American consumers are not being given a choice regarding the Financial Choice Act of 2017. Congressional Republicans are trying to decide for us. The bill recently passed the House of Representatives, and dismantles — er, “deregulates” — some of the important consumer protections put in place following the 2007/8 financial crisis. As a society, we’ve been doing our best to keep predatory lenders at bay, but the sharks are a-circling, because this bill means it’s feeding time.
Many of us are used to thinking that if we’re not doing anything wrong, we shouldn’t be that concerned about protecting our digital communications. However, if this administration has taught us anything, it’s that we cannot anticipate what will happen next. Keeping your electronic correspondence free from prying eyes is easier than you might think, so let’s get started getting digitally secure.
Alarm bells are going off all across America as the Republicans in the Senate push forward with their secret bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Despite a repeal of the ACA being disastrously unpopular, the Senate GOP are going full steam ahead. To get around the unpopularity of Trumpcare, they are drafting the bill in secret and using the “reconciliation process” to iron out any differences between this version and the House version to pass the bill into law. Reconciliation is another one of the Senate’s many arcane processes but we are here to explain what it means.