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Mr Pear must be sick a lot since he seems to have been absent when, for no good reason anyone rational can fathom, Harry Reid decided NOT to pass the bill by the traditional 51 votes but maintain the absurd 60% requirement so he could suffer extortion by the likes of Ollie Snowe, Holy Joe, and Ben Blue-Dog.

I rounded it off. People need to stop pretending that there isn't much difference between 51 and 60. We're being asked to accept a system that requires that damn near 2/3 of us agree, a bad idea that guarantees gridlock and the kind of bribery/extortion/blackmail we've seen over the "reform" bill. We are a majority system, not a supermajority system that lets the minority set the agenda. Every country that has ever tried such a minority-driven democracy has wound up schizophrenic and a boil on the ass of the planet.

Enough pretending.

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