How I wish Newt Gingrich ran for President. Let me have my fantasy for another minute. The Democrats have just walked into a trap. They want President Bush to stop putting 70,000 barrels of oil a day into the strategic reserve to save a nickle to a quarter a gallon on gas, yet they have blocked production of a million barrels a day from the Arctic saying it would have no impact. That would be like Saudi Arabia increasing its oil by 50%. It would be like adding another Iraq and Nigeria to the oil supply. The U. S. has enough reserves off shore and in Alaska to add about 4 of the top ten oil producing countries. If all of those went off line, what would the price be? Only an idiot would believe that 70K would affect the price and 2 million barrels wouldn't. Democrat policies have damaged Americans to no end. They blocked Bush. They stabbed us in back. About 3/4 of Americans want Read more
I’m in, and I expect to win.” –Bill Enough said. The paperwork is filed according to the May 13th Delaware Grapevine. I have yet to see it updated on the state site, but I am sure that will happen.
If you haven't kept up with barelypolitical.com lately, you have to see this video. It is a comedy DefJam with Senator Obama. I heard some of the quotes on the news but I am not sure all of it is real. I don't care; it is just plain "hillarious". For the record, those views are not mine, I think Senator Clinton is cute, especially for a 60+ year old. So don't lay the Great Pumpkin thing at my doorstep, PC police. Imagine the fun of an Obama/Clinton ticket after watching that video. If that is not fun enough, here is one from Senator Clinton-- watch this one too. These guys would be the most interesting ticket since Kennedy/Johnson. I am not feeling the love. American politics is taking a weird turn this year with Youtube. It is actually kind of fun. The spirit of Will Rogers has morphed into the 21st Century. Read more
Friday is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. It was designated by President Ronald Reagan and supported in Delaware by a resolution sponsored by Rep. Nancy Wagner and supported unanimously, to say thanks to the spouses of those who serve this country in the Military. We on occasion recognize the sacrifice of the American Serviceperson, maybe not as much as we should, but we almost forget about the sacrifice made on the home-front. There are no parades for those who kept the families together, functioned as both mom and dad with few if any breaks while emotionally taxed, and took on the burden of being powerless while their loved one's life was at risk. Being an American Serviceperson is a special calling, but so is being a patient, supportive spouse of one. May God bless the American Service Families. I ask that if you know someone who is holding down the homefront during this time Read more
The Department of Energy has a survey online which could shape state energy policy. The survey has some important points, but it seems skewed to the global warming alarmists. It could be used to guide us to some good policies, but also some senseless ones as well. Please give your opinion however you see it. It is your public service for today.
The Delaware GOP launched a new plan to attract voters and provide a basis from which to govern if it wins. I am continuing an analysis of the Delaware Plan to see if it lives up to its billing. An important part of the plan is education reform. Idea #4- Improve our public schools by empowering parents through expanding school choice and charter schools. Idea #5- Require that at least 70% of education expenditures are spent directly in the classroom where it will benefit the students. Entirely too much money is being wasted on administration and bureaucracy. Idea #6- Help children with discipline problems by removing them from the classroom and providing them an opportunity for alternative education where they cannot disrupt the education of other students. Idea #7- Implement merit incentive pay for Delaware’s teachers. Our highest performing teachers should receive the highest compensation. I Read more
I for one, was disappointed at the departure of Terry Strine form the Delaware GOP. It is no doubt that he made mistakes, but unlike many, he recognized them and worked to fix them. He would have made a great National Committee man. That would have been an appropriate reward for the legacy he left us in this past year. Part of that legacy was sitting the party activists down and saying let's change the dynamic. I wish he had done that his first year as chairman not his 5th, but he did it. Potentially, this could be the most significant achievement of any Delaware chairman in my lifetime (so far). Part of that legacy was involving the people not just the few in determining how to reform the party. Part of it was connecting the party activists to people who knew policy and know how to win elections with free workshops and the Heritage tour. Part of it was developing a consensus platform.That Read more
Judge Bill Lee came back from vaction to find that the draft Lee for Governor movement was a rousing success. Judge Bill Lee is going to test the waters over the next two weeks. See his interview for yourself. He saying to the party, you have two weeks to put your money where your mouth is. Judge Lee also made radio interviews upon his return from Disney World–the place where miracles happen.
Senator Biden has been a fixture in the U. S. Senate for years now. Once upon a time, I had no doubt that Senator Biden had made it his mission to care about the people. I admit that I thought he was wrong 75 or 80 percent of the time and wondered about another 10 percent, but I had no doubt about his passion. The man seemed to understand what public service was about. Let me give you evidence. Biden drafted the National Megan's law, the Equal Access Act which protected the right of religious groups to use public facilities and Bible clubs in schools, he authored the Violence Against Women Act, which has given safe haven and a new lease on life to untold hundreds of thousands, he drafted the Crime Bill (I didn't like it, but he tried to tackle something that mattered.), he fought for a flexible spending freeze to balance the federal budget, and he was the first Democrat to Read more
In yet another country, conservatives have gained ground. British local elections have sent a shockwave through the Labor establishment. After a turn left from Blair, the party has disconnected with the British people. Labor lost the Regional election in the Scottish parliament and now 300 municipal seats. Let those who think that a conservative setback means conservatism is lost, think again. A setback is ok. If you don't have them, you get arrogant and out of touch. The difference between a setback and a defeat is the heart to fight back. In the U. S., John McCain is increasing his poll lead vs. Senator Obama. All three candidates have negative associations pulling them down. McCain has Bush (43% say it weakens their likelihood of support), Clinton has her honesty, and 1/3 of voters say Rev. Wright makes them less likely to support Senator Obama. Senator McCain leads both Read more
WILMINGTON - A day prior to delivering the keynote address at the Republican State Convention, Hockessin resident John Clatworthy declared he is running for the Fourth State Senate District seat, soon to be vacated by State Senator Charlie Copeland. "It's time to make Delaware first again," said Clatworthy. "I will represent the 4th District by bringing my business experience, leadership abilities and vision to Legislative Hall. I plan to work vigorously to strengthen our economy, by promoting pro-business policies that will bring more jobs to our state and to reform our tax structure, making taxes lower, fewer and fairer." Clatworthy, the son of Ray and Judy Clatworthy, was raised in Dover. A strong supporter of public education, Clatworthy attended Caesar Rodney High School and the University of Delaware, receiving a business degree in Marketing and Finance. He Read more
Wednesday night, Kent County Levy Court Commissioner Eric Buckson bowed out of the Lieutenant Governor's race during an eloquent statement at the Kent County Republican Caucus. Buckson, who had always intended a convention strategy, said he knew the votes weren't there after Friday's shakeup of the race which saw the entrance of Senate Minority Leader Charlie Copeland. "I will not ask this county delegation to follow me into a losing battle", he said. "I could whine about process, but it is what it is", said Buckson, "I believe I can win statewide, but so can Charlie". He urged the party to unite behind Senator Copeland and vowed to be back in the future. He pledged to support whomever the convention nominated for governor but urged the Kent County delegation not to overlook supporting "the two guys who have worked their butts off" in a recognition of Mr. Graham and Mr. Protack Read more
Whatever happened to this concept? It looks like the senate is not the only place which has a desk drawer. Governor Minner would you please dust off the Lead Report? The BCG team reviewed potential efficiency opportunities within the state’s $1.65 billion education budget, and identified opportunities with an annual value of $86-158 million once fully and successfully implemented. This potential includes $55-110 million in operating savings and $31-48 million in capital savings. The operating savings is split between savings that would be realized at the state level and savings that would be captured by individual districts and schools. (For each opportunity listed below, the corresponding estimated potential annual savings is provided in parentheses.) BCG leveraged past experience, interviews, and prior data and reports to develop an initial set of hypotheses on potential efficiency Read more
Dover – The Delaware Senate has unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senator John C. Still (R-Dover) to protect military personnel deployed overseas from facing higher auto insurance premiums upon their return as a result of their military service. Senator Still introduced Senate Bill 23 after learning first-hand about the experience of a Delaware citizen who was deployed in Iraq for more than a year and had cancelled his car insurance policy while he was away. When the soldier returned home, he found that he faced much higher car insurance premiums simply because his military service created a gap in his insurance coverage history and placed him in a higher rate classification as if he were a first-time applicant. Senator Still said “it is wrong for our military personnel to lose the benefit of their insurance history, years of safe driving and other discounts they may Read more
Hey Friends, please pass this on especially to anyone you know who needs to get out of a financial mess. Statewide Foreclosure Prevention Seminars May, June 2008 Understanding the Foreclosure Process Learning about Adjustable Rate Mortgages/Refinancing Updates on Federal Programs and State Resources Help is available. Anyone seeking information on foreclosure and services should attend! Georgetown: Wednesday, May 7, 2008 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Delaware Technical & Community College Routes 113 and 18 Georgetown, DE 19947 Monday, May 19, 2008 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. NCALL Research 110 S. Bedford Street Georgetown, DE 19947 Call for Reservations: (302) 678-9400 Dover: Monday, May 5, 2008 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. NCALL Research 363 Saulsbury Road Dover, DE 19904 Call for Reservations: (302) 678-9400 Wednesday, May 28, 2008 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Dover Library 45 South State Street Dover, DE 19901 Bear: Monday, Read more
A new ad is just waiting in the wings if Senator Obama is the nominee of the Democrats. In 1988, cultural issues came into their own. They defeated Governor Mike Dukakis. They were powerful factors in the elections since 1968, but they were the election of 1988. Now a new effort merges national security concerns with cultural concerns. Senator Obama is shown to be weak on the war on gangs, according to the ad, and is therefore questioned on whether he will be weak on the war on terrorists. If the weak issues of Pastor Jeremiah Wright and Ayers give him trouble, how will he deal with his own record? Remember, don’t shoot the messenger when you comment.
Once in a while a movie inspires me. I am particularly reminded of this fact with the recent passing of the modern conservative icon, Charlton Heston. A recent movie which did not get a lot of media hype but should have is The Ultimate Gift. It was one to added to my favorites for sure. It speaks to what is truly important in life. The greatest gifts are not financial. They are the gifts of love, caring, and character. They are the gift to dream, the gift of friendship, the gift of family, the gift of work, and the gift of gratitude. This was a story about one young man given the ultimate gift by his grandfather. I encourage you to watch this one. It is a great story which goes beyond a tried and true story line. It speaks to the greatness within each person. That greatness is so often lost in pettiness of day to day temptations. We have to remind ourselves about the gifts which Read more
While we are in the mood for asking prominent figures to apologize for their associations, how about asking our Congressional delegation and Presidential Candidates to apologize for giving our tax money to this group founded by a social Darwinist. This should go in the anything for money catagory. Planned Parenthood which is the recepient of hundreds of millions of are tax dollars, apparently needs donations so badly that they took designated gifts. Gifts designated to pay to abort black babies only. http://www.idahostatesman.com/newsupdates/story/308723.html This is even more outrageous when you hear it.
In a year when political leaders are expected to apologize for not only their bland, void, unimaginative statements, but for those of supporters who dare to have their own mind. I have something that we really should demand an apology for--the tax code. Is time for us to recommit to ending the insanity of the American tax code. It inhibits our freedom, manipulates our lives, muzzles our churches, drains hundreds of billions from us just to figure out how to comply, inspires fear and loathing over inspiration, subsidies the export of our jobs, and siphons the life out of our corporations. If the British would have proposed our tax code on the founders, they wouldn't have even bothered to send envoys to negotiate. They would have just declared the King and Parliament mad. The tax code is corrupt. It is not based upon sound economics. It is based upon the sound made by the chatter Read more
Gov. Sarah Palin cut Alaska’s requested eamarks in the federal budget down from 550M to under 200M and from 54 to 31 projects. How many governors are saying they want less federal money? She is providing leadership which could restore the state’s reputation after the bridge to no where. This is one more illustration why this Governor is an example for a revived, reformed GOP.
Senator Obama is a very intelligent man so how does he justify adding costs to domestic oil consumption by forcing 150 billion dollars of their money to be invested in his chosen energy programs (not drilling or building new refineries that we desperately need )and robbing them of profits as a means to control gas prices. When we tried this in the 70's it was a disaster. At least we can get gas when we want not wait in lines and decide for ourselves how to control our budgets. The problem with the Democrat party and energy is that they have no realistic plan. There policies would increase the cost of energy not decrease it. You can not magically mandate affordable energy. I am a big believer in alternative energy. I now see it as a national security issue not just an economic one. On that basis, I favor a more aggressive approach of tax credits and other breaks and even government seed Read more
If you missed any episodes of HBO’s John Adams, you will want to catch up on the ones you missed this weekend. This is compelling, informative, quality television. I can hardly wait for Hamilton to become a mini-series. Out of curiosity, any Battlestar Galactia fans out there? The new season starts tonight. Have a great weekend.
Emerging out of the shadows, mad scientists reveled in their latest creation Human genes cloned in cow eggs. The resultant embryo is mostly human with random cow material. The purpose is to have subjects for experimentation who have no legal rights. The British Parliament is engaged in a debate which we need to have in our country. Unfortunately, extremist Democrats, including the two Presidential candidates, have been blocking a strong anti-cloning bill from coming to a vote. The excuse for blocking legislation favored by 80% of the public was that it might be used to block embryonic stem cell research. That issue is now made moot by new advances . We are now faced with a clear issue. What type of future do we want? Do we want one based upon the dignity of humanity or one based upon the gall of humanity? Read more
Take a look, I have never been so impressed by her. She is a great American. It is the reason that I switched parties before the deadline. I wanted to vote for Hill and Jack. If you really believed that, April fools’ day is going to be a long one for you. I am still a Republican, of course. I still want Senator Obama to win the Democratic nomination for the sake of history and to see more of the Obama Girl.
40 years ago this week Dr. King was brutally murdered. I am please that this nation has been transformed in that time. The nation is not the same one in which my parents grew up. My mother was in the first high school class to be integrated. My father grew up during the depression and served in World War 2. He was disabled before Truman fully desegregated the military. My parents however never said one negative word about a person because of race or whatever. Well okay, they weren't big fans of communists, but they even prayed for them. They always had people of all backgrounds around. My father was as comfortable being a chaplain for the local Republican Party as he was helping people at a migrant camp. The changes my parents saw filled them with optimism. The world is so different from the one my parents grew up in. It is so different from the one which existed when Read more