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2:24 PM PST: This coalition was featured on MSNBC Connected's "blog roundup" today - thanks to Jeff Jarvis for the mention. Here's the video. Brief mention on CNN too (video).
The opposition against the bankruptcy bill crosses party lines, among the grassroots.
The support for the bankruptcy bill crosses party lines among Congress.
This is clearly an example where the interests of Congress are divorced from the interests of the public. This bill is about politicians and lobbyists, not the American public.
So we should call them - a lot. Let your congresscritters know that you do not support the bill, that it does nothing for American citizens, and that if the politicians let the credit card companies dictate their vote, we will hold them responsible.
There's appetite for a blogosphere-wide effort against the bankruptcy bill. I will be including a list of conservative and liberal weblogs that are signed on to this effort. All you need to do is leave a comment, preferably a trackback (now enabled), or drop an email, and endorse the effort on your own weblog.
The final Senate vote is expected for today, March 10th. Call your Senator's office today. The House battle is coming soon. For more details, click "Continue Reading".
BuzzMachine will be discussing the emerging opposition.
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Instapundit links to the effort.
JustOneMinute has good ideas:
Folks who plan to fight on (don't rush me) ought to check something - where is Rush Limbaugh positioned on this bill? Could he be re-positioned? (...) Last point - I am not going to instruct activists in how to boil water for coffee, but - is there a House committee this bill needs to clear? Are there Congressman who might be swayed by phone calls, e-mail, and a letter campaign to their home-town newspapers? Who are the targets?
The bankruptcy bill before the Congress is bad law, bad practice, and an example of bad faith with the common people whom elected officials presumably serve.
Here is some of what conservative bloggers are saying about the bankruptcy bill:
I'm deeply skeptical of the bankruptcy bill in front of Congress now, and this report on credit-card industry practices goes a long way toward explaining why. Credit extended to people who can't handle it, absurd hidden fees, high interest rates, etc.: There's a lot of scamming here. The argument, of course, is that people who sign up for credit card accounts ought to know what they're getting into. But shouldn't the companies that extend credit to people who obviously can't handle it be held to the same standard?
bizzyblog has a rundown of cross-blogosphere opposition.
RedState has a discussion that shows a lot of conservative opposition to the bill.
Free Republic has opposition to the bill.
Here are the top ten states in terms of bankruptcies - meaning, the states that will be hit hardest by this bill:
Leave comments for more examples of bipartisan grassroots opposition to this turkey, and suggestions for a unified action we could take. Right now the best suggestion is a branded "call-in" day.
Posted by tunesmith at March 9, 2005 11:40 PM
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