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1 month ago  ::  Mar 18, 2021 - 12:53PM #101
Max
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Mar 18, 2021 -- 11:37AM, laurenfrances wrote:


Mar 16, 2021 -- 2:07PM, Max wrote:


Mar 16, 2021 -- 11:56AM, SSBob wrote:


Mar 16, 2021 -- 11:51AM, Max wrote:


In 2020 Trump showed that he has a knack of getting people out to vote for him and against him. So it's my opinion that if he campaigns to become POTUS in 2024 he will lose the general election again. 




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I have no doubt he'd lose in '24...BIGLY. In fact, while his incompetent mishandling of the pandemic contributed to his defeat, I believe he would've lost regardless.




I agree. He had some bad policies, and I think voters also got tired of his dictator traits, shenanigans, and constant bullspitting. So much so that the Democrats won two Senate elections in Georgia that they had no business in winning in the year 2020. 




Senator Warnock's term comes to an end 2022.  With DEMs holding a slim margin, Biden needs to push his agenda forward quickly and hope lightning strikes twice fors Warnock to win reelection.




The Dems are supposed to address infrastructure next. The country needs a good infrastructure bill that will create jobs, update the grid as well as roads and bridges. But I'm sure some republicans will try to find fault in that too.

1 month ago  ::  Mar 18, 2021 - 1:01PM #102
SSBob
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Mar 18, 2021 -- 11:37AM, laurenfrances wrote:


Senator Warnock's term comes to an end 2022.  With DEMs holding a slim margin, Biden needs to push his agenda forward quickly and hope lightning strikes twice fors Warnock to win reelection.




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There are several Dem Senators in their 70's; some in states with Republican governors like Patrick Leahy in Vermont. Dems may have less time than 2 years to move forward.

1 month ago  ::  Mar 19, 2021 - 9:31AM #103
bertram
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Gotta make hay in Congress now.  If the Republicans continue to obstruct, the filibuster has got to go.  It has been abused for far too long.

4 weeks ago  ::  Mar 20, 2021 - 11:59AM #104
NW
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Mar 19, 2021 -- 9:31AM, bertram wrote:


Gotta make hay in Congress now.  If the Republicans continue to obstruct, the filibuster has got to go.  It has been abused for far too long.




The filibuster is an important tool in Congress and it has a purpose.  The federal government is designed not to swing with the tide of a single election for either side.  The Democrats used the filibuster over 80 times during the period of 2017-2021 when they were the minority in the Senate, including filing an intent to filibuster a Republican COVID relief bill.  If there had been no filibuster in 2017 and 2018, you would have likely seen gun laws change, abortion laws change, immigration laws change, and several other things that would not have pleased Democrats.  The filibuster gives the minority a voice and it favors a culture of compromise and bipartisanship, something that is important in a politically divided nation.  Do we really want a government that flops back and forth between two different sets of ideals every two years?


Personally, I don't want a government that can make fast changes.  I want them to be evaluated over a period of time and I want them to have significant support to be passed.  In fact, I'd like to see both houses have a rule that requires 60% or 2/3 for any bill to pass but I don't see that ever happening.  It is very likely that both the House and Senate turn red in 2022 and come 2023, I don't want to see the Republican Congress be able to make any fast sweeping changes any more than I want to see the Democrats be able to do so now.

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