Perhaps he thought you wouldn't notice, but Sen. Shelby (R-AL) has proposed raising the level at which our government deems banks "systematically important," from banks with $50 billion in assets to banks with $500 billion in assets. What does this mean? If our government deems a bank "systematically important," it requires that such a bank have more capital on hand in case of hard times and/or stupid decisions. But Mr. Shelby's proposal would reduce the number of these banks from 31 to six, which (according to Bloomberg) would mean $66 billion more for banks to buy back stocks with. Of course, at least one lobbyist says "these banks are focused" on "meet(ing) more of the credit needs of small and mid-size businesses and consumers,” but that's utter BS -- banks are focused on grabbing all the money for themselves, and Mr. Shelby's proposal would only enable that folly. And enough with the whining about "hyper-regulated, incredibly rigorous supervision process" of banksters already! These are the people who ruined our economy! You may want to call your Senators about this proposal. They'll never see it coming.
Meanwhile, if you've missed previous opportunities (which, I know, have been few and far between, what with all the other terrible things Congress tries to do to us) to tell your Congressfolk to support legislation allowing cable consumers to buy the channels they want a la carte, then the Parents' Television Council still helps you do that. Now, Sens. McCain (R-AZ) and Blumenthal (D-CT) haven't introduced the Television Consumer Freedom Act in this Congress, perhaps out of a sense that it'd go nowhere, but we don't stop trying to do the right thing because it's harder, do we? I would hope not. And letting consumers pay for only the channels they want is the right thing to do, regardless of how inconvenient it would be for cable and media corporations. As it is now, I can't get the cable news channels to stop being cesspools of corruption and sensationalism, because I'm still paying for them as part of a package, even if I don't watch them. And my conservative brethren who find themselves profoundly offended by, say, MTV or FX are in the same boat. Our Glorious Elites have made this a society that only cares about money, so why not at least respect the power and dignity of withholding your money?