I generally try to stay away from politics here because it seems impolite, but PopVox is something people should know about no matter where they stand politically. It’s a non-partisan site that tells you about legislation currently under consideration in Congress so that you can easily and quickly tell your congressperson how you feel about it. For example, here’s what the site says about the “Repeal Obamacare” bill (biting tongue here to keep from screaming my opinion):
H.R. 6079: Repeal of Obamacare Act
112th Congress, 2011–2012
To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
Rep. Eric Cantor [R-VA7]
See? No political discourse, just the facts, Jack. It also gives you the complete text of the bill, more information on how to work for or against it, and a nice button to click to tell your rep how you feel about it.
We’re at a crisis point in this country, everybody yelling in all caps, so any site that says, “Here’s how to quietly let your government know what you think” without telling you what it is that you think is doing a huge service. Thank you, Marci Harris and Rachna Choudhry, for some very good work.
Edited to Add: Another good place to learn more about who represents you is ISideWith.com. Answer a short but detailed quiz about your positions on different goverment aspects and the site will tell you who best represents you. Illuminating. And if you’re not checking out Nate Silver’s 538 blog regularly, you’re missing good stuff there, too.
Oh, and vote. Thank you.