The forces of evil (no, I do not exaggerate) are working hard to convince Americans, or at least their easily-fooled representatives in state legislatures, that solar power users are "free riders," that they do irreparable harm to the commonwealth by producing power independently and selling the excess back to utilities, which can presumably sell it to other users who do not produce their own power. And this Clown Car could be coming to your state soon, so the Environmental Defense Fund helps you tell your Governor and state legislators to reject any bill that would assess a "sun tax" on good citizens for producing their own power. When I contemplate the notion that good Americans who have taken out five-figure home equity loans to solarize their house and do their part to reduce the ill effects of pollution and climate change are somehow freeloaders, and when I recall that alleged small-government "conservatives" are behind these attacks on common sense and good works, I ask myself: how much longer must I suffer such stupidity? Happily, we can decide how much longer that's going to be, by attacking legislative efforts like these en masse.
Meanwhile, in an extremely unexpected and welcome development, Democratic Senate leaders have said they will hold a vote this year on S.J.Res. 19, which would amend our Constitution to permit our federal and state governments to regulate campaign financing, since recent Supreme Court decisions, as you know, have opened the floodgates on that spending. S.J.Res. 19 has 38 sponsors as of this writing, and I don't necessarily expect that it will get that much more than 38 votes, but I wholeheartedly approve of getting Senators on the record. Many Senators will try to evade this responsibility, calling a vote on S.J.Res. 19 a "political stunt." They should reconsider that stance, given that polls tell us that close to 70% of Republicans think the Supreme Court got Citizens United v. FEC wrong. S.J.Res. 19 is, in short, a vote on a matter very close not only to the interests of the American people, but also our hearts, and so filibustering S.J.Res. 19 in the name of "exposing a political stunt" would be even worse than ludicrous arguments equating money with speech. So People for the American Way, the People's Email Network, and Free Speech for People all help you tell your Senators to help get money out of politics, and people back in.
Finally, S. 1282, the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act, would prevent FDIC-insured banks from becoming affiliated with, or owned by, securities corporations. S. 1282 would also prevent bank officers from simultaneously serving as securities corporation officers, and it would forbid banks from investing in the kind of "synthetic securities" that helped crash the economy in 2008, or even investing in any security merely for its own good, rather than for the good of its customers. For too long now we've let banksters do whatever they like whenever they like in the name of free markets -- as if a market could ever be "free" once its largest players got big enough! Now we demand that the banks act like banks -- that they hold accounts, hand out loans, and the like, and stop muddying the waters with hifalutin financial "instruments." What's the worst that could happen? Are the banks, once shackled in this manner, going to crash the economy? Public Citizen helps you tell your Senators to support S. 1282, and thus support protecting banking customers from losing their shirts because the banks that are supposed to be serving them are actually serving themselves.