I don't usually write to ask for political help, but I am now.
I am really worried about the serious assault being made on a number of government programs that to me are at the core of a fair, just, and democratic society.
Here are items the US House has voted to eliminate entirely or cut deeply:
NPR and PBS
Public financing for presidential elections
the Corporation for National Service
civic and history education programs
immigrant civic integration grants
enforcement of net neutrality regulations
election reform grants from the Election Assistance Commission
Fulbright and cultural exchange programs
block grants for jobs for inner city youth
Environmental Protection Agency
I'm sure I'm leaving out some items.
THESE CUTS ARE NOT ABOUT BALANCING THE BUDGET; THEY ARE ABOUT A RADICAL RESHAPING OF U.S. PRIORITIES.
The wealthiest Americans have had their tax cuts extended. No one dares touch the military budget. If you'd like a particularly egregious example, the House voted to continue funding $28 million per year for the US military to advertise at NASCAR events!
Please write to your senators and congressperson.
Better yet, call their offices.
Tell them you want these programs (and others you believe in) saved.
Tell them to reduce military spending.
Tell them to tax fairly.
- Write to your newspapers.
- Write to your friends.
- Donate to progressive causes if you wish.
Thank you for considering this message and call to action.