Our House votes on the COVID relief bill as early as today, so get on the horn with your House Reps and tell them to pass it. You can find your Reps' phone numbers, as always, by using the tools in the upper right-hand corner of this page (or, if you're viewing this page on a cellphone, the bottom of this page). I've gone over all the good things this bill would do if passed, and I'm not going to give too much space to Republican plaints that they weren't consulted enough on it ("you say that like it's a bad thing!"), or that it's "too big" ("you don't pull a baby out of a fire gradually!") or that it consists of a "progressive wish list" (again, "you say that like it's a bad thing!"). Instead, I'll note that the bill is extremely popular, with a Morning Consult/Politico poll finding that 76% of Americans support it, and -- are you listening, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema? -- 60% of Republicans support it. There's that bipartisanship everyone in Washington says they're looking for! And Congress should follow our lead. (Don't be dispirited by the Senate parliamentarian's ruling against the inclusion of the $15/hour minimum wage hike in the budget reconciliation process. Your will is still your will, and your Reps need to hear from you that you, like most Americans, want that minimum wage hike.)
While you have your House Reps on the phone, you can tell them to stop being "hesitant" about raising taxes on the rich or rolling back the more nefarious parts of the Trump tax "reform." Then call your Senators and tell them the same thing. Seriously, in the article to which I've linked above, Democrats recycle all the stupid and offensive arguments for not raising taxes on the rich and on corporations -- Joe Manchin said it'd be "ridiculous" to raise taxes during a pandemic (though, to be fair, he walked that back somewhat later on), while Jon Tester said it'd be dangerous to do while unemployment is so high -- this just three years after complaining that the Trump tax "reform" would put us in the hole for decades! When is the right time to do the right thing, Sen. Tester? If these clowns don't raise taxes on corporations and the rich, they're going to lose their slim majorities in 2022, end of story. People generally don't love paying taxes, of course, but they also don't love folks who don't pay their fair share.
Finally, Free Press helps you tell your Congressfolk you don't want to pay for evil cable channels like Fox News just so you can watch cable channels you like, like the Food Network. Those of you who've attended this blog for the last 16 years know what we're talking about, even if Free Press, for whatever reason, won't spell it out: we're talking about a la carte cable packaging, where you can pay for the channels you like and you don't have to subsidize the channels you don't like. As you know, folks pay about $2 a month for Fox News, which is actually a fairly high monthly price; now imagine what would happen if, say, 10 million Americans decided not to pay for Fox News. There goes Tucker Carlson's and Sean Hannity's annual salaries in a mere two and a half months! Yeah, Fox would fire all their straight news reporters first (however many of those are left!), but the only language evil news corporations understand is the language of money, and hey, I'm all about talking to people in the language they understand. So let's get to it.