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Posted at 6:48 PM ET, 02/17/2011


By Ezra Klein

Recap: Why Social Security is a likelier target for reforms than Medicare or Medicaid; a realpolitik argument for why John Boehner is running an unexpectedly open House; and why this might be a good moment for a "grand bargain."


1) The case against cutting Social Security.

2) I've been slow to wake up to the importance of what's going on in Wisconsin. More on that tomorrow.

3) How you filibuster in the Wisconsin Senate.

4) Where Wisconsin's budget shortfall comes from.

5) The ultimate cookbook.

By Ezra Klein  | February 17, 2011; 6:48 PM ET
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Ezra, that's not a filibuster.

The Wisconsin state police have the authority to arrest and return those legislators to Madison, at which point the bill passes.

Posted by: krazen1211 | February 17, 2011 6:52 PM | Report abuse


You and me against the world on the SS thing, baby! (and you didn't even bring up the idea that forcing workers to work more years reduces opportunities to force down unemployment, and fails to put younger workers into jobs that will help support the systems itself)

We may not win, but we're right.

Posted by: johnmarshall5446 | February 17, 2011 6:55 PM | Report abuse


If you believe the news, they've all gone out of state, which would end the power of Wisconsin authorities to arrest them and bring them in.

I think it's a spillover virus from the craziness that is Minnesota politics personally. LOL

Posted by: johnmarshall5446 | February 17, 2011 8:19 PM | Report abuse


A Person charged in any State with Treason, Felony, or other Crime, who shall flee from Justice, and be found in another State, shall on Demand of the executive Authority of the State from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having Jurisdiction of the Crime

Time to hit them with a criminal offense.

Also, its time to gerrymander the crap out of the state to elect more Republican legislations just like Texas did in 2003. They no longer have to deal with this garbage.

Posted by: krazen1211 | February 17, 2011 9:06 PM | Report abuse

I hope walker destroys wisconsin's economy.

Perhaps then WI voters will understand just how big a mistake they made voting these thugs into office.

Posted by: lauren2010 | February 17, 2011 10:55 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Senator_Salesman | February 18, 2011 8:25 AM | Report abuse


really? Because from where I sit Walker is trying to SAVE Wisconson's economy and the thugs are the ones that are showing up at the doorsteps of legislator's home so much so that they have to leave their homes. Respectfully, you may want to check your definition of "thugs".

Govenor Walker (IMO) is wrong to want to break the unions as they should be able to collectively bargain but to truly collectively bargain you need to have two groups on somewhat opposite sides not one side paying off another for entrance to office. When you have a state where Dems are in power and put there by unions and their payoffs back to them are fat contracts and over-generous pensions and benefits well then its not really negotiation is it. Negotiation is give and take between both parties. That lack of give and take has led them to a 3.6 Billion budget deficit and the choices are 1-layoffs or 2-asking public employees to pay not what private employees pay but half of their pension costs and 12% of their healthcare benefits which is a small amount to pay and we get behavior we'd expect in Europe and legislators not feeling safe in their own houses because of demonstrators there.

Posted by: visionbrkr | February 18, 2011 8:40 AM | Report abuse

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