As you know, FCC Chair Tom Wheeler, after an almost unprecedented amount of public comment, has proposed reclassifying broadband internet (including wireless broadband) as a public utility under Title II of the Communications Act, which is exactly the step the FCC must take in order to enact vigorous network neutrality regulations, which protect your ability to decide what you want to see on the internet, free of any corporate interference in the form of "tiered service" or slowing down of website loading or outright censorship. But the FCC still has to enact vigorous net neutrality regulations, so CREDO, Demand Progress, and Consumers Union all help you tell them to do that. With that out of the way, take a look at the latest pieces of excrement the anti-net neutrality folks have spewed forth, including a Michael "the Lesser" Powell "argument" in the Wall Street Journal -- wasn't he running the FCC when it reclassified broadband so that it couldn't regulate net neutrality? Why, yes, he was! -- and a broadband corporation-produced video spreading more stupidity and fear-mongering. With enemies like these, we should have won ages ago. The only reason we didn't? Our enemies are flush with mammon.
Meanwhile, Republicans should explain their hatred of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Do they really want to stop our government from protecting its owners, the American people, from financial scams? Do they really want for-profit colleges to entrap more students in a downward spiral of debt? Do they really want more folks to get kicked out of their houses because of unscrupulous lenders? Do they really want Wall Street to redistribute even more American worker wealth upward to themselves? Or are they just mad that President Obama went and created a new bureau presumably peopled with bureaucrats? Sen. Shelby, not even two years after the 2008 financial services meltdown, infamously claimed that Street didn't need a "nanny state." while we were still crawling from the wreckage of the 2008 financial services meltdown no less. Setting aside the obvious difference between law enforcement and a "nanny state": if anyone needs a nanny state, it's the banksters, who make more and more money and do less and less good. National People's Action joins with several other worthy organizations to help you tell Congress to reject any dismantling or crippling of the CFPB.
Finally, President Obama has a Keystone XL pipeline bill to veto; he's said he's going to veto the bill, but he still hasn't done so yet, so the League of Conservation Voters helps you tell the President to veto the Keystone XL bill, and also to reject the pipeline's approval for good. He could very well veto the bill and approve the pipeline later, as you know -- his original reason for vetoing the bill, as you may recall, was that it would step on the toes of the Nebraska Supreme Court, an excuse that dissipated within days. But he has plenty of reasons to reject the pipeline -- tar sands crude is notoriously climate-unfriendly, TransCanada has built notoriously unsafe pipelines, and the pipeline moves Canadian oil over heartland drinking water so it can be sold to foreign markets, thus doing not thing one for American energy independence. Remember Sen. Grassley's famous wind production tax credit? That does more for American energy independence than Keystone XL ever will, but naturally Congress let that lapse, even though Mr. Grassley's party now controls both houses of Congress. And we could certainly do more for real energy independence, but Keystone XL ain't it.