SCRAP THE CAP
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LET'S MAKE SOCIAL SECURITY STRONGER AND INCREASE BENEFITS AT THE SAME TIME - WE CAN DO THIS IF WE "SCRAP THE CAP."
Working Americans are in trouble. 401(k)s were decimated by Wall Street, home values have plummeted, and nest eggs are gone - yet some in Congress continue to defend a lower Social Security payroll tax rate for millionaires than for middle class families.
Social Security has a surplus of more than $2 trillion - enough to cover benefits for 25 years or more. It is fully funded by the payroll contributions of American workers; it doesn't contribute a dime to the nation's deficit.
Now more than ever, Social Security benefits are critical to the more than 50 million Americans who rely on them. Instead of cutting benefits or raising the retirement age, we're relying on you to protect working class families by scrapping the cap on payroll taxes.
Currently, workers are taxed only on their first $110,100 of income. People earning over that amount don't pay taxes on that income. By simply requiring upper-income taxpayers to contribute at the same rate as many middle class families, Social Security's benefits could be improved, benefits could be increased by as much as $70 per month, and its funding would remain in balance beyond the longest projections.
Please support the 50+ million working people and families who rely on Social Security benefits, and Just Scrap the Cap.
Congratulations to the Democratic candidates
Congratulations to the Democratic candidates we supported who won on Tuesday. We lost 14 races and won 42. Pretty wonderful, I think.
We also want to thank those 14 who tried and did not succeed this year. You all fought terrific races and we thank you for trying to serve our community. We also thank you for running as a Democrat. Slowly but surely we are changing the perception that Democrats can't win in this county. Stay with us as we continue to grow.
Thank you also to the volunteers who gave of their time and money to make this a successful year. Special thanks for out to the Gettysburg College Democrats and the Adams County Federation of Democratic Women. Your assistance as we got to crunch time was amazing.
Folks, the Democratic Party in Adams County is on the move. Join us. Be a part of a winning team. See us about running on our banner in the upcoming elections.
Our winners were:
Terry Adamik, County Treasurer
Craig Peterson, mayor, Abbottsttown
Dale Reichert, Borough Council, Abbottstown
Barbara Howell, Judge of Elections, Bendersville
Theresa Valera, Judge of Elections, Berwick
Sharlene Ericson, mayor, Bonneauville
Rose Bollinger, Borough Council, Bonneauville
Phillip Little, Tax Collector, Bonneauville
Elaine Clabaugh, Auditor, Bonneauville
Paula Callahan, Judge of Elections, Bonneauville
Kenneth Lundburg, Borough Council, Carroll Valley
Louanne Boyer, Supervisor, Conewago
David Meckley, School Director, Conewago
Donna Maring, Tax Collector, Cumberland
Jason Wood, Borough Council, East Berlin
Lorraine Welcomer, Judge of Elections, Fairfield
Chris Kellett, Judge of Elections, Freedom
Maryann Cookerly, Judge of Elections, Germany
William Troxell, mayor, Gettysburg
Holly Fox, School Director, Gettysburg
Eldridge Moses, School Director, Gettysburg
Robert Krummerich, Borough Council, Gettysburg
LuAnn Dille, Supervisor, Hamiltonban
Leslie Baker, Auditor, Latimore
James Eline, Mayor, Littlestown
Carl Thompson, School Director, Littlestown
Anthony Weaver, Mayor, McSherrystown
Nancy Greenholt, Tax Collector, McSherrystown
Francis Baker, Judge of Elections, McSherrystown
Charles Wilson, Supervisor, Mt. Pleasant
Rose Marie Gebhart, Judge of Elections, Mt. Pleasant
Carrie Cserr, Mayor, New Oxford
Stan Wannop, Borough Council, New Oxford
Donna Stoner, Judge of Elections, New Oxford
James Lafferty, Supervisor, Oxford Township
Lisa Kaiser, Tax Collector, Oxford Township
Terry Mobley, Judge of Elections, Oxford 2 Township
Sharon Redding Hamm, Supervisor, Straban
David Shupp, Supervisor, Tyrone
Joseph Albert, Auditor, Tyrone
Elaine Jones, School Director, Upper Adams
William Seibert, School Director, Upper Adams
Editorial for the Evening Sun and York Daily Record
November 3, 2013 - In response editorials in the Evening Sun
Just to join the chorus, I too am disappointed that President Obama is not coming to Gettysburg. (Editorials November 3rd by the York Daily Record and the Evening Sun)
My disappointment stems from many issues glossed over in the editorials as, apparently, irrelevant. First is the issue of security. The York Daily Record's op-ed implies that coming here was not even considered important by the Obama Administration. Important or not, I know for a fact Secret Service was sent to this area to scope out the location. They wouldn't do that if it was not on the White House "to do" list.
Secondly, I have been told by a source who would know, that President Bush also had a trip canceled to Gettysburg because of security concerns. This is not an "Obama snub," but rather something none of us, including the esteemed editors of the above newspapers, can or should know the details of if it is related to security.
My disappointment comes too from the polluted atmosphere we have in politics today. Like him or not, the President of the United States deserves respect. Unfortunately, from comments I have read in this paper, from comments made to my face and from observations at numerous public events, all civil decorum seems passé.
An example? When over 80 people, all from Adams County by the way, walked to Congressman Perry's office to tell him we wanted the government reopened, we were met with counter protestors. Among the counter protestors were people I know and like.
We were carrying an American flag and our first order of business when we arrived was to pledge allegiance to the flag. At that moment, the counter protestors turned their backs to the flag, facing instead the inside of Scott Perry's office and they too recited the pledge. This shocked me: we can't all pledge to the same flag? Have we sunk so low in our public discourse that we can't even join together in the one act that is meant to bring us together as Americans?
Security issues aside, the President is between a rock and a hard place. If he came and the cemetery was filled protestors who heckled him, would that not then denigrate the event he came to honor? Do any of you really doubt, in the age of YouTube and instant media fame, that someone wouldn't attempt to disrupt the ceremony? Or many people? How many would show their disrespect for the Commander in Chief and turn their back on him, just as local counter protestors turned their back on us and the American flag we were carrying? They then heckled us as we tried to speak. I love free speech. It was designed where one person speaks, then another. When heckling occurs, it is designed to actually deny the free speech of the person speaking first. That is the reality.
I find the timing of these editorials interesting as well. Inarguably the most read of editorials are those on Sundays. Why then, on the Sunday before local elections which are critical to how this region is managed, is the upcoming election not mentioned in an editorial instead? Why wouldn't these papers encourage voter participation? Do you know only 28% of registered voters even show up at local elections? That's right: 72% of registered voters stay home. It's worse in York County.
It seems to me that rather than continue to sow seeds of discontent, local newspapers would instead try to encourage public participation in the political process. Trust me, there are many who would deny us participation. Again, you want examples? We were uninvited from a community fair this year because the organizers didn't want anything "political." This after we have been a part of this fair for 5 years. What do we do political? We have signs for our candidates, have a children's voting booth, register new voters and give kids balloons. You know, radical stuff. Fortunately, after a nice conversation where we explained that we too are members of this community, we were invited back in.
Similarly, we participated in other community events by having a float in two different parades. We were heckled and I received angry emails telling me we weren't welcome in community events like a parade. (NOTE: not by the organizers, but by a few participants.) Really? When did all this get so nasty and angry?
We will, as Democrats, continue to be a part of the political dialog in Adams County. I certainly don't ask everyone to agree with us, but I surely think we can learn to agree to disagree and be civil with each other.
"Politics" is NOT a dirty word. Good, decent people run for office. They make very little money for their effort. They do it for the good of our communities. Imagine if for your job you needed to run for the right to keep it every two or 4 years and it cost you a lot of money to do so. And you had to put up with heckling and anger on a regular basis. No wonder so many of our posts go unfilled during elections! We have to try to be more respectful of each other.
I wish we would all take a deep breath, realizing that we are all Americans who love our country. Yes, sometimes we see things differently, but we have to realize that is normal. We don't need to be angry in our political disagreement any more than we need to get angry if we disagree with anything.
So to all in politics: cool it and understand your words, which are meant to inflame your supporters, also cause damage to our society as a whole. To our papers: please find ways to bring us together as a community. Seek answers to questions rather than speculate. To all citizens of the area: participate! Back a candidate. Be a candidate. Vote.
If nothing else, we certainly need to learn to pledge allegiance under the same flag.
Roger Lund, chair
Adams County Democratic Committee
South Central Caucus, Pennsylvania Democratic Party
Land Conservatory's Road Rally
County Chair Roger Lund and Vice Chair Marcia Wilson enjoyed a scenic, fun-filled and fact-filled afternoon on October 19th as participants in the Land Conservancy of Adams County's Annual Road Rally. They were chosen by their fellow "ralliers" as the best-costumed team according to the Rally Theme of "Civil War Road Rally - Everything BUT the Battle!"
They were also very pleased to get all 21 Rally questions correct, including the bonus, and to answer all questions correctly on the trivia contest handed out at the finish line party at Eisenhower Inn.
Along the approximately 60 mile route through mostly rural areas of the county, they visited Great Conewago Presbyterian Church, FX Smith's Sons Cigar Factory, McAllister's Mill, Evergreen Cemetery, Sydney @ Willoughby Run, and Oyler's Organic Farm & Market. Aside from the wonderful snacks and treats provided throughout the route, a highlight was being stopped by two families of tourists who requested their picture at Evergreen Cemetery.
The Committee has supported this Land Conservancy fund-raising event of for a number of years and anticipates continuing to do so - looking forward to next year's rally!
Perry's Adams office gets 'cease and desist' order
A coalition of organizations (Keystone Progress; Move On; US Action; True Majority; Organizing For America; Democracy For America, Gettysburg; Adams County Democratic Committee and others) organized a protest at the Gettysburg office of Congressman Scott Perry today, Tuesday, October 15th. Participants in the protest met at the Adams County Democratic Committee's headquarters on 52 Chambersburg Street in Gettysburg. From there the crowd of approximately 80 marched to Congressman Perry's office on 22 Chambersburg Street.
"This Congressman has shown an appalling lack of respect for the democracy we live in and the constitution he swore to uphold," said Roger Lund, chair of the Adams County Democratic Committee. "Perry's Republican leadership voted to allow the Speaker of the House to be the only one who can present any bill on the floor of Congress on September 30th. This rules change subverts our democracy and does not allow the bipartisan majority of Congress to vote to on a clean bill to reopen the government. This clean bill was passed by a bi-partisan majority in the Senate and President Obama promised to sign the bill. Perry has been silent on this dangerous breach of what is well established decorum in our democracy. "*
Read the York Dispatch report
Read the Gettysburg Times report
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Great Pennsylvania Clean-Up
Above is a photo of the Adams County Democratic Committee
Lincoln Hwy clean-up crew
on Saturday morning, April 20. The 5 students in the upper right are from the
Gettysburg College Democrats
. Twice each year a clean-up crew, under the direction
of Bruce Tushingham, volunteers to clean-up a 2-mile stretch of Route 30 west of New
Oxford. What an amazing group of citizens. Thanks all for your efforts!
Roger Lund, chair
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer for the next PA Clean-Up, call Jane or Bruce Tushingham at 717-624-8250.
Sometimes people ask: "What has President
Here is a small list of
President Obama's accomplishments:
- Signed into law an economic plan that saved
America from a depression, restored growth, and created or saved as many as 3.6 million
- Signed into law landmark health insurance reform that holds insurance companies
accountable, gives people and small businessess greater control of health care, and
improves the quality of health care for all Americans.
- Fought against Wall Street
lobbyists to sign into law historic consumer protections and financial reforms that shield
American families from unfair lending practices from credit card and mortgage companies,
rein in the excesses of Wall Street, and work to prevent future financial crises.
- Reformed the college loan system by ending subsidies to banks and using the money to
make college more affordable. He also invested in community colleges that are providing
Americans with the skills they need to succeed in today's economy.
- Rescued the
American auto industry, which saved millions of American jobs and helped GM and Chrysler
become profitable again while repaying taxpayers.
- Repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,”
which makes it possible for individuals to serve in the military regardless of their
- Helped women get the equal pay they deserve by signing into law
the Lilly Ledbetter Act.
- Supported the Returning Heroes Tax Credit and the Wounded
Warriors Tax Credit.
- As a result of the Heathcare Act over 500,000 veterans previously
denied care will now be eligible for VA Health Care by 2013.
- Increased funding for the
VA every year of his administration.
- Ended the war in Iraq, initiated a responsible
drawdown of forces in Afghanistan, and ordered the operation that killed Osama bin Laden.
Read more about the President's Record:
A Short List of Democratic
- 8-Hour Workday
- Social Security
- Minimum Wage Law
- G.I. Bill of Rights
- Marshall Plan
- Peace Corps
- Operation Head Start
- Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Voting Rights Act of 1965
- Water Quality Act
- Clean Air Act
- First Man on the Moon
- Women's Suffrage Amendment
- Workers Compensation Act
- Unemployment Compensation Act
- Rural Electrification Act
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
- Federal Home Loan Program
- Securities & Exchange Act
- Guaranteed Student Loan Program • Family and Medical Leave Act
- School Lunch Program
- Motor Voter Act
- 100,000 New police on U.S. streets
- Balanced budget in 1998 as a result of the Balanced Act 1993
- Davis-Bacon Act
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