Chairman’s Corner

I am getting this Chairman's Corner up a little late, sorry. It is from July 26, 20011. Good afternoon, and welcome to "The Chairman's Corner":    SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!      South Carolina’s Governor Nikki Haley has agreed to be our special guest and keynote speaker for “Vicmead” on October 20, 2011.  She is a truly dynamic personality and a truly great governor. You will want to meet her and hear her speak, so please mark your calendars. This annual event held at the Vicmead Hunt Club in Greenville is the Delaware GOP’s premier fundraising event of the year – more details will follow.     Delaware Republican Presidential Straw Poll – Underway Now - The Republican State Committee of Delaware is conducting a Republican Presidential Straw Poll throughout all 10 days of the Delaware State Fair.  Voter turnout has been good during the first 3 ½ days of the straw poll Read more

Democrats “Haley is not white!!!!”

Democrats have themselves worked up in a tizzy over South Carolina governor Nikki Haley.   You see the Democrats failed in their smear campaign against Haley in the Governor's race.  Their campaign consisted of saying "We know  Haley has had an affair we just can't prove it." As if the Democrat campaign against Haley was not nasty enough they have now got their ace in the hole.  It seems that when Haley registered to vote in Lexington County SC in 2001, that would be 10 years ago, she checked the box for identifying her race as white.  Horror of horrors!!!! We all know that Democrats have for decades frowned upon individuals of color trying to "pass" as white.  In some states that could cost one their lives.   The facts in Haley's situation are different.  When registering to vote she was confronted by a form that offered the following racial options;   "white, black/African-American, Read more

Open Thread Friday

There is a lot going on in the news.  The World will end August 2 according to some of the hype we have been hearing.  The Republicans are busy negotiating with themselves and the Democrats are still on the sidelines shouting that the sky is falling.   McCain is calling the Tea Party dumb.  Bachmann seems to be digging in.  The Whitehouse is in disarray. They are now talking a pay the bondholders first strategy that the Tea Party types suggested a month ago.  The Senate can't seem to decide what plan to bring up for a vote.  Gang of Six, Republican, Reid or something new.  Washington looks as dysfunctional as I have ever seen it.  That wouldn't be so bad if the economy were not hanging by a thread.  The worse thing for the debt would be to tank the economy again and Washington seems intent on doing just that. Have at it.  This is your thread to discuss anything reasonable.   Read more

DEMA Alert For Friday

Heat advisory in effect from noon to 10 PM EDT Friday... The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a heat advisory, which is in effect from noon to 10 PM EDT Friday. Locations: eastern Maryland shore and Delaware. Hazards: heat with a heat index values of up to 105 in the southern two thirds of Delaware and a high heat index of 102 in the Wilmington . Timing: most probable time for heat index 100 or higher is 1 PM to 6 PM. Impacts: this heat event will not be as bad as that of July 22. Precautionary/preparedness actions: A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Take extra precautions if Read more

Do You Approve of GOD’s Job Performance?

Americans are not happy with Democrats, Republicans and a large percentage are even unsure of GOD's job performance according to a new Public Policy Poll.  52% approved of GOD's job performance while 40% were unsure.  Only 9% disapproved, but they were struck by lightning and unavailable for follow up questions. (Joke) Obviously GOD has huge positive to negative ratings that our leaders would only dream of having.   Still the fact that GOD has an approval rating of 52% shows two things, a general discontent and the fact 40% of Americans surveyed either were off put by the question or have a crisis of faith.  If almost half of those surveyed cannot even manage an approval of the GOD of the universe, what chance do politicians have?   They just have to do the best they can then the public will appreciate success. Conservatives are, as expected, more likely to approve of GOD's performance, Read more

Atheists Attempt to Bully NY 9/11 Memorial Committee

Two beams formed a cross and were about the only thing left standing after the 9/11 attacks.  It almost as if Christ himself was honoring the Priests who gave their lives comforting, aiding, and blessing the injured and dying.  It is part of the story that some radical godless bullies do not want told. The mere fact the beams resemble a cross and a church had preserved the beams and donated them to the memorial is deemed to disqualify them from the Memorial.  The president of the group spewed the following: The WTC cross has become a Christian icon," said Dave Silverman, president of the atheist group. "It has been blessed by so-called holy men and presented as a reminder that their god, who couldn't be bothered to stop the Muslim terrorists or prevent 3,000 people from being killed in his name, cared only enough to bestow upon us some rubble that resembles a cross. It's a truly ridiculous Read more

90 days

The State GOP is coming up on its first 90 days for the new leadership.  How are they doing?   Communication has increased and so has visibility.  Committees are coming together.  Recruitment is beginning.  Some expected changes are yet to occur.  What is your report card?  Please no more than two identities per person and try to keep your comments to this thread or related ones.

An Appeal To Our Guest

 I have little hope of this reaching those of you who find it necessary to attack not only the contributors here at Delaware Politics, but also our other guests.  However, I will make this appeal just the same. As many of you must have noticed, we here at Delaware Politics are attempting to edit out as much of the personal attacks as we can. We also are attempting to keep the conversations on topic by editing out comments that do not relate to the original post in any way.   The reason we are seeking to do this is to create an atmosphere in which any and all are welcome to join in the conversation. And to do so without the fear of being attacked on a personal level. As many of you know, I am no fan of anonymous identities. But if people choose to use them, then I choose to protect them. Outing someone is a personal attack, and when done from behind an anonymous identity it is also Read more

Ways and Means Server Overloaded

As is typical of Washington insiders, CSPAN did not understand the importance of the FairTax hearing today. The Ways and Means Committee streamed it on their website, but the national interest is so high that the server has been maxed. There is something cooking in the country. Americans are ready to wrestle with the tough choices needed to get this country back on top.  An alternative feed is available through facebook.

Adults: Glen Urquhart’s Guest Opinion on the Debt Ceiling

"ADULTS" Face Their SPENDING-ADDICTION, They Don't "COMPROMISE" With It   The President should be the "adult in the room, not just talk about. His government spends too much -- 25% more than Bush. Credit rating threats, and Debt Ceiling limits are the symptoms. The disease is overspending. He must face that hard fact. Politicians overspend to buy votes from those demanding re-distribution of money someone else earned. The demands come from crony-capitalists like GE, as well as the welfare industry. Politicians are addicted to spending. It gets them contributions and keeps them in power. So let's at least discus the real issue. This is not a financial crisis! It's a spending addiction crisis. And "responsible adults" don't supply addicts. Washington is addicted to spending taxpayer's money. The "adult" solution is to cut their addicting money supply. Increasing their supply with new Read more

Guest Opinion on the Debt Ceiling

A Deal or A Solution Like so many issues in Washington the usual answer is what kind of deal can we get not how do we solve the problem. The debt and deficit which are two different problems need a solution not a "deal". The financial future of the country is much more important than the elections of 2012. The artificial deadline of 2 August 2012 is not the date the United States would default in any way. The only way you could default is to not service the bonds to the tune of $29 billion. This obligation can indeed be met with little trouble with existing money but it opens up the reality of how bad our financial outlook is for the country. It is fixable but it is bad. How goes the USA you ask. ‘Cash flow and net worth are negative, profits are rare, and off-balance-sheet liabilities are enormous…but the sky-high rates on the sovereign debt of Greece, Ireland, and Portugal Read more

Let’s Get To Work With FairTax: Guest Post

FairTax  is a fundamentally different way for the Federal government to raise its revenue. FairTax is revenue neutral. It is neither a tax increase nor a tax decrease on the American nation. It is just a very simple and fair way for the Federal government to collect its needed revenue. It is also sweeping in its impact on America; her jobs, her prosperity and her future. FairTax is not a fringe idea. It is presently before Congress as House Bill HR 25 and Senate Bill S 1025. There are over 50 cosponsors today in the House and Senate. Hearings are scheduled this week in the House Ways and Means Committee. Representative John Linder was for a longtime a lone voice in support of FairTax. He is no longer alone. In detail, FairTax replaces all federal income and payroll based taxes with an integrated approach including a progressive national retail sales tax with a monthly cash prebate Read more

Another Member of the 27 Club: Amy Winehouse Illustrates Why the Culture Matters

Update: Former Secretary of Education Bennett wrote this fine article on the subject. It coincides well with mine. Unless you were in a media blackout this weekend, you know pop singer Amy Winehouse died this weekend.   Friends claim it was an overdose  from a deadly cocktail of alcohol and drugs.  Her mother has said for the last three years that it would just be a matter of time before her daughter would be dead.  She was certainly a talented individual and her death is a tragedy as is the death of tens of thousands of others in similar circumstances.  The word waste keeps popping up.  It is one that is fitting.   Now I admit that I have never been a fan.  I called her Amy Winohouse due to her appearances on stage so drunk that she could not perform so there will be no tribute to her from me.  I am sadden to see such a talented individual lose her battle at such a young Read more

Solar Credit Pricing Plan Too High

DATE: 7/1/11 A plan to offer a guaranteed price for Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SREC) to purchasers of solar panels is way off course. A homeowner or small business who buys a solar panel can sell one SREC for each megawatt-hour of power produced by the panel. A typical home unit might generate 7 to 12 SREC’s a year. This is on top of state and federal tax credits that offset the purchase price of a solar panel by almost half the first year. The total value of all the subsidies is worth more than the purchase price of the system and is on top of the actual energy savings. That is the equivalent of stopping for gasoline and instead of paying $4 a gallon for gas the station pays you sixty cents. SREC’s had been selling on the spot market for about $270 each to power companies who are required by law to purchase an increasing number each year through 2025. The power company passes Read more

Technically Correct

   Recently I have written about the law suit being brought against the Sussex County Council, charging that the council had somehow violated the so-called "separation of church and state". The suit charges that the practice of saying the Lord's prayer , rises to the establishment of a state religion. Thus violating the First Amendment of the Constitution.    Personally I did not feel that it established a state religion. My concern was more that the council was  actually prohibiting the free exercise of religion. That is unless, the council were to allow others to express their faith during the meeting as well.   The real point of contention was whether or not the members of the council were acting as a body of government at the time the prayer was being said. If so, then I felt that the council was in danger of crossing a line. I do not want my government in charge of my faith Read more

Sen. Chris Coons Attacks Marriage

    On Tuesday July 19th Sen. Chris Coons (D, De), who was chairing the second panel of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to consider repealing the Defense Of Marriage Act(DOMA)  described the act as, "just wrong".   DOMA has been law for fifteen years. The act defines marriage as being between one man, one woman for federal purposes and allows states to ignore homosexual marriages preformed out-of-state. Is it any wonder that a confessed Marxist would find states rights "just wrong"?   Those who would attack marriage, instead of defending it have put forth the so-called, Respect For Marriage Act (S.598) which would repeal DOMA. Sen. Coons was an original sponsor of this act. Sen. Coons and others claim that DOMA is discriminatory.   This is just another piece of the puzzle. The radicalized homosexual element within that community, working with the radicalized leftist political Read more

Fair Tax Friday– Guest Post

There are many benefits to replacing the current tax system with the Fair Tax (HR 25). One Benefit of the Fair Tax is that it would simplify the current tax code. The tax system that we have now is about 70,000 pages long and is so complex that even some politicians, who write the tax code, find themselves at odds with the tax laws. The Fair Tax would simplify this system by scrapping all of the current federal taxes such as: income taxes; Medicare taxes; social security taxes; gift taxes; inheritance taxes; corporate taxes; capital gains taxes; and replace it a simple national sales tax on goods and services.  The Fair Tax is, however, not just a national sales tax. It also has included in the plan a prebate from the government, which is money that is sent to each citizen to cover the costs of taxes on goods and services up to the poverty line. All citizens would receive the same amount Read more

UN Agenda 21, Sustainable Development Or The Enslavement Of A Planet?

Over two hundred people poured into the Millsboro Fire Hall, Thursday night to hear a presentation of the United Nation's Agenda 21, also known as "Sustainable Development." The plan for for "One World Government that George Herbert Walker Bush called the, "New World Order" was about to begin. The 9-12 Delaware Patriots hosted Maggie Roddin to present the two hour Agenda 21 presentation, Her radio website is: http://www.theunsolicitedopinion.com President Obama signed his 86th Executive Order (13575) on June 9 that established the White House Rural Council that seems to be in line with the United Nations radical Agenda 21, and it is designed to begin taking control of almost all aspects of the lives of 16 percent of the American People. In 1992, President Bush signed the Agreement for the Administrative Implementation of Agenda 21 and another 178 Nations also signed on. The Objectives Read more

Should there be ‘last call’ laws in your area? Are they discriminatory?

A few nights ago on my show we discussed the concept of "last call." This is traditionally when an announcement is made before a bar closes, "15 minutes left to buy alcohol!" What happens after last call is why this is being discussed. Patrons of the pub will buy as much alcohol as they can in the short period left in the evening where it is "legal." They are forced (due to the establishment closing) to consume that alcohol in a short period. These patrons are now suddenly thrown out on the street in the midst of their party. The time that this happens varies based on the state (and even city) in which you live. In Delaware, alcohol sales are illegal between the hours of 1 am and 9 am. In the states surrounding Delaware you may legally sell alcohol until 2 am (in Maryland, parts of New Jersey, and Pennsylvania [including Philadelphia). In Atlantic City, you may sell alcohol 24 hours Read more

Huckabee To Testify at the First Congressional Hearing on the Fair Tax

Amidst all of the debt and deficit talks coming out of DC, there is some shocking but great news beginning to show up in new reports: politicians and pundits have actually called for major tax reform. Many of you know that I strongly believe the FairTax is the best way for taxpayers and businesses to participate in the federal tax process because it’s the only solution that’s truly fair, finite and family friendly. I campaigned on this issue in 2008 and my passion on this issue has only grown since then. In fact, I wanted you to be the first to know that your voice will finally be heard in Congress. On July 26th, I will travel to Washington, DC and testify before the House Ways and Means Committee about the importance, need and feasibility of the Fair Tax. We as taxpayers can continue down this complex troublesome tax road, or we can adopt the FairTax and finally Read more

The Death of Privacy

What is privacy in the context of the 21st Century?  Just last week, I voted in favor of street cameras which will be installed by the end of this week to compliment the contingent we already have in downtown Dover.  Residents have told me they want more and so have business owners.  They work.  Crimes have been solved and future crimes prevented by the cameras.  You do not have a right to privacy on a public street.  A police officer checking a monitor is no different than one walking the street. Except one can scan a dozen blocks a minute and the other one or two.    My question which had been answered is what do we do with the recordings?  Are they databased indefinitely?  Could the government track a person?  In Dover, the answer is no.  The technology exists, but not the will to use it in that way.  By itself, it crosses no line, but the big picture gives me pause. What Read more

False Sense Of Security

  With some Republicans calling for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution, many fiscal conservatives may believe that this amendment would be the way to stop our rising debt problem.   I would suggest that those who feel that the BBA would solve anything, should look here in Delaware. We have had a balanced budget requirement for sometime now.    The way it works is that the budget is only balanced until it gets passed. The legislature doesn't actually make any real cuts in spending to achieve this balance. Instead they just keep adjusting the revenue projections until the projections meet the spending needs. And, TADA! Balanced budget. And as soon as the revenue doesn't appear, no balance budget.   Why would a national balanced budget amendment be any different?   Also could someone tell me how you can go from a 14 Trillion dollar deficit, to a balanced Read more