Category Archives: Earmarks

Sussex Tech Property Tax Increase?

By Staff Writer: Wolf von Baumgart General Assembly Considers Options The Delaware General Assembly met twice earlier this week to consider funding options for Sussex Technical High School District. The Sussex County Delegation (consisting of nine state representatives and five state senators) continues to study Sussex Tech’s impending financial crisis. Five budgetary proposals were originally included in a study attendant to House Concurrent Resolution 2, previously passed in January. Subsequently, other options have emerged for consideration. Sussex Tech administrators have been steadily seeking legislative approval to more than double the STHSD’s current property taxes over the last two years above the current limit as currently permitted by statute. Delaware's three state-created countywide vocational school districts are legally empowered to raise school taxes (with the Read more

Harry Reid’s Pet and Tom Too

Delaware's Two Senators helped block an Earmark ban yesterday.  Harry Reid pet Chris Coons spouted the party line, but Senator Tom Carper surprised observers because he had voiced support for the ban. Maybe the Language needed to be worked out.  Here is the Coburn amendment, you decide. SA 4697. Mr. COBURN (for himself, Mrs. McCaskill, and Mr. Udall of Colorado) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 510, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the safety of the food supply; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows: At the appropriate place, insert the following: SEC. __X. FISCAL YEARS 2011 THROUGH 2013 EARMARK MORATORIUM. (a) Bills and Joint Resolutions.-- (1) POINT OF ORDER.--It shall not be in order to-- (A) consider a bill or joint resolution reported by any committee or a bill or joint resolution Read more

Should the Legislature Surrender to the Bureaucrats?

If  I do not trust my Congressman more than D. C. bureaucrats to know what projects are important in my Congressional district, I either have a lousy Congressman or I am a secret monarchist.  Don't mistake me, I am a strong proponent of banning "soft" earmarks. They are an unaccountable process which makes a mockery of the legislative process.  There are no votes just instructions to committee reports that few even see in their entirety.  The process has become so corrupted that some members have gone to prison because theysold their influence under the cover of earmarks.  One late Congressman (John Murtha) directed money to his family.  Those are rare, but they are enough to say go back to an open process and restore some of the trust people should have in their representatives. More common is the relationship of lobbyist and donors getting their way.  It has to stop.  This earmark Read more

WNJ Smears Venables

"The head of Fry Manufacturing, the Laurel french-fry vending machine firm that got a $50,000 allocation from this year's bond bill, is married to a niece of Sen. Robert L. Venables -- head of the Bond Bill Committee and the legislator who added the money to the bill" screamed the News Journal. Much later in the story you find that the allocation came at the request of the DEDO (Delaware Economic Development Office) not the senator. What do you call it when an article tries to give the casual reader an impression that is the exact opposite of the truth? I call it a smear. The News Journal is better than this. The headline is outrageous. It is a smear pure and simple. The article tells us that this project was not a Venables project. It came in a package from DEDO. This is why we have an economic development office. If you don't think they should help create jobs, then abolish Read more

Congress Out Of Control

...Congress warned AIG execs to return their millions in bonuses - or face a possible new law taxing those payouts at up to 100%. "They should voluntarily return them. If they don't, we plan to tax virtually all of it," New York Sen. Chuck Schumer declared on the Senate floor. The idea that our government may be passing "new laws" in a fit of rage that can wipe out "virtually all" of someone's paycheck scares me. We all need to hope that the Great Eye of Schumer doesn't turn on our source of income someday. Read more


Kevin Spence at The Cape Gazette is reporting that Susex County is going to get some omnibus spending money for the 3rd try at a new Indian River Inlet Bridge: Indian River Inlet Bridge $1,900,000 to design and construct a new bridge along Route 1 over the Indian River Inlet. The new structure will completely span the inlet with all foundation supports constructed on dry land. The proposed bridge will be west of the existing bridge at a critical evacuation route. Indian River Inlet and Bay $235,000 to determine the cause of and make repairs to severe holes that have developed in the areas of the Indian River Inlet Bridge. Money will also be used to dredge the channel in the Indian River Bay area. Would it be wrong to point out that Delaware wasted ten times that amount of money building and then removing gigantic approaches to a bridge that wasn't even designed yet? Read more

VP Vetting–Oh Biden Doesn’t Count –It’s a Man’s World

If we want to talk about earmarks according to the Washington Post Hunter Biden' firm received 3.4 million in earmarks from Senator Obama.  Senators Obama and Biden have the earmark thing down.  It is even a family affair. There is nothing illegal or immoral about this.  It just stands in contrast to McCain who did no earmarks and fights for a better way. I also think it makes a joke out of stories critical of Palin for doing her job as mayor and getting aid for her town to build legitimate projects ($500,000 for a youth shelter, $1.9 million for a transportation hub, $900,000 for sewer repairs, and $15 million for a rail project).  How about the lawsuit on Hunter? This is likely sour grapes, but it does go to the campaign because the allegation is that the position was created for one reason, his father was running for President. "Hunter Biden was made president with an annual salary Read more

The Colburn 35

Senator Colburn is looking out for the interests of the taxpayers. Here is an interview of regarding the Colburn 35. Senator Colburn R-OK has placed 35 different holds on wasteful spending that Senator Reid has been trying to push through without a roll call vote. The 35 items have now added up to 11.3 billion dollars. Senator Reid D-NV in frustration has finally decided to bring them to a regular vote in a unique way. Instead of each of the 35 standing on its merit, he bundled them into one bill that he calls the Colburn Omnibus. Senator Colburn calls it the Reid’s “Grow the Government and Spend More of Your Kids’ Money” bill. Who says politics isn't intriguing? The show down is coming and the stakes are 11.3 billion of your money and 36 new federal special interest programs.  At least there is someone looking out for us. Read more

I am still a Sarah Palin Fan.

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.

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