Citizens for Tax Justice helps you tell your Congressfolk to close corporate tax loopholes. What's that, you say? President Obama wants to close corporate tax loopholes, too? Yes, he has said that -- but he has also said he wants to lower the corporate tax rate in exactly the sort of Grand Bargain that's neither grand nor bargain. But this is not the time for "revenue-neutral" approaches to tax reform; this is the time for revenue-raising approaches to tax reform. Times when deficits approach $1.6 billion tend to be times we should look to raise revenue, not lower it. Thankfully, the CTJ tool helps you advocate for just that approach. I don't need to mention, I hope, that our Founders despised the concentration of power, and making sure corporations get taxed properly will surely curb their power, so that our power, the power of the people, may be increased. And what are corporations going to do? Claim high taxes on them will damage the economy? Hello! Look around you, corporations, and despair!
Meanwhile, the aforementioned Mr. Obama still hasn't issued a proposed executive order mandating that corporations doing business with our government disclose their political campaign contributions, but Common Cause helps you push him to do that. I don't think we should underestimate how big this could be -- our government does a lot of business with a lot of people, after all. And with vast majorities opposed to the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, and vast majorities supporting more disclosure of corporate money in politics, this should be a no-brainer, even if at least one U.S. Chamber of Commerce hack has said that "all options are on the table" in fighting the proposed executive order, a phrase you may remember from our national debate over whether the President should nuke Iran if given the chance. Mr. Obama might actually follow through with this, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't push him to do so.
Finally, you know all about those dadgum e-books, right, that you can read on your Kindle and Nook and whatnot? Well, now the big corporations are trying to use them to scam us, ahem, maximize their profits. HarperCollins (owned by the News Corporation, naturally) would like to force libraries to buy "copies" of e-books that actually self-destruct after the 26th person reads it. I guess they think libraries are as rich as corporations! Think of a library having to buy the same book over and over again -- then think of all the huge corporate publishing houses that might follow HarperCollins's lead. That sounds like a plan for destroying all public libraries to me. So change.org provides a petition telling HarperCollins to cut their shenanigans. (Lookee here, that petition got started by a local boy!) You'll be pleased to know that libraries across the land are already boycotting HarperCollins over their new policy, but the big corporations need to hear from us, too. If nothing else, they hate bad PR.