Today is yet another day that's as good as any to use the tools in the upper right-hand corner of this page (or the bottom of this page, if you're viewing it on a cellphone) to call your Reps and Senators and tell them to reject the tax "reform" bill Congress is trying to finish before Christmas. It's bad enough that Republicans think they're pretty close to the finish line, but somehow they've managed to make this bill even worse! I mean, it was a badly-written bill to begin with -- and I don't mean to slight the penmanship of whomever wrote all the hand-written notes in the final version! -- but now Republicans actually plan to cut the top tax bracket down to 37%. Because some very wealthy folks complained about the tax breaks they were losing! Which reminds us, as always, that your complaints don't matter to our Congressfolk, because if you don't have a pile of money available for campaign donations, you mean shit to them. Sorry, there's really no better way to put it. It's well past time to get some new Congresspeople who might have a clue as to what "representation" actually means.
Meanwhile, S. 2165, the Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Equitable Rebuild Act of 2017, would not only help rebuild hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, but would do so without redistributing income from working families to corporate CEOs. How would it accomplish that goal? By limiting federal relief efforts' reliance on privatizing public utilities, by promoting renewable energy in infrastructure rebuilding, by expanding Medicaid and Medicare services in these hard-hit areas, expanding investment in schools and VA hospitals, and by providing training and employment services to displaced workers, among many, many other things. Hence CREDO helps you tell your Congressfolk to support a more sustainable future for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands by supporting S. 2165. The Trump Administration's rebuilding efforts there so far have, ah, not exactly showed our best face to the world: a little less than half of Puerto Rico's electrical grid still isn't up after more than two months, one in 10 Puerto Ricans still don't have access to clean water, and Wall Street banksters are circling over a nation they've already screwed over numerous times. So let's show the world our best face.