Republicans still aim to pass the nefarious Trump tax "cut" plan despite the fact that just about everyone who's thought about the plan hates it, so today's another good day to call your Senators and tell them to reject it. Some folks are still taking the Trump Administration's cue and calling it a tax "cut" plan, even though the tax "cuts" the plan offers are mainly for corporations and wealthy folks, while any tax "cut" the middle class gets will likely be offset by the middle class tax breaks (for state and local taxes, for property taxes, and for health care costs, to name three) that the plan either eliminates or severely curtails. And though I'm nowhere near as troubled by government deficits as I am by household and corporate debt held by banksters, I don't automatically assume deficits are a good thing. Imagine, if you will, trillion-dollar deficits every year and our government still trying to cut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. That's our future if Congress passes this "reform." So let's make sure it doesn't happen.
Meanwhile, you've likely heard that Nebraska's Public Service Commission approved a critical part of the Keystone XL pipeline that would pass through that state -- but you may not have heard that the Commission approved a route that Keystone's builder, the oil drilling corporation TransCanada, has already called unworkable. Did TransCanada call it "unworkable" as a negotiating ploy, or are they really that skittish about getting all those additional property easements? I don't know, but 13-dimensional chess is not our game: our game right now is to tell one of Keystone's major financial bankers, Wells Fargo, not to renew funding for the Keystone XL pipeline. You may want to remind them that if they do fund it, and TransCanada does build it, it'll still pass through the Ogallala Aquifer that provides clean drinking water to millions of heartland Americans. You may also want to remind them that the Keystone XL pipeline took a 5,000-barrel dump on South Dakota not too long ago, and it wasn't an isolated incident.