Apologetic No More: I am proud to be a Republican

The last two elections the far left masqueraded in Republican clothes while the GOP didn't even leave the dressing room. The Democrats ran candidates claiming to be pro-business, pro-gun, pro-tax cuts, pro-life, pro-marriage, and pro-military. They claimed that the problem was that Republicans had grown into protecting their power base that they couldn't perform on these issues. Unfortunately, there was some truth to the charge. Now that these Democrats have won, we find that most of them played us for fools. Now that they have power they claim that there is a mandate to go back on all of these issues. The old saying is true, "You may fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time". Thanks to GOP missteps, Democrats run the country-for now. Now some in the GOP are afraid to stand up and be counted. They want to apologize for saying Read more

Markell’s 100 days

Governor Markell has been dealt a poor hand therefore I have made it point to give him a chance before being critical. The state has little money and huge short falls. His aggressive and expensive agenda has mostly taken a back seat to reality.  How has the governor done so far? The Governor is trying to advance certain proposals to build on our already growing green industry and increase credit for small businesses. He recently proposed streamlining some of the permitting process. I applaud those efforts. It is essential that we encourage growth in our economy. The Governor is proposing growing another industry, gaming. Unfortunately, his proposals would actually lose money and hurt jobs. Sports betting makes economic sense. It is being done anyway and would give the state's gaming industry a competitive advantage. Any proposal should exempt any sporting event including Read more

President Obama’s biggest problem may be Tax and Spend Democrats

President Obama understood that cutting the tax burden for the working/middle class was an important part of his economic agenda. He also understood that it was a key part to building a political majority. Unfortunately, his Senate budget chairman seems bent on undermining it. On 25 March 2009 the chairman went about undermining the tax cuts after 2010 according to the NY Times. By early April the chairman was press releasing his support for middle class tax release in the budget. By the end of April, he already had set in motion the undermining of the tax cuts by cutting them from future budgets. Combine that with the proposed carbon taxes and the middle class will be hit with terrible costs. President Clinton lost the Congress in part because the Democrat party went left on social issues and in part because they abandoned his middle class tax cuts. The people elected Republicans Read more

Another GOP Moderate – What Do You Think Happened?

h/t to Salt Lake Tribune via John Cole via Pandora* * - Once again, I present my service of bringing Delaware Liberal to those too scared to visit A snippet from the Salt Lake Tribune article, linked above: Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.'s appearance at a Michigan county Republican Party event was scrapped this week after the county chairwoman said that hosting the moderate Utah governor would mean abandoning the party's conservative principles. Kent County Republican Party Chairwoman Joanne Voorhees abruptly canceled the party fundraiser scheduled for Saturday. "The voters want and expect us to stand on principle and return to our roots. Unfortunately, by holding an event with Governor Huntsman, we would be doing the exact opposite," Voorhees wrote in an e-mail quoted in The Grand Rapids Press . A Republican Governor with AN 84% APPROVAL RATING...did you get that, I said AN 84% APPROVAL Read more

The First 100 Days

How will I grade the President's first 100 days tomorrow? The grade on the first 100 days has two parts, he did what he said he would do during the first 100 days minus the silly lobbyist stuff. I also ding him for not filling key positions in a timely manner. I give him an A- for performance. I give him a D+ for substance. The negatives are clear. The trillion dollar deficit budget is atrocious. His social policy is abysmal. His blame America tour was appalling. His quiet abandonment missile defense, cut backs on troop recruitment, treating terrorism like a legal problem, and the lack of a border policy are disturbing. His energy policy borders on insanity.  Other than that, thumbs up. I give him points for not abandoning the war in Iraq, but working to get us out as carefully as "we carelessly got in". I give him points for trying to win Afghanistan so we can leave a stable Read more

Yesterday the IQ average of both Parties went up

The  4 decade haunting of the GOP by Benedict Arlen is over. Specter had alienated the voters in the GOP primary to such a level that polls showed him 20 points behind after the next Senator from PA, Pat Toomey announced. Some critics claim that this is some evidence of GOP decline. That the GOP is pushing wonderful people away and it has to run and beg to have their leadership or all is lost. I beg to differ. Of course I would have rather kept Specter in the caucus, but I am not going to pretend that he was worth anything more than a vote for organization. The PA seat is going to be a tough one to keep no matter who is running, but it is a winnable one with either the incumbent or the presumed nominee. Santorum showed that conservatives can win that seat with better margins than moderates, provided they avoid writing books no one but their critics read and distort in 15 second sound Read more

$328,835

$328,835 is the pricetag for the White House's tragically stupid New York City photo-op according to the Air Force. Check it out: The flight by the VC-25, a modified Boeing Co. 747, and two F-16 fighter jets cost $328,835, Air Force spokeswoman Vicki Stein said. $328,835 for a picture at a time when many Americans are struggling financially, losing their jobs, and being kicked out of their homes. But, as they say in infomercials, that's not all.... It's being reported that the Feds were totally aware that the moronic stunt would send New Yorkers straight for the Prozac, but they demanded that the public be kept in the dark and "threatened" to punish the city if there was a leak: Federal officials knew that sending two fighter jets and Air Force One to buzz ground zero and Lady Liberty might set off nightmarish fears of a 9/11 replay, but they still ordered the photo-op kept secret Read more

From The Mouth (Keyboard) of Your Friendly Pilotician

If you live under a rock, you may not have known that Mike Protack organized the Wilmington Tea Party.  WOO HOO!  Good for you...except that you've managed to tell many people on your own that you organized it.  Usually, that's spread word-of-mouth from other people, but hey, it was still a monumental task and planning events, particularly large events, can be an arduous task, indeed.  That last part is genuine.  The rest, if you know my attitude towards the pilotician, is not.  I am as much as a non-Protack supporter as you can imagine (which you should know before reading the rest of this post), after having once been in 2006, including my contribution to his then-campaign.  Again, in fairness, before continuing further, if you don't know by now, the Pilotician and myself have zero love-loss for each other.  The only person lower on the Pilotician's totem pole may be Dave B, but Read more

Our Blue Hens have come home to ….

http://www.delawaresbadhabit.com is the link for a common sense approach for restructuring state government. Senator Colin Bonini points out that if we continued the DuPont Castle budgets the state government would have a 2.1 Billion dollar budget today and not well over 3.2 Billion dollars with a 750 million dollar short fall. We would have a surplus. 16 years of Democrat governors have spent us into difficulty according to Senator Bonini. Here is his idea to get us back on track. I contacted Senator Bonini, this past Friday. He was thrilled with the response that he has received so far. There seems to be an appetite for the ideas of limited, transparent, and more effective government. He plans to take his case to the people to build a public base to save our state from fiscal decline. He warned about this approaching problem as early as the year 2000 and voted against state budget after Read more

Twitter/Facebook-Status Political Thought Of The Day

Is it time to junk the Democratic and Republican labels and go with Progressive and Conservative labels, instead? After having some time for deep thought about politics this weekend (and wishing I could get through Nemski’s desire to bulk-label people, with prejudice, pun intended), I’ve come to the conclusion that progressives from each party have far more in common with one-another, as do conservatives from each party have with one-another, than do Democrats have with one-another and Republicans have with one-another. I am dead-serious about this, too.  Suspend the thoughts of going beyond only a two-major-party system for a moment and consider, would we be better off with a Progressive Party v a Conservative Party, rather than what we have now?

Gore To Congress: Global Warming Skeptics Like “Bernie Madoffs,” Skeptic To Gore: “Chicken”

Al Gore is speaking to Congress today about cap and trade and the global warming amid accusations from a global warming skeptic that Gore "chickened out" and changed his mind about a joint testimony: According to Monckton, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), Ranking Member on the Energy & Commerce Committee, had invited him to go head to head with Gore and testify at the hearing on Capitol Hill Friday. But Monckton now says that when his airplane from London landed in the U.S. on Thursday, he was informed that the former Vice-President had “chickened out” and there would be no joint appearance. Gore is scheduled to testify on Friday to the Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment's fourth day of hearings on the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. Lord Monckton, who was a climate advisor to the Thatcher Administration, was described this way by Grist: Monckton has a colorful Read more

Shorter Delaware Liberal Commenter

...as commented by a contributor... Yes, I am labeling The Republican Party as racists. You can keep on pretending otherwise, but that doesn’t change their modus operandi. One...I just don't get the moral-OK with passing the highly-charged word "racist" around like it were candy on Halloween night.  It runs the risk of diminishing the imapact and importance of the charge and possibly becoming more cliche than substantive. Two...Republicans: while he's not totally correct, he's also not totally wrong.  All parties have problems with members that fit this charge.  We do, they do, all do.  That's a fact.  My question is, what will you (we) do about it?  It's a very real image.  Being pre-emptive, if one person dare try to defend by stating Michael Steele's race, you will get cyber-slapped, because you don't get it.  This is indeed a very real image and we need to wrestle it to Read more

Today’s WDEL Talkback: Legalize Sexting?

I called in response to this question, but the window of opportunity is incredibly small, relative to the time it demands.  It's based on the State of Vermont considering "legalizing" the practice of sexting.  What is sexting?  As WDEL describes it, it is basically the practice of sending sexually-suggestive, or even pornographic images of one's self to another person, very typically that person's dating-partner.  OK, married/civil partner, too, but really, how long have you been married?  Back to point, the motivation of the basis of this question is the black-and-white application of the Child Predator law.  You either did it, or you didn't, period.  There is no consideration of consent.  Yeah, consent.  16-year-old to another 16-year-old really is an entirely different set of psychological circumstances than that of, say, a 30-year-old interacting with a 16-year-old.  I may Read more

Have We Hit Bottom?

Many economists are predicting that we will start to emerge from the recession by September according to the Wall Street Journal. It may be time to buy selective stocks. Man the economy is turning around on Monetary policy before we even spend the stimulus. What gives. I thought we needed Mr. Obama to save us all.

Don’t Forget to attend your Tea Party

Do you believe in power to the people not the plutocracy? You have plenty of company. Attend a tea party to show your support for fiscal sanity. This event is non partisan. Of course I think that after you get educated you should make it count and be partisan for those who stand up for you. Have a great tax day. I hope that you had no unpleasant surprises. Dover Legislative Mall on the Green 4:00 – 6:00 PM Georgetown The Circle 12:00 – 2:00 PM Laurel Janosik Park 4:00 – 7:00 PM Wilmington The Riverfront 4:00 – 6:30 PM Middletown Middletown Town Square 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Another Reason to Support the Commander in Chief

The rescue of the Captain today is an important event. It shows the strength of America in times of crisis. We also saw the importance of giving the President some leeway in his role as Commander in Chief. Some people wondered why he wasn't talking to the press about this issue. It is because he was talking to the important people in the military. Let's take that same attitude and give him some leeway to finish off the wars and bring our military personnel home with honor. It doesn't erase the fact that we have cut our navy too much and are not doing what we should to keep that shipping lane open. We need to have a healthy debate on policy. I just do not want it to become an unhealthy hindrance. The GOP lining up to support the President's supplemental for the war is a positive development. I am waiting for the praise of this bipartisanship from the left. Still waiting. I Read more

The God factor; This is still A Christian Nation and a Religious People.

A certain news magazine (the name of which is not worthy of my mention) had a sensational cover declaring the Decline and fall of Christian America. As usual the secular left can't understand the rest of America. It was timed to coincide with Holy Week while 70% of America is honoring Christ. It was typical liberal nonsense. The actual article seemed measured and worthy of discussion. The author is serious scholar who is grappling with societal changes. He points out that the near universal Christian consensus this country had is no longer universal. Of course most of us knew that for 40 years. Just turn on MTV and you can see that is true. When porn fills our society like an open sewer, when we push games and entertainment which celebrates killing, when babies are aborted, when giving out Bibles in school causes fear in the hearts of administrators, but condoms are dispensed daily, Read more

Happy Resurrection Day

How Great Thou Art Today is a special day for those of us who believe in the Living God who cares about humanity in a personal way and not some mystical "Sky Daddy". That understanding informs all of life. His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI gave us a clarion call to escape the desert of godlessness which is infecting much of western civilization. He reminded us that we when we refuse to submit to the values which bound us together that we see the brutality that humanity descends into. It is truly a desert of godlessness. I have seen better. I have seen the transformed lives brought about by the connection of the human spirit with the Spirit of God. I never tire of seeing people who are left empty and broken by secularism or its pale companion of liberal religiosity find true fulfillment and faith. I can't even number the drug addicts freed. The alcoholics delivered. The broken Read more

How to spot a lame, lame argument

The above title is from an article describing one of the biggest frustrations I have with debates in general and why I have been so apathetic as of late when it comes to blogging. Johann Hari writes - "There is one particular type of bad argument that has always existed, but it has now spread like tar over the world-wide web, and is seeping into the pubs, coffee shops and opinion columns everywhere. It is known as 'what-aboutery' - and there was a particularly ripe example of it in response to one of my articles last week. As a rhetorical trick, it is simple. Anyone can do it, and we are all tempted sometimes. When you have lost an argument - when you can't justify your case, and it is crumbling in your hands - you snap back: "But what about x?" - Full Story Read more

Delaware’s Green Economy Suffers A Setback

The GE plant in Newark that makes solar panels is laying off 85 employees:
Rumsey said orders have been falling and inventory piling up as potential customers struggle to find financing for photovoltaic installations, which convert sunlight to electricity. “It’s unfortunate, but we have to align our manufacturing output with the demand that we have,” Rumsey said.
And if you think that’s a big bummer, check out this little tidbit:
But Pichel said the cost disadvantages of making solar components in the United States are becoming pronounced, and he believes more companies will outsource production to China.
Argh.

I’m Just Gonna Go Lay In A Pile Of Mercury And Get It Over With

Pennsylvania is going to start dredging the Delaware River in September: After assessing reams of environmental studies, the Philadelphia district of the Army Corps said Monday it is ready to begin scooping out muck at the bottom of the channel to increase the depth from 40 to 45 feet. Now, this is something I consider a HUGE environmental issue for Delaware, not only because of what may be contained in the muck, but where the Army Corps has previously suggested dumping the muck IF they dredge our stretch of the river: The Corps would dredge 33 million cubic yards of sediment – some containing high concentrations of mercury, lead and PCBs – and deposit the sediment at sites along the river, including Bombay Hook, a National Wildlife Refuge and a Wetland of International Importance. Plans to blast a granite portion of the riverbed pose risks to rare short-nosed sturgeon. Yep, Read more