Posts Tagged Congress
Read this: The following article found in CitizenVox, by Angela Bradbery, is well done and timely. Not particularly because Congress is starting again next week, but instead because these actions to “undermine the public interest” happen at all and we allow it to happen. Too many of us don’t seem to know this is how the game is played as multinational corporations and the super wealthy virtually own our governmental process. Read the article and check out some of the embedded links for more details on what really goes on.
Amid the chaos of House Speaker John Boehner’s resignation, the Corporate Congress next week still will find time to undermine the public interest, with a particular emphasis on energy: At 10 a.m. Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works Committee will pick apart President Barack Obama’s efforts to make our air cleaner. According to …
Read this: Funny how rewarding it is to discover an article that travels over ideas that you thought privy to only your own thoughts. Particularly, when those thoughts go beyond your own. You start to feel part of something that is, maybe, a lot bigger than just you and you are on to something. This article in The Daily KOS, by gjohnsit, did exactly that for me. As I have watched, read and studied the right wing control of the U.S. government, slowly undoing social accomplishments that took decades to enact, I heard others talking about the “rolling back” of the New Deal. But, although the specifics of the New Deal are probably the easiest to identify, what is happening seems to be bigger and more devastating. As gjohnsit says in this article, there are “trends which show the 21st Century is going to look a lot more like the 19th Century than the 20th Century.” The article focuses on these specific trends: Big Labor, The Second Gilded Age, The New Asylums, Worse than Slavery, Return of the Debtor Prisons, The Return of Preventable Diseases and The Return of Monopolies. The end goal becomes a “Return of Gilded Age Politics” which has “several distinct qualities: 1) blatant corruption, 2) excessive influence by corporations, and 3) neither political party distinguishing themselves from the other, especially in areas that involve significant reforms.” It sure starts to sound familiar to me. Click the link below for more details.
Sign the petition: One of the most disgusting tools used by our congressional representatives is the policy rider that seeks to undo or block an unrelated bill by tying it to another popular bill, often a spending bill needed for some part of government to simply continue. This is a favorite of the most cynical members of congress. Environmental policy bills are a very popular target for this exact purpose. Recently “the Senate Appropriations Committee has voted out the FY2016 environmental spending bill, S.1645—and it’s riddled with anti-environmental policy riders that seek to undo or block protections for clean air, clean water and wildlife. The Senate has not yet scheduled a date for floor votes on the bill.” This article and petition by EARTHJUSTICE identifies many specific “draconian cuts to the budgets of the EPA and other agencies that the FY2016 environmental spending bill contains”. Read and then please sign the petition asking “your senator to vote NO on the FY2016 environmental spending bill and keep anti-environmental riders out of budget and spending bills.”
| Sign the petition: We are supporting several enormous banks that have been classified as “To Big To Fail”. So what does that mean exactly? According to an article in The Roosevelt Institute it is “The term for financial firms whose liabilities are implicitly guaranteed by all of us, free of charge.” The part of this definition that should jump out at you is “free of charge”. We bailed out these banks with little or no strings attached in 2009 and that was our bad. As Bernie has said, “It’s time to break up the largest financial institutions in the country! If a bank is too big to fail, it is too big to exist!”. Congress should be making sure the American public is never asked to do this again. Please join Bernie by urging congress to do what is right, “break up the big banks and restore power to the American people — not the wealthy.”