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1. A traffic jam in which no vehicular movement is possible, especially one caused by the blockage of key intersections within a grid of streets.

2. A complete lack of movement or progress resulting in a backup or stagnation:

“the political gridlock that prevented … the President and Congress from moving expeditiously to cut the budget”

gridlockChiefly US


1. (Engineering / Automotive Engineering) obstruction of urban traffic caused by queues of vehicles forming across junctions and causing further queues to form in the intersecting streets

2. a point in a dispute at which no agreement can be reached; deadlock political gridlock


1. to block or obstruct (an area)


Definition: traffic jam

Synonyms: barrier, blockage, bottleneck, clog, congestion, impasse, logjam, obstacle, stoppage


Definition: stalemate, impasse

Synonyms: Catch-22, cessation, checkmate, corner, dead end, dead heat, dilemma, draw, full stop, gridlock


Definition: obstruction, difficulty

Synonyms: Catch-22, albatross, baggage, ball and chain, bar, barrier, catch, check, clog, crimp, cumbrance, deterrent, drag, drawback, encumbrance, excess baggage, foot dragging, glitch, gridlock


Informal term for any attempt to block or delay Senate action on a bill or other matter by debating it at length, by offering numerous procedural motions, or by any other delaying or obstructive actions.

McClatchy, 7/20/2007

Senate Republicans Are Threatening Filibusters to Block More Legislation than Ever Before. “This year Senate Republicans are threatening filibusters to block more legislation than ever before, a pattern that’s rooted in – and could increase – the pettiness and dysfunction in Congress.

Fili-Busted by Detroit Mark, 2/15/2010, Mark has more recent charts on these Filibuster Trends.

End the filibuster in Senate; it has led to minority rule

by Bill Press: 2/1/2010

Until recent years, the filibuster was the exception, not the rule, designed to allow any senator to stop a vote on pending legislation by debating it as long as he wanted. There were only two conditions. The objecting senator had to continue speaking from the podium, without interruption, for the duration of the filibuster – or until 67 senators rose up to stop it: a move called cloture. And the Senate could conduct no other business while the filibuster was under way.

[…] New rules made the filibuster easier to use, but more open to abuse.

[…] And in 1975, the Senate voted to lower the required number of votes needed to end a filibuster from 67 to 60. Ever since then, use of the filibuster has grown steadily from an average once a year in the ’50s, to more than 55 a year in the ’90s. In 2007, the Republican minority invoked the filibuster 112 times, double the number called by Democrats when they were in the minority. In 2008, Republicans upped its use to 139 times.

Can’t get enough of this Gridlock trend, that’s all the rage?

Well you haven’t known Gridlock, until you’ve tried to break the log-jam, and gotten nowhere:

Gridlock: the Addictive Online game

Instructions: CLICK AND DRAG pieces to move them. Pieces can only be moved forward and backward. Get the blue piece out the exit.

If only breaking the Ice-jam in the Senate, were this “easy”!

But I suppose our Senators like this Catch-22 situation though — probably gives them “Job Security“, without really haven’t to get anything done — So What’s NOT to Like?  (from their perspectives)

Except for maybe those record low Job Approval ratings?

If ONLY We ALL could get paid So Much — for Doing SO Little!


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    • jamess on February 16, 2010 at 00:31

    our Senators knew HOW

    to play an Online Game!

    also posted on dkos

  1. How 39.7 % of the population was obstructing the desire of 61.3%.

    The senators from AL cancel out the Senators from CA.

    The Senators from Texas cancel the senators from NJ.

    Quite frankly, regarding HCR, I am very ambivalent if I want the Senate version to pass. I think our best bet is for blue states to follow MA as watch the citizen flight from red states.

  2. Just rule by secret decree not reported by lamestream media, or rather business as usual.

    • RUKind on February 17, 2010 at 00:56

    I know your essay is on politics and you have it right.

    On the other hand, the amount of fuel being burned, vehicle depreciation, unnecessary excessive auto insurance, driver fatigue and rage and just plain old lost productivity. That little shot is worth about a million dollars – every hour, every day, twice a day.

    No wonder millions of them tune into Beck and Limbaugh and the crazies.

    I would guess that 80 – 90% of those people could work just as easily from home. I know that when I was managing at Lotus/IBM, I had everyone set up to work from home. Commuting like that is an insane waste fo time and energy.

    As a species, we deserve extinction.

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