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  •  The Hastert Rule came from the Ohio GOP (1+ / 0-)
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    based on the way the Ohio GOP changed its rule of the Ohio General Assembly.   With a GOP governor (Bob Taft) and a GOP controlled GA (brought about by enacting term limits) they began strictly ruling their caucus by limiting legislation that could be brought to the floor for votes.

    The second purpose of these strategies is to control campaign fundraising by legislating in a manner that requires influential stakeholders/funders to channel all of their campaign contributions to the party in control of the legislative agenda.  

    Under this system, the executive and legislative branches coordinate efforts to put maximum pressure on businesses that contract with or are regulated  by government.  Anyone who donates to the opposing party is subjected to loss of contracts and onerous regulation until they funnel all donations to the GOP.

     The campaign contributions are then used to maintain majority status by funding replacements as members of the GA are cycled out through term limits.  Individual GOP candidates are not allowed to raise funds for their own campaigns. Instead, all donations are solicited and controlled by the state party who then uses them to control incumbents.  If a GOP incumbent in the statehouse rebels against the legislative agenda, they are quickly reminded that they will receive no money for re-election from the state party and will be primaried by a well funded replacement.

    It hasn't worked as smoothly for them at the federal level, but it has brought about the goal of stopping government from functioning effectively.

    Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

    by Betty Pinson on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 10:22:34 AM PST

    •  So term limits also shifts power (0+ / 0-)

      from the committee chairs to the party hacks. And the Republican conservative party hacks want to remove power from the central government because it interferes with their ability to fleece the public.

      Conservatives want to make work in the Congress/assembly into part time and temporary jobs so that those individuals do not gain sufficient power over time to challenge the 2% in the power they wield.

      The US Supreme Court has by its actions and rhetoric has ceased to be legitimate. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - over

      by Rick B on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 01:27:55 PM PST

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