All posts by David Anderson

Councilman David Anderson is a citizen activist who has served the community in several areas. He is a former member of the Academy of Dover Charter School board of directors, a former Dover Human Relations Commissioner, past Chair of Delaware Right to Life PAC, Proud veteran of the Delaware Army National Guard and Afghan War Vet, Reservist, former Because We Care Inc. alternative school board member, Republican committee person, 2014 Republican of the Year, and co-founder of the Delaware Initiative and Referendum Coalition. He is a supporter of the Veteran's outreach, church elder and a husband and father.

May God Bless America!

I hope you all had an Happy Easter/ Resurrection Day.  Holy Week is my favorite time of the year.  It is, for me, a time for reflection and rededication to God and Faith.  I find there is nothing more precious than knowing God. That is why it is annoying to hear pundits say that the "Black" Church is represented by Pastor Jeremiah Wright, and  "You would be surprised what you hear in 'Black' churches".  Yes, I would be if the apologists where correct.  It is interesting that these statements are coming from journalists who don't attend "Black" churches.  I am a lot more than a little put off that these radical Afro-Centric Churches are made to represent the majority.  I don't deny that they exist.  I deny as someone whose father was an evangelist during my earlier years and has been in score upon score of "Black" churches and who as a coordinator for a National Day of Prayer Read more

Houghton Mifflin: If To Error Is Human, To Ignore It is Bureaucratic

Children believe what their schools teach them.  I have found that to be a scary thought over the years.  We wonder why our children fall behind the world.  They are not dumb.  They work hard, we spend a lot educating them, and our teachers, as a group, are dedicated beyond just doing their job.  The teachers are still not paid well enough, but we have made great strides to ensure teacher compensation is now competitive to many other fields when adjusted for hours spent.  We are reducing class size and adding technology.  What's wrong? I think there are many things wrong, but let's start with the most basic of all tools--textbooks.  One of the nation's top text book company is Houghton Mifflin.  A recent audit in Texas (The Dallas Morning News Nov. 16, 2007)found 86,000 textbook errors in the Math series. I haven't found the history texts much better in my personal experience. The Read more

The Delaware Job Magnet has been weakening.

Our state has a relatively low unemployment rate.  This is good news.  The bad news is that according to the State's economic report written in 2007, our job growth has been weakening consistently over the last decade and a half. We are in the bottom 1/3 of the nation in job creation. This is evidence that we are running on the fumes of the Republican reforms 30 years ago.  It is time to refuel the tank.  Here is the money quote from the report. Looking at the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS), the resident employment data for the state, Delaware’s economy looks rather healthy. The annual average unemployment rate dropped from 4.0 percent in 2005 to 3.6 percent in 2006, and it has been even lower in 4 out of the first 5 months of 2007. All of these rates are substantially below the national unemployment rate. As measured by this data series, employment growth has averaged 1.89 Read more

Why Wait until 2015?

UPDATE: A LINK ON Los Angeles success with Singapore Math. Those meeting the standard went from 45% to 76% in one year! I am grateful some people in this state are fighting to improve education.  They have an ambitious and thoughtful agenda.  This is not a post criticizing 2015.  To the contrary, I am glad to say that we don't need to wait for improvement.  I believe that one of the best cases for charter schools is that it doesn't take 5 years to make a change and 5 years to get rid of something that doesn't work. There are a few schools who already meet much of what is being proposed by the experts. The Academy of Dover is one. It offers more instructional time. It has more computers for the children than any district by far. It is accredited which is a rare feat for an elementary school. It is contracted with Innovative schools, which is supported by the same people who proposed Read more

Fed looks at a Rare Full Point Reduction in Funds Rate.

Just in on the wires, the Fed is poised to cut the Fed Funds rate a full point Tuesday.  The stock market has rebounded and is up 3 points at this post. This aggressive action on top of reevaluations of handling the mortgage mess and the bail out of the brokerage debt show the Fed has a commitment to keeping the economy strong by quick and decisive action.  If the credit run had spread to the banks, we could have been seeing the beginning of our first depression in 70 years.  The American Enterprise Institute has now endorsed a Democratic plan to bail out the mortgage mess.  Something is going on.  I think it is time to put everything on the table.  No Doc refinances to fixed rates is a must.  We have to stop the bleeding.  Checks won’t cut it.

McCain gains, Dems in Crisis

It is time for my bi-weekly Presidential campaign update.  I am biased to Rasmussen because of its unique nature of daily tracking and historic accuracy.  I also like the Cook Report, Zogby, Pew, and for a semi-monthly trend the Real Clear Politics composite. Rev. Wright is ridiculous. Remember my post on American Exceptionalism? Some said I was exaggerating the hate America contingent's influence.  They said it was a straw dog. Now all America sees it on display.  Unfortunately, he is just part of the blame America, self-hating left. He is not alone.  Mrs. Obama seems to have been surprised by how wonderful the American people are.  She had likely bought into some of this attitude.  The Senator doesn't seem to.  The numbers are showing that if this keeps up, he will take on water.  He built his campaign on building a post racial era and bridging our divisions.  He needs Read more

Onshore Windpower or Offshore Windpower: Really should be our power or theirs debate

There is a great post on another blog about Windpower and the controversy over whether or not we should purchase the power elsewhere or invest in Blue Water Wind's proposal.  It is worth reading. Don't get lost at Kavips site now. This one is better. 🙂   I find it facsinating that according to his source, the lower cost DP&L claims the on-shore windfarm from a nearby state, would not save us money.  By refusing to lock in prices, DP&L compounds the problem.  Other states and the federal energy bill are putting in new mandates for a growing percentage of power generation to be renewable.  This means the price for renewable may well rise independent of other factors.  The only hedge would be bringing on line new sources.  Whether you like windpower or not in the abstract, the new federal energy bill may make the BWW deal a deal of generation.  It would put us ahead of the Read more

Leader who was in charge of moral standards caught naked in brothel

An Iranian police chief was arrested while in bed with 6 prostitutes. Defense attorneys said that he was seeking a down payment on the 70 virgins (sarcasm).  The result of this breech in the capitol city has caused protests.  Chief Reza Zarei was on a campaign of moralizing the city by enforcing an Islamic dress code on the women.  The rank hypocrisy is undermining the regime already roiled by economic pressures when the country should be prospering from record oil prices. The regime has been more focused on an ambitious and disruptive foreign agenda than keeping up the home front.  Now its moral authority is now in question.  Without it, they have nothing. This reminds us that problematic behavior of leaders is not an American problem.  It seems to be a human problem.  Of course in countries like France, they like to pretend it is not a problem just a lifestyle choice.  I Read more

Can we straighten out the media drive by on Nancy Wagner?

Several years ago, I was visiting family and attending a conference in D. C. and  while we were sitting at a light we heard gunfire and saw everyone running.  We were sitting at a light which had a no turn on red sign.  I said let's go.  My friend who was driving said but the sign says no turn on red.  I said the red blood on the sidewalk says turn!  We sped away and we called the situation in from relative safety.  I never forgot the terror of a drive by shooting.    Recently someone I know had his picture put up as a suspect for the Wild Quail robbery even though the state police release said he was a person of interest only.  It turned out that he was a victim of bad timing.  The suspects happen to pass by him when he was coming out of the restroom at Wal Mart.  His job was threatened.  His life was shaken.  He was a media drive by victim. It appears my friend Nancy Wagner Read more

The Numbers say….If the election were in March

The generic Congressional numbers have the Democrats up by only 4 points.  Control of the Congress is up for grabs.  Historically, when Republicans have been this close at this stage, they win. John McCain is in a dead heat with an insignificant lead over the Democrats and the electoral numbers are shifting his way.  He leads in Michigan and Florida. A significant portion of Democrat voters rather have McCain than the Democrat other than the one they support. I think a unity ticket is inevitable for the Democrats.  It may be the only way they win just like in 1960. One area of difficulty for Democrats is the fact that people now believe the war is going well.  This is good news for America, but is bad news for Democrats.  John McCain is now almost equal to the Democrats on who can better handle the economy thanks to the Democrats bashing him for supporting tax cuts.  It almost Read more

The New Trade Wars

Pat Buchanan wrote an interesting article in Human Events entitled To Die for NAFTAin which he proclaimed that Sen. Clinton gets it and Sen. McCain and the neocons don't. " Hillary won Ohio denouncing the NAFTA deal Bill Clinton cut. The lady gets it", Buchanan declared." "McCain remains a loyal NAFTA man. Good luck in Ohio and Michigan. As the Great Peer said, 'The commonest error in politics is sticking to the carcass of dead policies.'" He also stated the following: When Europe imposes a 15 percent value-added tax on U.S. imports and rebates the VAT on exports to the United States, that is not free trade. When China devalues its currency 45 percent, as it did in 1994, and bolts it down to suck jobs and factories out of the United States, that is not free trade. When Japan manipulates its currency, preaches economic nationalism to its people, and shelters its market for TVs, autos and Read more

Is Money the Root of Evil?

The Left in this country has perpetrated a proposition that Corporations are evil.  That rich people should have more taxes because they don’t need their money.  They seem to make you think that having money is the root of all evil.  (The Christian scripture says the “love of money” while speaking frequently of wise money management.) Where are William F. Buckley and Milton Friedman when you need them?  Rabbi Daniel Lapin has a new book Thou Shalt Prosperin which he reminds us that God wants us to prosper by serving others.  Joel Olsteen and Robert Schuller also have written books reminding us that success is good.  What these gentlemen have done is strip away the moral foundation of poverty industry. The work of the late, great Milton Friedman and his wife Rose have decimate the economic theory of the poverty industry.  They reminded us  that the business of business is Read more

Is America really ready for you know what?

Is America really ready for a Black President?  It has been only a hundred years since we were allowed to study Negro history.  America being an historically racist nation, conducted a sort of ethnic cleansing of history.  It is bad enough that non-whites were given inferior education.  What was even worse is that they were not even allowed to know what they achieved.  Even today except during black history month, you would think that the only accomplishments Blacks made was in opposing slavery and supporting civil rights. Is a nation which is less than 45 years removed from legal segregation ready to accept one of the minority class to represent it on the world stage?   I think the answer of the majority is yes.  No candidate has gotten as much excitement in the Democratic Party since Bobby Kennedy.  I think the Clintons think no. There actions show that they believe the race Read more

The Story of Stuff–The Latest Gambit to Sucker You Out of Prosperity

You have to see this video.  It is called "The Story of Stuff".  It blasts our wasteful and materialistic society.  On a lot of the points I have to agree, we need to implement better ways of production, cut waste, and return to caring about people more than stuff.  It's author, Annie Leonard is well informed and articulate, but she seems to think government should run everything and corporations are evil.  She seems to think American prosperity impoverishes everyone else.  She seems like a nice lady, but listening to her, I would think that Americans are a thuggish, thieving, trashy people destroying the planet and ravishing the third world. I respectfully disagree.  If the world were more prosperous before our economic advancement, then a case could be made.  The truth is the world is more prosperous because of us.  100 years ago the world could not sustain 1 billion people Read more