Monday, November 25, 2013

Rachet job

There's been a lot of speculation and hand-wringing over Harry Reid's decision to use the "Nuclear Option" last week in order to end Republican resistence to Obama's federal court appointees.  In so doing, he apparently ended the existence of the filibuster as a means of minority opposition in the Senate.  But amongst all the analysis of the effects of Reid's decision was this very intriguing perspective from law professor William Jacobson.  Jacobson's take on it, in effect, is that it will be a net positive for the country, or at least for those who want the growth of government to cease.  How so?  Here's a telling excerpt:
The seemingly inexorable march towards economic socialism and political statism has been accomplished through legislative and judicial ratchets which, once established, were all but impossible to reverse in part because the filibuster helped lock in the agenda and those supporting the agenda.

Because of the ratchet, the nation moved only in one direction: Towards redistribution of wealth, and bigger government.

Because of the ratchet, there was little or no hope of fundamental reversals.  Not anymore.
I strongly recommend this very insightful article. [ht: instapundit.com]