Today's as good a day as any to pick up the phone and call your Senators -- and you can find their phone numbers, as always, by using the tools in the upper right-hand corner of this page, or, if you're on a cellphone, on the bottom of the page -- and tell them no to cutting the top tax bracket by more than four percentage points, no to cutting the corporate tax rate, no to repealing the Estate Tax and the Alternative Minimum Tax, no to "simplifying" the tax brackets so that middle-class families wind up paying more in taxes, and certainly no to all of the food stamp cuts, Medicaid cuts, Medicare cuts, Social Security cuts, and all the other cuts they're planning in order to "pay for" more tax cuts for the undeserving rich. I understand at least one Trump advisor has suggested that people won't care about the tax cuts rich folks are getting as long as they're getting a tax cut. Setting aside that working families ain't getting much, if any, of a tax cut: we wouldn't stand for Medicaid and Medicare cuts during the health care "reform" debate, so why would we stand for them now?
Meanwhile, Moms Rising helps you tell Congress to get on the ball about extending the Childrens' Health Insurance Program, or CHIP. Letting CHIP expire while trying to pass a bill that would take health insurance away from over 30 million Americans should be a campaign ad that writes itself, yet Republicans in Congress really did all that. They must think Democrats are too weak to run ads about it! And they're probably right -- I'm sure Democrats are lining up their get beyond partisanship and streamline regulations and I'm a nonideological problem-solver 2018 ad campaigns as we speak. After all, it's not like affordable health insurance for nine million kids gets anyone worked up, right? You know, like, say, parents, who would run through a wall for their kids? Seriously, in a sane and moral universe, anyone who let CHIP expire would be defeated for re-election. Unfortunately, we live in a sick, immoral, and decadent society, one in which weakling Democratic politicians continually sabotage our efforts, so we must, again, demand that Congress do our will, until they do it.
Finally, as you know, President Trump has issued the third version of his Muslim travel ban, one which may better survive court challenges, since it includes Venezuela and North Korea on it, neither of these a Muslim-majority nation, but, c'mon, we know better, and we know it from Mr. Trump's own mouth -- a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" was his stated goal during the campaign. But none other than the Cato Institute has found that Muslim Ban 3.0 would have saved precisely zero lives if it had been applied in 1975, which makes Muslim Ban 3.0 not just hateful policy, but stupid policy as well. And I hate to have to say it, but we just had the worst mass shooting in recent American history out in Las Vegas, and guess how much Muslim nationals traveling from the eight countries in Muslim Ban 3.0 had to do with it? People who think hatred is a Muslim thing must not be very observant. So 15 national organizations have started a petition on Change.org which helps you tell Congress to rescind the President's Muslim ban.