CREDO helps you tell Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to cut out the attacks on Social Security disability recipients. "Over half of the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts," he said. "Join the club. Who doesn’t get up a little anxious for work every day and their back hurts? Everybody over 40 has a little back pain." See what he did there? He moved from "anxious" to "a little anxious" and from "their back hurts" to "a little back pain" -- all that backtracking, as if he knows he's full of it. And being "anxious" or "having back pain" won't get you SSI benefits -- you get SSI for things like post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition involving rather more than "anxiety," and one frequently brought about by our "war on terror" against which Mr. Paul, despite his Libertarian reputation, offers the meekest criticisms. Ask an Iraq or Afghanistan vet with PTSD if they're "a little anxious." Ask someone who lost a leg in a car accident, or slipped and fell on their back or their head at their job, if they have "a little pain." Really, it's like Rand Paul hasn't lived in the real world.
Meanwhile, you've no doubt heard about Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), now the number-three man in the Republican House leadership, and his 2002 address to the David Duke-affiliated group European-American Unity and Rights Organization (or EURO) -- not to mention his own self-description as "David Duke without the baggage," by which he presumably did not mean to remind you of Mr. Duke's multitudinous trips to the plastic surgeon. The House leadership has not moved to unseat him, and I've avoided helping you suggest that they do, because, well, why bang your head against a wall? But here's something that would do some good: Presente! helps you tell the many corporate donors associated with Mr. Scalise to disassociate from him. Mr. Scalise's "leadership" PAC has garnered millions of dollars in support from corporations such as UPS, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, and none of them would want the PR black eye of being associated with a man who's made no more than a pro forma effort to disavow the racist beliefs that, sadly, helped him get where he is today.
Finally, the House, as you know, passed H.R. 3, which would force Executive branch approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, though without a veto-proof majority. But the Senate, for some reason, hasn't acted on H.R. 3 with similar haste -- I don't imagine they won't eventually pass it, but their relative inaction on the matter is a bit puzzling, especially considering they couldn't possibly have been moved by recent demonstrations in Washington against the pipeline, since Senators tend to think of demonstrators not as good, concerned citizens, but as dirty effing hippies. Anyway, the Sierra Club helps you tell President Obama to veto the bill. Folks write a lot about Keystone's effect on climate change -- it will facilitate the production and sale of tar sands oil, the extraction of which emits a lot of carbon -- but we also need to remember that situating the pipeline over heartland water tables where oil spills will cause serious damage to the drinking water of good citizens is at least as important. Without clean water, we don't have good health, after all.