Demand Progress helps you tell your Congressfolk to pass a wealth tax. Sen. Warren (D-MA) has proposed a tax on wealth -- a two percent tax on wealth over $50 million, which would escalate to three percent on wealth over $1 billion. Two percent, three percent -- doesn't sound very onerous, does it? But it would raise a lot of money -- $275 billion annually, so says research out of UCal-Berkeley -- and you may have noticed that our billionaire class has done quite well during this pandemic, particularly those billionaires who run Amazon. You'll recall that Donald Trump's objection to the Warren wealth tax during the campaign was that it would be 100%! That's the kind of absurd rubbish we can count on hearing from Republicans this time, too. But, for real, don't listen to their objections, because they're the party that can't win without suppressing the vote or staging a coup. And for too long we've claimed to be a healthy just because one person can make enough money to build a giant atomic clock in a cave as a comment on the nature of time, but I hope, one day, we claim we're a healthy civilization because we take care of everyone.
Meanwhile, you've no doubt heard that President Biden only wants to forgive around $10,000 in student loan debt per person, even though he can by law forgive up to $50,000. Why so parsimonious? Possibly because Mr. Biden is unusually attuned to the kinds of things even mostly-decent people say about it! "Why should they get all the breaks?" they say. Well, there's a good reason they should get "all the breaks": college costs a lot more than it used to -- we of a certain age and older (cough President Biden cough) can hardly comprehend six-figure student loan debt, let alone some $1.6 trillion in student loan debt held by over 40 million Americans (that's roughly one out of every five American 18 and older). But I'm happy to bestow upon the less-fortunate a boon I never had, not least because it's a boon I didn't need! So Daily Kos helps you tell President Biden to stretch his mind a bit and forgive $50,000 of student debt per borrower. Not for nothing, but that'll free up a lot of cash to stimulate the economy. Some folks might even buy homes one day.
In other news, the EACH Woman Act (no bill number at Congress.gov at this writing) would ensure that folks on Medicaid have access to legal abortions, which means it would repeal the 44-year-old Hyde Amendment which prevents federal funding for abortions. Perhaps that seemed like a reasonable compromise to some folks once, but not now -- used to be when abortions were illegal that folks of means could get them and poor folks couldn't, but under the regime established by the Hyde Amendment it's totally different: now folks of means can get them and poor folks can't. Just like everyone else I shudder at the idea of a fetus being aborted, but the alternative to legal abortions is making women second-class citizens again, and I certainly won't do that. The bill would also prevent our government from interfering with private health insurers that cover abortion, which is what conservatives want, right? Our government out of what's between doctor and patient? Barry Goldwater would've said so. Hence Daily Kos helps you tell your Congressfolk to support women's health care rights by passing the EACH Woman Act.
Finally, just because Senate Democrats won't fight for the $15/hour minimum wage in the COVID relief bill anymore doesn't mean we won't, so go ahead and call your Senators and tell them to pass one anyway. It doesn't matter that they won't; they need to know where we stand, because, apparently, telling them a hundred times doesn't get it through their thick skulls. So let's consider, for a moment, that polling finds 63% of West Virginians support a $15/hour minimum wage. Hey, that's Joe Manchin's state, a state so allegedly full of "conservatives" that he just can't support the $15/hour minimum wage. Even though they're telling him to support it! And given that other polling finds clear majorities of Republicans favor the $15/hour minimum wage, I bet the polling would be no less embarrassing for Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona. It's a shame I still have to say this to my fellow liberals, but your job isn't to coddle people like Messrs. Manchin and Sinema, it's to tell them to listen to their own constituents! Right-wingers say we coddle people too much, so let's maybe stop coddling "moderates" who contort themselves into absurd arguments when their constituents' will is plain.
Oh, and before I go, don't forget to catch One True Real and Awesome Great American President Donald Trump's Totally True and Real Second Inauguration today. I hear it'll be quite the drama, and I'm sure FNC, Newsmax, and OANN will carry it live. I kid, of course.