Pennsylvania residents, take note: state Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-7) plans to introduce legislation which would automatically register good Pennsylvanians to vote whenever they get any sort of state service (like a drivers' license) from an agency the state currently authorizes to assist with voter registration. Voters who don't want to register to vote can simply opt out of that registration within three weeks, and registration of course doesn't obligate people to vote, which is as it should be. All of that should answer the haters who would exclaim TEH STATE FORCEZ TEH PEEPULZ TO DO THINGZ!!!! Nah, just kidding -- nothing ever satisfies a hater. Anyway, Keystone Progress helps you tell your PA Governor and state legislator to support making it easier, not harder, for voters to register and therefore vote. The state legislature did go through an awful lot of trouble, under Gov. Corbett, to pass draconian Voter ID laws that state courts eventually struck down. It's about time we made it easier for people to vote -- and make politicians work harder to persuade people to vote for them.
Meanwhile, you know that House and Senate Republican budgets are mean to working families while being quite obsequious to the "needs" of the wealthy for more tax cuts so they can "create jobs" -- but you may not know that these budgets cut food stamp funding, again. Clearly they're emboldened by the fact that they were able to get pretty hefty food stamp cuts last year out of a divided Congress, but I am prepared to accept a lengthy government shutdown, with all of the problems that entails, so that Congress doesn't cut food stamps any further. So Moms Rising helps you tell Congress to stop cutting food stamps. It's really very simple: if Congress pursued actual job-creation programs, like taxing millionaire income at 91% and closing corporate tax loopholes so the rich and the corporate will have to create jobs for other people just to avoid paying taxes on their money, maybe then we can cut food stamps. But posturing about the value of hard work, when our casino economy no longer rewards hard work, is quite disgusting, and our leaders should really avoid it.
Finally, I haven't passed along action alerts opposing "free" trade agreements and the "fast-tracking" thereof in a few days, so the Campaign for America's Future (among other organizations) helps you tell your Congressfolk to reject "fast-track," while Public Citizen helps you tell Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), lately the Democrats' point man on advancing the "free" trade agenda, to reject fast-track. And the newest hostage crisis our leaders have tried to perpetrate, in order to scare us into acquiescence of "free" trade's ability to nullify our laws? Their suggestion that doing this deal would give us some say over the world economy. That suggestion, of course, is completely illogical: doing a bad deal so we have some say is absurd, when we would presumably use that say to get a good deal, or to avoid a bad deal. And, as usual, none of that explains in any way why we need to "fast-track" the deal with as little debate and amendment as possible. Nothing the "free" traders say makes any damn sense -- I'd say the Emperor has no clothes, but calling them "Emperor" would be giving them too much credit.