CREDO helps you tell Google to fire former Department of Homeland (sic) Security (sic) poobah Miles Taylor. Mr. Taylor used to be Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's Chief of Staff, so it's not like he's some low-level bureaucrat who might have been sabotaging the evil efforts of our President to implement his Muslim ban and family separation policies, and now that Ms. Nielsen has left the Administration, he's found a soft landing at Google as "head of national security policy engagement," which sure sounds cush to me. I can already hear right-wingers squealing ZOMG DOESN'TZ HE HAVEZ TEH RIGHTZ TO WORKZ!!!!! Sure he has the right to go find a job, if anyone will hire him, but he doesn't have a "right" to a highly-paid BS job at Google. (His job title has more than three words, so I feel pretty safe in calling it a BS job.) And we, as a civilization, have a profound duty to shame and shun those who hurt us; giving them cush jobs ain't shaming and shunning. I say this as someone who still thinks anyone who worked for Tha Bush Mobb should be too ashamed to show their face in public.
Meanwhile, our President likes to make a show of caring about infrastructure-building in America, so he's angling to funnel your taxpayer dollars to a complex in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio that would turn fracked natural gas into plastics. Sigh. It's like they can never choose right; this is a world where renewable energies are attaining parity in production costs with fossil fuels generally, where fossil fuel corporations are going belly-up left and right (even Robert Murray's coal corporation filed for bankruptcy the other day!) despite Republicans controlling one House of Congress or the other for the last decade. You know what that makes this project, right? That's right, corporate welfare -- for why should our government invest in established technologies that aren't viable either economically or environmentally? Food and Water Watch helps you tell your Congressfolk to stop the Great Appalachian Corporate Welfare Handout. Remember, we have to tell them, because politicians basically like corporate welfare, even though the people don't.
In other news, H.R. 4724/S. 2640, the Students Not Profits Act, would limit for-profit colleges' access to federal funding unless they can verify that they actually provide their students with an education; I'd have called the bill the "Students Before Profits Act" myself, since I don't believe in giving right-wingers any reason to squeal about SOSHULIZM!!!!, but this bill will protect more students from predatory for-profit colleges like Corinthian, and the bill won't put trade schools out of business, as I'm sure right-wingers will claim, but merely make sure those schools actually do the thing they exist to do. Our last Administration did far too much hand-wringing over how to deal with these for-profit schools that do nothing but redistribute wealth from students to executives; this Administration, of course, openly enables such schools, even violating the law to do so. So we desperately need to start developing a more healthy skepticism about such schools. CREDO helps you tell your Congressfolk to protect our students from financial predators by passing the Students Not Profits Act.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell your Congressfolk to pass H.J.Res. 48, which would amend our Constitution to nullify the doctrine of corporate "personhood" and thus allow us to regulate campaign finance reform again, then Daily Kos still helps you do that. You know, the best argument I've heard against campaign finance reform (admittedly "best" isn't a high bar to clear here, since the other arguments are such horsedoodle!) is that you need money to run a good campaign. But that statement pointedly does not explain why that money must be unlimited; more money doesn't lead to better arguments, obviously, but you can make lousy arguments seem more "normal" simply because you have the money to repeat them endlessly. Of course, we also know that money is not speech -- money is property, and we have a long legal tradition of keeping property from destroying our civilization, if we would but use it.