The year is young, but Saudi Arabia's government has done some things that have even penetrated the thickness of the "liberal" media -- we've catalogued their habit of throwing people who disagree with the government in jail, but last Saturday Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shia cleric and 46 others, ostensibly for "terrorism," though one has to wonder if their definition of "terrorism" might be closer to what reasonable folks would call "criticism." Saudi Arabia also ended a ceasefire with Shia rebels in Yemen that same day, a matter to which one might pay less attention if Saudi Arabia weren't a Sunni state. Hence Just Foreign Policy joins with MoveOn to help you tell President Obama to exert more pressure on Saudi Arabia's government to cut out with the human rights abuses and the sectarian violence. Saudi Arabia has more oil than God, so they may not care what Mr. Obama has to say. But our government's alliance with Saudi Arabia has to change. And since we're not getting rid of oil as an energy source tomorrow, we must work other levers.
Meanwhile, CREDO helps you tell President Obama to issue an Executive Order mandating that no administration official who comes from the bankster class can collect the kind of compensation they often get from their soon-to-be former employers for getting a job in government. The phenomenon we're describing is the "golden parachute," of course, though another name for it might be "bribe," since one doesn't expect that a bankster's former employer is giving him all that money to join the government so he can serve someone other than that employer. But if you work for our government, you should serve the people, rather than find loopholes your former employer can drive a Mack truck through. Note well, of course, that this is yet another thing President Obama can do without consulting Super Great and Magnificent One True American President Mitch McConnell or Super Awesome and Luminescent Other True American President Paul Ryan. He shouldn't worry about called a dictator for doing so, because they say he's a dictator just for drawing 12 breaths a minute.