Congressional Republicans have devolved from dysfunctional to being downright destructive. What's the remedy? The cure is to elect progressive Democrats in seats where they haven't been before.
That's why Montco DFA will be holding a phone bank in lieu of a traditional meeting in September for our endorsed candidate for PA-6, MANAN TRIVEDI.
Montco DFA phone bank with Manan Trivedi
Thursday, September 4, 2014
7 pm dinner
7:30 - 9 pm phoning (Please bring your charged cell phone.)
We'll be calling from a house in Elkins Park. Click here to open this article separately and then the Signup link that will appear at the bottom of the article for emailed directions.
Montco DFA was sold on Manan from the first time he visited us. This Iraq War veteran, practicing physician, and health policy expert wants to move the House in a progressive direction where it can once again work to help all Americans. Meanwhile, Manan's opponent says he thinks the answers to our problems are to have less regulation and to replace Obamacare.
If you would like to avoid having another congressman with views like Manan's opponent, then join us in making calls to voters to support of Manan. Manan will even be phoning with us. An added enticement is that we'll feed you if you come.
Phoning not your thing? How about contributing to Manan's campaign by clicking here:
MontcoDFA was proud to present checks to a couple of our endorsed candidates last night. Mark Painter and Kevin Strouse are pictured below with some of our members.
The membership also voted to endorse Tom Wolf for PA Governor, Mike Stack for PA Lieutenant Governor, and our own Steve McCarter for PA House. Good luck to all of them and we hope you'll join us in supporting them.
This week, VP Biden did an event for PA's Red to Blue Congressional Candidates. Manan Trivedi and Kevin Strouse are on that limited list of Congressional candidates that have the best chance of flipping a House seat. I was honored to attend the event. The Vice President's support demonstrates how important these two races are. If you're not already doing something to help these two fine candidates who are Montco DFA endorsed, what are you waiting for?
Montco DFA members Mary Clark and PA Rep. Steve McCarter join friends waiting to march in the Glenside 4th of July Parade.
Great weather, good crowds, and a great progressive PA Rep!
June 18, 2014
The Honorable Ruth Damsker
Friends of Ruth Damsker
P. O. Box 64
West Point, PA 19486
It is my pleasure to inform you that Montco DFA has endorsed you in your race for Pennsylvania's 12th Senatorial District.
We are gratified that you answered the entreaty of others to run for this office. Understandably, your past experience serving Montgomery county, most recently as County Commissioner, made you a favorite to vie for this State Senate seat.
In addition, Pennsylvania is notoriously poor in the number of women elected to our legislature so your election would help fill a gaping void.
You have demonstrated a long history of dedicated public service. In the State Senate, your progressive and knowledgeable voice would be a valuable asset. Montco DFA is proud to support you.
Chair, Montco DFA
The purpose of this measure was to restore the medical and education benefits for vets that were cut by the sequester. There is an unfortunate feeling growing among both our active duty military and veterans regarding what benefit will Congress cut next and they are losing faith in our government to provide the support they were promised when they enlisted.
Measure Number: S. 1982 (Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014 )
Measure Title: A bill to improve the provision of medical services and benefits to veterans, and for other purposes.
|Vote Date:||February 27, 2014, 02:26 PM|
|Pennsylvania:||Casey (D-PA), Yea||Toomey (R-PA), Nay|
Contact Senator Toomey and tell him you won't forget this vote in November.
|248 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510|
Thanks to everyone who attended and volunteered to make this event a great success.
A special thank you to We Act Radio for providing the following video of the forum.
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.
"As a UNION member, you negotiate with your employer. As an individual, you beg."
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!
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.