With the Senate Finance Committee scheduled to discuss "free" trade "fast track" today, the People's Email Network helps you tell Congress to reject "fast track." Recall that the Trans-Pacific "Partnership" is so secret that our own representatives in House and Senate can't see it, even though hundreds of corporate types can -- and yet President Obama apparently wants us to think this is something Congress should have less debate about, and no opportunity to amend. Mr. Obama has also said "fast-track" would help us have a "seat at the table" when the big decisions about the global economy get made. Never mind that we know differently from leaks, that the TPP would outsource more of our jobs overseas and essentially nullify our laws whenever they interfere with corporate profits -- his position makes no God damned sense. Less scrutiny when looking at trade deals, the negotiations of which we're not allowed to participate in, gives us less power to help make those big decisions, as anyone who's not stupid or corrupt could see. Which one is President Obama? Does it matter?
Meanwhile, California is in the fourth year of its drought, and has begun water rationing for the first time -- yet Nestle still sucks water out of ten springs in the Golden State, paying approximately 14 cents a gallon for that privilege, and selling the water elsewhere for a huge profit. You may well say that they've somehow earned the right to siphon off the people's water and shouldn't be kept from doing that, but note well that Nestle's permit to ship water across the San Bernardino National Forest expired over a quarter century ago. Call me old-fashioned, but if you're going to take a state's water and sell it for profit elsewhere, you shouldn't break the law doing it. Then again, a state government that allows a private corporation to take its water and sell it for profit elsewhere isn't very smart to begin with. Hence Sum of Us helps you pressure Nestle to stop depleting California's remaining water resources. And if you see Nestle's bottled water in the store, don't buy it. Jesus Mary and Joseph water out of the tap should be good enough, especially since you're paying for it already with your taxes.
Finally, you recall Republicans' efforts in the last Congress to make the new school lunch nutrition standards "optional"? Well, now the School Nutrition Association has joined the fight against the horrible fascism of putting a half-cup of fruit or vegetables in school lunches, and the Union of Concerned Scientists helps you tell the SNA to end its campaign against our efforts to get kids to eat more nutritious food. These efforts are going swimmingly, by the way -- 9 of 10 public schools have implemented the standards successfully, and reports of kids throwing away their apples are merely anecdotal. Given that big junk food purveyors like Pepsi and Domino's make up about half the SNA's budget, you might conclude they're acting merely out of self-interest. Or do they really think kids have no concern for their own well-being, and can't be convinced to do the right thing? Or do they really believe we should just give in to every whim of a child in the first place? Again, I guess the answer is "it doesn't matter," because wrong is wrong and we must fight it.