Remember earlier this year, when Republicans used budgetary shenanigans to starve Social Security's Disability Fund? And then they mocked folks on SSI as if they were all either weaklings or scam artists? Well, H.R. 3621/S. 2090, the Social Security Earned Benefits Payment Act, would overcome that stratagem by spelling out exactly how much our Treasury will pay into the Disability Fund in years to come. The Treasury would pay a bit more into the fund from 2016-2020 (and then will go back to paying what they're paying today), but that move is long overdue, since we did have a major financial services meltdown from which this economy still hasn't really recovered. So Social Security Works helps you tell your Congressfolk to support the Social Security disability program. And yes, even people on SSI have earned their benefits -- they paid into it, didn't they? It's like Congress doesn't understand the whole concept of insurance -- everybody pays in, and everybody won't collect, but everybody can collect, at different times of need. Congressfolk ain't nothing but rank strangers to me.
Meanwhile, Greece ain't the only country suffering from a cycle of debt -- vulture capitalists descended upon Puerto Rico many years ago, and now they aim to collect on that nation's bad fortune. The Conservative government of Great Britain has outlawed vulture capitalism, but here in America, of course, the vultures are the hidden dominators of our financial system, the folks banksters aspire to be one day. And one of them just so happens to be in charge of our Treasury's response to the PR crisis -- one Antonio Weiss, whose former employer (the one that paid him a $21 million bonus when he joined Treasury) happens to be very, very interested in the outcome. So Presente helps you tell the Treasury Department to remove Mr. Weiss from his role overseeing the Puerto Rico crisis. There is, by the way, no arguing that Puerto Rico did this by spending too much on its people, as if we should merely excuse the evil of lenders because of the perceived foolishness of borrowers, as if banksters didn't put PR into this mess by demanding privatization and other forms of corporate welfare in their terms of lending.
Finally, Access Now helps you tell President Obama to support data encryption and stop trying to coerce service providers and programmers into building "back doors" in their programs. Those who would argue that WE NEEDZ TEH DATA TO STOP TEH TURRURIZTZ!!!!! should reacquaint themselves with the notion of a warrant -- if you can convince a judge to give you a warrant, you can get the data you need, and you certainly don't need access to every conceivable piece of data at every time to stop terror attacks. You know what stops terror attacks? Governments working for people instead of corporations. I mean that: we'll always have a few crazy people, but the economy that gives people the back of its hand, that only works for its biggest actors, that regards jobs as a drain on prosperity and not the engine of prosperity, only creates more crazy people -- more so than unrestricted access to guns ever has or will -- and thus more terrorism. In the meantime, we have earned our privacy -- and we have also earned protection from the hackers and criminals who would also exploit government-mandated "back doors."