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  •  Perhaps it's best (6+ / 0-)

    If it goes down in flames, rather than be watered down to uselessness.
    If this goes down, something that around 90% of all citizens believe should happen, then perhaps more people will wake up to the fact that their government doesn't work for them.

    •  Reality Check (1+ / 0-)
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      If legislators were really worried about nationwide poll numbers showing support for or against a particular issue, they'd cast their votes accordingly. Clearly they're not intimidated.  Remember that 90% of House incumbents were re-elected in 2012, including many of those GOP obstructionists we read so much about. Saying no to what were popular or sensible policies had no adverse impact.

      Think of that when you talk about the president proposing raising the cap on SS contributions to help deal with its future solvency.  GOP and conservadems will all say no, and they'll all still win re-election.

      The only issues the majority of Americans consistenly care about for which they'd punish their legislator if he/she voted the wrong way are taxation and jobs.  All the rest are niche markets of passionate but not all that effective supporters.

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