So there's Donald Trump's senior strategist Steve "Don't Call Me Racist" Bannon, talking to the Hollywood Reporter, suggesting he's maybe not what you think he is because "I'm the guy pushing a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan." Then you look at the details of this plan to build out massive projects presumably for the public benefit (like building bridges and sewer systems), and you realize it's not particularly new or fresh at all -- it "works" by giving out over $140 billion in tax breaks in the hopes that will attract $1 trillion in investment in infrastructure projects, but only the kind of projects that turn a profit. That there is the wrinkle -- if a project must turn a profit, then it'll be one of two kinds of projects: 1) a boutique project in a wealthy area that hardly needs the help, or 2) a project in an area that does need it but will be privatized, and, as we know, privatization takes control of public assets out of the people's hands and drives prices up for the benefit of the new owners. But, as we know, this isn't the only way to build infrastructure -- we could also simply tax the wealthy much more than we're currently doing and pay for projects that benefit the public that way, or, heaven forbid, borrow the money, since, as even Mr. Bannon says, interest rates are pretty low right now. I think this matter merits a phone call to your Reps and Senators; use the tools in the upper left-hand corner of this page.
Meanwhile, our Congresscritters are trying to attach something called the "composite bill" to whatever must-pass appropriations bill emerges before December 9, and this bill would permit trustees of relatively well-functioning pension plans to worse plans that don't actually guarantee benefits to pensioners. In short: in a world where too few people make good on their word anymore, Congress would allow pension fund trustees to break the promise they made to their fund's workers. And the bill would also let trustees divert funds from their currently-healthy pension plan to the worse one, which would automatically make the well-functioning one far less healthy! It's almost like turning good pension funds into bad ones is the whole idea! Of course, composite bill defenders will probably brandish that ZOMG PENSHUNZ ARE TEH UNDERFUNDEDZ BY $4 TRILLYUNZ!!!! scare number, when that scare number becomes much smaller once you divide it by a) the 40-year period over which the scare number accumulates and b) the hundreds of federal/state/municipal pension plans in America. Hence the Pension Rights Center helps you tell your Congressfolk to reject any bill that would help pension trustees break their promises to America's workers. After all, you paid into it your whole life, so you earned it.
Finally, CREDO helps you tell Democratic leaders to block any Donald Trump nominee who openly embraces bigotry, misogyny, or Wall Street greed. Tall order, I know, since these are Democrats we're talking about, and since the "culture" of Washington demands that the opposition party show deference to the Executive's picks (remember all those times Republicans showed the appropriate deference to Mr. Obama's nominees? I kid, of course), but I'm such a horrible person that I only care that the President picks qualified people who'll do a good job, and racists and corporate cronies don't do a good job of anything but making good Americans feel pain. Remember when George W. Bush made his cabinet about as diverse a group of folks as Mr. Clinton's cabinets were? Now Mr. Trump's "chief strategist" and Attorney General pick are known racists, his foreign policy picks all make a big drama out of their hatred for Muslims, and his financial advisors are the biggest bankster greedheads you can imagine. Democrats may be tempted to enable Mr. Trump, in the hope that they'll reap the rewards in the 2018 midterms. But they're going to lose big in those midterms -- and in the meantime they'll be abandoning their duty to do the people's will. More than 53% of American voters wanted someone other than Donald Trump to be President, after all.