It's good news/bad news time! The good news? President Obama, after much public pressure, has nominated Georgetown law professor Lisa Fairfax to the Securities and Exchange Commission (or SEC), instead of the corporatist lawyer he was reportedly considering. The bad news? Mary Jo White still heads up the SEC, and is as we speak actually considering weakening federal accounting standards that describe what publicly-traded corporations must reveal to the SEC about their financial health. Currently the standards force banksters to reveal whatever might make a reasonable investor act differently, but the SEC would let banksters reveal only that information that might reveal actual fraud. Would you, as an investor, want to know your corporation is going into the tank only when they're actually breaking the law? Or would you want fair warning of a corporation's health beforehand? Change these standards, and we might have another dozen Enrons. So CREDO helps you tell the SEC to require that corporations disclose all of what shareholders need to know.
Meanwhile, two states (Oregon and California) now automatically register citizens to vote when they renew drivers' licenses or photo IDs; why not make your state the third? Particularly when 39 states automatically register all men for the draft when they get their drivers' licenses? Legislators have introduced bills allowing automatic voter registration in 16 states; Republicans, naturally, raise the bugaboo of voter fraud, though they never tell you how often "voter fraud" actually occurs -- as if they're afraid you'll figure out they're full of soup! -- and when they say such bills put "private information out there," they're pretending every other form you have to fill out with the state doesn't. These bills streamline government bureaucratic procedures, too; aren't Republicans always complaining about bureaucracy? Or do they only care about "bureaucracy" when it costs some corporate crony of theirs some unearned money? So Roots Action helps you tell your Pennsylvania state legislators to make voter registration automatic when you renew your drivers' license.
In other news, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, that champion of family values, will run for the House Speakership after all, after so much "hemming" and "hawing," and will likely win, after so much "hemming" and "hawing" from most right-wing House members. Naturally, he's determined to make a big splash by hiring corporatist lobbyist David Hoppe as his chief of staff. Perhaps he thinks Mr. Hoppe can offer invaluable, outsider advice about sorry I can't type the rest of that sentence without risking death from laughter. But Mr. Ryan, being as he will be almost completely in control of the legislation the House takes up, would be much better off not getting the bulk of his advice from a man who's made a career advising corporations to shirk their share of the tax burden by setting up "headquarters" no larger than a file in a filing cabinet in the Cayman Islands, a man who has lobbied for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as it has lurched so far right it's gone right off the map of America. Hence Public Citizen helps you tell Mr. Ryan not to hire an unregenerate corporate lobbyist as his chief of staff.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell your Congressfolk to close the corporate tax loopholes that allow big corporations to pretend they make their profits "overseas" so they don't have to do their fair share to keep our civilization running, then Sign Here Now still helps you do that. How unpopular are overseas corporate tax loopholes now? Almost no one on the right defends them, aside from the few who still squawk about "job creators" like the last fourteen years of letting corporations do all the "job creating" hasn't beaten that lie to a bloody pulp. Even Ben Carson said we have to bring back offshored corporate profits on the Tom Joyner Morning Show last month. But right-wingers like Mr. Carson would impose a vastly-reduced tax rate on such profits, like Tha Bush Mobb did in 2004 -- and that would only encourage corporations to shove more of their profits overseas. We should compel corporations to pay the regular 35% rate on those profits. They'll still do fine; it's just that their CEOs just won't be able to gild the plumbing in their 19th vacation homes.