans are going, including opposing their own proposals and hurting the U.S. economy, to undermine President Obama."
March 28 2013
"Earlier this month, during one of his new across-the-aisle good-will tours, President Obama pleaded with Senate Republicans
to ease up on their record number of filibusters of his nominees. He
might as well have been talking to one of the statues in the Capitol.
Republicans have made it clear that erecting hurdles for Mr. Obama is,
if anything, their overriding legislative goal.

"There is no historical precedent for the number of cabinet-level
nominees that Republicans have blocked or delayed in the Obama
administration. Chuck Hagel became the first defense secretary nominee ever filibustered.
John Brennan, the C.I.A. director, was the subject of an epic
filibuster by Senator Rand Paul. Kathleen Sebelius and John Bryson, the
secretaries of health and human services and commerce, were subjected to
60-vote confirmation margins instead of simple majorities. Susan Rice
surely would have been filibustered and thus was not nominated to be
secretary of state."
October 2013
"Prominent among them is a belief that a federal law need not be repealed
in order to be nullified. Equally noteworthy is an apparent inability
to be reconciled to the results of an election. Last November, after a
campaign that turned largely on the issue of health care, Barack Obama
was re-elected with a popular majority of five million. In Senate races,
Democrats drew ten million more votes than Republicans. In the House of
Representatives, Republicans, whom Democrats outpolled by a million and a
half, retained their legislative majority only by dint of the vagaries
of districting and redistricting."
July 2013

"The central fallacy of politics is "both sides do it."

"Both sides increasingly delay judicial appointments when the other
party is in power. Both sides use procedures like reconciliation in the
Senate to get what they want (though Republicans used it in the case of
the Bush tax breaks to add trillions to the deficit, the exact opposite
point of reconciliation
). Both sides operate by prioritizing their
donors' needs over those of average citizens.

"But the clouds of gray inevitable in a political process that has
from our founding required ugly compromise are helping shade the
unprecedented measures Senate Republicans began taking when the
Democrats took over the Senate, and escalated into overdrive as
President Obama assumed office.

"From the night of the president's inauguration, the GOP has plotted
to deny Obama any successes, <b>even as the country languished in a
recession made worse by eight years of policies that had the effect of
purposely exacerbating income inequality."</b>
Those are the Bush years which featured the largest transfer of wealth upward to the wealthiest ever seen in the United States.

Senate GOP Obstructionists Throw Veterans Under The Bus-Vote Down Bill To Help Vets In Need Of Jobs
"For those who continue to believe that obstructionism at any
cost is not the goal of the Senate Republicans, consider the behavior of
the GOP Senators who, on Friday, blocked a bi-partisan effort to pass a
bill that would put veterans to work in jobs that look after
the nation's federal land while also giving our fighting men and women a
leg up when it comes to getting them hired by local police and fire

"GOP blocks COLA on benefits for disabled veterans and survivors
September 28, 2012"

"Meet the 40 Senate Republicans Who Betrayed Veterans By Killing $1 Billion in Jobs

"GOP Voted Against 7 Bills to Help Veterans
MAY 16, 2012"

"Republicans Vote Against Increased VA Funding"

"Major GOP Donor Arrested in $100 Million Veteran Charity Scam"
"The U.S. Marshal Service announced Tuesday that it had captured one of
America's Most Wanted fugitives who is accused of creating a fake
charity for Navy veterans that funneled some of the $100 million
collected to Republican candidates."
"Republican Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli reportedly
personally pleaded with Thompson for donations and received $55,000 for
his effort, making Thompson Cuccinelli's second-largest donor.
Cuccinelli was eventually forced to turn over the tainted money to
veterans support groups."

Bachmann Takes Heat From Veterans' Group for Proposing Benefits Cuts

"Conservative Rep. Michele Bachmann is taking heat from the
nation's largest combat veterans' organization for proposing, as part of
a broad list of spending cuts, a combination of reductions and caps in
veterans' benefits."

I hope no-one you know Toni is getting screwed by the Republicans on these issues.


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