There he goes again: Richard Durbin of Illinois, the number two Democrat in the U.S. Senate, told Fox News Sunday that he'd support Social Security and Medicare cuts in a "grand bargain" with Republicans. Anybody remember any point in recent years when Republicans have proven they can be bargained with? Anyone? CREDO helps you tell Sen. Durbin not to use Social Security and Medicare as a bargaining chip in "negotiations" with Republicans. I hate to sound like a broken record -- no, wait, I don't hate to sound like a broken record, as long as nominally Democratic politicians sound like a broken record when they say ZOMG SOSHUL SECURITEEZ MEDICAREZ BANKRUPT AMERIKAZ!!!! -- but the Harkin/Begich bills in the Senate would increase Social Security benefits and revenues, and that allowing Medicare to negotiate its own drug prices would reduce Medicare costs without reducing benefits. If enough of us speak out, they'll have to listen -- or they'll at least have to make bigger fools of themselves explaining why they can't do our will, which also works to our advantage in the long run.
Meanwhile, Breast Cancer Action helps you tell your Senators to keep toxic, carcinogenic chemicals out of household products. Specifically, you'll advocate for a robust overhaul to the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976, and you'll also advocate for making corporations ensure their products are safe before they hit the market, which sounds an awful lot like common sense, doesn't it? And 1976 was (gulp!) 37 years ago, and as you no doubt know, a lot has happened since then -- now some 80,000 chemical products find their way into our bottles and our packages and our cleaners and our toys and our furniture, and how many of them have been properly tested? Around 200. That ain't good. All the right-wing has to offer in defense of doing nothing are nostrums like REGULASHUNZ KILLZ THA JOBS!!!! Just remember -- aside from the fact that regulations don't kill jobs, and that no right-winger ever explains exactly how regulations kill jobs -- that if too many people get cancer, there'll be no one to do all the work our corporate chieftains want us to do. After all, the free market comes at a cost!