Jenkintown Library (Across from IHOP. Park and enter at rear.)
460 York Road
Jenkintown, PA 19046
For December, you will be able to get an up-close look at two area Congressional candidates.
for 13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Montco DFA is pleased to have Marjorie Margolies, former representative of the 13th Congressional District during the Clinton administration, tell us why she would like another bite of the apple.
for 8th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
We welcome scientist and current small business owner Shaughnessy Naughton to Montco DFA in her quest to unseat Republican Mike Fitzpatrick.
KAY LASKER REPORTS ON ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF
PA SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH PLAN
MONTCO DFA member Kay Lasker will report on the discussion she attended by Dr. Gerald Friedman who gave the details of why single-payer healthcare in our state would result in huge savings.
HELPING OTHERS DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
A fabric of what makes us progressives is that we are concerned with all parts of our society and not just the privileged few. Bring a non-perishable food item and/or an unwrapped toy to our meeting and Montco DFA will deliver it to Rep. Steve McCarter’s office where he is supporting a food bank and the Toys for Tots program.
I've often extolled the benefits to a capitalist economic model of maintaining a criminalized underclass. It supresses wages, amplifies the threat of not playing in the game to an individual's liberty, and ensures that there's always SOMEONE willing to perform the most menial or dangerous tasks required by the system.
This morning on Talking Points Memo Wade Henderson, the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, points out that Pennsylvania under Tom Corbett's spending priorities is well on its way to distinguishing itself as one of the states most adept at expanding this pool of cheap labor.
While Philadelphia's schools were reeling from a $300 million deficit, the state was bankrolling the construction of a "state of the art" prison complex less than an hour away in Skippack Township. The $400 million prison is expected to open in 2015 with a capacity of up to 4,000 prisoners. One of the reasons cited for the expansion is to house more prisoners closer to where they are from, Philadelphia. It's as though the state has given up on its largest city and is already lining up cells for Philadelphia's class of 2015. [Emphasis added - Ed.]
Of course, Tom and his privileged class needn't concern themselves with trying to go about their daily business while walking amongst bitter, uneducated, desperate people as do the rest of us that must make our livings at street level.
Well, at least Pennsylvania will have one distinction in the world community: jailer extraordinaire.
But maybe, just maybe, you've done something you're ashamed of or that could embarrass you. Would you want that shared with the government?
In an interesting presentation, The Guardian provides an overview of the background and issues related to the NSA's eavesdroppting programs as revealed by the Snowden leaks.
Take a minute (actually about 40 minutes) and get a handle on the history and the controversy surrounding these programs.
In my new movie, "Inequality for All," I expose the rising economic inequality in America, where middle class wages have dropped while the top 1% have taken home 95% of recent economic gains.
That's where we are today, but I am an optimist. Working together, Americans have changed this dynamic before and I believe with your help, we will do it again.
Join Governor Howard Dean and me for a preview of my new film and a discussion of our path forward to fix our economy.
The economy is a series of rules. When we do it right, we have smart rules that build us up and drive the economy forward. When we don't get it right, only a few benefit and the economy ultimately stumbles. We have the power to change these rules. With your help, we can restore America's economy to the driving engine that benefits everyone.
During our call this Wednesday evening, September 25th, we'll take your questions and lay out what's at stake over the year ahead. Governor Dean will talk about what you can do and Democracy for America's ongoing campaigns fighting for an economy that works for everyone.
Sign up for a call to discuss my new film "Inequality for All" on September 25th at 8pm ET.
I look forward to hearing from you and to answering your questions during the call.
Former Secretary of Labor
"As a UNION member, you negotiate with your employer. As an individual, you beg."
Interestingly, I went to high school with Judge Pozonsky. Also, too, he has resigned his seat on the Washington County Court of Common Pleas over accusations that he stole cocaine from the county evidence room. - Kevin
Trayvon Benjamin Martin (1995-2012)
“Only in America can a dead black boy
go on trial for his own murder.”
– Syreeta McFadden
MontcoDFA's chair and inspiration Bev Hahn was honored by the Montgomery County Democratic Committee with a Special Recognition Award at their annual Fall Dinner on Sunday. Please join MontcoDFA in congratulating Bev for this much deserved recognition, and in thanking her for her tireless and indefatigable efforts on behalf of Democratic candidates.
You're an inspiration to us all!
One of the most endearing human qualities, and an important one in a leader, is a sense of humor and the ability to laugh at yourself. In this instance, the Obama campaign cherry-picks a few words and phrases uttered by the Mittster and in so doing not only puts words in his mouth, but pokes fun at campaign ads in general and shows us not only what's possible, but probably what's typical of the format.
This appeared in my mailbox today. Please note the addition of MontcoDFA endorsed candidate Dr. Manan Trivedi to this year's Dean Dozen!
Steve Strahs, Bev Hahn, Kevin Shaw and Gov. Howard Dean in South Philly, Sept, 2010
DFA Member -
There are no moderates in today's Republican Party.
Republicans in Congress have voted in lockstep on virtually every piece of their extreme right-wing agenda -- to redefine rape, to turn Medicare into a voucher program, to defund Planned Parenthood, to repeal President Obama's healthcare law, and so much more.
Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan nationalizes the right-wing agenda that House Republicans have been pushing for the past two years. It puts scores of House seats in play and strengthens Democratic Senate candidates across the country.
That's why we're announcing the second half of our Dean Dozen candidates today. Democrats have a chance to define Republicans as they truly are -- right-wing Paul Ryan acolytes -- and these six progressive leaders are in close races that could decide control of the next Congress.
Can you chip in $12 to help elect the Dean Dozen?
This isn't an easy endorsement to earn. The Dean Dozen is DFA's highest level of endorsement. We reserve this endorsement for 12 candidates who will be leaders in the next Congress, who will champion our shared progressive values, and fight for the middle class instead of the one percent.
Meet our final six Dean Dozen candidates:
- Annie Kuster (NH-02)
- Raul Ruiz (CA-36)
- Manan Trivedi (PA-06)
- Elizabeth Warren (MA-Sen)
- Mazie Hirono (HI-Sen)
- Tammy Baldwin (WI-Sen)
These progressive leaders could be the difference between Speaker Boehner and Speaker Pelosi -- and between Majority Leader Reid and Majority Leader McConnell.
Contribute $12 now to elect the Dean Dozen.
Thank you, DFA Member, for everything you do.
Gov. Howard Dean, M.D.
Founder, Democracy for America
In June Bev Hahn went to Phoenixville to present DFA's $2500 check to Manan Trivedi (PA-06)
Last weekend, she traveled to Limerick to present Mark Painter $750 at his birthday fundraiser.
At the MCDC meeting she also gave a rundown of the six candidates that DFA is financially supporting in Mont. Co. Those attending were impressed with DFA's level of commitment, and people there thanked her for DFA's support.
But we're not done!! Next week, she will attend a fundraiser for Will Sylianteng to present his $750 check to him.
Please join us in supporting these great candidates!
But there's more!!
THE DEAN DOZEN IS BACK!
Back in 2004, one of the first Dean Dozen candidates was our own Allyson Schwartz. In 2012, one the most recent is Kathryn Boockvar (PA-08). Lets' send Mike Fitzpatrick to an early retirement and send Kathryn to Congress to join Allyson.
Click here to support Kathryn by contributing $12 or more through the Dean Dozen page!
Paul Krugman in his latest tome End This Depression, Now!:
Now, there have always been people claiming that there's no such thing as involuntary unemployment, that anyone can find a job if he or she is really willing to work and isn't too finicky about wages or working conditions. There's Sharron Angle, the Republican candidate for the Senate, who declared in 2010 that the unemployed were "spoiled," choosing to live off unemployment benefits instead of taking jobs. There are the people at the Chicago Board of Trade who, in October 2011, mocked anti-inequality demonstrators by showering them with copies of McDonald's job application forms. And there are economists like the University of Chicago's Casey Mulligan, who has written multiple articles for the New York Times website insisting that the sharp drop in employment after the 2008 financial crisis reflected not a lack of employment opportunities but diminished willingness to work.
The classic answer to such people comes from a passage near the beginning of the novelThe Treasure of the Sierra Madre (best known for the 1948 film adaptation starring Humphrey Bogart and Walter Huston): "Anyone who is willing to work and is serious about it will certainly find a job. Only you must not go to the man who tells you this, for he has no job to offer and doesn't know anyone who knows of a vacancy. This is exactly the reason why he gives you such generous advice, out of brotherly love, and to demonstrate how little he knows the world."
If you follow the link to the book above, you'll find the quote at the top of page 2.