As you know, the House's defense authorization bill allows the Pentagon to propagandize American citizens, so we can be treated to the same crap the Defense Department peddles abroad. But now the Senate gets a crack at the bill, so Demand Progress helps you tell your Senators to oppose the pro-propaganda amendment. That's our government these days -- can't control the banksters but can spy on your facebook page, never there when we need them and always there when we need them to go away. One is also tempted to ask: what more could our government want, when the New York Times clucks approvingly at the disclosure of Barack Obama's "kill list"? When our nation's "paper of record" can examine government-sanctioned murder of innocents abroad without a scintilla of outrage, our elites hardly need our own government propagandizing us.
Meanwhile, Mr. Obama drafted an Executive Order last year that would force corporations getting money from our government to disclose their political spending. He hasn't had the guts to actually issue this order, yet Republicans act like he did, introducing the so-called Keeping Politics Out of Federal Contracting Act (S. 1100), cleverly disguised as a bill that would prevent our government from awarding contracts to its political friends. Of course, that's a bait-and-switch: the problem disclosure aims to solve has nothing to do with the relationship between government and contractors and everything to do with the relationship between government and its owners, the American people, who deserve to know where all those bajillions of dollars better spent on actually hiring people come from. So Public Citizen helps you tell your Senators to oppose S. 1100.
Finally, the commenting deadline has passed on the USDA's proposal to make chicken inspections far worse, but there's always more than one way to solve a problem: American Rights at Work helps you helps you petition the Obama Administration directly to keep more federal chicken inspectors on the line, and thus keep blood, feathers, bile and feces out of your chicken marsala or chicken parm or fried chicken or chicken soup. If the petition gets another 9,000 signatures over the next 24 hours or so, the Obama Administration must respond, and if you've already left a comment with the USDA, you can still sign the petition without worrying that you're muddying the data. Of course, you'll have to create an account before you sign the petition. If you don't want to be on their email list, you'll have to tell them.