It is Time for a Senate Filibuster
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan (stimulus package) passed in the House of Representatives yesterday with only Democrat support. Not a single Republican Senator voted for the stimulus package. The bill will now make its way to the Senate next week.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan will not recover the current economic crisis (big government spending is not stimulative). The plan will be a massive reinvestment in big government which has got to be the last thing we need at this time. So how do we prevent the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan from being approved? The answer is simple: utilize the filibuster.
If Senate Republicans and fiscally conservative Democrats are truly concerned that the stimulus package will do nothing to stimulate the economy, then they must exercise their right to filibuster. Here is a little history of the filibuster:
In the early years of Congress, representatives as well as senators could filibuster. As the House of Representatives grew in numbers, however, revisions to the House rules limited debate. In the smaller Senate, unlimited debate continued on the grounds that any senator should have the right to speak as long as necessary on any issue.
There have been few better times in the U.S. Senate for a blow hard Senator to use his or her gift of gab for a more common good. If I were a U.S. Senator, I would literally speak non-stop accept when out of session for the next month on how bad this bill is. I would provide an alternate plan that doesn’t rape the American People. People would be so sick of listening to me by the time I was done, they would pass any alternative (tax cut incentive) stimulus package I put in front of them.
I have called on my Senator Jon Kyl to exercise his right to filibuster. Although Senator Kyl has made a stand on many issues, I fear he and his fellow Republicans will not make use of their filibuster powers. During the recent election, the Republican Party was so concerned that they would not have enough Senators elected and would find themselves in a filibuster proof Senate, but that didn’t happen. The Republicans garnered enough Senate seats to guarantee their right to filibuster. Since they secured the filibuster right, they really ought to make use of it. I fear they won’t.