Tim Fernholz imagines a world without a filibuster:
What a year for Congress! In February, it passed an $820 billion fiscal stimulus with more infrastructure investment than tax cuts. By April, it approved the president's landmark progressive budget. In June, an unprecedented energy bill complete with carbon cap-and-trade provisions passed. Then, in September, it agreed to a bill to eliminate subsidies to private education lenders in favor of direct federal loans for college, with much of the savings directed to Pell Grants for low-income students. Next, it passed a major health-care reform bill in November, complete with a public insurance option. By December, an omnibus financial regulatory reform bill had cleared.