Our government has struck a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada, but guess what we already know from mainstream media coverage? That our government, in order to appease Canada yeah-sure, kept the "investor-state dispute settlement" system that outsources our jobs and nullifies our laws. I had long feared that our President, having run against "free" trade, would give us a trade deal that was just as bad as all the others -- and, sadly, I was right. No use objecting that we'll get more access to Canada's dairy markets or whatever when this deal also allows foreign corporations to nullify our clean air and clean water laws if it "costs them money" and then exact tribute from the American taxpayer to pay for that "loss." You can use the tools in the upper right-hand corner of this page (or the bottom, if you're on a cellphone) to call your Reps and Senators and demand that they oppose the USMCA trade deal.
While you're on the phone with your Senators, you might also tell them to oppose H.R. 6760, better known as "Tax Scam 2.0," which the House passed late last week while we were all watching the Kavanaugh hearing. Did they plan it that way? Does it matter? Evil people know that bad drama will give them cover for something, whatever that might be at whatever moment. H.R. 6760 makes permanent a number of otherwise "temporary" changes to the tax code, including the pass-through business tax cuts and the high-end income tax cuts that go almost entirely to rich folks; per the Tax Policy Center, that'll increase our federal deficits by $3.8 trillion over the 20 years from 2025-2045. And then some President who makes our current one look like the soul of decorum will tell you he just has to cut Medicare and Social Security to cover over this massive hole in our budget! Let's forestall this tragedy by rejecting this new round of tax-cuts-for-the-rich.
Finally, you might also want to tell your Senators, if you've still got them on the phone, to reject the nomination of D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to our Supreme Court. You may feel a little overwhelmed by all the drama surrounding his nomination, but you don't have to be -- taken together, his stated belief that Presidents should be shielded from criminal prosecution, his long history doing Republican dirty work, his multitudinous misstatements during his confirmation hearings, the quite credible sexual assault allegation against him, and his volcanic temper when confronted with that accusation all reveal a man who believes that if you are not part of America's elite class, you do not matter. And a man who thinks so little of us won't exactly rush to protect the rights we've won through struggle and hard work. So let's get someone maybe a bit less privileged up there.