Long story short: tell your Congressfolk to reject any attempt to cut Social Security or Medicare “behind closed doors,” tell your Senators to pass a Constitutional amendment allowing us to regulate campaign finance again, and tell your Congressfolk to pass bills restraining big tech monopolies. Use the email/petition tools in the following paragraphs to communicate your will.
Social Security Works helps you tell your Congressfolk to reject any effort to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits “behind closed doors.” Americans have rejected such anti-democratic practices for “free” trade bills, so why would we accept them for Social Security and Medicare? We would not; our political classes want to do this “behind closed doors” in the vain hope that they can do evil without our knowing it, or that we won’t blame them for doing evil! If you want a handier way to explain what right-wingers want to do to Social Security and Medicare “behind closed doors,” here’s one, courtesy of Social Security Works: death panels. As in, Congress wants to create death panels for Social Security and Medicare. That should help bend them to our will.
Public Citizen helps you tell your Senators to pass the Democracy for All constitutional amendment, so we can regulate campaign finance again. Citizens United v. FEC might have been our Supreme Court’s most unpopular decision of recent years, until Dobbs v. Jackson in 2022; polls tell us even two-thirds of Republican voters thought our Court got it wrong there, and given that I think corporate “personhood” (the “principle” upon which Citizens United rests) is an offensive fiction, I’m inclined to agree. But we’ll have to amend our Constitution in order to see our will done here, and that means Congress has to do our will first.
Finally, Demand Progress helps you tell your Congressfolk to pass the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, the Open App Markets Act, and the AMERICA Act, so that we can begin to rein in big tech monopolies once and for all. The first bill would prevent big tech corporations from giving out anti-competitive preferences to other businesses on their platforms, the second would prevent big tech corporations from doing same on their app stores, and the third would start to break the stranglehold Google and Facebook have over digital advertising. If a lot of this sounds suspiciously like “net neutrality” to you, I wouldn’t blame you. These bills have quite a few Republican co-sponsors, but if we don’t want their conflicting urge to let corporations do whatever they want to win out, then we have to speak out.