H.R. 10, the so-called Financial CHOICE Act, could get a vote before the full House any day now, and, as you know, under H.R. 10, the only folks getting any more "choice" are the banksters, who still demand and get welfare handouts from our government despite being approximately the most unpopular people in America. So you can use the tools in the upper right-hand corner of this page (or the bottom of this page, if you're looking at it on a smartphone) to call your Reps and Senators and tell them to reject H.R. 10. Do not brook any hysteria about the crushing burden of regulations, as if regulations against onerous fees and interest rates hurt the crooks who peddle them than those fees and rates hurt us. And certainly don't brook any hysteria about the crushing burden of regulations on small businesses, because H.R. 10 isn't for small businesses -- it's for the big banksters who grind small businesses to dust under their $500 shoes. And certainly don't brook the unctiousness of "moderates" who think we can find a "balance" between what we want and what they want. You can find no "balance" with evil people who live to steal other people's money.
Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (or DEP) stands poised to enact regulations protecting good Pennsylvanians from the air pollution emanating from natural gas drilling operations. Stop me if you've heard this before: the news rules aren't a bad start, but they could be better. For example, they presently only cover new gas drilling operations, when those are the ones less likely to pollute in the first place, and the old ones are still pumping out carcinogens, toxins, and smog. Oh, and methane -- can't forget the natural gas emission that packs a climate change punch many, many times harder than coal emissions do, and thus give the lie to the gas industry's contention that more gas drilling would help ameliorate the effects of climate change. Of course, methane isn't just a pollutant -- it's a form of energy, and ventilating it into the atmosphere at will not only dirties the air, it also wastes energy, and thus also wastes money. No use telling me gas drillers just can't keep methane out of the air, because this is America, the can-do country. Both Keystone Progress and the Sierra Club help you tell the DEP to enact the most vigorous gas drilling regulations possible.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell your Congressfolk to raise the national minimum wage to $15/hour via the Raise the Wage Act, then the National Women's Law Center still helps you do that. Again: do not brook any of the hysteria coming from the right about how a $15/hour wage will destroy all small businesses -- the Raise the Wage Act would raise the minimum wage gradually, over the next eight years, and once minimum wage workers have more money in their pockets, they'll spend a lot of it at these same small businesses. Do not brook any hysteria about how it would raise unemployment, either -- if you work, like, anywhere, you already know that employers can't cut jobs any further than they already have and still get things done. And certainly do not brook slippery-slope arguments like ZOMG WHY DON'T WE JUSTZ RAISEZ TEH WAGEZ TO $40 AN HOURZ!!!!! The Raise the Wage Act would index the minimum wage to inflation; if it's ever $40/hour, you can be sure inflation will have gone up 267% in the meantime. Seriously, people who argue like that disgust me. Why not just say I got nothing? The honesty would be refreshing!