Lisa's Social Security plan gains support

By simply requiring upper-income Americans to pay the same tax rate as middle-class families, Democrat Lisa McCormick says Social Security's benefits could be expanded, and its funding would remain in balance for decades beyond the longest projections.

McCormick recently enlisted residents throughout New Jersey to help advocate her plan to require upper-income Americans to pay the same tax rate as the 94% of American working middle-class families who make less than $132,900 a year. McCormick says this adjustment will keep Social Security solvent in perpetuity. 

"Social Security is funded through deductions to everyone’s paychecks," said McCormick. "We pay in while we’re working, and then collect benefits when we retire but not everyone pays equally."

McCormick, who is a candidate for Union County Surrogate in the June 4 Democratic primary election, has been calling for congressional action to make the nation's retirement system stable, solvent and secure.

When she announced that Social Security benefits were increasing by 2.8 percent in 2019 and that the maximum amount of earnings subject to the payroll tax rose to $132,900 up from $128,400, McCormick was advocating 'Scrap the Cap,' which would include all income in FICA.

"Increased payments to retirees will supercharge the American economy," McCormick said. "There was no Social Security increase in 2010, 2011 or 2016 and in 2017, Social Security recipients got an raise of only 0.3 percent. My plan would allow greater benefits, a lower retirement age and long term financial stability."

A number of authorities have confirmed McCormick's plan to fix Social Security or proposed very similar approaches to the long term financial stability of the nation's retirement system.

"As a former U.S. Secretary of Labor, I know that the American standard of living depends on the strength of our social safety nets," said Robert B. Reich. "This is why I’m impressed by Lisa McCormick’s proposal to save Social Security and insure long term solvency of the nation’s pension system."

"While 94 percent of U.S. workers pay Social Security tax on every dollar in their paycheck, the very richest Americans avoid Social Security taxes on most of their money due to the program's cap on taxable earnings," said Reich. "To correct this, she recommends that we ‘scrap the cap’ so very wealthy Americans contribute to Social Security at the same tax rate as the rest of us. I completely agree."

Reich is the Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley. McCormick discussed her Social Security proposal with Reich during a telephone conversation on April 11 and in an exchange of email messages.

McCormick's plan to fix Social Security has also been emulated or embraced the Economic Opportunity Institute, Social Security Works, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, the United Steelworkers, Americans for Tax Fairness, Patriotic Millionaires, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and others.

The add your name in support of Lisa McCormick's plan to fix Social Security, visit:

Attend a Medicare For All barnstorm

Lisa McCormick is urging Garden State residents to attend one of the barnstorm events taking place all over New Jersey in conjunction with the national 'Medicare for All' week of action.

McCormick said at least four New Jersey Barnstorm events have been scheduled.

The first one will be held February 09, at 11:00 AM in the Long Branch Free Public Library.

The second is scheduled for February 10, at 2:00 PM at the First Congregation Church in Montclair followed by another on February 13, at 5:30 PM in the Labor Education Center Auditorium at Rutgers University.

McCormick said the last one is slated for February 14, at 7:00 PM in the Bridgewater Public Library.

"These events are taking place all across the country for the national Medicare for All week of action from February 9th-13th," McCormick said. "New Jersey has a special part to play, however, because one of our congressmen is chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over health care."

McCormick said organizations throughout America are partnering with National Nurses United to launch a nationwide campaign to pass Medicare for All in Congress.

"We kicked off the campaign earlier this month by urging people to call your Representatives to ask them co-sponsor Rep. Pramila Jayapal's Medicare for All bill," McCormick said. "People can still call your representatives in Congress now by dialing 202-858-1717."

"The Medicare for All proposal introduced by Rep. Jayapal is similar to one sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders," said McCormick. "These measures would reduce the total cost of health care for the nation, make sure every American has insurance coverage and improve the quality of life for anyone who would otherwise go broke, suffer or die because of high prices."

McCormick said anyone interested in hosting a local event may sign up to get started at:

Citizens can also email McCormick anytime at to learn more about how to get involved.

"Barnstorm is a term derived from touring theatrical performances, originally often in barns in rural parts of America, that has become as part of a populist political campaign or movement," said McCormick. "Barnstorming to support Medicare for All will help people better understand what this can mean for America and mobilize an army of volunteers to put pressure on Congress, which is too often heavily influenced by money instead of behaving like our representatives."

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New Jersey’s minimum wage deal is inadequate

Lisa McCormick released the following statement on Governor Murphy's agreement with legislative leaders to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage to $10 an hour:

Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin have agreed to give New Jersey a $10 an hour minimum wage and call it a $15 minimum wage, but progressive voters know this is a broken promise that puts the super wealthy ahead of the 99 percent of Garden State residents who work for a living.  

This should not come as a big surprise, since Governor Murphy and lawmakers also welched on promises to legalize pot, establish a state bank and restore the millionaires tax. 

No one in New Jersey should be working full time yet have to live in poverty, so the $10 an hour minimum wage is a pitiful alternative to a real $15 minimum wage, which amounts to a difference of $20,800 a year and $31,200 a year. 

This powerful trio failed to fulfill his obligation for the thousands of minimum wage workers who were promised $15 an hour, but people need to know that Murphy, Sweeney and Coughlin handed out pay hikes of up to $34,000 to hundreds of judges and his senior government staff. Those $34,000 pay hikes exceed the total income of working people who labor for $15 an hour! 

In June of 2016, the New Jersey Senate passed legislation that would have made New Jersey the third state to adopt a $15 per hour minimum wage. The measure approved by these lawmakers and sent to former Republican Governor Chris Christie would have given New Jersey a $15 per hour minimum wage by 2021, six years sooner than this proposal provides some workers. 

A substantial minimum wage hike would lift thousands of families out of poverty, decrease dependency on government and boost commerce by pumping more dollars back into the economy, but this bill will push 

America had a 50-year period when the middle-class grew to include 65 percent of the population because we had a progressive tax system to bring people together, provide sufficient funds for investing in education, development and security, and insure that nobody got left behind. During that time, we had high top tax rates and a minumum wage that enabled workers to afford 

New Jerseyans are getting used to broken promises and lies, but political deceipt is just as unacceptable from liberal Phil Murphy as it is when con-man Donald Trump does the same thing. As voters, we must hold our elected officials accountable! 

In June, progressive Democrats should mount a primary challenge against every Assembly incumbent, and win those elections to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour.


McCormick calling on NJTransit to deploy electric buses

Democrat Lisa McCormick is calling on New Jersey Transit to transition its entire fleet of buses to all-electric vehicles because it could save money in the long run, reduce ill health and significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions.

"If we reduce toxic air pollution that New Jersey Transit creates each year, we would see a corresponding reduction in public health hazards," said McCormick. "Along with the critical need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of our fight to reverse the deadly consequences of climate change, this is a wise investment NJ Transit should pursue vigorously and without delay."

McCormick said a transition to electric buses for NJ Transit could avoid climate-changing and local air pollution each day without losing reliability.

Noting that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has agreed to procure 18 Proterra Catalyst E2 vehicles for shuttle service at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA), McCormick identified a postential source NJ Transit could use to purchase similar buses.

"New Jersey’s share of the federal Volkswagen settlement should be sufficient to acquire about 100 zero-emission and low-emission electric transit buses, which can each save an average of $46,000 per year compared with the cost of operating diesel vehicles," McCormick said.

"Nationwide, just 0.2 percent of the nation’s nearly 70,000 commuter buses run on all-electric engines and sadly, none of them are in NJ Transit’s fleet of 2,200 vehicles," McCormick said. "Reducing the number of cars Americans operate makes sense for our environment, the livability of our cities and our bank accounts. Smart transportation policies can alter the way that people commute, shop and travel, but we must be serious about solving the challenges of air pollution and climate change."

There are more than 15,000 electric vehicles on the road in New Jersey, far less than in other states in the Northeast, so McCormick is also calling for more publicly available charging stations.

“With 6 million licensed drivers and about 3 million registered cars New Jersey has only 15,000 electric vehicles," McCormick said. "NJ Transit should be leading the drive toward electric vehicles, not demonstrating how far we have to go.” 

"Diesel exhaust from buses poses a public health risk because they travel where there are lots of people, where inhaling diesel exhaust can cause respiratory diseases and worsen existing conditions such as asthma," McCormick said. "New Jersey’s transportation discharges account for 42 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle exhaust is the single largest source of ground-level ozone pollution, or smog."

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Violence Against Women Act has lapsed again

Women across the nation are expressing anger that the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has lapsed for the second time in 25 years, another casualty of Trump's government shutdown.

Authorization for the law’s programs expired when the partial government shutdown began just after midnight Friday. The shutdown, which is affecting over 800,000 federal workers, forced VAWA to expire because the law’s programs are funded under the Justice Department.

"The landmark domestic violence law was set to expire Sept. 30, but it was extended through Dec. 7 by the first stopgap spending bill and extended again until Dec. 21 in a second short-term bill," said Lisa McCormick, one of New Jersey's progressive Democratic leaders. "As a result of President Donald Trump's temper tantrum, the Violence Against Women Act has expired."

“Don’t let this go unnoticed: the Violence Against Women Act, which helps survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault, expired with the government shutdown,” said Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), adding, “It’s deeply concerning.”

Women participate in a protest march for survivors of sexual assault and their supporters in Hollywood, Los Angeles. 

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Conversion to ActBlue

As part of a sweeping upgrade to her campaign operations, Lisa McCormick rolled out a new ActBlue donation form this week, converting a significant portion of her fundraising to the fast lane for turning small donations into major league money.

ActBlue has helped progressive Democrats and organizations raise money on the Internet since June 2004, by providing them with online fundraising software.

Its stated mission is to "empower small-dollar donors" but ActBlue is doing more than that by allowing those donors to invest in candidates like McCormick, who eschewed the influence of wealthy contributors and instead waged a people-powered campaign that garnered 160,000 votes last June. 

ActBlue, the massive Democratic online fundraising platform, generated $1.6 billion from 4.9 million unique donors for 14,820 different Democratic candidates and causes during the midterm election.

"Small donations are key to my fundraising strategy, and thanks to ActBlue, my people-powered campaign will be able to tap into the platform that carried almost 60 percent of dollars from individual contributions to Democratic candidates," said McCormick. "As an ordinary working class American who proudly pledged to accept No Fossil Fuel Money and No NRA Money, individual contributions are far more important to me than they are to the kind of mega-fundraisers favored by super PACs and Wall Street billionaires."

McCormick said she is working to 'build a bigger team' that will be able to broadcast her plans for reducing the corrupt influence of money in politics, establishing universal health care, and investing $5 trillion in America's infrastructure in order to transition the 21st century economy to address the scale and urgency of the problems facing our planet, such as climate change, nuclear instability and increasingly unstable oceans. 

As a female candidate breaking into the male-dominated world of politics, McCormick is pleased to note that 60 percent of ActBlue donors were women. The form is currently live at:


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Economic recovery requires new leadership

Eyes wide open

Republicans in Congress are failing to convince voters that their economic policies are helping middle-class Americans because people know the cost of living, like increasing costs for health care & gasoline, is washing out any benefit working people got from the GOP tax law.

That is important because many of our representatives failed to make the case early or often about the simple, straightforward truth.

Tax cuts for the wealthy do not create a healthy economy. If they did, America would be flying high instead of divided, with most of us struggling to make ends meet.

When top tax rates were 90%, the economy was booming and almost everyone with a job had more than enough to live on. We had free public education, massive investments in the infrastructure and ordinary people could retire in comfort when they turned 60. Today people with two or three jobs cannot pay their bills, credit card and other debts keep piling up and retirement is beyond the hope of many average workers. 

It would be simple enough to return to policies that made the economy strong and broadly prosperous for everyone, but greed keeps getting in the way. Instead of doing the right thing, politicians cater to the rich and ordinary voters let them get away with it. It is time to take matters into our own hands.

If you can tell the difference between right and wrong, and if you would do the right thing were you entrusted with public power even when you might personally benefit from doing the wrong thing, then you should consider running for elected office. 

Bernie Sanders said America needs a political revolution. That not something one person can do alone. I showed money is not the only asset in a political campaign and I want to help elect hundreds of ordinary Americans. I want to help elect you.

Put your name on the ballot, pledge to helping progressive candidates or contribute what you can. Let me know we can count on you. 


Video reveals Lisa McCormick's motivation

GOP ad helps Democratic Challenger Lisa McCormick

The progressive Democratic US Senate challenger said a big money Republican spending spree could help her defeat Senator Robert Menendez in the June 5 primary, by advertising that the Senate Ethics Committee formally admonished the New Jersey lawmaker over his relationship with fat-cat donor Dr. Salomon Melgen.

"Bob Menendez was sanctioned for breaking the law and these Republican ads are demonstrating that the incumbent is the only Democrat who can lose the election in November," said Democrat Lisa McCormick, a progressive who is waging a low budget challenge to the corrupt insider that may be successful despite his $7 million fundraising advantage. "My campaign is based on the fact that we must end the political corruption that drives elected officials to chase money

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin is broadcasting a TV ad highlighting Menendez’s admonishment by the Senate Ethics Committee for accepting gifts from Dr. Salomon Melgen, a 30-second commercial that also emphasizes that he was indicted on bribery charges under the Obama administration.

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