The House passed their evil budget yesterday, the one that sets up more tax-cuts-for-the-rich by slashing the good services we pay for with our taxes, like Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security; it heads to the Senate now, hence you may use the tools in the upper right-hand corner of this page (or the bottom of this page, if you're on a smartphone) to find your Senators' phone numbers and call them and tell them to kill the House budget dead. What ingenious arguments can they deploy in defending it? Will they continue to claim that the Trump tax cut plan is a "middle-class tax cut," though even Rand Paul has doubted that out loud? Will they insist, after the manner of their leader, that people who need government assistance are "losers"? Of course, our taxes pay for the services that help others, and any one of us could require that help at any time. Why, hopefully we'll all grow old enough to use Medicare and Social Security! So it's time to get on the horn with your Senators.
Meanwhile, the Senate has failed to vote on the nefarious S.J.Res. 47, which would nullify the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's rule forbidding banks from putting forced arbitration clauses in their contracts with consumers. Perhaps Equifax's little forced arbitration imbroglio has scared them a bit, and perhaps they're also counting on good Americans forgetting about all of that very shortly. But banks still shouldn't get to dictate to you whether you can use arbitration or go the class-action route, particularly when you're almost certain to lose your complaint in arbitration, and you're almost certain to lose any complaint your bank brings against you, too. That's the other reason the "choice of arbitration" argument sucks -- it's not a "choice" if you're being made to take it, and if you're being made to take it, you have to ask why. Hence Americans for Financial Reform helps you tell your Senators to actually protect consumers by rejecting S.J.Res. 47.