CREDO helps you tell the Federal Trade Commission (or FTC) to stop big pharmaceutical corporations from monopolizing the market. Martin Shkreli, a.k.a. the "Pharma Bro," has become the face of big corporations jacking up drug prices just-because, but the problem's worse than him -- Americans pay more for pharmaceuticals than anyone else on Earth, and the FTC hasn't done much to keep corporations from merging and turning into monopolies, allowing both the Allergan/Pfizer merger and the Shire/Dyax merger within the last calendar year. As we know, mergers result in higher prices, as well as lost jobs and worse service, but we also need to remember that corporations typically buy other corporations on credit. Why? So they can jack up stock prices and deliver payouts to shareholders and executives (via dividends and options, respectively) without actually having to spend the money you'd need to buy a corporation outright. I sure do wish our politicians would decry such debt in the business world, rather than just whine about government debt all the time.
Meanwhile, the Obama Administration's Department of the Interior is writing up an offshore-drilling plan as we speak, and the League of Conservation Voters helps you tell the President to declare the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans off-limits for gas and oil drilling. The Obama Administration has been playing both sides on this matter -- declaring a moratorium on new Arctic leases while allowing old Arctic leases to proceed, as if the old leases were in some safe zone or something! -- and as we know, when the Obama Administration plays both sides, they too often cave to the wrong side. Word on the street is that the Administration's drilling plan will allow drilling in both areas, and if you remember the Exxon Valdez spill and the Deepwater Horizon spill, you just might think that might not be such a good idea. And while Mr. Obama will be out of office this time next year, the plan Interior finalizes today covers the next five years, and the time to get things right is always right now.