Category Archives: Common Sense Conservative Solutions

Watchout Loony Left, I am BACK.

Delaware is suffering from the ravishes of the Loony left. There has been one voice that has stood up the insanity by calling out the nonsense over the past decade. That voice needs to be reenergized. Therefore I am back with weekly posts or more if I somehow find time while fighting homelessness, the drug epidemic, helping govern a city, family, church, military service as a reservist and full time work. I am also bringing on board a couple of new voices while keeping our beloved favorites Don and Wolf. It is time to take our state back. We do that with information. The Loony left's worst nightmare is realized. David Anderson is back with my hard hitting but optimistic, inclusive, and positive conservatism. The values of free markets, family, patriotism, Constitutionalism and individual freedom have a warrior who will champion their cause. We are not merely an alternative to Read more

Anderson signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge

The tax pledge was endorsed by Temple Economist Sherry Jarrell who said that the spending and tax proposals by Councilman David Anderson would benefit the economy of the state. "That is an economic fact, not an opinion, stated Jarrell. In contrast to the incumbent who raised taxes, Councilman David Anderson has a 7-year record of safeguarding the taxpayer's interests. The taxpayer protection pledge stands in stark contrast to the proposed gas tax, income tax hike and host of passed tax hikes by Representative Sean Lynn. taxpayer pledge (1) Read more

Jud Bennett on the final chapter of the TransPerfect battle. Shaw wins–Jobs stay

Hoorah! After four-years, the TransPerfect legal battle has finally ended with co-founder Philip Shawe and his mother Shirley Shawe continuing to own and run this successful private company. After following every detail of this case, reading all available documents several times, and interviewing many employees, I feel I know what is right and wrong about this case. First, let us celebrate what is right: Philip Shawe, the manager and 49% owner who built the business, and who EVERY witness in the case testified in favor of, prevailed in his bid. He now owns 99% of the company. Additionally and importantly, my fellow senior citizen, Shirley Shawe, who was never accused of anything in this case and was being unconstitutionally forced to sell her 1%, was able to maintain her stake (However, I understand that she did lose her control premium in the process). I also understand the Shawes Read more

Public Response to Education Regulation 225

If you missed the review of the public response go here for the video. Notable moments are 2:20 when it actually starts, 1:27:00 when the public comments start, and around 1 hr 43 minutes when this author speaks. Regulation 225 started with House Joint Resolution 6 which called for the Governor to direct the Department of Education to draft these regulations. It passed the DE House of Representatives, but stalled in the DE Senate. A House Joint Resolution signed by the governor can have the force of law. A joint resolution passed by one house is just an opinion. Governor Carney was so enthusiastic that he bypassed the law and the will of the people. No regulation can be imposed without a basis in law. This regulation is far reaching and intrusive into the affairs of the family and local school districts. It goes far beyond the legitimate concerns of very small transgender/transsexual Read more

Anderson’s Making Dover Prosper Initiative Succeeds: Dover Has 28% drop in unemployment while state stagnates

New unemployment Numbers for local Areas Released--Dover continues 4 month trend to prosperity: Councilman Anderson Celebrates City's Success The Delaware State News saw signs of change just a couple months after the passage of Anderson's Making Dover Prosper Initiative.  2 months later, the results are even more impressive.  Unemployment in Dover has dropped from 6.0 to 4.3%. The state went from 4.7 to 4.6% in the same time frame. Dover was far above the national rate, now it is at the national rate. Something good is happening and it is not by happenstance. Commonsense conservative polices work. "This is why it is so important to focus on what matters, said 4th District Dover Councilman David Anderson. "When we free job creators to create jobs, jobs get created, they get the credit", stated Anderson. "The best polices can fail if not implemented well. Planning, Inspections, Read more

Education in the First State not First Rate?

In 2014, only 2 states that spent in the top 10 in education were below average in NEAP results. Guess what one of them was? The problem is not the teachers. Look at the priorities of our DOE. Quoting the USA Today. High education spending often pays off, at least as measured by standardized tests. Based on a recent Education Week report, four of the top spending states were among the top five states in K-12 achievement. Among the states spending the least per pupil, only Florida earned a higher grade than the U.S. overall on the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP). However, pouring money into school systems by no means guarantees success. Students in Delaware and Alaska, two of the top spenders, had below-average NAEP scores. Questions, what is the justification for not consolidating back office functions of the school districts by county such as accounting, Read more

What should unite Delawareans

We love to debate issues. It is the American way. We also like to solve the problems that are common to us together. That too is the American way. I am on the conservative side of the spectrum. That is not a shock to anyone who has spent a couple of weeks around me or reads my social media. I do not change my values for anyone nor do I expect others to do so. I respect others and expect to receive it back. I have found it intriguing that in spite of different approaches that we may have, there is much more common ground between us than most people realize. Do we care that drug addiction is killed approximately 3 times more Delawareans than auto accidents? I believe it is now the leading cause of death for Delawareans under 40, but current statistics are so hard to obtain that I cannot be sure. The number of overdose deaths last year is equal to the 5 years from 2004 to 2008. Do Read more

Delaware moves for Gender Identity “Equality” in Schools

Delaware has struggles in education, but Democratic leaders seem to believe social issues are the big issues. In late June, when most of us were focused on the budget, the General Assembly's House of Representatives passed a little noted, non binding resolution HJR 6, which called upon the administration to develop regulations on this issue. (see roll call) WHEREAS, State employment policies and guidelines mandate that State employees not be discriminated against based on their gender identity or expression, including the right to be called by their preferred names and pronouns, treated with dignity and respect, and allowed to use the bathroom facilities that correspond to their gender identity, but no such policies or guidelines exist with respect to public schools; and Now the Carney administration is moving to push through new regulations that are beyond the scope of even this Read more

Budget a failure of leadership

Sadly, the latest state budget was a failure of current leadership by the Democratic led assembly. It avoided fundamental reforms such as providing better health care choices or prevailing wage modernization. No one looked at was to allow county wide consolidation of certain back office administrative functions of the school districts, which would provide savings without harming local control. I consider it a failure of leadership because they would not even allow votes on reform measures especially from the Republican minority, but instead threatened what works best in this state, partnerships with nonprofits. They cut firefighters, paramedics, senior centers, homeless shelters and after school programs. Perversely, these cuts will create more of a demand for government action. Holding hostage public safety, youth and seniors for tax hikes is worse than irresponsible, it is cynical Read more

Leadership or Luggage: Guest Post by Mike Protack

Leadership or Luggage? Everything rises or falls with Leadership no matter if it is the private sector or the non profit sector. Let me be clear, if you are the leader you are responsible for everything that happens or fails to happen in your enterprise-unless you are a political leader in Delaware. The failure of these pseudo leaders is the overwhelming problem for this small state. Nothing else matters more than leadership. The alternative to Leadership is Decline and decline is not a condition but it is a choice and it is reversible. Decline is not pre ordained nor is success, it is the result many factors and not a series of random events out of the control of those who call themselves leaders. In reality, our leaders are individuals with small minds and big egos. Unfortunately, Delaware does not have a leader of any caliber at the highest level, the state does have officials Read more

Why Women Should Not Be Drafted

The U. S. Senate wants women to register for the Selective Service just like men do. It makes sense because the only reason the High Court gave for not drafting women was that they were not allowed into combat when the draft was challenged during the Vietnam war. There is another reason not discussed because it is not politically correct. A draft should be about national survival. We should not compel people into a war unless it is necessary for national survival. While everyone is important, a nation can survive the mass loss of its young men but not of its young women. Women of child bearing age are vital to the continuation of a nation. You can allow multiple spouses for a time to replenish a population, but that would not work if you lose massive numbers of young women. Frankly, we cannot afford to put millions and millions of young women in combat. Women who are properly Read more

What should we do to stop the Terrorists?

What does America need to do about terrorism? I don't know all of the answers, but I do have some positive suggestions. I absolutely reject the idea that people should have their rights suspending because they have the wrong name or religion and some bureaucrat put them on some list with a bad sounding name. Terror watchlist means that we have no evidence even to arrest you. Obviously, no rights should be suspended nor can be. Do you want to suspend first amendment rights too? There is room for compromise. If someone is on the list, the FBI should know and have a day to respond before someone on the list (or use up to 3 days available under law if necessary). If you ban them from getting it, you alert them that they are being watched which they may not have known. They may go underground or use alternative weapons. There is no violation of rights or due process to vet someone Read more

Yes, to Sentencing reform but no to being soft on violence.

How progressives misunderstand an important issue Sentencing reform makes sense. Our laws are sometimes more political than related to safety and people are in prison for lengths of time that have no relation to public safety. On the other hand, the number 1 correlation to lower violent crime is taking violent criminals off the streets and yes, putting them in prison. Sentencing reform should not be a stalking horse for false compassion that puts thugs and killers back in our community. If you don't believe that they are violent still, look at the violence in our prisons and most incidents are not even reported. What would are violent crime rate be if they included in the statistics. I will include a link in the comments for your reading. Is that what progressives want in our neighborhoods? Coincidentally, the more they indiscriminately let people out, the more our crime Read more

Delaware’s Challenge of 2016

The Diamond State has lost some luster. We are not the Diamond state any longer we are the stagnant state. We are stagnant in income growth, our NEAP education scores are stagnant, we spent the last decade creating part time jobs to replace the full time jobs that we lost. We are 6 in education spending and in the bottom third in results. Our state budget is looking like a house of cards. Murdertown U.S.A is here. Even our rural areas face heroin and home invasions. Our cities are seeing drug gang invasions. We have more homeless than shelters. We have more people seeking drug treatment than beds for them. Businesses are being nickled and dimed into oblivion. State renewable portfolio mandates are raising electricity rates which further impoverishes families and drives away manufacturers. Healthcare policy is a failure. They attempted to make us a sanctuary state (SB 60) by preempting Read more

Paid Maternity leave doesn’t demand government mandate

I believe in the right to life, family values and free markets. All three need to come into play with regard to paid maternity leave. Children are literally dying because we are pressuring mothers to rush back to workforce before 6 months after birth of their children. Megyn Kelly had two women who lost babies in daycare after having to go back to work before they felt comfortable. Both lost their children the first day of daycare. 55 of every 1000 babies die in the first 6 months of life with 31 of those in the first month, according to the global study cited. If we want to get local, Delaware has the 6th highest infant mortality rate in the nation at over 7 per 1000. This makes it more compelling for Delaware to lead. 4 big ways to reduce that are no smoking, medical care, safe sleep and maternal presence. It is clear that we need paid maternal leave. The question is how do we do it? Read more