As part of their relentless onslaught against the implementation of Dodd-Frank financial reforms, the big banksters are lobbying against rule 953(b), which would require CEOs to disclose pay disparities between themselves and their average workers. I'd prefer to know disparities between CEO pay and lowest-paid worker pay, but certainly disclosing just how far above average CEOs pay themselves will let everyone know who the thieves are. And it'll also affect how we invest our own money. Seriously -- when we, as a culture, return to making investment decisions based not on how much of a killing we'll make in the short term, but on how much we support corporations that do good, we'll not only have a much healthier culture, we'll have a much healthier economy. But first we've got to tell our government to stay strong -- after all, who (besides this clown) gets riled up over the "injustices" banksters face? Public Citizen helps you tell the SEC to write and enforce a strong CEO pay disparity rule.
Meanwhile, Iraq War veteran Brett Finnell has started a petition on change.org, with which you may demand that Congress extend programs authorized in 2008 to protect Iraqi refugees. Why? So that Iraqi citizens who helped out our war effort and who are currently being oppressed by their government can apply for a visa to come to America, either as a refugee or "special immigrant." I know, I know, Congress is too busy grandstanding about the Affordable Care Act right now, but maybe they've got a minute to help out folks who actually need it, by extending a program that will (like everything else, apparently!) expire on September 30. You don't need to let your anti-war stance compel you to refuse assistance to those who helped the war effort you opposed -- the Iraq War happened, despite our efforts, and the better among us will extend compassion and generosity to folks in danger, especially danger we whipped up. And we shouldn't count on sunsetting this law soon -- we made quite a mess in Iraq, yes we did, and we're going to be cleaning it up for a long time.