Believe it or not, the Senate Judiciary Committee actually held a hearing yesterday on amending the Constitution to ameliorate the problems caused by the Citizens United v. FEC decision. You remember? The one that unleashed a torrent of corporate money into political spending, on the reasoning that corporations have First Amendment rights? That would be the one. Incredibly no Republican Senators attended the hearing, which was very grown-up of them. And dig how the one pro-Citizens United witness told the Senate that they should pass more disclosure laws! What rock has he been living under? Anyway, Free Speech for People and Roots Action help you tell your Congressfolk to support two Constitutional amendments that would fix the problem. We need to fix that corporations-are-people-too problem for a lot more reasons than bad money -- corporations are using their "rights" to strike down public interest laws at an accelerating rate, so they can exercise their "right" to pollute our air, water, and food and fatten their wallets.
Meanwhile, Chesapeake-area residents, take note: guess where else factory farms leave their trail of slime? That's right, in our beloved Chesapeake Bay, which gets millions of tons of animal manure forced down its gullet every year -- manure from the facilities that house thousands of animals in cramped conditions. Nothing we can do about that, right? Actually, the EPA can use its authority under the Clean Water Act to prevent factory farm poop from polluting the water, which it most certainly does. One hopes the EPA will, one day, get around to forcing factory farms to clean up their act around the multitudinous heartland rivers they've turned into virtual rivers of manure. In the meantime, we'll have to presume that the various tourist industries inhabiting the Chesapeake will also act out of self-interest, and we'll also have to hope that the EPA won't follow the lead of the FDA and the USDA in letting factory farms do whatever they like. So the Pew Environmental Trust helps you tell the EPA to promulgate a strong anti-manure rule for factory farms operating near the Chesapeake.