F is for Filibuster! or The Matter with Parliamentary Procedure

Ok, all it takes to stop a bill (like healthcare reform) from passing in our illustrious US Senate are:

the Senators from the 20 least-populated states (that's 10.2 percent of the country's population)

 . . .  and ONE OTHER GUY.

Yep, 41 Senators is all it takes for a filibuster to blow a bill out of the water. 

Great system.  I'm going to go let some blood and burn some witches now . . . because those systems still seem fine to me too.


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