Monday, March 30, 2009

In Office 3 Weeks Adds $40,000 To Pension

Illinois taxpayers are on the hook for another one of those fat pension deals that state legislators have set up for themselves.

The State Employees Retirement System has signed off on granting former Rep. Kurt Granberg (D-Carlyle) a yearly pension of $113,305.

Which is $40,288 more a year than he would have gotten if his pension were based only on his 22-year legislative career, which ended in mid-January.

Instead, pension officials decided Granberg had earned the higher pension serving as director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, a post then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed him to on Jan. 16, less than two weeks before being booted out of office.

Granberg didn't last much longer. He hadn't gotten Senate confirmation yet when Gov. Quinn fired him Feb. 5.

So the pension system had to decide whether to base his retirement payments on his final $85,903-a-year legislative salary or on his $133,300 DNR salary. Lawmakers' pensions are based on 85 percent of their final salary

Obama's Sheep Pledge Project


Hi. My name is _____________, and I’m a volunteer with Organizing for America here in
________________(City or Town). How are you today?

(Wait for response and engage with potential supporter in a conversational manner.)

Great! Have you heard about Organizing for America and what we are doing in our community?

(Wait for response and engage with potential supporter in a conversational manner.)

Organizing for America is the continuation of the grassroots movement President Obama
inspired during last year's presidential campaign. In the greatest economic crisis our country in
generations, President Obama needs your help to get America back on track.

Today I'm here to spread the word and build support in our community for the President's plan to
create jobs and renew and strengthen our economy. President Obama knows that in order for our
economy to rebuild we must tackle three critical components at the heart of our country's future:
energy, health care, and education. Especially now, in the midst of these tough times, we cannot
afford to wait any longer for the change we need, and the change that we voted for in November.

President Obama needs your help now. I'm asking you to join President Obama and pledge your
support for his proposed budget priorities supporting the American people by making us
energy independent, making health care more affordable by reducing costs, and by improving
education in America.

We will deliver these pledges from individuals in your community to the President and your
members of Congress in order to show the overwhelming support for President Obama's plan
and the urgent need to move this country forward.

Now is the time for leadership that will put our country back on the path to prosperity. Our
country's success depends on folks like you showing your support by joining the President in
strengthening our economy and our country.


IF YES TO PLEDGE: Great! Sign here. [Give voter the pledge/petition form and review pledge
to make sure all information is included and/or legible.]

Please call your Congressman and tell him/her you support President Obama’s plans for reform
by calling the number on this flyer. [Give the flyer for your specific Congressional District].

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be in touch with you soon about our upcoming events. Do you have any other questions?


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IF NO: Thanks so much for your time. To get your friends, family, and neighbors to
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If you are asked questions about President Obama’s economic plan or for more information,
please refer to the talking points below:

• The energy challenges our country faces are severe and have gone unaddressed for far
too long.
• Our addiction to foreign oil doesn't just undermine our national security and wreak havoc
on our environment — it cripples our economy and strains the budgets of working
families all across America.
• Creating a new energy economy isn’t just a challenge to meet, it’s also an opportunity to
create new businesses, new industries, and millions of new jobs – jobs that pay well and
cannot be outsourced.
• The President will make historic investments that will double the nation’s supply of
renewable energy in the next three years; spur new discoveries in energy, medicine,
science and technology through the largest infusion of basic research funding in American
history; and put Americans back to work modernizing buildings and weatherizing homes.

HEALTH CARE:• The skyrocketing cost of health care — costs that are straining family budgets, crippling
businesses and consuming government budgets – is one of the greatest threats to
America’s fiscal health.
• In the last eight years, health care premiums have grown four times faster than wages,
and an additional nine million Americans have become uninsured. The cost of health
care now causes a bankruptcy in America every thirty seconds.
• Even for people with health care, all it takes is one stroke of bad luck to become one of
the nearly 46 million uninsured — or the millions who have health care, but can’t afford it.
• Health care reform is no longer just a moral imperative, it is a fiscal imperative. If we
want to create jobs and rebuild our economy, then we must address the crushing cost of
health care this year.

• Our education policies will help determine whether our children have the chance to
fulfill their potential and whether our workers have the chance to build a better life for
their families.
• Education has always been the foundation for achieving the American dream, providing
opportunity to millions of American families, newcomers, and immigrants.
• Our nation’s economic competitiveness depends on providing every child with an
education that will enable them to compete in a global economy that is predicated on
knowledge and innovation.
• We cannot let other countries outperform us in education if America is to remain a
global economic leader in the 21st Century

The first order of business for President Obama is to get our economy moving again, create jobs
and lay the foundation for growth in the short and long term. The President is committed to
bringing the type of change we need to the economy and to our national priorities that gets us
out of the boom and bust economic cycles we have seen over the last two decades and instead
provides for steady long term growth that we can count on. The future of our economy and job
creation is tied to our ability to improve education, make health care more affordable and invest
in renewable energy to reduce our dependence on foreign sources of oil - all priorities of the
President's budget plan.

It is AIG’s own recklessness and greed that put the company in trouble in the first place and the
President shares the outrage of the country and the taxpayers over these bonuses. The President
has directed the Treasury Department to use the taxpayer's investment in AIG as leverage and
pursue every legal avenue available to block these bonuses. The President is doing everything
possible to get to the bottom of this and protect American taxpayers from this outrage.

The President believes that after we emerge from the current economic crisis which is gripping
the country, that we must get our fiscal house in order. His budget plan cuts wasteful spending,
eliminates unnecessary programs and allows tax breaks for the wealthiest of Americans and
corporations to expire in 2011. By making the needed investments to get our economy moving
again, and by making the hard choices in these other areas, President Obama's plan will cut the
current projected budget deficit in half by the end of his first term in office.
This is the script to the video I posted yesterday. I was bothered after watching the video & the training video this project is to get citizen's to sign a petition to get Obama budget passed. ALL Lies

Coast-to-Coast Coverage For OFA's Pledge Project Canvass [March 21]

Obamas sheep are out canvassing the citizens getting signatures to pass his buget .