The second thing I would like to see this Congress do is raise the minimum wage to $7.50 and six months after that, bring it to $8.50. This would enable people that work two jobs in order to pay their rent and put food on their table to actually come home with a "better than nothing" paycheck. At the present time, with the cost of gas and car insurance and even public transportation, at $5.15 workers are lucky to be able to pat for their transportation to and from work. Congress has given themselves three pay raises in the last seven years, while the poorest workers in America haven't gotten one. That is shameful. Last year a pay raise made it out of the House, only to have an elimination of the Estate Tax thrown in as a rider. That in effect said yes, we'll give the poor folk a raise, as long as the rich don't have to pay the taxes on Daddy's estate when he dies. That is disgustingly shameful. There is no Republican majority to pull a stunt like that. You have no wiggle room congress people.
The third thing I would like to see is the repeal of the Military Commissions Act that stops the prosecution of war criminals that engaged in torture. It also effectively repealed the writ of Habeas Corpus, which allows the person or persons being detained to know what they are being detained for and why. It also allows for "suspected terrorists" to be tortured and to be held as long as this government sees fit. I believe that in itself is cruel and inhuman punishment which is against every principle this nation stands for. This too smacks of fascism as well as the old soviet style of imprisonment. We shouldn't be so afraid that our fear makes us act like our enemies. When a people sink to the same level as people that they call "savage", it becomes very hard to distinguish the good guys from the bad guys. I was raised to be a "good" guy. Somehow, I don't feel like that anymore.
The fourth thing I would like to see are sulphur emissions in coal plants dropped by federal law. These emissions are adding mercury into the oceans and large fish are becoming inedible due to their large mercury content. I would also like to see a law passed to stop drag line fishing. It is scarring the ocean floor and ruining the habitat of many sea creatures that are gradually becoming extinct. Already we have scarred an area the size of the USA on the ocean floor, where no sea life can live. This will eventually kill our oceans and humanity with it.
The fifth and final thing I would like to see this Congress do, is to stop the funding of this war. There is 70 Billion dollars left from past appropriations. Use that money to bring back our troops. If we leave Iraq, then what happens there will be decided by the Iraqi's. We have absolutely no right to decide what type of government they should have. We are claiming that we are trying to bring democracy to them. I would like people to know that democracy isn't a panacea for nations. Some nations, especially ones with a myriad of ethnic diversity, do not do well under democracies, especially if it is forced upon them against their will. We have absolutely no right to interfere in another countries internal affairs. I believe some kind of law should be passed on that also. We have been involved in too many operations against too many governments that we don't happen to approve of. It's not the right of the American government to approve or disapprove of another nation's form of government. That should be put in writing.
These are five suggestions to Congress. I believe that they are important. I don't want to waste a moment in bringing our troops home. Would you like to know that your son or daughter was the "last" American soldier to die in the Iraqi War? We don't need them there. The Iraqi people did not harbor terrorists before this war, and I doubt if they want any foreigners in their country after what we have done in "democracies" name. When Congress gets done implementing these five things, I'll suggest five more. Sure.