The Senate still hasn't finished up work on an unemployment insurance extension, and no doubt House Speaker John Boehner still thinks you'll believe that it's just too hard for states to make unemployment benefits retroactive to that point in late December when Congress simply refused to do anything about it -- this after Mr. Boehner whined that the bill wasn't "paid for," and paid for the way he wanted it paid for, by causing pain and suffering to someone else who didn't deserve pain and suffering. What, I should be nice to people like John Boehner? John Boehner complains about "paying for" benefits for good Americans who were thrown out of work by corporate greed in the first place, while his corporate paymasters hoard their trillions in unearned profits, refusing to use any of it to create jobs for these same Americans. When will our government stop giving its owners, the American people, the back of its hand? When we demand they stop, and not before. The Coalition on Human Needs helps you tell Congress to extend unemployment benefits already.
Meanwhile, word on the street is that the Senate will vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act as early as tomorrow, so Moms Rising helps you tell your Senators to support the Paycheck Fairness Act. The bill's opponents seem to have a tough time convincing people they're right -- Sen. Rubio (R-FL) tried to convince us last year that the bill would merely "enrich trial lawyers," which matters only to the degree that "enriching trial lawyers" doesn't actually do some good, versus, say, enriching corporate CEOs, which seems to do no good. But the only question you need ask of your Senators is this: do you believe employers should be allowed to retaliate against employees who discuss their pay with each other? (The Paycheck Fairness Act would stop employers from doing that.) If your Senator says "yes," you need only ask: what harm does that do? And if the answer is "when everyone knows what everyone makes, it hurts morale," ask which is worse: the "damage done to morale" by folks talking about their pay, or the damage done to folks whose employers are discriminating against them with lower pay. I don't think that's a tough choice.