Chuck Schumer, a Senator from New York, last came across my radar when he stood up to Big Luggage by insisting that you be taxed on the price airlines charge you to transport your luggage as well as you across the country.
It's been two years since then, and lots of stuff has happened -- Citizens United, Obamacare... um... other stuff... and I didn't hear much about Senator Schumer until recently, when he took a strong stand in favor of you not having to let your employers have unfettered access to those darling cat photos you posted over the weekend:
Employers may be breaking federal law by requiring job seekers to turn over their Facebook passwords, two U.S. Senators said.
Senators Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) are asking the feds to investigate bosses’ practice of asking for passwords to troll through would-be workers’ private information.
"An employer shouldn't be allowed into that almost sacred domain of things you just share with your five best friends, or your spouse or your child," Schumer said Sunday.
"You shouldn't be required to give up your private life just to get a job."
That's from the New York Daily News, 8 days ago, and while Blumenthal began writing a bill about it, Schumer simply continued beating the drum on this issue, right up until the House of Representatives killed a bill that would have made it illegal for employers to demand your Facebook password. (Only 1 Republican voted in favor of the law, because Republicans favor allowing businesses to do whatever they want, just as they favor allowing government to do whatever it wants, so long as what government wants is not "providing you health care."
Will that be the end of Chuck Schumer's noble quest to find the smallest possible public issue on which he can do the least amount of work but still somehow stay in the public eye? Don't bet on it -- you know those gumball machines they still have where you can get a tiny football helmet?
I never get the San Francisco 49ers, and once word of that gets out, Schumer is going to be all over it.