Word on the street is that NAFTA negotiators are working around the clock so they can get a "deal" done by June, so Public Citizen helps you tell your Congressfolk, again, that "free" trade deals are supposed to work for us, not exclusively for big corporations. Word on the street is, also, that (contrary to what the President said last year) the Administration actually does want to get rid of "investor-state dispute settlement" mechanisms, which, if true, like, hallelujah, but naturally big corporate negotiators are trying to put a stop to that, and you have already seen how well our President stands up to other bosses. To the fools who say if ISDS is so bad how come we're not hearing about all the times it gets abused ha ha snort: you wouldn't say it's OK to leave a pile of gas-soaked rags in the middle of a boiler room because most days the building doesn't blow up, would you?
Meanwhile, closer to home, the reactionary Pennsylvania state Assembly is looking for ways to make it harder for poor people to get Medicaid when they need it, under the auspices of fighting fraud they can't prove is rampant and wouldn't take real steps to fight anyway. No, they'd rather say that everyone who needs Medicaid is a loser who just won't go find a job, when a) they're wrong and b) the whole point of programs like Medicaid is to support folks when times are hard and they can't find a job, which if right-wingers had their druthers would be, like, always, so averse are they to government intervention of any kind. It really is like they designed their whole philosophy to be a self-perpetuating rage machine. Hence Keystone Progress helps you tell your PA state legislator to stop making Medicaid recipients jump through flaming hoops on a unicycle before getting the help they need.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell First Quantum not to invest in the infamous Pebble Mine project, then CREDO still helps you do that. The Pebble Mine project does seem to be on its last legs, not just because everyone knows it'll pollute Alaska's Bristol Bay and thus also destroy the world's largest sockeye salmon industry, but because even Scott Pruitt's EPA has maintained Obama-era restrictions on mine waste disposal in Bristol Bay. And yet so often we have seen how hard it is to kill off bad ideas once and for all -- they keep popping up like a game of zombie whack-a-mole -- and we also know that an investment most people shun tends to bring in last-minute investors like, well, dung brings in flies. And a lot of these investors don't just take advantage of the buy-low-sell-high adage: they're looking to extract value from failure, like our banksters do. And why should we enable that?