Thomas Geoghegan

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Friday, July 29, 2011
Use Article I to Address Debt Ceiling
The tea party has a secret: It wants to raise your taxes . The plan is to get the government to default. Thanks to the meltdown, we now have a fiscal or federal government debt equal to the annual U.S. gross domestic product.
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Do Something for the Progressive Base... and Win
Yes, the country is in a foul mood, with 15 million unemployed. The Democrats may get clobbered in 2010. And even if we survive, how do we hang on for the long term? If our great founder, FDR, could come back to us, he might remind us of the three simple rules that once, long ago, Democrats used to follow: 1. Do something for your base. 2. Do something for your base. 3. Do something for your base.
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Monday, January 11, 2010
Mr. Smith Rewrites the Constitution
About the Senate, a college professor of mine used to say, "One day, the Supreme Court will declare it unconstitutional." He was joking, I think. But the Senate, as it now operates, really has become unconstitutional: as we saw during the recent health care debacle, a 60-vote majority is required to overcome a filibuster and pass any contested bill. The founders, though, were dead set against supermajorities as a general rule, and the ever-present filibuster threat has made the Senate a more extreme check on the popular will than they ever intended.
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