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Decide on Presidents’ Day to take action to participate in government

Washington and LincolnIn the past, I’ve encouraged citizens on Presidents’ Day to take the opportunity to participate in government and make their voices heard. The goal? To help make government work more effectively.

That message is even more critically important now.

Americans have elected a government, the president and Congress, who want to do away with government structure and programs, as we have known them for more than 200 years.

Steve Bannon, a leader in the alt right movement and one of President Donald Trump’s top advisors, said he’s a Leninist and wants to dismantle America’s institutions.

Trump has issued executive order after executive order that are disastrous for American consumers. Getting rid of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other parts of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act will allow corporate America to reach further into your pocketbook and steal even more of your money.

On my blog, I’ve written about dozens of settlements where corporations have had to pay billions of dollars for wrongdoing: Volkswagen, Western Union, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Bank of America, AT&T, and JPMorgan Chase, to name a few.

I called Trump’s moves to slash consumer protection laws one of his biggest lies. He said on the campaign trail that he would help the average American. Slashing regulations and gutting federal agencies that help consumers is just the opposite.

On regulations, I called Trump’s executive order to get rid of two old regulations for every new one adopted silly.

So, contact your members of Congress and state legislatures to let them know your views. Join organizations such as the League of Women Voters, Public Citizen, the Environmental Working Group, AARP, Common Cause, the National Organization for Women, and the Sierra Club. Take part in their action programs.

We're living in troubling times with a dangerous man leading our country. Please stand up for democracy. Informed, active citizens are our only hope.

Copyright 2017, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist




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