As you may have heard, Republicans have released a draft of their next budget (after the continuing resolution runs out later this year), and it's profoundly depressing. So American Rights at Work helps you oppose it. There's really no talking to people who think (or, more precisely, "think") that tax cuts always create jobs and handouts for big corporations always create jobs, when a few seconds' thought would suggest that tax cuts always raise deficits and handouts for big corporations go right into CEO's pockets. I suppose there's a silver lining: Republicans really think gutting Medicare will gain them votaries. But behind every silver lining there's a dark cloud, and Mr. Obama plans to introduce his own deficit-cutting plan this week, because, you know, since Republicans talk about the deficit, he can't talk about anything else, either. That means we, the people, the actual owners of government, simply have to talk louder than they do.
Meanwhile, the House also passed a "resolution of disapproval" forbidding the FCC from regulating network neutrality, even in the weak manner it's chosen over the past year. We fought against the FCC's so-called "net neutrality" regulations last year because they didn't do enough, but now the House has gone one step further and decided that corporations, not you, should dictate everything you see and do on the internet. The big corporations hate your freedom. There is no other way to put it. They hate your freedom, because it "interferes" with their freedom to make as much money as possible. Well, there are more important rights than making enough money to gild your plumbing. Your First Amendment right to freedom of association -- with which the big telecoms most assuredly will interfere, once they get their tiers-of-service and "synergy" partnerships -- is just one of those rights. So Free Press helps you tell the Senate to reject the House's resolution of disapproval.
Finally, closer to home, Pennsylvania HB 377 would roll back energy efficiency standards in large buildings. Because, you know, the economy's bad, and that means nothing so much as that buildings need to be leakier and less well-insulated! It's not like increased efficiency standards create construction jobs or anything. And it's certainly not like increased efficiency standards cut down on a building's utility bills or anything. HB 377 has of course already sailed through Pennsylvania's House of Reactionaries, and the Senate Appropriations Committee will consider it today. So Penn Environment helps you tell your state Senator to oppose HB 377. It'd be nice if a few Democrats would get up and call bills like HB 377 "job-killing" bills, since that's what they actually are. Sadly, Democrats all over America have abandoned you. The good news is, you're not alone: the rest of the American people are in the same boat as you. And we outnumber the politicians, so we can bring the politicians to heel.