Word on the street is that the Senate will take up Tha Bush Mobb tax cuts today. Wealth for the Common Good summarizes the four main tax-cut extension proposals -- one each from President Obama, House Minority Leader Pelosi, the Senate Democrats, and the Republicans. Long story short: Mr. Obama's plan is the best, but why is his plan the "liberal" plan? All it does is extend the tax cuts for everyone but the top 2% of income earners, hike capital gains taxes from 15% to 20%, and tax dividends as the ordinary income it certainly is, and that all sounds like what I'd settle for, not what I'd run through a wall for. I'd run through a wall to get back the 91% tax bracket on millionaires and billionaires, and I'd also let all the damn tax cuts expire if that's what it takes to get millionaire income taxed a little more heavily. Tools for find your Senators' phone numbers are, as always, in the upper left-hand corner of this page.
Meanwhile, the House put forth its Interior Appropriations bill, and it's a stinker: it slashes funding for clean water projects and blocks many new EPA regulations. Great timing, Congress -- just when states are slashing their own funding for clean water projects! You'd almost think that was the idea or something. You'd almost think that Congress cares more about polluters than people, too -- the House bill would keep our government from overseeing mountaintop removal mining, exempt logging road stormwater runoff from Clean Water Act protections, and prevent the EPA from updating or implementing regulations pertaining to stormwater, small streams, and wetlands. Silly Congress, thinking its corporate funders are more important than the people who vote them into office. Don't they know the people who vote them in are the same people who can vote them out? American Rivers helps you tell your Congressfolk to oppose the draconian pro-polluter provisions in the Interior Appropriations bill.
Finally, the House is also trying to defund NPR, PBS, and Planned Parenthood again, as if they learned nothing the first time. How many times must I tell these pimps! The only people who oppose NPR and PBS are extremists, and last I looked, extremists made up very little of the American electorate. One might even surmise that the definition of the word "extremist" suggests that very point. As for Planned Parenthood, the vast majority of their funding goes to actual family planning, not abortions (which, by law, can't be federally-funded anyway). Again, you might almost tell that's true by the name. And, seriously, Congress, strutting around calling yourselves "deficit hawks" for zeroing out less than a billion dollars in federal spending when this year's deficit is over $1.3 trillion is a bit rich. So to speak. These politicians are more like deficit chicken hawks. And how many of the Iraq war chickenhawks are doing well today? CREDO helps you tell your Congressfolk to oppose the House's right-wing spending priorities.