Even the farthest-right Republicans know they can't privatize Social Security -- Mr. Bush tried it, with huge majorities in House and Senate, and couldn't even get a bill considered. But the far right has other ways to hurt the Social Security system we've fought for and paid for, and one of them is to cut the Social Security Administration's budget. Their proposed cuts would furlough employees, close offices, and prevent them from processing claims and fixing problems -- all so they can point to how badly Social Security is working and declare that the markets can do better. Anyone who can remember as far back as 2009, when the stock market crashed to about half its value the previous year, knows that's utter bunk. Hell, anyone who's watched any private corporation take over a government's function and line their pockets at the expense of the taxpayer knows that. But it's never enough to win -- we also must defend our victories, day in and day out, from the forces of evil. So Social Security Works helps you tell your Congressfolk to stop trying to cripple the Social Security Administration.
Meanwhile, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell the FCC to prevent cable corporations from selling your private info willy-nilly and end the cable corporations' monopoly on set-top boxes, then Free Press still helps you do that. What could possibly be the right's objection to good Americans getting to buy their own set-top boxes, instead of being chained to Comcast's or Charter's set-top box? And what could possibly be the right's objection to preventing cable corporations from misusing your personal information? We may sum up their objection to both thusly: cable corporations are big donors, and they're paying for our re-election. Sure, they tell you that the FCC proposals amount to Big Gummint Run Amok, but sometimes government has to step in to allow freedom to flourish. And these right-wingers have nothing to say about warrantless wiretapping or NSA data-vacuuming -- because it doesn't cost their biggest donors any money. The bad news: word on the street is that the right's empty and desperate arguments are working on at least two FCC Commissioners. But we can be the steel in their spine -- again.