Wednesday, November 8, 2023
In this Issue: November 11, 2023: Honoring our Veterans this Veterans Day ● Bidenomics Spurs Continued Economic Growth ● Affordable Care Act Marketplace Enrollment is Open Now! ● Lake Dems Petition Event: Lawyer Look-Over, Petition Turn-In, and Notary Party a Big Hit! ● Volunteer Spotlight ● ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) ● Upcoming Events
Lake Dems Petition Event: Lawyer Look-Over, Petition Turn-In, and Notary Party!
World War I fighting ceased November 11, 1918, when an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
The holiday was originally called “Armistice Day.” In 1954, at the urging of Veterans service organizations, Congress replaced the word “Armistice” with the word “Veterans,” and on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American Veterans of all wars.
To preserve the historical significance of the date, Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls.
This Veterans Day, Lake County Democrats honor our nation’s veterans for their patriotism and love of country, and thank them for their courageous service and willingness to sacrifice for the common good.
Bidenomics Spurs Continued Economic Growth
According to a news release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the US jobs market added 150,000 jobs in October, enough to keep signaling an expanding economy, but not so fast as to put upward pressure on inflation. Hourly wages are rising at a rate that slightly outpaces inflation, making everything just a little bit easier to afford. GDP growth for the 3rd quarter was 4.9%, higher than anticipated. Yet inflation is still cooling down to 3.7% in September.
On the NPR program The Indicator from Planet Money, University of Michigan professor of economics and public policy Betsey Stephenson, spoke of how pandemic era policies are having an enduring effect on the jobs market. “All of that cash, well, it helped people spend, but I think it did more than help people spend. I think it reduced the risk that they faced. And, you know, they didn’t have to worry about being evicted. They didn’t have to worry about making that student loan payment. And when we take some of the risk away in other places, it looks like people are more willing to take on other risks, like starting a new business.”
Professor Stephenson asserts that everyone in the job market can be picky. Many job seekers feel they can wait for a position with the hours, pay, or flexibility they want. And with the 3.9% unemployment rate, employers feel they can wait to get the best fit for the job, which reduces turnover and increases productivity.
As supply chains return to normal, and the world of work changes, the soft landing the Fed anticipated last year is here. The US economy is not a zero-sum game. President Biden’s policies are making life better for workers, employers, and small business owners alike.
Affordable Care Act Marketplace Enrollment is Open Now!
Open enrollment for those seeking to purchase health insurance for 2024 through the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace began November 1 and continues through January 15, 2024. Those of us who live in Lake County can choose from among 102 plans offered by six different insurance companies.
The Moraine Township Supervisor’s Office is certified to help consumers review their options and enroll in plans. Whether or not you live in Moraine Township, you can call 847-432-3240 or email email@example.com to make an appointment with one of their volunteer Certified Application Counselors (CACs). The West Deerfield Township Supervisor’s Office also offers this service, as may other townships in Lake County.
Information on the plans and how to enroll can be found here. To go directly to the ACA Marketplace click here. You must enroll by December 15th for coverage to begin January 1, 2024.
Lake Dems Petition Event: Lawyer Look-Over, Petition Turn-In, and Notary Party a Big Hit!
|People lined up for their turn to meet with our three volunteer attorneys and five volunteer notaries who reviewed and notarized tons of candidate petitions.|
Lake Dems is grateful for our many active volunteers. Click here if you’re interested in helping.
This week, we recognize Roger Baron and Alex Sulzer, for the tireless work they do creating emails and sign-up forms, sending myriad emails from Lake Dems each week, and cleaning up the thousands of records in our systems. They merge duplicate records, update contact information, and make sure we know what tasks people have volunteered for. It’s an enormous undertaking and we are so grateful to them for taking this on.
ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)
Fundraiser for Carissa Casbon with Mexican Food and Music. 3-5pm, Gurnee. More.
MONDAY, NOV. 13
Antioch & Grant Township Democrats November Meeting. 6:30-8pm, Lake Villa. More.
TUESDAY, NOV. 14
Tenth Dems University – The Threat to Democracy is Bigger than Trump. Doors open 6pm; program begins 7pm, Northbrook. More.
For the complete list of Upcoming Events, go to lakedems.org/events.
Click here to submit your event for consideration.
How Do I Join Lake County Democrats?
Lake County Democrats is made up of people like you, people who are passionate about building better communities and a better world. We’re a grassroots political organization, working with Democrats in all parts of Lake County – from Antioch to Highland Park, Libertyville to Waukegan, Barrington to Zion. Become a member online now, (individual: $35/couples $60 – though more is always appreciated), or send a check payable to Lake County Democrats to P.O. Box 671, Lake Zurich, IL 60047. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org..