Happy Tuesday! Now call your Senators and tell them to protect voting rights, internet freedom, secure pensions, higher wages, and many other good things by passing H.R. 1, the For the People Act; H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act; H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act; H.R. 5, the Equality Act; H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act; H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act; H.R. 397, the Butch Lewis Act; H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act; H.R. 582, the Raise the Wage Act; H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act; H.R. 1146, the Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act; H.R. 1373, the Grand Canyon Centennial Act; H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act; H.R. 2474, the PRO Act; H.R. 2513, the Corporate Transparency Act; H.R. 2722, the SAFE Act; H.R. 5035, the Television Viewer Protection Act; and H.J. Res. 79, which would remove the expiration date from the original Equal Rights Amendment. Yes, it's a pandemic, but the Senate is meeting, right now, to confirm some more right-wing anti-law-and-order federal judges, so certainly they can consider some good legislation while they're in town.
Meanwhile, our Defense Department has proposed rolling back the few protections we have against the "revolving" door between defense contracting corporations and our Defense Department, which is (at least nominally) supposed to consist of public servants. And I bet our right-wingers defend this action, claiming that "our President's getting rid of burdensome regulations" (as if laws against burglary "burden" thieves) or "the only people who understand defense spending are the ones who spend the money" (as if only thieves truly understand how you should dispose of your property!) or, perhaps, that you can trust this Administration to do the right thing, because our President is a "disruptor"! And there you have the real reason right-wingers might support such corruption -- because Their Man is doing it. Loyalty to people is always dicey, to say the least, but loyalty to our shared heritage as Americans (which includes our efforts to make America a more perfect union) will never let us down. So the Project on Government Oversight helps you tell our Defense Department to scuttle its own efforts to increase defense spending corruption.
Pennsylvania residents, take note: if you've missed previous opportunities to tell your state legislators to reject the current version of HB 1822, which aims to cut funding for 16 worthwhile conservation funds, then the Sierra Club helps you do that. One thing the latest Sierra Club missive mentions that I didn't last time: a lot more good Pennsylvanians are visiting our public parks these days, because with all the shops and restaurants closed, our public parks are about the only place you can go outside, enjoy yourself, and practice physical distancing, so cutting funding for them is a profoundly stupid thing to do during a pandemic. Of course the pandemic is their excuse in the first place -- let's stop spending money on these things, because we don't have as much of it. If only our politicians had that eye toward corporate welfare in state budgets! But they don't: they'd cut what actually keeps good Pennsylvanians' air and water clean long before they'd cut some unearned tax break for some corporate crony who didn't even use it to create jobs! Unless we remind them that we are their bosses, of course.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell your Congressfolk to repeal tax-cuts-for-the-rich passed in the CARES Act, then Americans for Tax Fairness still helps you do that. That would be the $130-billion-plus tax break that only 43,000 rich Americans get! At a time when over 30 million Americans have lost their jobs and likely their health insurance as well, meaning they face crunching household debts at a time when they have no income! But all that's what you get when you put a "businessman" in charge of our government -- particularly a "businessman" who only cares about other bosses, not regular folk like us. And our Administration continues to swing how utterly out of touch they are in our faces, by sending out Larry Kudlow-who's-wrong-about-everything to propose more tax breaks for tourism and sporting events and more business expensing tax breaks as a way to solve this ongoing economic Armageddon. I don't imagine good Americans standing in line just to get in the supermarket finding any of that persuasive. Unless Democrats don't offer superior reasoning, that is.