Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Sign petition and send your child's picture to Congress for a strong, safe toy bill

U.S. PIRG is leading a campaign to bring a toy safety bill that has passed both houses of congress to the next step, a joint conference. Very good provisions are included in both the US House (bill H.R.4040) and Senate (bill S.2045) versions; we need to see that Congress passes a final bill that gives the president the best features from both.

This campaign features both a citizens' petition, and a photo collage of our own children that we can upload to the campaign webpage. Please go to U.S. PIRG's toy safety campaign webpage now; here is the text of the petition:

Here’s a picture of my child. Congress should give him/her and millions of
other children the strongest protection possible from dangerous toys. We urge
you to take the strongest parts of both the House and Senate CPSC reform bills
as you prepare a final law for the President’s signature before Father’s Day.
Any final law should protect children up to 12 years old, as the House bill
would provide. It should require third-party testing for hazards of all consumer
products, including toys, as the Senate bill would provide. It should ban toxic
lead at the lowest level possible and include the Senate’s provision banning
toxic phthalate chemicals. On other provisions, children deserve the best of
both bills.

Thank you

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tell your US Rep. NO to lower public safety standards for the new highway bill

Public Citizen is leading a campaign to promote public safety over the interests of trucking companies. This Summer, Congress will begin drafting the new highway bill, SAFETEA-LU 2009. Already, trucking companies are lobbying our representatives for lower safety standards; this would result in higher fatalities and injuries for us, and would increase the rate of road deterioration.

Please tell your US Representative NO to the industry demands, and to put our safety first; visit Public Citizen's campaign webpage to send your letter (you may edit it, too). If you wish, instead, to call your US Rep., you can use the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121; this is not a toll-free number.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Mobile All Things Reform - get your action alerts and call your representatives away from your desk

Introducing mobile All Things Reform! Now, you can access our full blog posts, including action alerts, by SMS on your mobile. When you are away from your desk, just go to the mobile website URL:

And, for your convenience, there is also a Click 2 Call link to the Capitol Switchboard for taking action on those alerts. When calling the Capitol Switchboard (202-224-3121, not toll-free), just ask for your US Representative or either of your US Senators and they will forward your call to their Washington DC office. Also, there is our poetspirit Twitter feed from the mobile All Things Reform homepage.

Now, receiving action alerts and calling your representatives just got easier!

Open up our democracy for more voter choices during election day

This is Bloggers Unite for Human Rights Day. Of course, human rights is a fundamental issue for people around the world every single day. It's a privilege to share with you All Things Reform's concerns in this particular day and age.

Democracy is very important in a nation's electoral process. Here, in the United States, the political system is dominated by only two parties: the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. We must open up our democracy to allow more voices for citizen consideration during the primaries and on general election day.

Presently, for example, the presidential race is basically only between our two major political parties. In a couple of the latest several general elections, third party candidacies have influenced voting outcomes: Independent Ross Perot in 1992 and Green Party nominee Ralph Nader in 2000. The two-party-dominated electoral politics rendered these powerful candidacies weak, yet even they influenced the winner-take-all electoral system's results.

Our electoral system must allow more eligible candidacies from outside the Democratic and Republican parties a prominent place during election season. Effective solutions include general election ballot access in the states, Instant Runoff Voting, voluntary public financing of elections and Proportional Representation.

When the voter during election season contemplates the candidates in the various races, they must not be pressured into considering only the two philosophies of the major parties. More choice is good for the democratic process, for the people and for a vibrant republic.

For further information on electoral reform, please visit FairVote, at

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tell US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi NO to President Bush and telecom immunity for illegal wiretappings

Common Cause is asking us to send a message to US House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi; there should be no immunity from legal action against President Bush and the telecom companies for illegally wiretapping US citizens a few years ago.

Speaker Pelosi and other House leaders are currently negotiating away this legal accounting of wrongdoing with President Bush and others. Please go to Credo Mobile's campaign webpage and send your message. Thank you

Tell your two US Senators and US Representative YES to a strong whistleblower protection bill

Public Citizen is asking us to send a message to our respective two US Senators and US Representative in support of government whistleblowers. Last year, strong whistleblower protection bills were passed in both houses of Congress. Now, the Senate and the House have both passed bills by a veto-proof majority, but they must be reconciled- now it's time for Congress to finish the job by passing a final bill; emphasis should go to the House version.
When scientific research is altered or suppressed, government contractors waste millions of taxpayer dollars, or national security documents are falsified, witnesses need to know that they can blow the whistle without reprisals endangering their careers and their lives. Please go to this Public Citizen whistleblower campaign's webpage and send your message to emphasize the House version for strongest whistleblower protection (you can edit the message if you wish). If you prefer to call the Capitol Switchboard, the phone number is 202-224-3121. Thank you

Monday, May 12, 2008

Tell your US Rep. and two US Senators NO to the 2008 Farm Bill

The National Taxpayers Union is asking us to send a letter to each our US Representative and two US Senators, asking them to uphold President Bush's veto of the 2008 Farm Bill.

Congress is poised to pass a five-year, $300 billion agricultural policy plan. Known simply as the Farm Bill, it includes provisions that deliberately aim to keep certain food prices (like sugar and dairy products) high. It allows millionaires to continue receiving subsidy handouts from the government, and it will also spend more money on fraud-ridden food welfare programs.

If we value efficient, fiscally-disciplined government, please send this letter (you can edit it if you wish). Or, you can reach your congressmembers through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Your representatives want to hear from you- tell them NO to the 2008 Farm Bill. Thank you

Sign the online petition to tell presidential candidate John McCain to fire three lobbyist staff members

Public Campaign Action Fund has begun the "Fire the Lobbyists!" online petition campaign. Two of US Senator and presidential candidate John McCain's (R) staff recently resigned because it was revealed that they were lobbyists for the military junta in Myanmar. Still, there remains three more lobbyists on McCain's presidential campaign staff that worked for foreign governments or interests that offend American values and human rights.

Please sign the petition at now, to tell Sen. McCain to fire these three remaining lobbyists! These people, and the associations they bring, have no place in a presidential campaign. Thank you

Thursday, May 08, 2008

New political discussion blog: Understated Priorities

I have begun a political blog called "Understated Priorities"-- it's at

It is mostly entries from reference books on the topic of politics: quotes, aphorisms, poems and a lot more. I discuss each entry and am open for your comments, too. Current posts included:

Here is your opportunity to reflect on the major thoughts related to government, politics and people. Enjoy!

David Weller

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Sign an e-card to Senator Warren Rudman for his work for public financing of elections

Just $6 from Americans for Campaign Reform is asking us to sign an e-card, to thank former Senator Warren Rudman for his work for public financing of elections. Senator Rudman has tirelessly advocated for better elections and better government. He has written an Op-Ed on the subject. He has also testified to the Senate Rules Committee on behalf of the Fair Elections Now Act.

Please go to Just $6 and sign their card. Then, if you're in the Bedford, New Hampshire area on Tuesday, May 13th, you can attend a benefit dinner in his honor; all proceeds will go to Just $6's efforts to realize publicly funded elections. Thank you

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Tell US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow a vote on new FEC commissioners

Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW) has launched a new campaign website called Fix the FEC. Since early this year, the Federal Election Commission has been without a quorum of its commissioners (there are only two of the normal six commissioners), rendering many of it's regulatory responsibilities useless.

Fix the FEC is very well-designed and easy to use. First and foremost, it asks the public to send a letter to US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to let the senate vote in new commissioners to return the FEC to quorum. You can send your letter right from the site's homepage. Then, you can send a letter to your family and friends about the campaign from another webpage. Background information about the current FEC crisis, its latest news and an FEC violation tipline are also easily located on Fix the FEC.

I highly recommend you participate with CREW using this great activist campaign website, Fix the FEC.

All Things Reform Netvibes Universe public page

I'm excited to share a new place to communicate and read the latest political news headlines: All Things Reform Netvibes Universe page. It is free and open to the public to use 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. I've spent quite a bit of time adding/dropping modules, rearranging them, changing colors, module sizes, etc.; I consider our public page now out of "beta" stage.

The purpose of All Things Reform's Netvibes is to encourage free and easy ways to communicate online to share the government reform message, and to easily keep up with the latest news headlines from the best sources.

Communications features:
  • a "Wall" module to leave short messages on the page
  • Rooms chat with video player module
  • Instant Messaging module for several apps
  • David Weller's page module
  • David Weller (poetspirit) posts timeline
  • internet technology news

Political news features:

  • Activist reminders
  • All Things Reform action alerts
  • introduced legislation
  • bill information
  • news
  • news

Of course, the internet is always evolving with the introduction of new technologies, so I reserve the need to update the page as required. However, it is now ready to use at your leisure to help you in your political reform activism. Enjoy!