Grassroot Perspective Podcast: Schatz Falls for Filibuster Reform, Strange Bedfellows, and More

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By Malia Hill

In this first podcast edition of the weekly Grassroot Perspective, we look at new Hawaii Senator Schatz and his quick adoption of the party line on filibuster reform, how shared political aims can make strange bedfellows–even among such seemingly disparate groups as and the Tea Party Patriots, and why the Grassroot Institute is so focused on moving UP (rather than discussing the Left and Right).


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  1. If there are conservatives in Hawaii, then where are they? O'Reilly is right about Hawaii and liberalism.

  2. Let's just be glad Schatz got the seat instead of Hanabusa, she makes him look conservative… she failed to get Mink's seat, losing to Case lol

  3. You mentioned the dominance of the Democratic Party in Hawaii. How likely is it that things will change in the near future to give Republicans more representatives in the Legislature?

  4. Compare B.S. filibuster stance to the national debt issue, which is more important?
    Does B.S. understand the debt crises? If he does NOT, here's an explanation: Here's what it REALLY MEANS.
    U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000 * Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000 * New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000 * National debt: $14,271,000,000,000 * Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000

    So we now remove 8 zeros and pretend it's a household budget:

    * Annual family income: $21,700 * Money the family spent: $38,200 * New debt on the credit card: $16,500 * Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710 *

    Total budget cuts so far: $38.50

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