So now Joe Biden has graduated from merely being Delaware's embarassment to our Nation's embarassment. Other people have noticed. Realistic Democrats are concerned about Obama's chances in 2012. They are not inspired by a fumbling, bumbling, gaffe prone VP at Obama's side. Obama is in trouble and concerned Democrats want a change, including Doug Wilder the former Governor of Virginia. Wilder's suggestion is to replace Joe Biden with someone who actually has the respect of some. That would be Hillary Clinton. Wilder is impressed with Hillary and not impressed with Biden. I will not attempt to paraphrase Wilder. He states his thoughts better than I can so here is Wilder's view of Biden: "The financial crisis that began in September 2008 fundamentally changed the political conversation. Biden has not distinguished himself, other than to be more prone to gaffes — Read more
As upset by yesterdays actions there were some shining moments that I feel we can not ignore. 212 Representatives voted AGAINST this Health Care "Reform". 212 Representatives stood firm for their constituents. You can find a link to the list of these men and women here. At this link there is also information for you to contact each of these Representatives. I recommend calling at least your own (in Delaware's case it is Mike Castle) and thanking them for taking a stand with their constituents. Let them know that you appreciate them listening to their phone calls, letters, and even paying attention to our rallies. When I called Castle's office they sounded shocked to hear a "thank you" call. Although we are all currently devastated by this bill's passage, don't let these feelings depress you. It is important that you let your own Congressmen know that you are watching what Read more
Beau Biden is running for reelection not the Senate. It is official. Who is running?
Biden Family matriarch, Jean Biden passed away. We join in a moment of mourning. WASHINGTON — US Vice President Joe Biden's mother died Friday after falling seriously ill, the White House said. She was 92. "My mother, Catherine Eugenia 'Jean' Finnegan Biden, passed away peacefully today at our home in Wilmington, Delaware, surrounded by her children, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren and many loved ones," Biden said in a statement. "Her strength, which was immeasurable, will live on in all of us." Biden rushed home Thursday from Washington to spend time with his mother, who was taken seriously ill this week. "At 92, she was the center of our family and taught all of her children that family is to be treasured, loyalty is paramount and faith will guide you through the tough times," Biden noted. "She believed in us, and because of that, we believed in ourselves." The Read more
Public Policy Polling's Tom Jensen spoke with DP about the Polling done by PPP in the state of Delaware. Mike Castle seems to holding his own from earlier in the year. While his approval ratings are lower than he is used to seeing, he is better off than many officials in the state. He has strength across Demographic lines in every age group. He has 48% of Democrats and 60% of Independents giving him positive ratings. He has 40% of blacks, half of other minorities, and close to 60% of whites approving of his job. He has a plurality of every age group as well. He even has positive ratings from 51% of liberals though most say they would vote for Biden. It seems Mr. Castle's danger area may be that only half of conservatives give him a positive rating while in a match up they provide the largest block of his votes. 30% of Republicans think that he is too liberal and only 61% approve of his job Read more
In what is becoming another all too familiar pattern, Delaware's Department of Justice under the leadership of Delaware's chief nepotism beneficiary has dropped another murder charge, this being the fourth time this year. In what can only be described as an incredible display of incompetence, the Biden Justice Department quietly released Dominique Earl who had been imprisoned for 15 months for the murder of 46-year-old Kanubhai Patel. Earl was released on November 20th. Biden's Office was prepared to prosecute Earl based on the testimony of an alleged accomplice Kason Horta. Horta was allowed to plead guilty to a lesser charge in return for testimony against Earl. The main evidence against Earl was the possession of the cell phone that belonged to the murder victim Mr. Patel. Mr. Earl claimed that he bought the phone 2 days after the murder. Forensic experts Read more
Valero to close Del. refinery (good job Mr. VP, evil energy co. gets its just deserts)–The Democrat energy bill removed many refinery provisions. Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 11/20/2009 | staff Valero Energy Corp., the largest U.S. refiner, announced today that it will permanently close its Delaware City, Del., plant because of losses brought on by the poor economy. The shutdown is expected to affect about 550 employees. “A safe and orderly shutdown of the refinery will commence immediately,” the San Antonio, Texas-based company said today in a statement, adding that employees were told today of the move. The company said it expects to save $450 million in operating expenses next year by shutting the refinery. Comment Resuce
A week ago, the VP motorcade killed a pedestrian. Today had an unfortunate incident of a police officer being injured by a crazy driver who drove past two police blockades. The injured police Sargent was part of the VP motorcade. I think they need to let the man take the train again. To be serious our thoughts and prayers are with the injured officer and the pedestrian’s family.
The Army Corps of Engineers is planning to defy the state of Delaware and start dredging the River. The list of liberals who have all of a sudden discovered the 10th amendment and state’s rights is long. So is my enjoyment at watching them scramble. For the record, I hope they win. Whatever the merits of the dredging, Delaware has a right to its permitting process. Federal law confirms it.
Vice President Biden must have scaled back his dreams. He says the economic stimulus package worked beyond his wildest dreams. I guess the 15 million Americans without work have bigger dreams like paying the bills and keeping a roof over their head. The VP does not need to worry. He has a 4 year contract that we hope not to renew. Read more
Here is the long of it assuming you wish to punish yourself with it. The short of it is the VP is happy with the stimulus. It is now working better than he thought. I know that contradicts early remarks where it worked worse, but you can read page after page in his own words and decide if he made the case. I got a little bored, personally. I will let you go for it. It may get a little tedious to point out that two thirds of the actions started under Bush. In the face of this mounting disaster, we, along with everyone in this room, knew action had to be taken, and we took action in three areas: First, we had to stabilize the financial system. We took the unpopular but necessary step of rescuing the banks. And now, although there's a long way to go, eight out of 10 of the largest financial institutions in America -- including Goldman, Morgan Stanley, American Express, as well as Read more
Remember back when presidential candidate Barack Obama said this: When there are meetings between lobbyists and a government agency, we won't be going to the Supreme Court to keep it secret like Dick Cheney and his energy task force, we'll be putting them up on the Internet for every American to watch. Well, apparently that's out the proverbial window. The White House is keeping information about Obama's meetings with coal executives and lobbyists a secret: CREW filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request [PDF] to the Secret Service on May 15, requesting “all records relating to any visit” made to the White House by the CEOs of 16 major coal companies and lobby groups. In their response to the request [PDF], the Secret Service claimed that the logs qualify as presidential and vice-presidential records and thus aren’t covered by FOIA—and could also be protected Read more
Confidence in the economic policies of the administration is at its low 42%, but maybe not its bottom. Vice President Biden actually seemed refreshing when he said on a Sunday show that the economy was worse than they thought. What is my problem with the statement? It seems to contradict the President's statement on Jan. 23, 2009 that we are in an "unprecedented crisis" that is getting worse everyday. Jan. 8 he said that a bad situation could be come dramatically worse and we could face double digit unemployment if we did nothing. ( I shall resist getting into a long discussion that we did what he said and we will likely still get double digit unemployment.) In February, didn't the President say that were on the verge of crisis turning into catastrophe? Are they now saying they didn't really believe that or should we really be scared? Maybe we should have less blind hope in this administration Read more