Congress is, as you know, pushing legislation that would cripple or neuter the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Why would they want to do that? Well, they always talk about TEH CRIPPLINGZ REGULASHUNZ!!! and TEH JOB CREATURZ MUST BE TEH FREEZ TO CREATEZ TEH JOBZ!!!, but regulations against bankster malfeasance don't cripple anyone but the criminally-minded, and the "job creators" are the American people with their pocketbooks, not the corporate executives who would rather be catheterized with barbed wire than actually create a job for someone. And really, the forces aligned against the CFPB really they just want their big donors to be able to make more money more easily without actually having to fulfill their responsibilities to the American people. I wish it were more complex than that, but it really isn't. The CFPB has, per Consumers Union, returned some $12 billion to swindled consumers over the last five years, and we'd likely never have caught Wells Fargo without them, but who cares about that when there are martini lunches to be had with banksters! Congress's hard-on to destroy the CFPB merits a phone call to your Reps and Senators.
Meanwhile, H.R. 608, the Stop Arming Terrorists Act -- an actually bipartisan bill with three Democrat and five Republican co-sponsors! -- would prohibit our government from shoveling money toward al-Qaeda, ISIS, and related terror groups. If that seems like a no-brainer to you, something that maybe shouldn't even need a law covering it, consider that President Trump (no doubt as part of his "new foreign policy") has made noises about escalating U.S. involvement in Saudi Arabia's war against Houthi rebels in Yemen, a war which just so happens to have resulted in Saudi Arabian alignment with, you guessed it, al-Qaeda. I can already hear the flaming-dog-poop crowd crowing BUT TEH HOUTHIZ ATTACKEDZ TEH AMURIKAN SHIPZ!!!! Well, yes, when you join a war against them, one that our Congress did not authorize, what the hell do you expect? Support Congress's authority to declare war rather than the President's "authority" to bomb whomever he likes, and we'll lose less blood and treasure -- and in the meantime, how about less taxpayer money for terrorists? Just Foreign Policy joins with MoveOn to help you tell your House Reps to support the Stop Arming Terrorists Act.
Finally, the Sierra Club helps you tell Wells Fargo to divest from the Dakota Access pipeline project. (If you're a Wells Fargo customer, God bless you, use this contact tool instead.) Wells Fargo's new CEO has recently said that his "number one priority is rebuilding trust" -- you know, after Wells Fargo employees opened up new accounts for their customers without their customers' consent, so they could meet absurdly rigid sales quotas and run up fees for these unused and unwanted accounts -- and Wells Fargo has also made sympathetic noises about fighting climate change, which is de rigeur for big corporations these days. Yet Wells Fargo still funds the pipeline project that would befoul local clean water supplies, run roughshod over Native American religious rights, and exacerbate climate change, even going so far as to say they "will continue to support our customers on both sides of the issue." Well, when folks can't drink the water, maybe they'll see the folly of "supporting both sides"! Perhaps they need to be reminded that police fired rubber bullets and water cannons (among other things!) at protestors late last year; that seemed to put the scare in banks for a while. In the meantime, let's remind 'em we're watching 'em.