The big news from last week on the tax front was this: President Obama said he'd veto any bill that extended corporate tax handouts without extending tax relief for working families. This means he, like many progressive groups, wants extensions of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC), though the bill Congress has been working on exclusively addresses handouts for corporations. Harry Reid's office did its best "what bill?" act, but we all know better, being, as we are, not schmucks. Congress comes back to work today, such as they ever do any actual work, and they'll probably get on with prioritizing corporate welfare over tax relief for actual people, so USAction helps you tell your Congressfolk to prioritize working families over corporations in considering tax policy. They get an earful of ZOMG EXTEND TEH TAX BREAKS OR TEH ECONOMIEZ WILLZ DIEZ!!!!! from corporate lobbyists. You may want to remind them that folks who think like that seem to think very little of the American people, who are the real drivers of the economy.
Meanwhile, oil and gas interests will hold a conference this Friday at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, and if you're local, you can join a rally outside Drexel's Creese Student Center this Friday morning at 9 am, protesting further attempts by the oil and gas industries to make Philadelphia, in the words of one activist, a "sacrifice zone," where the will of the people gets sacrificed to the oil and gas industries' greed for more money; Food and Water Watch provides more details on the rally here. Naturally, the oil and gas industries busy polluting our air and our water want you to think that making Philadelphia an "energy hub" -- that is, a place where pipelines and industry meet to transport oil, gas, and other items all over the country and overseas -- will create jobs. But that's persuasive if and only if more oil/gas infrastructure is the only way to create jobs. We could create jobs by turning Philadelphia into a renewable energy hub, where research and development take place -- and if you've driven past Lincoln Financial Field lately, you know that effort is something we can build on, too.