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Old 04-01-2019, 05:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Sam Stone View Post
A good example is Obamacare. Institutionally, there had always been a sort of unwritten rule that seriously major legislation that would make wholesale changes to the economy or the government must be passed in a bipartisan fashion. That gives it the legitimacy necessary to withstand the shrieking that will no doubt come from special interests and partisans. The Democrats did away with that and passed a major change to the country on a strict party-line vote.
In fairness to the Democrats, there was just about no major healthcare reform that they could enact that would have passed with any significant amount of Republican support.

But what's being proposed with SCOTUS court-packing is very different. It's being proposed that the judiciary - which ought to be an impartial referee that holds the other, partisan branches of government in check - jump into the game and take one team's side. Like buying off the referee in a Super Bowl.

Last edited by Velocity; 04-01-2019 at 05:13 PM.