Salient to Investors:

Ezra Klein writes:

Changing Washington in 2013 won’t be because of Obama but because a critical mass of senators decide enough is enough.

The presidency isn’t the part of Washington that’s broken, it’s Congress enabled by the filibuster. There were more filibusters between 2009 and 2010 than in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s combined.

The filibuster today is a rule the minority party uses to require a 60-vote supermajority to get anything done in the Senate, and not how it was meant to be. The Senate has become, with no discussion or debate, an effective 60-vote institution.

The Founding Fathers wanted to make legislating hard so divided power between three branches, but not this hard. The Founders opposed political parties and wanted the branches competing against one another, not the current two parties competing uniformly across all branches.

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