Common Cause responds to all the not-bailing-out-of-the-economy being accomplished by the bailout by calling for public campaign financing, and you can, too. Sound incongruous? Maybe, but it's really not -- if big corporations had less influence over political campaigns, you just might see fewer welfare handouts to corporations like the $700 billion bailout. You know a public campaign finance system won't cost $700 billion. In fact, the Democratic and Republican Presidential candidates didn't quite spend $1 billion put together in 2004 or 2008. $1 billion is approximately seven dollars per tax return, by the way. Think House and Senate races would cost very much more than that?
More than 100 retired generals and admirals call for repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," and the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network stands at the ready with a letter-to-the-editor tool with which you may "multiply the message force," if you will. Gays have had a bad month, what with the success of the evil Proposition 8 in California on Election Day, but if you stand for justice and decency, it just might get better. Most European nations let gays serve openly in their armed forces, a fact which no doubt makes lovers of "freedom fries" howl in horror. Well, just turn up the radio when they howl.
The Supreme Court told the EPA in 2007 that carbon dioxide is, yes, a pollutant that can be regulated under the Clean Air Act, and the EPA has tried to draft a plan to combat it, but (in a hilarious turn) EPA Admin/Bush Mobber Stephen Johnson has bashed their efforts in an introduction to the plan! He did see Obama stomp all over McCain, right? He did see Democrats gain 22 House seats and 7 Senate seats (so far), right? C'mon, Johnson -- stop doing Tha Bush Mobb's will! The people are giving you cover to do your job! Anyway, the EPA is accepting comments on their plan until November 28; Union for Concerned Scientists helps you leave said comments.