We've talked about what a good COVID-19 relief bill should and shouldn't have, but one item on the Republican wish list requires more scrutiny: immunity for corporations from lawsuits after they force their workers back to work before it's safe or otherwise expose them and their customers to COVID-19. Because when Mitch McConnell contemplates this pandemic, his first thought, apparently, isn't "help the people" but HELPZ TEH CORPORASHUNZ!!!!!! Seriously, the proposal they've unveiled looks calculated to crash and burn in negotiations with Democrats -- except these are Democrats we're talking about, who think "bipartisanship" is all about giving in to Republicans. If we raise our voices, though, they won't have any choice but to follow us -- see how our President's pet payroll tax cuts are already off the table? We did that. Hence a group of good government groups helps you tell your Congressfolk to reject corporate immunity in any future COVID-19 relief bill.
Speaking of weakling Democrats pre-emptively conceding to Republicans, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said earlier this week that his party could be flexible on the exact amount of the unemployment benefit extension, saying "it's not $600 or bust." And they wonder why they keep getting rolled! Look, here's Negotiation 101: ask for more than you want, and you increase the chances of getting what you want. Republicans understand this well enough; it's one reason they've been able to push the center ever further right in America. Really, everyone understands this -- except for Democrats. Unless, of course, they're merely pretending to be stupid so we don't think they're evil. In any case, one thing they do understand is a complete inability to call their big donors because we've tied up their phone lines telling them to work for us on this issue. Toward that end, you can find Rep. Hoyer's contact numbers here. Hell, I'd demand $1,000 a month in extra benefits for the unemployed just because I'm so damn sick of Democrat weakness.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell your Congressfolk to pass H.R. 2975/S. 1645, the Women's Health Protection Act, then Daily Kos still helps you do that. You no doubt recall the multitudinous anti-abortion laws states have passed over the last decade, ranging from forcing women to get ultrasounds before getting abortions to closing down abortion clinics that don't meet absurd health "standards." Our Supreme Court struck down Louisiana's clinic closure law, but not with any particular enthusiasm for women's rights -- Chief Justice Roberts all but said the decision came down to precedent and little else. But abortion is a right, and laws seeking to derail women from exercising that right are simply wrong. And I'd err on the side of caution when considering when and whether a fetus is a person -- but I don't get to dictate to others how they ought to feel about that, and frankly I feel even worse about turning women into breeders, which outlawing abortion will do.