The Republicans might look bad now because of their little shutdown drama, but Public Citizen reminds us that the continuing resolution Congress passed also preserved sequester budget cuts and mandated further negotiations over budget cuts -- and Republicans will almost certainly demand Social Security and Medicare cuts, and President Obama may well give in to these demands. Plus, of course, we'll almost certainly be doing the shutdown dance again in mid-January. Thus Public Citizen helps you tell President Obama to keep Social Security and Medicare off the table in these negotiations. Hell, in addition to (or instead of!) playing defense, why not tell Congress, again, to strengthen Social Security, as the Harkin/Begich bills would do? Why not demand that Congress allow Medicare to negotiate its own drug prices? That would reduce Medicare costs, which would be a lot better than reducing Medicare benefits. Sounds easy, doesn't it? Too often it does -- to everyone but our political elites.
Meanwhile, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell fast-food corporations to pay their workers a living wage, CREDO still helps you do that. If you've worked at a fast-food restaurant, you already know it's hard work, and you already know that $8/hour isn't a fair wage. If you care about stimulating the economy for-real for-real, then you know hiking up fast-food workers' wages to $15/hour would give a lot of people a lot more money to spend, and you also know that it wouldn't result in 20% unemployment or $10 Big Macs, either -- though it might result in CEOs having to pay themselves a little less. But if you know someone who hates how everybody gets to feed at the government trough but them, tell them they have every reason to support higher wages for fast-food workers, for over half of fast-food workers don't make enough to stay off food stamps and Medicaid, and that's taxpayer money -- our money -- going to fast-food workers because fast-food CEOs only care about their money. Always get mad at the right people, that's what I say.