It's the "lame duck" session of this Congress -- that two-month period before a new, and even lamer, Congress comes in -- and so they're obsessing over corporate tax cut extensions, because if there's anything corporations need, it's more money. And if corporations needed tax cuts to "create jobs," surely the U6 unemployment rate (which counts folks who've given up looking for work and folks who work part-time but can't get full-time work) would be much lower than 11.5%. But I digress. One tax break that actually works, one that of course you have to pull teeth to get Congress to extend, is the Production Tax Credit for wind power. If you ever pore over charts of wind power production spikes, you find that wind power production tends to lag after the PTC expires (as Congress has allowed it to do five times since 1992), and that wind power production tends to be strong when the tax credit's in place. And more wind power means less asthma, less heart disease, and less climate change wierdness. So the Sierra Club helps you tell Congress to extend the wind power tax break.
Meanwhile, Rep. Cartwright (D-PA) has introduced H.R. 3310, the Annuity Safety and Security Under Reasonable Enforcement Act, and don't let the fact that the bill's name spells out the acronym ASSURE annoy you, because the ASSURE Act would do our federal retirees and veterans a lot of good. You may not know that some corporations now offer "pension advances" to federal and military retirees, often without telling them that these aren't "advances" so much as loans with interest rates as high as 46 percent, which traps our federal and military retirees in a cycle of debt. And taking these "advances" reduces how much our retirees will get in the future when they need it -- and folks are going to be living a long time from now on, so they'll almost certainly need it. Among other things, the ASSURE Act would mandate more disclosure of these facts by the "pension advance" crowd, and would cap the interest rates they could charge (that cap would currently be about 6.25 percent). The Pension Rights Center helps you tell your Congressfolk to protect pensioners and support the ASSURE Act.