Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) filibustered Mr. Brennan's CIA nomination for 13 hours yesterday, talking almost exclusively about drone attacks during that time; good for him and for those Senators (including Sens. Wyden, Chambliss, Moran, Scott, Cruz, and Johnson) who joined him. Amnesty International helps you tell Mr. Obama not only to release his Administration's legal "reasoning" behind its assertion that it can kill Americans on American soil using drone strikes, but to follow international law governing lethal drone strikes. Many Republicans (not Mr. Paul, I think) are only going after drones killing American citizens because a Democrat's President, just as many Democrats remain silent about said drone strikes for the same reason. None of that particularly matters. We do the right thing because it's the right thing to do, not because we want to keep someone in power who's less offensive than the alternative.
Meanwhile, closer to home, the Philadelphia City Council mulls another paid sick leave bill; the Council passed one in 2011, but Mayor Michael Nutter vetoed it. Mr. Nutter may be a Democrat, but his administration's opposition, as revealed in a deputy mayor's testimony to Council Tuesday night, sounds awfully Republican: "we don't want to see jobs lost," "in a fragile economic environment," "it has consequences," yadda yadda yadda. But no restaurant (for example) will fire people because it has to give them four paid sick days a year, and any restaurant that does will be abandoned by its customers, either in the short run (by folks who care about paid sick leave, imagine that!) or in the long run (because you can't run a restaurant without enough people to do the work). And fewer sick people handling food and washing plates means better service, not worse. You can find Mayor Nutter's contact information at his website.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell Congress to end corporate tax loopholes, Daily Kos also helps you do that. The news hook? Facebook's tax burden, which, on profits of more than $1.1 billion, will be less than zero for 2012 -- as in $429 million in tax refunds, because of tax deductions taken on executive stock options. So, how are you doing? You getting a few grand back on tax day because of, say, the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Child Tax Credit, which you need to, you know, have children to get? Did Facebook need to have children to get its $429 million back from federal and state governments? I thought not -- it only needed to take advantage of one tax loophole. Perhaps Sen. Levin (D-MI) will reintroduce a bill limiting stock option deductions, which could (per Mr. Levin's office) save our government $12 to $61 billion annually. We could add that to our spending-cut proposal from the beginning of the year.