As the GOP assembles in Tampa, the Business Roundtable is joining the corporate chorus complaining about the "burden" and "uncertainty" of government action to remove toxic air pollution, stop climate change, stem the dramatic increase of workplace repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel and give consumers information about calories in our Big Macs and human rights abuses built into our iPhones.
On May 12, 1998, Danny Keysar, a 16 1/2 months-old toddler, was strangled at his licensed childcare facility in Chicago neighborhood. Danny was killed by a defective children’s product -- a mesh portable crib or play yard -- the Playskool Travel-Lite–where he napped in the afternoons at his childcare home.
Senator Mitch McConnell argued in 1987 that we should reject limits on corporate campaign contributions and instead, embrace public disclosure of campaign contributions important “so,” he said, “voters can judge for themselves what is appropriate.” He was right. Telling voters about the sources of political campaign contributions would help them understand about the influences on our elected representatives, and hopefully level the playing field between the powerful and the powerless in society.
But this week, McConnell is leading the fight against the DISCLOSE act that would plug legal loopholes that allow campaigns to keep their donors anonymous.
The SEC is dragging its feet implementing a section of the Dodd-Frank reform that would require publicly traded companies to calculate the ratio between the CEO’s pay and that of the firm’s median pay package. The New York Times editorial board urges them to push forward.