In the wake of Tuesday's elections, CREDO has sent me a list of demands to nail to the new Congress's door. You've probably voiced your will on a lot of these issues already, but if you haven't, here they are again: demand that businesses and other public establishments turn off Fox News; tell the Senate to pass the DISCLOSE Act; tell Congress to end the Bush tax cuts for the rich; support a Constitutional amendment ending this ludicrous idea of "corporate personhood;" demand that the FCC use its existing authority to defend net neutrality; and demand that the Department of Justice enforce provisions of federal law that require states to offer voting registration at departments of public welfare, including motor vehicle departments. I don't think any of these demands are particularly difficult for our government to deliver. Some of them Mr. Obama could do all by himself, without needing to cut a deal with President Scott Brown.
Congress could, of course, do at least one other thing before they dissolve and re-emerge as an even more evil Congress: extend unemployment benefits before they expire on November 30. So unemployedworkers.org helps you do that. Congress returns to work on November 15, so we have only 11 days to swamp their offices with our will. And let me say that, regardless of the most recent election returns, most Americans don't agree with Newt Gingrich that calling unemployment benefits stimulative is "liberal math." I think, actually, it's common sense -- folks who don't have money need to spend money, and spending money stimulates the economy. If Mr. Gingrich wants to call common sense "liberal," of course, he's welcome to do that.
Finally, now's as good a time as any to disclose my donations during the previous two years, so here they are: $100 each to U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and U.S. Rep. and U.S. Senate candidate Joe Sestak (D-PA); $30 to Lt. Gov. and U.S. Senate candidate (primary only) Bill Halter (D-AR); $25 each to U.S. Rep. candidate Suzan DelBene (D-WA-8), Illinois state Senator Michael Frerichs (D) and Washington state Rep. Marko Liias (D); and $10 to Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL). A lot of these folks (Feingold, Sestak, Halter, DelBene, Grayson) lost, but aside from Mr. Grayson (who I used to like a lot, and who got my $10 before he ran that pair of awful campaign ads you may have heard about), I don't regret supporting any of them. I ain't made of money, so I only support the best.