This is it, the last time to make your voice heard if you want the playing field to be the same level as it was before the Bush administration decided to give the edge to the shorts by getting rid of the uptick rule.
For a month now, we have been circulating a petition to bring back the uptick rule, in full, without any loopholes that shorts can then drive a truck through.
Why is this so important? I think the deregulation of the securities markets by President Bush and now the most discredited SEC chairman in history, Chris Cox, produced the lax environment that ultimately ended up costing taxpayers billions of dollars because many good banks were not able to refinance using equity capital because shorts were able, systematically, to knock down stocks to absurd levels simply because they didn't have to wait for a buyer to surface.
Now, I know there are many people here who want to debate the merits of the rule. I can tell you that as someone who made multiple tens of millions short with the rule in place, it is simply not an imperative that this government allows the shorts a chance to bash down the longs. The short-sellers never needed this edge.