House Republicans stood strongly with President Trump giving him leverage to get a compromise 5 billion of his 25 billion dollars for a border wall. Senate Democrats and irrelevant until January House democrats oppose the border security measure. While President Trump lost nearly 40 House seats, he gained 2 Senate seats. This is similar to Reagan's midterm where he held on to a 53 to 47 majority but lost his working majority in the House of Representatives.
Pelosi staked out an extreme and illogical stand against any physical border security measure. This fact necessitated that the President try to gain whatever leverage he has now. Accepting a short term measure is illogical. It is better to take a full year spending deal than just set up another fight where Republicans are weaker in February. Passage by the House of an appropriation bill that funded border security and included Read more
This was one of the best convention speeches ever from a man not known for his speaking. It is what a Republican speech should look like. He was tough and substantive. He was kind and thoughtful. He was John Wayne and Mr. Fred Rogers in one speech.
President Bush was one of the great leaders of the 20th century, yet he was down 15 to 17 points before the convention. His back was against the wall, but Lee Atwater and Karl Rove put together the most successful convention ever. He brought it home with this speech.
The President who represented the Greatest Generation has passed from the scene. He left a legacy of freedom and service for all Americans. President George H. W. Bush once said that he believed there is no definition of a successful life that does not include service to others.
The President who supervised the end of the cold war, guided a successful dissolution of the Soviet Union. and defended America's ability to be independent from forces who would have kept us from the free flow of oil at market prices is naturally remembered for his foreign policy achievements. He had an admirable record on foreign policy before he even became President. He was the first American to be a functional Ambassador to the People's Republic of China. He personally stopped military death squads in El Salvador, according to recently classified documents. He changed our world. Without his leadership, Read more
10 Forgotten Truths of Life
You can’t be pro-jobs and anti-business.
You can’t be pro-child and undermine parents.
You can’t be anti-crime and hate the police.
You can’t be for freedom and allow the government to be unrestrained.
You can’t be for human rights and deny they come from our Creator.
You can’t deny the humanity of the poor, the disabled, and those different from yourself and not undermine your own human dignity.
You can’t ignore the family unit and expect a strong society.
You can’t tax your way to prosperity or randomly spend your way to wealth.
You can’t avoid investing in people and expect people to be successful.
You can’t ignore the lessons of history and not make the mistakes of the past.
There is a crisis in Delaware. Is it violence, shootings, drunk driving or distracted driving? The drug addiction crisis far exceeds all of these. The death toll is incredible. Nationally, 64,000 overdose deaths occurred in 2016. The economic toll is 504 billion dollars. Delaware ranks above the national average in overdose deaths. In 2016, more than 300 deaths occurred. Since Rep. Tim Dukes’ successful Narcan initiative, we are still high at over 200 deaths and double that total in traffic deaths. Kent County alone has had hundreds of people overdose in 2017 and receive Narcan emergency treatment . It is buying us time, but we have to address the problem.
I have personally seen the toll around me. Hospital emergency rooms overloaded with victims, businesspeople, lawyers, homeless people, students and seniors. People from every walk of life, every ethnicity and every income Read more
Delmarva Power Electric Customers Beware the June Surprise
Every June the worst legislation is saved for last. State Senator Harris McDowell has introduced Senate Bill 265 that will cost Delmarva Power customers a bundle.
Your electric bill breaks out the cost of the infuriating Bloom Energy fuel cell project, and for out-of-state wind farms that increased electric bills, but sent jobs elsewhere. This adds about 10 percent to your bill, or about $100 a year. Now such projects no longer need your money to succeed.
Current law requires freezing such subsidies if a 3 percent cap is exceeded. The cap was exceeded in 2012. So why hasn’t there been a freeze? The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), delayed calculating the cost for five years, ignored the Bloom Project cost, and then manipulated the numbers so a 10 percent Read more
Please join me in a thought experiment. Is it possible that the Democratic party has not done anything useful for Blacks in 50 years since Johnson? I don't think that we owe them any more. Especially when you consider Civil Rights was pushed primarily by Republicans like Rep. McCulloch and Sen. Dirksen. Johnson brought along enough Democrats to his credit. Can you think of anything they did since 1968? Fair Housing Act, no that was Nixon. Renewal of the Voting Rights Act, no Reagan and W. Dr. King Day, Reagan. Welfare reform actually helped and that was Clinton, right? Well didn't he veto it twice then when he could not stop it, claimed Gingrich and Kasich's work as his own? How about improvements in minority education--W Bush. Well go back to the historic Brown V. Board of Education, Eisenhower. In other words, with the exception of Kennedy and Johnson, no Democrat has accomplished Read more
After running for U.S. Senate myself over the past 12 months here in the First State, I got the chance to meet and talk to a lot of amazing Delawareans up and down the state. It was an amazing experience in my life where learned so much about people’s concerns and way of life. When I was visiting Sussex County many months ago, I got the great opportunity to meet with Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett. I met him and his wonderful wife Lorna near the beautiful beaches of our great state. I got to know him as a citizen and leader who has always put people first.
After getting to know Mr. Arlett, I can truly say that he is a good friend of mine and someone that I know would make for an amazing U.S. Senator that is dedicated to representing all Delawareans. While other candidates for office are in it for the money, title or power; I know that Rob is in it solely for the purpose of bettering Read more
I can hardly wait until we see the Inspector General Report on the FBI and Justice. McCabe was fired based upon the recommendation of the Inspector General after a review of the Office of Professional Responsibility. It is a shame that he loses some of his pension, but it was a bigger shame that he violated professional standards before he was eligible. He can still draw a pension, but not until at least age 57 or 62 for full benefits.
This delay in benefits is too much of a hardship for Democrats who wish to reward him for his office conspiracy against a sitting President. Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) offered McCabe a job on election security for the express purpose of giving him enough federal time for a pension according to the Washington Post. I am waiting for Andrea Mitchell or the Washington Post to find experts to help cash strapped Lt. General Michael Flynn.
He is accused Read more
Rail Splitter Society Meeting, Wed. January 24, 2018
A. Donyale Hall—State Senate District 17 Candidate
Donyale Hall states her case in crucial Kent County campaign
B. William Dilks Sr.—State Rep. District 24 Candidate
William Dilks is jazzed and ready to campaign
Anthony Delcollo—Report from Dover
Budget, Reg 225, Delaware Constitution,
mental illness and guns, more
Location, Time, and Date
University and Whist Club
805 N Broom Street, Wilmington, DE
Wednesday, January 24, Doors open 6pm, speakers 6:30pm
Donyale Hall, one of two excellent Republican primary candidates competing in State Senate District 17, presents her candidacy.
William Dilks: healthcare operations expert; Jazz musician; concerned citizen and father; and now, District 24 State Rep. Candidate.
Friday there was a women led march that had 6 figures in attendance. The Fox News estimate was 650,000, all media estimates acknowledge 6 figures for the March for Life. Saturday another smaller march occurred, but with satellite marches including a huge march with an estimated 300,000 in Chicago for the Women's March. The satellite marches were ignored for the March for Life.
The coverage difference says all you need to know about media bias. ABC, Fox News, CSPAN covered both reasonably not just a mention about one speaker. That gives me a hint who is real. Both were newsworthy events.
Americans exercising their first amendment freedoms of speech, assembly, and right to petition their government is beautiful to me. It would be even better if the press would live up to their job of facilitating the sharing and debate of ideas instead of being a gatekeeper of the ideas worthy if sharing. Read more
Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, said the following about the government shutdown:
It’s a sad day when a country’s leaders can’t even agree to keep the government open.
The shutdown is counterproductive; it’s a national embarrassment; and it’s a symbol of just how broken the budget process and political system are.
Both parties need to come together and reach a prompt agreement to re-open the government. The priority should be to immediately open the government and agree on a fiscally responsible budget deal to set discretionary caps and appropriate funds while reducing the long-term national debt.
Resolution over the current impasse should not come at the expense of the economy and next generation by greasing the wheels with more tax cuts and spending increases that add tens of billions of dollars a year to the deficit.
In today’s world, we often forget why Christmas matters. I believe that by secular standards, He is one of the ten most influential people to ever live (many would argue the first, but I am not looking for an argument). His teaching completely revamped human culture. His movement has grown century after century. His devotees have had as great an impact for good in the history of the world as anyone ever born.
Consider the state of the world before Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth. The world was a very dark place where violence and the dark side of power were revered. The voices of people who advocated living by the better side of our nature never quite gained traction. After him, there was a philosophical, societal framework for a Kingdom based upon love, mutual respect, and justice which could spread across cultures and unite people of all kinds of heritages.
Before Jesus there would be Read more
It is okay to be comfortable with your masculinity. Join me in saying, I am a man and happy to be one. That takes nothing away from women or anyone else who should be comfortable with themselves. Contrary to popular culture, I say the world needs strong, confident men and boys. We need to mentor boys into being men. We need to value manhood, fatherhood and masculinity. This is not exclusive, but we need to be part of inclusion.
Fathers are invaluable. Mothers are irreplaceable. The world is better for men being here. The world is better for women being here. There is no contradiction in those statements. It is the intent of our Creator.
I respectfully submit that your comparsion of the Hillary Clinton inspired Russian Uranium Deal (a.k.a. Uranium 1) to Watergate is not entirely accurate. From a purely physics standpoint, it is more appropriately classified as HEAVY Watergate.
I wholeheartedly agree, however, that selling American Uranium to Russia is like selling crack to Marion Berry or porn to Kim Jung Un.
The U. S. Senate managed to pass something this month. It was big. The Senate passed a budget with language allowing tax cuts for the American people and business tax reform to allow sustained economic growth. This is a big step forward for America. The U. S. House of Representatives and the President finally have a partner.
President Trump laid down a marker. If you threaten the well being of America and its allies, you are on a suicide mission. This is important because he laid down the law in a way that says our allies matter equally. Iran was put on notice that it needs to abide by the agreement and stop crossing the line.
The most brilliant line was this truth.
“The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented. From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure.”
The effort to provide a sound economic strategy for Dover has passed. Since Dover abandoned its Economic Development Department, unemployment has stagnated at over 7% while the national rate has fallen and more than a dozen downtown storefronts have become empty. This initiative is a collaborative effort with the business community. It combines the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce’s Vision 2020 with efforts to simplify and make permitting more customer friendly. Councilman David Anderson of the 4th district was the primary sponsor. The Initiative was adopted unanimously on August 14, 2017, without discussion as part of the consent agenda.