As you know, Rep. Johnson (R-TX) has introduced H.R. 6489, the so-called Social Security Reform Act, which would cut Social Security benefits for future retirees, mainly by upping the retirement age and by using the "Chained CPI" method of calculating cost-of-living increases which (as we said often when President Obama was trying to push this method) doesn't accurately capture the growth in a senior's cost-of-living. Making Social Security stronger (as Michael Hiltzik reminds us in his analysis of the Johnson plan) would involve lifting the cap on taxable income, so that income over $118,500 can be taxed into the program, or by assessing payroll taxes on capital gains and dividends. Why not get a leg up on the Trump Administration by calling your Reps and Senators (using the tools in the upper left-hand corner of this page) and telling them to reject this so-called Social Security "reform" and tell them how we should make Social Security stronger? The people trying to destroy Social Security have had all the say about it for years now; it's well past time we had our say about it, since we fought for it, worked for it, and paid into it.
Meanwhile, the CEOs of AT&T and Time-Warner testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel last week, spewing the same blah-blah-blah about how great their proposed merger would be for consumers, and for once the zinger of the day came from a Republican, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, who said, "(c)onsumer welfare is maximized by protecting competition, not necessarily by protecting competitors." And even our President-elect, Donald Trump, has opposed the merger, though I bet he's lying about that -- I mean, I'd be happy to be wrong, but I'd also be stupid to take a snake-oil salesman at his word, particularly one whose media policy transition team is top-heavy with big telecom lobbyists. So Free Press helps you tell your government to reject the proposed AT&T/Time-Warner merger. And please don't let your Reps and Senators push that false dichotomy between the market and government action. If our government does nothing, the biggest actors will become even bigger and squash all other competition; if our government enforces (and strengthens!) antitrust law, it will promote competition. Sometimes our government has to act, on our behalf, to promote freedom. And only corporatists and their lackeys in Congress would want you to think otherwise.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell American and European regulators to stop the proposed Bayer/Monsanto merger, then Sum of Us still helps you do that. Mr. Trump's statements regarding AT&T and Time-Warner aside, I don't expect American regulators would do very much to stop a merger that would rid the resulting behemoth of that albatross of a name Monsanto and give said behemoth even more corporate control over seeds and chemicals -- but European regulators might, and they get a say because Bayer is a German corporation. And control over seeds and pesticides is something we should worry about, because a) it's our food supply and b) the more control big corporations have over these things, the less control farmers have, and we've long seen the result of farmers losing control over their seed in India, where farmer suicides have been endemic for years. Monsanto has been notorious for patenting seeds and even suing organic farmers for "intellectual property theft" when wind carries Monsanto's GMO seed onto organic farms and renders their organic crops totally non-organic. There's no reason to think Bayer won't be as oppressive in this manner -- especially, as I've said, once they're shorn of that PR nightmare of a name, Monsanto.