So did the deal change anything?
You betcha NOT.
This was the ONLY opportunity to change the Super Majority rule and the filibuster.
THE. ONLY. CHANCE.
And the Democrats FAILED, BAILED and generally FUCKED UP. They can't give any excuses.
Congress is worthless, useless, corrupt and it's OUR FAULT.
So why did this happen? Stupid question. Of course it happened because the Democrats may lose the house in two years (especially with the gerrymandering Republican-controlled states are currently attempting for the 2015 mid-terms - and again for 2016 Presidential election) and thus they'll then be able to stop governing, by using the same tactics (the new fake filibuster and the Super Majority vote) they've spent the last two years deploring, in order to maintain the status quo - meaning the United States of America will continue to stand still and do
I think it's time for a Monarchy. A benevolent monarchy - but a Monarchy. With a Queen - NOT a King.
*offers to sacrifice current lifestyle in order to take on the mantle of Queen....*
First up: Change the Capitol Building into a research center for women's health
Second up: Retaining the Constitution, with some amendments having 'explanations' added:
- *Separation of Church and State; "We" (henceforth meaning me, the Queen) welcome all religions here. Hell, We welcome all non-religious individuals too! Just remember, "We" have no religion in public....
- *Guns; Gun shows, OK (as long as they meet the qualifications). Selling guns at gun shows? HELL NO. Waiting period to buy a gun: 30 days. Gun dealers will now pay $10,000 a year to keep their license (instead of the current and approximate $2250 per year) and will be investigated every 18 months to ensure they are still qualified to be licensed. To become a licensed gun dealer, one must pass a rigorous FBI and Interpol background check. Gun dealers may not sell any weapon deemed "military in nature". Gun manufacturers may not manufacture guns that can be 'modified' to replicate a weapon deemed 'military in nature' (We will determine what qualifies as "military in nature" - so there!). An additional permit must be obtained if a gun owner's situation changes and children are now present in the home where a gun - or guns - are kept. Restrictions will apply.
- *Right to Choose; "We" will support a woman's right to choose, but "We" will also strive to educate men and women, starting in grade school, on the merits of birth control methods (of their choice); to research new and improved methods of birth control, and to make the question of 'choice' a rare event due to supreme education, responsibility and inexpensive birth control while at the same time, striving to never make a woman feel she's anything less than who she is should she find herself in the situation where a choice must be made. "We" will support all facilities and protect all facilities that focus on women's health, etc. and will strive to become more educated regarding "Late term" decisions.
"We" are tired now, so will retire to our bedroom but check in later for more Royal Constitutional announcements as well as new laws and changes to existing laws (like, how "We" will start up Hostess Cupcakes again,
even if we have to use the Royal Palace to provide a factory....).