Various Congressfolk have lately introduced bills to expand and make permanent the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and the American Opportunity Tax Credit, as well as reform the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit. If you don't think about these things when you hear about "tax reform," there's good reason for that -- our "liberal" media seems to agree with Republicans that the only permissible policy prescriptions for tax reform are those that cut corporate taxes and wealthy folks' taxes. But neither of these actually put money back into the pockets of working families, like the EITC, CTC, et al do -- and working families, as you know, are far more likely to put that money back into our economy, whereas wealthy and corporate types tend to hoard their windfalls. Hence NETWORK, the national Catholic social justice lobby, helps you tell Congress to focus on tax relief for people who work, rather than people who don't. Yes, the divide is now that great -- the wealthy don't actually work, or even enable work, so much as they redistribute income upward to themselves.
Meanwhile, the FDA's new labeling guidelines would mandate that corporations tell you how much sugar they've added to the product -- and this is no small thing. But the USDA has recommended updating Americans' dietary guidelines, and these guidelines would suggest that added sugar shouldn't comprise more than 10% of our caloric intake. Which might actually be a bit high -- 200 calories (10% of 2,000) is a little more than 13 teaspoons of sugar daily -- but naturally the big food corporations oppose the notion anyway. And if your right-wing uncle says ZOMG TEH GUBMINT CONTROLZ TEH DIETZ!!!!, feel free to tell him he should be more concerned about warrantless wiretapping and NSA data-vacuuming, which are actual injuries our government does us. You may want him to consider, also, that sugar corporations might be behind whatever "source" is telling him that the Obamas want to control what he eats. In the meantime, the Union of Concerned Scientists helps you tell the USDA to issue the most vigorous Dietary Guidelines possible, especially in re added sugar intake.
Finally, you may remember that Antonio Weiss stood to gain a $21 million bonus from his employer if he was able to get that Treasury Undersecretary job in our government. This and similar developments have, perhaps not surprisingly, made shareholders quite angry, and some of them have petitioned for disclosure of those bonuses once they're made. Bankster CEOs, naturally, oppose such transparency to their shareholders, and why not? It's not like they pay those bonuses out with shareholder money or anything. Oh, wait, yes, they do. It's like being a CEO means never having to be accountable to anyone, even the people who pay you. And it's also like moving from the private sector to our government means never having to be accountable to anyone, even the people who pay you -- those people being taxpayers, meaning you and I. Hence Public Citizen helps you tell three big banking corporations to drop their opposition to shareholder transparency resolutions. What are they afraid of? That people will think banksters only care about money? Sorry, banksters -- all of America already thinks that.