Word on the street is that Congress will try to sneak a fast-track bill through before we know what hit us. But we can hit first by calling our Reps and Senators now (using the tools in the upper left-hand corner of this page) and telling them to reject any "trade promotion authority" bill for "free" trade pacts. Why? Because we know "fast track" will force Congress to approve "free" trade pacts with no opportunity to amend them or debate them at any length, and because we know these "free" trade pacts will outsource our jobs and subjugate our laws to "investor-state tribunals" -- and also, not incidentally, because the "free" traders' arguments stink. They've said we need a "seat at the table," but we should get more from a seat at the table than a bad deal. They've promised that this pact won't hurt us the way past ones have, but we know this one will allow more powerful foreign corporations to nullify our laws than ever before. And they can't say why "free" trade deals should be passed more quickly -- here, as everywhere else, Congress should do its job, and debate properly.
Meanwhile, "fast track" isn't the only horror Congress intends to inflict upon us this week: Estate Tax repeal is another. President Obama has cut the Estate Tax twice, but Republicans still aren't happy -- they still push their bogus "fears" that family farms will suffer, when the Estate Tax has caused exactly zero family farms to be sold off, and they still pretend "fiscal responsibility" is all about cutting services for working families and taxing the rich as little as possible -- which may be a recipe for richer campaign donors, but is also a recipe for suffering families and a stagnant economy. So Sign for Good helps you tell House Speaker John Boehner to keep the Estate Tax intact. The Senate has already passed an Estate Tax repeal during their budgetary antics last month, and Mr. Boehner surely doesn't care what you think -- he cares what his party's biggest donors think. Still, let's get him and his kind on the record in their ignorance and arrogance. Nobody but a far right-winger will run through a wall for Estate Tax repeal; it's unfortunate that most right-wing among us serve in the House and Senate.
And that's not all, either! Congress also hopes to cut SNAP funding (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as "food stamps") this week. Don't Congressfolk get all uppity whenever someone tries to address an issue in a way they consider contrary to "the way things work around here"? Then why is anyone getting away with cutting food stamps again? Food stamps just suffered dramatic cuts as part of last year's Farm Bill reauthorization; under any other circumstance, Congressional leaders would demand anyone wanting to cut food stamps wait until the next Farm Bill reauth, but not these leaders, not now -- cruelty is their one reason for living. One in five kids now rely on food stamps, and that's not because they're lazy blood-sucking parasites -- you know, like multinational corporations are! -- it's because the economy's still pretty bad. So Moms Rising helps you demand that your Congressfolk protect food stamps from heartless cuts. What's that I hear? Politicians don't like being called "heartless"? Well, here's a simple solution: stop acting heartless.