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  •  Solutions easy if we eliminate 60 vote filibuster (3+ / 0-)
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    tommymet, cacamp, LaFajita

    Founders never put in requirement for a 60 vote super majority in the Constitution. 60 vote super majority is UNCONSTITUTIONAL rule that is killing effective government as we see with stimulus bill.

    We could get 51 votes for the solutions to US problems and have country back on track over the next eight years.

    1. Health care reform.  16% of GDP in US vs. 10% GDP in Europe. No single reform does more to boost US economy, freeing up 8% of GDP ends the recession. It gives US 5% GDP growth rate for decades to come. Adds $1T per year to US economy.
    1. Energy - US is 50% less energy efficient than Europe/Japan.  Elimination of oil imports cuts US trade deficit, ends need for US military occupation of Middle East. Adds $500B per year in money lost to oil import trade deficit. Adds $100B per in military budget preparing for Middle East oil wars.
    1. Deficit/Debt. Debt/GDP was 30% when Reaganomics started and is now approaching 100%.  Restore progressive income tax. ALL income is taxed. Taxes - spending plus $100B per year to pay down debt. Growth from health care reform and energy policy will quickly lower Debt/GDP.

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