Shutdown day is tomorrow, and both Americans for Financial Reform and USAction help you demand that Congress keep more corporate welfare handouts for Wall Street banksters out of the government funding bill. They'll happily do it, especially since the "liberal" media's eyes are trained exclusively on Planned Parenthood funding in House and Senate funding bills. Should we fund Planned Parenthood? Of course we should -- they do a lot of good things for poor women, and our government already doesn't fund abortions. But should we allow Our Glorious Elites to divert our attention from the far more harmful things Congress might do to permit another round of useless financial speculation that could crash the economy? Hell no! And could some of my brethren on the right stop for a minute and realize they feel just as used as I do, that our Congressfolk hold us hostage to get things passed that would never pass if we shone light on them, that vigorous financial regulation doesn't "kill jobs" but protect consumers from corporate greed? Hope does spring eternal with me, you know.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Census released data last week showing that, sadly, women still make 79 cents on every dollar men make, on average. And adjusting for similar experience, qualifications, etc. doesn't up that figure very far -- certainly not to a dollar-for-a-dollar. Hence H.R. 1619/S. 862, the Paycheck Fairness Act, would help close that wage gap by limiting the factors employers can use to pay women differently to "bona fide factors" including education, training, and experience, and would force employers to prove those factors really do justify wage gaps. The Paycheck Fairness Act would also prevent corporations from prohibiting employees from discussing their pay with their co-workers, since such discussions are often the only way workers find out they're getting shorted. Why have Republicans consistently blocked these reforms? Because "it just helps trial lawyers," they say -- implying that it doesn't help women, which claim they don't, of course, even try to prove. One way to keep lawyers away: stop discriminating against your female employees. Moms Rising helps you tell your Congressfolk to support the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell your Congressfolk to support S. 1959, the Close the Revolving Door Act, and prevent Congressfolk from becoming lobbyists after they leave Congress, then Rootstrikers helps you do that. Last time I posted about S. 1959, a reader objected that employers generally can't control what employees do after they leave their employers, unless it's written in their employment contracts. That might exempt Congressfolk who retire before the bill becomes law (and then again it might not -- who is a Congressperson's employer, anyway?), but once you stand for re-election and gain re-election, you'll essentially have a new "employment contract." And we the people certainly have an interest in keeping our Congressfolk from ever becoming lobbyists -- it gives them a major financial incentive to serve mammon, rather than people, by knowing they can exploit their vast network of connections inside government to make money tenfold once they get out, if they just play the game. Congressfolk should avoid such temptations, of course, but if they need our help to do that, we're more than happy to give it.