S. 754, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (or CISA), would allow corporations to share citizens' data with our government without our government needing to get so much as a warrant for it -- and would immunize such corporations from ever being sued for any damage they might do in sharing that data. It gets worse: CISA would automatically allow all that data to get shared with the FBI and the NSA, and would specifically allow those agencies to use that data for purposes other than cybersecurity-related investigations. You'd think folks in the FBI and the NSA would rather not get swamped with data irrelevant to their investigations or their missions -- though you probably won't hear about it, such is the Obama Administration's manic hatred of leaks and whistleblowers. One more time: we do not make law enforcement do things a certain way so that more guilty people can get away, but so that more innocent people don't get put away. I mean, a lot of politicians don't even have the mercy the Old Testament God had. The Bill of Rights Defense Committee helps you tell Congress to protect freedom and privacy by rejecting CISA.
Meanwhile, with Congress's recent efforts at chemical safety reform proving quite unsatisfactory, good Americans must look elsewhere to keep carcinogenic products out of our household products, and by extension, out of our air and our bloodstreams. But the Consumer Product Safety Commission has the power to keep unsafe products out of our homes, too, so Friends of the Earth helps you tell the CFPB to keep toxic flame retardants out of our products. What's that, you say? Isn't a "flame retardant" a good thing? Well, it would be, if it didn't cause more harm than good -- but as a CFPB test showed back in 2009, "flame-retardant" furniture burns rather more easily than advertised. And when that furniture burns, it gives off fumes full of the toxins that contribute to breast cancer in adults and learning disabilities in children -- and so those fumes also present a danger to firefighters, as well. Chemical corporations cite flame retardants as a major factor in the reduced number of house fires over the last four decades, but those years have also seen the rise of smoke detectors and self-extinguishing cigarettes, which I'd imagine have contributed more than flame-retardant furniture that still burns.
Finally, coinciding with the occurrence of the Discovery Channel's annual Shark Week bloc of programming, National People's Action helps you tell the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (or CFPB) to protect good American working families from another kind of shark, the payday loan provider. We know the drill by now: taking a payday loan sets you up to pay absurdly-high fees and interest rates and get hit automatically-renewing loans, and the folks who are most likely to resort to payday loans are, naturally, the poor and credit-free. Of course, you wouldn't be asking the CFPB to set rules that would put payday lenders out of business -- you would merely be asking for rules that would stop payday lenders from exploiting people. But if certain payday lenders' business model is exploitation, we're certainly under no obligation, as a civilized society, to enable them. And a truly "free" market wouldn't be a market that lets its wealthiest actors write all the rules -- a truly free market would help the most people become the most free. It might seem ironic to a libertarian-flavored mind that rules restricting payday loans help people become more free, but they do.