Daily Kos helps you tell your Senators to ensure that all Americans will be able to get a coronavirus vaccine if they need it. What does that mean, exactly? It means the coronavirus vaccine can't cost $700 a pop, for one -- in fact, it shouldn't cost the taxpayer any damn money at all, since it's, you know, a life-saving medicine. There's a reason I put "the taxpayer" in that sentence, of course, and that's because taxpayer money funds a lot of drug research and development in America, so certainly no big pharma corporation should have the "right" to charge an arm and a leg for something we all helped pay for. Sound "socialist" to you? Then don't take medicines, don't drive roads, don't call the cops, and don't take books out from the library, because if you do, then you are a socialist, and there are hypocrisies I won't abide. This is life and death, folks, and this everyone-for-themselves-make-all-the-money ideology we have ain't no hill to die on, figuratively or literally.
Meanwhile, Congress is contemplating S. 3398, the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies (or EARN IT) Act, and if some overpaid and overfed Senator tells you that you have to "earn it," you should be skeptical. And so it goes with the EARN IT Act, which would, in the name of "preventing exploitation of children," destroy encryption in the United States by giving our Attorney General the power to shut down websites and applications if he doesn't like how big tech corporations are moderating the content that crosses their wires -- which, for this Attorney General, definitely means going after encryption. He said so! I think big tech corporations should act more like publishing houses than message board flame wars, but not by taking away a power we're all going to need more of in the future if Our Glorious Elites keep trying to destroy us. Hence the Electronic Frontier Foundation helps you tell your Congressfolk to preserve our freedoms by rejecting the EARN IT Act.
In other news, our Administration wants to use the coronavirus pandemic to do a great deal of harm to the American people -- not just in their notorious "payroll tax holiday," a way of ending all payroll taxes (and thus Social Security and Medicare) if ever there was one, but also in letting big banksters evade the few requirements they have to prove they can actually survive a serious economic downtown. So Penn PIRG helps you tell your Congressfolk to shut down any Administration attempt to ease regulations on banksters. It's not like banksters got more popular over the last 12 years, amirite? And it's certainly not like they've ever shown any penitence over what they did in 2008, or have taken steps to make sure it doesn't happen again -- all they've done is put more numbers on the roulette wheel. But, you know, this President thinks rules and regulations are only for little people like us, not big people like him. That's why we have to tell our Congressfolk what to do.
Finally, Congress did permanently reauthorize the existence of the Land and Water Conservation Fund last year, which was actually kind of unexpected -- but they still have to authorize its funding, for even though the Fund nominally gets its money from gas and oil drilling royalties on public lands, not only do certain Administrations think reducing royalties owed to the public is "sound policy," but Congressfolk do like to raid the Fund for other purposes. Also, this Administration's proposed budget would have cut funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund by a staggering 97%. Hence Penn Environment helps you tell your Congressfolk to fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund so that it can actually, you know, conserve public lands and water sources. We wouldn't have the Grand Canyon, the Delaware Water Gap, or the Appalachian Trail without the Fund, and we should be proud of these things -- and we should be ashamed to steal from the Fund to compensate for our shortsightedness elsewhere.