Long story short: tell your Congressfolk to pass better tax policy, better climate change policy, better clean water policy, better broadband policy, and better care economy policy, all so we can get good jobs legislation. Use the tools in the upper right-hand corner of this page (or, if you're on a cellphone, the bottom of this page) to find your Congressfolk's phone numbers and/or use the email/petition tools in the following paragraphs.
The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy assures us that Joe Biden's tax proposals would do us all a lot of good, and I agree that they would -- particularly getting rid of the lower tax rate for capital gains and dividends, one of the most grievous injuries inflicted on the American people by the Bush Administration and that's saying something. So go ahead and call your Congressfolk and tell them you want capital gains and dividends taxed like income, since, you know, they are income. It couldn't hurt to remind them that the resulting revenue would help pay for jobs legislation. Don't brook any silliness from your right-wing Congressfolk about "dangerous tax increases." They act like all tax increases are dangerous. Tax increases on the rich aren't -- they help us restrain the rich from running roughshod over the rest of us.
You'll also want to remind your Congressfolk of the other ways we could fund jobs legislation. Demand Progress helps you tell your Congressfolk to pass a Wealth Tax on millionaire and billionaire estates, Americans for Tax Fairness helps you tell your Congressfolk to enact a "millionaire's surtax," and the Sierra Club helps you tell your Congressfolk to pass the End Polluter Welfare Act. Also, too, Drug Prices Are Too High helps you tell your Congressfolk to pass the Lower Drug Prices Now Act, since that would give Medicare the ability to negotiate drug prices, which would save upwards of $80 billion annually, which could also very easily fund jobs legislation. If you want to tell them to bring back the 91% tax bracket on millionaire income -- you know, instead of telling them to institute the "millionaire's surtax" -- then go right ahead! If we all demand the 91% tax bracket, we may not get it -- but we'll certainly be more likely to get the millionaire's surtax.
Both Progress America and the League of Conservation Voters help you tell your Congressfolk that they must include better climate change policy in jobs bills. And what do you know? Better climate change policy not only fights pollution, but creates jobs. And prioritizing renewable energy over fossil fuels not only means fewer droughts and wildfires and hurricanes and heatwaves but less filth in our air and water. And we're going to need people to help us build a better way. No, "liberal" media pundits, we're not going to build a better way with robots! Too many people think robots are really far along in development, which is to laugh. But I'm one of those who think people are considerably more advanced than we used to be. Laugh if you like; we will move past you, and your cynicism will be cold comfort in your lonely old age.
The League of Conservation Voters helps you tell your Congressfolk to include funding for getting rid of lead pipes in any upcoming jobs legislation. You'd think Republicans would consider replacing poisonous lead pipes in our sewer systems "real" infrastructure spending, but they don't seem to care very much about that, even though lead poisoning equals brain damage in any child whose drinking water comes from a lead pipe. Maybe they don't care about it because That Only Happens to Those People, but clean water is actually fairly popular among Americans of all races and creeds, and dooming folks to poisoned drinking water should be electoral suicide. It'll only be so if we fight to get the lead out of our drinking water, and Democrats actually follow our lead.
Moms Rising and Social Security Works help you demand paid family/medical leave and better care economy funding, respectively, from upcoming jobs legislation. The United States is approximately last in the world in mandating paid family/medical leave for good Americans, and the care economy will be our future to a large degree, so we might as well ensure that jobs in the care economy are good jobs. Many Americans (and perhaps many more American politicians) still think taking care of the sick and infirm isn't "real work," when it's about the realest work you can imagine, and yes we deserve an America that rewards real work. You know, versus rewarding money machinations that just redistribute worker wealth upward to hedge fund managers. But we won't get that America unless we fight for it.
Free Press helps you tell your Congressfolk to fund expanded broadband in upcoming jobs legislation. We all saw how much we need high-speed broadband during this pandemic -- not just to keep working, but also to keep our children learning. Clearly it ain't just for streaming movies and TV shows anymore, and our government needs to start approaching it that way. And we're probably going to need high-speed broadband for work and school again, as roughly half the country continues to throw a tantrum about getting vaccinated. Nearly 70,000 new cases on Friday! Just like it was precisely one year ago, when they were throwing a tantrum about wearing masks. I'd prefer not to have a resurgent pandemic prove to our politicians how badly we need expanded broadband. But we should at least tell them, or they'll continue pretending they don't already know.
Finally, I'd like to say a few words about how I think the Biden Administration might really want this to play out -- not to demoralize you, but to prepare you. I think the Biden Administration split the jobs bill in two to split us in two, much as the Obama Administration held out the public health care option in 2009 in order to forestall any talk of expanding Medicare to include everyone. And just like they yanked the public option back when it came time to pass the Affordable Care Act, I also think the Biden Administration really wants the far more desirable reconciliation bill to fail, which also means they really want to lose both houses of Congress in 2022 so they can keep this interminable (but very lucrative, for some people) drama going between insane Republicans and spineless Democrats. You'd think Democrats would take a different lesson from recent events -- like, that Republicans are far too dangerous to ever have any kind of power again, anywhere. But if they won't, we have to make them learn that lesson, and we'll only do that if we speak out. We are the only people standing between America and oblivion. And we always have been. So let's step up and be heroes, today and every day.