"It has been said that more than a majority ought to have been required for a quorum; and in particular cases, if not in all, more than a majority of a quorum for a decision. … In all cases where justice or the general good might require new laws to be passed, or active measures to be pursued, the fundamental principle of free government would be reversed. It would be no longer the majority that would rule: the power would be transferred to the minority. Were the defensive privilege limited to particular cases, an interested minority might take advantage of it to screen themselves from equitable sacrifices to the general weal, or, in particular emergencies, to extort unreasonable indulgences."
Republicans opposed to filibuster reform have complained bitterly that attempts to change the rules would “destroy” the traditions of the Senate, as Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has put it.
But James Madison — the guy who is actually referred to as “The Father of the Constitution” — argued forcefully in the Federalist Papers against proposals that would have required a “supermajority” to pass legislation. Madison said the idea of requiring more than 51 votes for the Senate to act would thwart a “free government,” empower special interests seeking “unreasonable indulgences” and make the government “oligarchic.”
Reading Madison’s own words, it is impossible to conclude that the Founders would have envisioned, let alone approved, a system in which more than 51 votes are required to get anything done. If anything, the abuse of the filibuster itself is what’s destroying our democratic traditions.
"Anti-tax advocates argue that millionaires will flee from states that raise taxes on their highest earners. But a study by Stanford and Princeton researchers shows no evidence of millionaire migration in response to recent tax rate changes. Other factors, such as personal and business contacts, seem to weigh more heavily in deciding where to live."
— Millionaire migration a myth, say researchers at Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality (via sarahlee310)
"I bring quadruple diversity to the Senate,” Hirono said at a rally earlier in the campaign. “I’m a woman. I’ll be the first Asian woman ever to be elected to the U.S. Senate. I am an immigrant. I am a Buddhist. When I said this at one of my gatherings, they said, ‘Yes, but are you gay?’ and I said, ‘Nobody’s perfect.’"
— Hawaii sends nation’s first Asian American woman to Senate - San Jose Mercury News (via sarahlee310)