Americans for Financial Reform helps you tell your Congressfolk to pass a financial transaction tax, also known as a Robin Hood tax or a Wall Street sales tax. We used to have a financial transaction tax in America, but that was 50 years ago; now banksters use the internet to trade like they're all on speed, but don't pay a tax per trade that might actually fund some good things for good Americans. H.R. 2923/S. 1587, the Inclusive Prosperity Act, would impose at most a $5 tax on every $1,000 in trades, while H.R. 1516/S. 647, the Wall Street Tax Act, would tax $1 every $1,000 in trades; I'd go higher and do a full one percent tax, but at the lowest tax rate in the Wall Street Tax Act, we could raise over $70 billion annually. How do right-wingers respond? By taking your pension hostage, of course! As if your pension relies exclusively on the lightning-fast trades speculators conduct -- or as if a less-than-one-percent tax is somehow onerous! But most sane people support a financial transaction tax, and it's well past time most sane people got to make most of the decisions.
Meanwhile, infant inclined sleepers have now killed 73 infants, but you can still buy them! That's right, no manufacture has recalled these sleepers, nor has our government forced them to do so even after our own Consumer Product Safety Commission declared them unsafe. This sorry state of affairs goes on even though every pediatrician worth the title will tell you babies should sleep on their backs on flat and firm surfaces, and even though infant deaths do tend to be all over the news for good reason. Hence Consumer Reports helps you tell the nine corporations that manufacture infant inclined sleepers to recall them immediately. Our current Administration hates telling other bosses what to do, but if we want to remain a civilized society, we have to tell them what to do, and there's a good chance they'll do our will, if for no other reason than that they want the bad publicity to stop. Of course, anyone who builds a device that suffocates helpless infants deserves all that bad publicity. But if they do the right thing, they can make it stop.
Finally, H.R. 2592/S. 1356, the Honest Ads Act, would amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 -- our seminal campaign finance law -- so that it would be able to require disclosure for online political ads as well as TV, radio, and newspaper ads, and the bill would also extend that law's prohibition on foreign nationals buying campaign ads to internet ads. I remain one of those folks who think we wouldn't even be talking about Russian interference in the 2016 campaign if Democrats had nominated a better candidate, but it's fairly obvious that more and more Americans (ahem!) look to the internet for their news, and thus deserve the same protections from noxious campaign ads that other folks get. Hence Daily Kos helps you tell your Congressfolk to expand campaign finance disclosure to internet ads by passing the Honest Ads Act. I'm sure the right has its lies about preachers being silenced and politicians being able to silence opponents all lined up, but this bill is about disclosure; what do they have to be afraid of?