After dozens of repeal votes over the last six years without a replacement plan, Congress now has the potential to repeal “Obamacare.” Our dream of Single Payer Health Insurance is fading.
On January 15th, Donald Trump announced his near-completion of a replacement, predicted to result in “insurance for everybody.” That’s only similar to Speaker Paul Ryan’s forecast of “universal access for all” to health insurance. Ryan leads the movement in Congress to reduce government requirements for available health plans.
Removing insurance company profit margins of 20% from health insurance has never been (more…)
Democracy Matters – Your Vote Matters
Our country was founded on the principles of a Representative Democracy where the citizens eligible to vote would get together from time to time to elect the Representatives who would then go to a certain place to form a congress and conduct the business of the government for the people. The framers wrote into our Constitution certain provisions designed to protect certain rights reserved to the people and certain rights reserved to the states ALL of which was designed to restrict and limit the ruling power, authority and ability of the Federal Government. This was and remains a grand idea which was designed to prevent an authoritarian type of government which was the primary type of government existing during the time that our government was formed in the late 1700’s. This type of government was called DEMOCRACY and relied on an INFORMED ELECTORATE to vote for their INDIVIDUAL VESTED INTERESTS thereby providing the final balance between the people and the rulers.
The Democratic system ONLY works well when (more…)
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Oppose HR 861, which terminates the EPA. The EPA is essential to protecting our health. No corporation should be allowed to make a profit at the expense of the American public. Medical and environmental problems resulting from industrial pollution of our water, air, and soil and destruction of our natural resources are not acceptable.
Oppose HR 226, the African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Act. This law applies to ivory obtained before 2014. It opens the floodgates to the sale and trade of illegal ivory and the continued slaughter of this incredible animal. American citizens are one of the worlds biggest consumers of elephant ivory. We are fueling the African elephant extinction (more…)
How to Get Out of the Cycle of Outrage in a Trump World
If we live in a perpetual state of outrage, Trump wins.
So whatever you do, don’t just let yourself get stuck in the outrage storm — that particular weather pattern is likely to be here for a long time. Remember, you have the power to step out of the storm, think carefully about how best to channel your valuable energy, and then take action. And there are so many ways to do that.
Laura Moser is a freelance writer and mother in Washington, D.C. After the election, she found she couldn’t disengage. So to channel her energy, and that of others as well, she created Daily Action, a daily text people can sign up for that gives them one concrete and specific action to take. In just a matter of weeks, she’s amassed over 100,000 subscribers. One is Aaron Becker, an author from Massachusetts. “People are feeling fatigue,” he told the Washington Post. “We are not really designed as human beings to take on the responsibility of everything at once.” But since channeling his energy in a specific way, he’s gotten a measure of control back in his life. “Now I feel like I can turn off my browser window and do some work,” he said.
And there are plenty of other groups doing a similar thing — making it easy to channel that outrage in productive ways that can change outcomes.
Read the whole article on HuffPost here.
- The Indivisible Guide bills itself as a “practical guide to resisting the Trump agenda,” and also shows you how to get involved with one of the over 4,500 local indivisible groups that have already been started.
- 5 Calls gives you five calls that you can make in five minutes.
- The Resistance Manual is an open source guide to taking action on a range of issues.
#ResistTrumpTuesday is a way to do more than call! Show up at their offices on Tuesdays!
Doug LaMalfa has been our congressional representative for two terms. During his tenure he has shown little concern for the public welfare.
Govtrak.org.us indicates that LaMalfa rarely supports bipartisan bills. In fact, 91% of the bills that LaMalfa supported were of Republican origin. He voted for the government shut down giving government workers an unexpected paid holiday, costing contract government workers lost wages, and denying U.S. citizens access to government services.
LaMalfa has a 14% rating from AFL-CIO based on his lack of support for working families, even opposing workplace safety regulations. He opposes (more…)
PCDCC’s March 30, 2016 public showing of Robert Reich’s movie, “Inequality For All”, was attended by a standing room only audience. The movie provided facts, figures, and graphical representations of how political changes have resulted in a reduction of the economic well being of the average American despite the fact that the U.S. economy has continued to grow.
The disparity between the relative wealth of the top 1% and the other 99% of America’s population has reached levels not seen since the economic crash of 1929. America’s 400 wealthiest individuals hold 50% of our nation’s wealth. Rather than investing their wealth in creating jobs and increasing wages for the American worker, CEOS, business leaders, and shareholders use corporate loopholes and investments that lower their tax responsibility, maximize profits for stakeholders and create more wealth for themselves. Simply put, the rich get richer!
This situation was brought about by tax cuts for the wealthy during the Reagan years and legislation that benefited the rich in succeeding years. These changes have resulted in stagnating wages for workers and lost revenues to the government. Lost revenues have resulted in a reduction of public funding to provide services, build our infrastructure, and support our educational systems. In addition, inflation continues to rise and Americans do not have the buying power that they had in the 70”s and 80’s. As a consequence, the average American carries a greater financial burden.
No matter which political party a person supports, all American workers and small business owners are affected. The problem must be corrected. We can make changes that benefit the 99%. Educating ourselves on the facts is an essential step in the right direction. I highly recommend viewing this movie if you haven’t already seen it. It is well worth watching!
Licensed Drivers Automatically Registered to Vote
On Saturday, October 10th, 2015 Governor Jerry Brown signed into law measures which will eventually make voter registration automatic for ALL California citizens who get or renew a California drivers license.
The bill was a priority of newly elected Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who championed its provisions during his election bid.
This makes California the second state to enact such measures much to the chagrin of republican and right wing conservative political punsters who want to restrict voter registration as much as possible. Republicans see widespread voter participation as a challenge to their desire to limit voting to white, property owning males.