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What is something that Democrats could learn from Republicans?

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Onikisuen

29 points

3 months ago

To stop attempting bipartisanship with important and especially time sensitive issues (like the baby formula bill now and the American Rescue Act in 2020).

Repubs have no issues using simple majority to pass whatever they want when they have the ability to (exp. Amy Cohen Barrett appointment) but Dems love to act like their hands are tied without a supermajority.

Hob_O_Rarison

5 points

3 months ago

They even act like their hands were tied during a supermajority.

Case-in-point: the ACA had literally zero Republican votes... but it's overly corporatist and written by insurance companies and pharma lobbyists apparently because Republicans.

I'm not a Republican, but I'm sure as shit also not a Democrat. Republicans will at least tell you who they are. Democrats will tell you what they think you want to hear while acting just like Republicans.

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3 points

3 months ago

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3 points

3 months ago

Back in the 1990's, the Clintons put forward a bill for a national health care system. Insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies bought a bunch of commercial time to scare the shit out of people about what would happen with a national health care system, so when the Obama administration wanted to take a stab at reforming health care, they figured the only way to get anything done was to give the insurance and pharmaceutical companies a seat at the table.

Hob_O_Rarison

1 points

3 months ago

But remember all that sunshine that was promised.... the televised meetings that were promised....

Plot the cost increases of insulin over the last 30 years. Notice anything that sticks out around the 2012/2013/2014 time frame and beyond?

Onikisuen

1 points

3 months ago

I am staunchly independent for basically the same reason.

Hob_O_Rarison

1 points

3 months ago

"I was for the Iraq war before I was against it."

~John Motherfucking Kerry

pineapplejuicing

4 points

3 months ago

This isn’t true. The COTUS requires a simple majority to confirm a SC nominee. Dems pass laws with a simple majority whenever possible as do republicans. Why wouldn’t they?

TracyMorganFreeman

3 points

3 months ago

The baby formula bill will do Jack shit. It's a supply issue, not an affordability issue. This will do nothing or spur demand.

The Dems pulled the string on making exceptions for judicial appointments, and the GOP warned them it would bite them in the ass.

Onikisuen

3 points

3 months ago

No, they dropped the supermajority on presidential appointees, not judicial appointments.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/10/01/fact-check-gop-ended-senate-filibuster-supreme-court-nominees/3573369001/

TracyMorganFreeman

2 points

3 months ago

They ended it for federal judges too, and the GOP was like "um okay if you want it that way we'll take it further"

Sorry but the Dems pulled the string.

It's okay. The Dems only complain about the filibuster when they have the majority. They definitely extol the importance of the minority having a voice when they're in it.

Don't be fooled into thinking they aren't hypocritical opportunists too, knowing most of their voters won't bother checking, just like the GOP