You may have heard that big pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer, headquartered presently in New York City, plans to "move" to Ireland, where it can enjoy a smaller tax burden and shirk its responsibility to help fund the road and bridges and police and firefighters and Medicare fraud catchers here in America. You will recognize this tactic as a "corporate inversion," and virtually no one is in favor of it, though liberals tend to react by demanding laws preventing corporate inversions and right-wingers tend to react by squealing about how the supposedly onerous corporate tax rate "forces" corporations to do bad things. Setting aside that our corporate tax system is shot so full of loopholes that a lot of big corporations get refunds from our government, this right-wing reaction I've just described is rather like excusing criminal behavior because of external circumstances, a courtesy right-wingers never extend to, say, black folks. But I digress. Americans for Tax Fairness helps you tell Pfizer to abandon its plan to "move" to Ireland so they can evade their fair share of taxes in America.
Meanwhile, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell Congress to pass H.R. 3071/S. 1772, the Schedules That Work Act, then the National Women's Law Center still helps you do that. It occurs to me that our parents' generation didn't have to face the proliferation of "unpredictable" schedules, partly because they lived in a civilization that used progressive taxation and vigorous regulation to create plenty of fairly stable jobs, and partly because, in those days, a lot of families were one-income families. Fast forward to today, and after thirty-plus years of deregulation and tax-cutting those jobs are mostly gone, with unstable and supposedly "unskilled" work taking its place, and now the vast majority of all families have two working parents, not one, because they need two incomes to get by. If we're going to help families raise their kids properly, we must at least ensure that their work schedules are stable and communicated to them in advance. And no, the work we do now isn't too "unpredictable" for stable scheduling -- Our Glorious Elites just want more chaos in our lives.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell the FCC and the Senate to reject the proposed Charter/Time-Warner merger, then Demand Progress helps you do that. Why reject the merger? Because mergers reduce competition, and if Charter buys Time-Warner, then some eight out of every 10 homes will have to get internet service from either Charter or Comcast, and that's not enough competition. When only two corporations dominate a service, and then don't compete with each other directly in various markets, then consumers get held hostage to higher prices and bad service. We also reject the merger because mergers like these don't "create" jobs, they kill jobs, as the behemoth rising from the ashes of two corporations sheds "redundant" jobs. They say they do that in search of greater "efficiency," and I suppose they're correct, in that mergers more "efficiently" deliver your money into the pockets of CEOs. But that's all about CEOs, not people. Am I old-fashioned to say that corporations should be about serving people, and not about grabbing as much money as they can?