First, we take on H. Con. Res. 34, the Ryan budget. You know, the one that gets rid of Medicare in a few years and cuts taxes for the rich? Yeah, that's some way to fight the deficit. Anyway, NETWORK, the national Catholic social justice lobby (do the words "Catholic social justice" give Glenn Beck a chill every time I put them together? I sure hope so), helps you oppose this monstrosity. But we're not just about saying no -- we're also about solutions. Thus, Wealth for the Common Good helps you support H.R. 1124, the Fairness in Taxation Act, which would end the Bush-tax-cuts-for-the-rich, plus impose new tax rates between 45% and 49% on income over $1 million. Now that would cut the deficit! Of course, I'd prefer the Robert Reich tax plan, but H.R. 1124 is a good start -- especially since the bill would also treat capital gains and dividend income at the millionaire levels as, you know, income. Which is, you know, what it is. Even President Reagan agreed with that.
Oh, but Mr. Obama is also our target today, since he (for whatever reason, possibly including "because he's evil") accedes to the Republican fiction that deficits must be cut at any cost to ordinary people. True Majority notes that deficit chickenhawks have no apparent stomach to go after the vast increase in military spending over the years (or after any of the waste and fraud therein), so they help you tell the President and Congress not to spend $1 more on the military. Seriously, we can still destroy the world 200 times over. Our military superiority is so vast that our enemies resort to relatively low-tech ways (roadside car bombs, blowing up nightclubs, stealing planes to fly into buildings) of making us destroy ourselves from within. Also, CREDO helps you tell Mr. Obama to take Medicare cuts off the table. CREDO also helps you tell Mr. Obama to "stop caving to Republican hostage-takers." Oh, if only the American people had elected him in 2008 by a landslide majority, with significantly-increased majorities in both Houses of Congress -- maybe then he would feel sufficiently empowered to stand up to Republicans! Oh, wait.
Finally, despite massive public outcry, despite a veto threat from the President himself, the House went ahead and passed legislation that permits airline and railroad corporations to count non-voters as "no" votes in unionizing elections. So American Rights at Work helps you write a letter to the editor decrying this disgusting state of affairs. The very same Republicans who lied out their behinds in claiming that the Employee Free Choice Act would "deny workers the right to a secret ballot" have no problem counting abstentions as "no" votes in a union election, and in no other elections. Like, say, their own elections -- if abstentions counted as "no" votes during their own Congressional re-election campaigns, then almost none of them would ever get re-elected. But rules aren't for Republicans; rules are for everyone else. I have faith that their Maker will inform them differently upon entry to the pearly gates, but in the meantime, we've got to change the world they've made.