If Republicans regain the House and Senate, they would simply pass the tax break extension under budget resolution rules, like they did last time. If the House goes Republican and the Senate has a narrow Democratic majority, they probably also would pass the budget under majority rule -- but it would still give the Republicans plus a few Democrats to extend the Bush tax breaks.
that the Colts were stolen from Baltimore in the dead of night by an unscrupulous "owner" and are therefore (or should be) accursed. However, it also happens that I love New Orleans ... but not enough to put money on the Saints' chances, because the curse on the Colts doesn't seem to be very virulent. I mean, the Cubs have been stuck in Gehennah for half a century just because the management wouldn't let a goat in Wrigley Field, for crying out loud. But I digress ... Anyway, laissez les Saints rouler!
Where you write: "Minimum estimate of annual value of prison and jail industrial output exceeds $2 billion dollars with FBI accounting for over a quarter," do you mean FPI accounting for over a quarter?
I wondered why you left the post hanging. Otherwise, good post and, yes, raw votes are only one factor in rating a public official. But they are one more factor than a lot of voters take into account. I was a little surprised to see that Joe Lieberman shows up with 83.8% progressive voting record last year. And Diane Feinstein scored 90.32% (up from 79% lifetime). And Russ Feingold was only 56.45%. Even Bernie Sanders was "only" 95% progressive. Al Franken, Paul Kirk, Jack Reed and Nancy Pelosi were the only 100 Percent Progressives in Congress in 2009.
Confidentiality of census records is only as good as Congress' respect for the Constitution. Unfortunately, that's a thin reed in times of peril. But the inability of either party in Congress to stand up for the Bill of Rights is no reason to rationalize the murder census workers.
Harkin also told The Progressive Populist Thursday that there will be 60 votes to bring a health care reform package to the floor for Senate debate this fall. Harkin said in an interview that there will be the necessary 51 votes to pass the full bill with a public option included.