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(sorry about the large image, I didn't want to include the whole page, which is clearly a biased interpretation of this image)

I think it's reasonably apparent that the system in place now is not working.  What was meant as a check to the power of the President, and a vital tool in democracy as been abused.  It has become a tool of petty obstruction. 

The real problem with it is that the cloture/filibuster rules were changed allowing the minority party to simply 'phone in' their cloture and send the rest of their caucus on vacation unless the majority party could force a supermajority to break it.  It's farily apparent that the use of cloture/filibuster has been rising over time, for both majority parties, though visibly, obviously more with the Republicans and their stated position of opposition to everything Obama.

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Nick Thanks for the chart. A pic is worth 1000 words. November 23, 2013, 03:18:48 PM
Chronos Petticoat Junction November 23, 2013, 06:12:04 PM
screwtape good post November 24, 2013, 10:09:16 PM