You know the FCC -- which, like most other federal government agencies, now resembles a sort of evil alternate universe version of itself -- hates those privacy protections the last FCC, but you may not know that Congress would like to kill them dead, too, and some Congressfolk have begun to make noise about creating yet another "resolution of disapproval" under the Congressional Review Act that would kill them dead. Anyone else think it wasn't such a hot idea for the Obama Administration to wait until the last six months (the only timeframe within which the Congressional Review Act can operate) to issue all these regulations? Anyone else wonder if maybe that was the point? Anyway, don't be like Sen. Toomey (R-PA), who fretted all those years ago that if we enacted strong consumer privacy protections we'd "break the internet." Why can't we have both consumer privacy and a great internet? Aren't we the can-do country? So you may want to call your Reps and Senators and tell them to lay off the FCC's internet privacy rules.
Meanwhile, the SEC, under Acting Chair Michael Piwowar, has apparently begun the process of rolling back the executive pay-ratio rule, mandated by the Dodd-Frank financial reform act of 2010. It took the SEC five frickin' years to write the rule and now they've started a 45-day "review," with a special invitation to banksters and CEOs to report to them on how the SEC's executive pay-ratio rule burdened them. Hear that sound? That's the World's Tiniest Violin playing. Complying with the rule isn't exactly ditch-digging; CEOs just don't want to reveal that they're engaging in a massive income-redistribution-upward scheme, where they take home millions and pay their workers in dung pellets. Hence Americans for Financial Reform helps you tell the SEC to leave the executive pay-ratio rule alone. Recall the Harvard Business Review report that good Americans think the average ratio of executive to unskilled factory worker is around 31:1, and would actually prefer it at a little less than 7:1. The actual ratio, of course, is 354:1. Anger at runaway CEO pay cuts across the political spectrum -- but not in Washington.
Finally, if you've missed opportunities to tell state and federal legislators that "right-to-work" laws are bad for workers and bad for America, then both CREDO and Sign for Good help you do that. Right-wingers incongruously claim that "right-to-work" -- which makes paying union dues optional if you belong to a union, thus depriving that union of some of its ability to fight on your behalf, which is kinda the whole point of being in a union -- actually liberates workers, but ain't no liberation comes with pay cuts and worse working conditions, which is what workers in "right-to-work" states more typically face. And folks who whine WHY SHOULDZ TEH ANYONEZ BE MADEZ TO PAYZ FOR TEH ANYTHINGZ!!!! know that I could, using that logic, ask for a refund for all my tax dollars that went to fight Tha Bush Mobb's Little Iraq Adventure, right? I mean, I could, but I don't -- not just because I understand that I'm not the center of the damn universe, but also because I understand that the price of living in a democracy is paying taxes, just as the "price" of a better union job is paying monthly dues.