If you didn't send a comment to the EPA on its reasonably good air toxics rule, both the Sierra Club and the Environmental Defense Fund help you do that. Naturally the nation's biggest polluting corporations want to block the rule, thinking, perhaps, that no one really connects all that asthma and cancer and brain damage and heart disease to mercury and lead and arsenic and such. But scientists do, and we really ought to err on the side of caution when keeping harmful crap out of the air; one might even say that's the conservative thing to do. I shouldn't have to mention that strong environmental regulations actually create jobs for people who help corporations comply with the new rules. But I know I'm up against the zombie lie that if we make corporations do anything, they'll cut jobs, even though corporations look for any excuse to cut jobs whether the regulators pay attention to them or not. So, of course, I mention it.
Meanwhile, AT&T still wants to
assimilate merge with T-Mobile, and has lately filed papers with the FCC asserting that if the merger goes through, they'll hire more people, they'll innovate, and they'll save you money on your phone bill. But we the people know how these big mergers work: the resulting AT&T Leviathan will fire more people in the name of "efficiency," and with one fewer competitor they'll charge whatever they like and they'll destroy potentially competing products and services, which I believe is known as "strangulation," not "innovation." So Free Press helps you tell the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee that AT&T's claims are pure fantasy. One wonders how they'll take it -- during the Bush Mobb era, prominent Republicans frequently broke with party leadership on media-related issues, and took the side of the people. Over the last two-plus years, though, they haven't. I wonder what changed.
Finally, the House might vote on the nefarious H.R. 3 today; H.R. 3, in case you've forgotten, would place Draconian restrictions on insurers who cover abortion. Women who depend on our government for health care could never get one, insurers who offer abortion coverage would face tax hikes for covering a legal procedure, and anyone using a federal health exchange couldn't buy any plan that includes abortion coverage. Further, H.R. 3 would prevent the District of Columbia from using its own money to cover abortion, which I'm sure isn't legal at all. Anyway, the ACLU and the National Women's Law Center help you tell your Reps to vote against H.R. 3. If you're calling some allegedly-fiscal-issues-only teabagger, you might want to foreground that "face tax hikes" part of sentence 2 above. If you want to shame them, you might want to ask why they want government to get between patients and their doctors.