Free Your Mind & The Rest Will Follow

Feel like bursting into song yet? First person to give me the name of the song & artist in the comments below gets a $5 Starbucks GC.  Oh and you need to tell me what year it was released as well.  But I digress, totally not the point of this post.

How do you feel about this whole Baltimore County Council pension fiasco?  How would you like the opportunity to tell the council members exactly what you think about their super cushy retirement package.  Let’s just say that our measly social security doesn’t even come close.

Here’s the perfect opportunity!  From the Americans For Prosperity:

November 16, 2009 at 7:00 PMWe love the Ravens, and today, our families will be in front of the TV watching the Ravens destroy the Broncos!But have you ever considered why are we so willing to invite our family and our friends to a game that has no bearing on the direction of the country or the future of our children, and yet we are so reluctant to ask them to join us in an effort that can make a positive and lasting difference?


I want to give you the opportunity to demonstrate that you love freedom, prosperity, community, and fiscal sanity as much as you love the Ravens.

Did you know that Vince Gardina, a member of the Baltimore County council, is set to retire next year and collect a $54,000 per year pension (100% of his salary for a part-time job). Four other members of the council (Bartenfelder, Moxley, Kamenetz, and McIntire) are completing their fourth term and will receive 80% of their salary for life even if they are not reelected.

The average social security recipient receives a monthly benefit of approximately $1,100. That’s four times less than Councilman Gardina’s pension, and in 2010 social security recipients will once again receive no cost of living adjustment. Active duty military, police officers, and firefighters who retire receive only 50% of their salary when they retire from their full-time positions.

Read about the pension controversy below:

Explore Baltimore County

Baltimore Sun

Does this upset you? Are you willing to do something about it?

Make plans today to speak your mind at the County Council hearing!Monday, November 16, 2009 7:00 PMOld Courthouse


400 Washington Avenue

Towson, MD 21204

Join us as we let our councilmen know that we are upset with their lucrative pension plans. That evening if you sign up ahead of time (6:00 – 7:00 PM) you will be given the opportunity to address the county council for two minutes on any subject. Please commit today to joining us and building support to change these outrageous pension plans. If we don’t show up in large numbers, we have no one to blame but ourselves.

Please comment below and let us know that you plan to attend.

After speaking your mind at the council meeting, join us at the Rec Room, 512 York Road, Towson, MD 21204 to watch the Ravens defeat the Browns.


Steve BaileyJoe Seehusen
Americans for Prosperity Baltimore County

One Response to Free Your Mind & The Rest Will Follow

  1. Harry Korrell says:

    The following was submitted to and published as a Letter to the Editor of the Catonsville Times:

    “The arrogance and commitment to self aggrandizement of many elected officials throughout the nation is nowhere more blatantly evident than in the absurdity of a lifelong pension of $54,000.00 yearly for county councilman Gardina, who works at that part time job for about a week a month. What more horrific example of the “after me you come first” entitlement mind set of so called “public servants” can one find?

    Aside from the absurdity of that retirement “benefit” itself, what of the monumental unfairness to full time county employees whose retirement is far less than the full value of their annual salary – for life.

    And what of the personal use of county owned vehicles and insurance on those vehicles? What of health care benefits?

    Who is to blame? Everyone. Certainly those who seek to enrich themselves on unguarded funds are examples most of us would not wish to emulate. Certainly those same individuals tend to despise as fools those who leave such funds unguarded. Those who are primarily responsible for the debacle which is our nation’s disgrace are the apathetic citizens who would rather “go along to get along “ than trouble themselves to insure the viability of the brilliantly designed mechanisms of our form of government.

    Baltimore County and Maryland are quintessential examples of the abuses of power that result from single party control of all facets of government. This is no indictment of the currently dominant party. Either of the two would behave in an equally reprehensible fashion given no credible opposition. It is an indictment of the citizenry which would rather “let George do it” than participate in their own governance and who would rather vote for party over principle.”

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