Guest Opinion By: Doug Beatty Dear Representative Lynn, This citizen must take umbrage with your sponsorship of H.B. 204. On what planet is this a sound idea? The animal control officers at KCSPCA/FSAC have racked up an impressive history of unanswered complaints. At this very moment one Jacqueline Dyer of Hartly has publicy stated that Lt. David L. Hulse is retaliating against her for a drug test Hulse failed in 2006 administered by Dyer. After Dyer went public, she was criminally charged for dog at large on very shaky probable cause. In fact, in spite of evidence to the contrary according to Ms. Dyer and video from her home surveillance that she has made public. Anywhere I've lived except this place would call that retaliating against a whistle blower. Here, nobody cares how many officials know about this event it seems to always fall outside their responsibility. Giving Read more
By Staff Reporter: Wolf von Baumgart Delaware State Representative Sean Lynn (D – District 31 Dover) has sponsored legislation that would require all motorcycle drivers and passengers to wear helmets at all times during operation on Delaware roads. HB 54 is co-sponsored by Reps. Stephanie T. Bolden, (D -- District 2 East Wilmington) and Debra J. Heffernan (D – District 6 Bellefonte, Claymont, Edgemoor) Read more
The number of flu deaths in Delaware have exceeded the total deaths for the last 5 years. The 23 deaths from the flu, 18 of which are in New Castle County is concerning public health officials. One of the reasons that we have the worst season in years is that our vaccination system is not up to date. It is based upon guessing almost a year in advance. The H1N1 outbreak should have alerted the FDA, CDC, and the NNPHI that we needed to move with dispatch to funding and approving new flu vaccine technology. The old egg technology is not fast enough. 3 years later, spurred by the latest outbreak, the FDA is finally getting around to approving the incest cells and vaccines grown in mammalian cells gained approval in November. How slow is the FDA? It took 20 years to prove the technology to them. How many people died unnecessarily on the alter of bureaucratic caution? "I am from Read more
NYC has to be paradise on earth because its mayor has nothing to do. Mayor Bloomberg, the Arch-Bishop of the Nanny State Tri-State Dioceses, has a new proposal. He wants to ban plastic food wrapping in restaurants, schools,and hospitals. In his final State of the City address, Mayor Michael Bloomberg will propose a citywide ban on plastic-foam food packaging, a non-biodegradable polymer environmentalists have derided for years. As reported by The New York Times, the ban will include takeout boxes, cups and trays, forcing restaurants and bodegas to restock. I think Mayor Bloomberg is trying to make an impact, but it's going to hurt the economy ultimately," said Jamar White, owner of Buffalo Boss on Fulton Street. "He's imposing, I think, an unfair burden on small business like myself who depend on inexpensive packaging that can do the job," White continued. "I understand it's a great Read more
While all of the attention has been on the “fiscal cliff” tax hikes, the administration just issued 6000 new regulations that will cost business and others $123,000,000.000. These unfunded mandates are worse than a tax because there are no deductions and they will divert 13.6 million man hours from productive pursuits to compliance pursuits. It seems like with this administration, you have to watch the hand behind the back. That is the interesting one. Thanks again to the 50.6% who voted for President Obama. We look forward to 4 more years of a slow to no growth economy. America’s lost decade is here.
One day, we will finally get tired of worrying about if people get high. Most Americans think we are losing the war on drugs. I submit the reason is that we focus on the wrong objective. It is not the prerogative of government to govern your body. You and your doctor know if you are in pain and how best to treat it. The Attorney General and Police do not. I believe the best way to end the violence, funding of terrorism and narco-gangs and poisoning of our children is to attack the hard core street drugs while allowing people safer alternatives. The attack on Delaware doctors who are dealing with those in chronic pain for the fear that people might be getting safe and cheap alternatives to unsafe drugs cut with various substances on the streets, is hurting those who suffer from chronic pain. Read this story from the USA Today. I have seen this with my own eyes. The drug policy of Read more
The Justice Department is trying to block the AT&T and T-Mobile merger, a move that could cost 50 to 90,000 well paying jobs, taking the side of left wing consumer groups over the Communications Union, business, and even left wing economists. If this is not an example of the over regulation problem, what is?
UPDATE: I can confirm that at least in the state of Delaware this has reached Joe the Plumber status. Don't tase me and don't touch my junk also come to mind. The basketball fiasco has started going viral. When I got home tonight about a third of my facebook wall was full of links to the News Journal article, the YouTube video (which has over 13,000 hits so far UPDATE: make that 145,000 hits, not bad for Delaware), and other comments about the incident. Not to mention there is this new facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/DelDOT-Replace-the-poles/192131067491871?sk=wall We will just have to see how far this story goes. ---------------------------------- I think that Melissa McCafferty is my hero of the week. I haven't quite decided yet but for Delaware this just might be Joe the Plumber level stuff. When the State came to take away the basketball hoops Read more
The EPA decided to take more control over spills in the wake of the Gulf Oil Spill. It appears that includes farmers’ spilling milk. Expect milk prices which are already outrageous to rise as containment walls and other items are requiredd. It makes you want to cry for the common sense we lost to an overbearing government.
The market had been sliding in reaction to the Senate financial reform bill, but House Democrat Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank became an hero of the Wall Street types with a pledge to keep the house provision on derivatives. Rep. Frank is right, I noted a similar concern that it seemed to be poorly drafted and did not make distinction based upon the nature of the derivatives. Some cut risk while others increase it. I guess sticking it Wall Street was merely campaign rhetoric. Remember that when you hear the silly Republicans are for Wall Street and Democrat for mainstreet talk. All of the evidence says Democrats talk mainstreet and vote Wall Street. Reality matters.
My understanding of the first amendment is that it primarily focused on protecting political and religious speech. Solicitor General Kagan is suppose to be a big speech advocate. She supported 2 Live Crew in a battle to limit obscenity in a landmark case. She considered it one of her most important contributions. She fought free speech in the Citizens United Case. In that case she argued that political speech was subject to more regulation. She called pamphlets electioneering. She is on record that anonymous pamphlets should be banned contrary to previous Supreme Court rulings. Oddly enough, America was founded upon political pamphlets. The most famous of them was Common Sense. Anonymous speech has also been vital to our founding. Anonymous speech allows the focus to be on ideas not personalities. I wonder what her approach would mean to blogs and other free speech Read more
Lewes is not historically significant enough for a national park said the bureaucracy to Senator Carper. Residents should be glad and ask the Senator to drop them for the bill. As a matter of fact, Delaware would be much better off if the entire enterprise is dropped. We do not need another level of government meddling in our land use. People in the Adirondacks were sold a bill of goods and have been in a nightmare ever sense. When a federal park is placed in open park land, it is what it is. When it is imposed on a place where people already live, it creates real issues that no one who is informed would invite. Read this congressional testimony from the Adirondacks. They recommended 2,000 acre per house zoning, the segregation into an isolated Adirondack division of each state bureaucracy from welfare to police, the retroactive screening or removal of houses that were visible Read more
We can all breath a sigh of relief. The right to fleece credit card consumers with sky high rates has been preserved. This is a positive for Delaware and South Dakota which have no limits on interest rates. This policy has attracted many credit card companies and tens of thousands of jobs. I support the right to fleece the unwise. It expands credit and helps people who need it if they are wise enough to use the system instead of being abused by it. I think the best way to regulate rates is the market. Refuse to be fleeced. Pay off your cards within weeks not years of a charge. Cutting off available credit and restricting it to the few again in the name of consumer protection is not the answer. Government regulation would cause more harm than good. The amendment would have allowed every state to set a maximum interest rate. If you are dealing with an in state bank dealing with in state Read more
If this is not fixed, it is conceivable that independent contractors like myself will suffer an unbelievable burdern under the new health care law. When ever you make more than $600 in purchases you will be required to send a 1099 to that person or corporation. That borders on insanity. This came from that radical right outpost, CNN. Is it too much to say repeal the bill, Mr. Castle? One of the few places of job growth has been the independent contractor, now Washington wants to crush them and small businesses across America. This is wrong and must be changed right away. I expect our delegation to sponsor a fix. An all-but-overlooked provision of the health reform law is threatening to swamp U.S. businesses with a flood of new tax paperwork. Section 9006 of the health care bill -- just a few lines buried in the 2,409-page document -- mandates that beginning in 2012 all companies Read more
Some time ago, I was sitting in my opthamologist's office and chanced on a magazine I'd never heard of--Stocks, Futures and Options. In it was an interview with George Friedman, who noted the financial elite have lost all credibility. He added the political elite have stepped in to the vacuum. He also said the government and the financial communities "regard one another as incompetent." The difficulty, Friedman added, is magnified by the fact the "government is not financially efficient. It is built to be politically efficient...Obama has to demonstrate that our institutions or government is capable of effective action, because what would terrify people and create a new crisis is if the political elite appear to have the same incompetence as the financial elite. All hell would break loose...On one side, the political state is saying the financial community is a bunch of greedy scoundrels, Read more
Solar-cell manufacturing in Frederick, Maryland, dates back to the mid-1970s. BP Solar, one such company, was so profitable it was in the middle of building a $97 million expansion to create more jobs in the solar panel industry. Now the BP Solar building is being demolished and 320 people in Maryland are unemployed. What happened? The answer is, the federal government got involved and destroyed the free market generated profitability of the making of solar panels. Here’s how: the Obama Administration has spent billions of dollars to create “green jobs.” Through his tax incentives and credits for those businesses that manufacture renewable energy products, he created a glut in the marketplace. With so many businesses now producing solar panels (most of them overseas in anticipation of a booming U.S. market), the cost of panels has been nearly cut in half, making it impossible Read more
As we predicted, Baltimore, MD is being sued for its silly ordinance requiring Crisis Pregnancy Centers to prominently post signs saying what they do not offer. The city now requires the centers to post that they do not offer birth control and abortion or referrals. The statement is not even true as a lot of them train for what I have found to be highly effective, Natural Family Planning. The great part about natural family planning is that it helps both ways and without polluting the body with chemicals.
by Shaun Fink As this year unfolds, we will hear a lot of talk about creating new “green” jobs to contribute to our state economy. In advance of the cacophony, let’s examine exactly what we are talking about when we use the term “green” before the word “jobs”. As neat and packaged as the phrase seems to be, there is quite a bit of ambiguity surrounding the definition of green jobs. Generally, jobs related to renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, battery-powered or other alternatively fueled vehicles, and public transportation comprise most of what are currently considered green jobs. Beyond that general scope, however, it starts to get blurry. For example, should jobs in the nuclear industry count as “green”? After all, nuclear plants generate electricity with virtually no air pollution or greenhouse gas. And yet, these positions are rarely considered Read more
There maybe an emerging iceage.If man could cause global warming, he would. It would increase crop yields and prevent the reicing of the North Atlantic. The fossil record shows glaciers were down as far as Maine and Montana. If mankind is to continue to thrive, we must keep the planet warm. Go ahead and drive that SUV, in fact run it on liquid coal. We need the CO2. Maybe we need to find ways to increase water vapor in the atmosphere. My point is that we do not control the atmosphere and if we did, the EPA craziness is exactly the wrong approach. Natural chemicals are not pollutants, they are not endangering anyone even polar bears. The EPA is exceeding its statutory authority in trying to regulate CO2. The EPA will listen to only one side not because the science is settled, but because only one side gives it the outcome it wants. Regulating carbon emissions would give the EPA unconstitutional Read more
The President has proclaimed this national family week. I applaud the sentiment behind the proclamation. I wish some substance would be added to it. Families are often not even an afterthought in policy making. Why not have a family impact statement be required before any new regulations go into effect or we sign on to any UN Conventions. It would take only the stroke of pen. The same pen used to praise families could be used to protect them.
Read the entire letter at DL. This is almost too easy. It seems more like a good riddance letter. The problem with these companies is that they want to make a profit according to our favorite Rep. Job Killer AKA John Kowalko. These guys are scared of their own breath (CO2). The RGG that is being pushed by them is insane. Rep. Job Killer led the fight to push more needless regulations on the refineries. Even though he did not get all he wanted, he created an unfavorable environment that was noticed when they looked at whether or not to invest in upgrading this inefficient plant. Yet in his mind, the problem is not the ridiculous regulation. It is that companies want a profit and will eventually close down money losers or be closed down themselves. Their solution to that is regulate and tax until the companies can't take it. Then subsidize and rescue until you can't take it. Wouldn't Read more
One of the top needs for America is a sustainable power infrastructure especially if we want to use renewable resources and domestic power sources. So why is the Sierra Club opposing the multistate transmission linefrom West Virginia to Maryland? Is it because the original source is from a coal plant or are they just against transmitting electricity? The fact is once the line is on the grid, power can come from anywhere in the area. There is an anti-energy insanity that caused rolling brownouts early in the decade out West (along with Enron manipulating it). It is seen in energy rationing proposals. Opposition to power plants, and crazy fears about transmission lines. The radicals refuse to understand the ramifications of their actions in the real world. That is par for their course. The insanity is that some regulators actually cater to them. Maryland dismissed the application for now Read more
There is an attack on the Community Reinvestment act led by Republicans. It is blamed for everything from collapsing the financial system to the ACORN scandal. Leftwingers say there is no problem and Republicans are racists for having a problem with it. The left is so far out that even when they raise valid points, conservatives will not listen. If ACORN backers favor it, it must be wrong. It is background noise. It is up to conservatives like myself to raise these questions. If the CRA were the problem with the subprime mess, then why are some banks like Wells Fargo not burdened down by bad subprime loans while institutions not governed by it were. The changes in the act by the Clinton administration did indeed harm the system. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke noted that back in 2007. He said that the CRA does not mean the banks should not differentiate between good and bad Read more
Finish this sentence by Rep. Barney Frank. We are trying on every front to….increase the role of government in regulation. He and his cohorts are not trying to maximize freedom, prosperity, or individualism. He is trying to increase the role of government regulators on every front. You moderates were suckered when you voted Democrat. You voted for change and you got big brother. Please don’t do it again. 🙂Here is the video. We can not afford much more change like this.
When I was reading an article from Yahoo on the federal swine flu emergency declaration something jumped out. Some hospitals have opened drive-thrus and drive-up tent clinics to screen and treat swine flu patients. The idea is to keep infectious people out of regular emergency rooms and away from other sick patients. Hospitals could modify patient rules — for example, requiring them to give less information during a hectic time — to quicken access to treatment, with government approval, under the declaration. It also addresses a financial question for hospitals — reimbursement for treating people at sites not typically approved. For instance, federal rules do not allow hospitals to put up treatment tents more than 250 yards away from the doors; if the tents are 300 yards or more away, typically federal dollars won't go to pay for treatment. Administration officials said Read more