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  •  The only arrow in the quiver (13+ / 0-)

    If this happens, it effective destroys any possibility of dealing with climate change before it becomes catastrophic.

    A carbon tax is a non-starter. Cap-and-trade cannot attract Republican votes so why bother.

    If these jokers put this restriction on the EPA, there will be no way that the rest of Democrats will be able to remove it by amendment.

    More and more it seems like that best thing that could help the Democrats is for Congress to shut up shop until after the election.  They have come back from August recess hidebound and determined to shoot themselves in the foot.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 05:58:15 PM PDT

    •  Worse Senate Coming (5+ / 0-)

      The Congress should shut down until after an election which will see Democrats with an even smaller Senate Democratic majority? Shutting down Congress is exactly what Republicans want. How is it any good for anyone else?

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 06:06:42 PM PDT

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      •  Shutting down Congress (1+ / 0-)
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        ...was an expression of my despondency over the possibility of Democrats doing anything that might help get them re-elected.  On so many issues the Democrats in Congress could draw significant distinctions between their policies and that of Republicans instead of being "me too".  But they don't, and it's gonna cause the loss of some significant number of seats.

        It's like watching a slow motion train wreck.

        Yes, we can try to turn it around.  And yes, we can work like hell to get the mule out of the ditch in November.  But it would be nice once or twice in two years to get a little help from Congressional Democratic unity on an issue.

        50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

        by TarheelDem on Tue Sep 14, 2010 at 03:55:12 AM PDT

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    •  Agreed except for shtting down the Gov (2+ / 0-)
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      we can use our power to WIN! and we must while we still are certain that we have that power. If Dems shut down the Gov they will be weaker, and our nation will be weaker, not stronger

      End Corporate Personhood, no excuses

      by MinistryOfTruth on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 06:29:02 PM PDT

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      •  See my comment above n/t (1+ / 0-)
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        50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

        by TarheelDem on Tue Sep 14, 2010 at 03:55:43 AM PDT

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      •  It has to be stopped in committee (3+ / 0-)

        Here are the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee.  Notice how many lame ducks are on it.

        Daniel K. Inouye
        Patrick J. Leahy
        Tom Harkin
        Barbara A. Mikulski
        Herb Kohl
        Patty Murray
        Byron Dorgan
        Dianne Feinstein
        Richard J. Durbin
        Tim Johnson
        Mary Landrieu
        Jack Reed
        Frank R. Lautenberg
        Ben Nelson
        Mark Pryor
        Jon Tester
        Sherrod Brown

        Republicans
        Thad Cochran
        Christopher S. (Kit) Bond
        Mitch McConnell
        Richard C. Shelby
        Judd Gregg
        Robert F. Bennett
        Kay Bailey Hutchinson
        Sam Brownback
        Lamar Alexander
        Susan Collins
        George Voinovich
        Lisa Murkowski

        50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

        by TarheelDem on Tue Sep 14, 2010 at 04:22:09 AM PDT

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