“So how does it feel to be an outpost of the resistance?”

I’m getting that question a lot these days, and not just from my right-leaning readers. Friends, relatives and colleagues want to know why I’ve become, well, politicized.

To which I say, “You’ve gotta be kidding!”

I’m not against anything or anyone. I am for you, the consumer.

I’ve tried to keep my views as tempered and moderate as possible, but with each lie told by the administration, each anti-consumer appointee approved by the U.S. Senate, and each consumer regulation dismantled, it becomes increasingly difficult to remain neutral. It doesn’t help that the president is acting incredibly un-presidential, with his tirades and tweets. It’s embarrassing.

I outlined some of my readers’ frustrations in a Newsweek op-ed yesterday.

Here’s how I see it: Once you get past the puerile rhetoric, the current administration is at its core unashamedly pro-business. When it comes to choosing between the interests of businesses and consumers, it will almost always side with businesses. And sadly, that often makes it anti-consumer.

In recent days, we’ve seen the following:

  • An executive order that whenever an executive department or agency publicly proposes a new regulation it will identify at least two existing regulations to be repealed.
  • The appointment of cabinet members and agency heads openly hostile to government regulations, notably Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, who rescinded a plan to regulate cable TV set-top boxes.
  • Heads of industry have been meeting with the new president and his cabinet members, and the signs are alarming. In one meeting, the president vowed “We’re gonna be cutting regulation massively,” he told business leaders recently.

Now, if you can tell me with a straight face that this is going to be good for consumers, please do so. Enlighten me.

But your inner advocate is probably screaming, as is mine. This is not government of the people, by the people, for the people. You are not a part of this.

So if you’re uncomfortable what I’m saying, don’t worry. The unsubscribe button is below. Go on, find an alt-right news source that will assure you American is on its way to become great again under the current administration.

Not me. I’ll keep fighting for your rights, not matter what you think. Does that make me political? No, I’m just doing my part as a citizen and as your advocate.

I haven’t become an outpost of anything. I’m the place you turn to for a consumer problem. I’m your advocacy headquarters. Always have been, always will be.

Here are this week’s stories:

Which seat is better: Window or aisle? (USA Today)

How to get an airline to compensate you — even when it doesn’t have to (Washington Post)

Yes, There Are Too Many Ads Online. Yes, You Can Stop Them. Here’s How. (Huffington Post)

Loyalty miles and code sharing collide on canceled flight to Argentina (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

See you next week.

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