H B 392

 Delaware’s Democrats must be hearing the death rattle of Obama care and are expecting the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out the unconstitutional legislation.  Why else would Delaware Democrats put forth H B 392, a bill intended to institute socialized health care on the state level.   I have to admit I haven’t had a chance to read the entire bill yet, because of course they have chosen to make this one complicated. I am getting the sense of Nancy Pelosi here, ” you have to pass it to find out what is in it”.   Here is a link, read and let the debate begin, and call your legislators about this, even Democrat voters will oppose this, but the Dems in Dover will push this through in honor of Biden if they don’t fear the voters.  http://www.legis.delaware.gov/LIS/lis146.nsf/vwLegislation/HB+392/$file/legis.html?open

68 thoughts on “H B 392”

  1. Mike, given that you have played a prominent role or perhaps several prominent roles, I regret that I don’t know you well enough to communicate well. Perhaps I’ve met you, but I don’t remember things like names and meeting people well.

    On the one hand, we should take Christine O’Donnell out of the picture.

    On the other hand, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it or at least suffer from their lack of growth.

    As I have said, the continuing patterns that bothered me so much with Christine go back in my mind and experience to The Great Ollie North Wars in Virginia in 1994, when the Virginia Republican Party was torn asunder over Ollie North, just like the DEGOP was in 2010.

    So when I saw the exact same thing happening in Delaware, for me it is both vitally important and personal. No, not because I want to go to bed with Lt. Col. Oliver North. But because I watched the Virginia GOP nearly destroy itself because some factions in 1994, with the often erratic Nancy Reagan playing the 2010 role of Karl Rove, would rather destroy the party than tolerate Ollie North being elected to the US Senate.

    As a result, EVERY meeting of the Arlington County Republican Committee where I was an elected and voting memeber in 1994 turned into a barroom brawl over Ollie North. If the ACRC was voting on the annual picnic, it turned into a war about Ollie North.

    They ran Marshall Coleman as an independent to sabotage North. Coleman got about 14.5% of the vote and North lost to Robb by just under 3%.

    So the sabotage worked in Virginia, just as it did in Delaware.

    And that got us a GOP in collapse. George Allen took the seat back from Robb, but then lost to Democrat James Webb.
    The Democrats took the Governor’s Mansion, and Virginia started voting for the Democrat for President.

    It took 15-20 years to reserve the damage, which won’t be complete until hopefully this year when Virginia votes Republican again for President.

    SO TAKE THE PERSON OUT OF THE EQUATION.

    Talk about “Candidate X”

    But if you don’t learn from the 2010 election in Delaware — indeed from every election — than “you” (generically, anyone) are kidding yourself to imagine you are going to win in the future.

    Great football teams review video of previous games, including focusing on everything they did wrong. They dwell on what they did wrong, so that it won’t happen again.

    Christine O’Donnell is a very smart, very talented, very capable professional woman, who has a handful of human faults, BUT ONE FAULT THAT HAS DOMINATED AND RUINED HER LIFE:

    CHRISTINE O’DONNELL WILL NOT LEARN FROM MISTAKES (or experiences that might not exactly be a mistake).

    It is Christine O’Donnell’s inability to make mid-course corrections, face up to mistakes, and gain knowledge, insight, and understanding to grow, change, and improve that is the dominant self-destructive pattern of her life.

    The Delaware Republican Party also cannot succeed unless Delaware Republicans know how to learn from mistakes.

    Again, there seems to be something in the water or in the culture of Delaware that people there would rather squabble and fight than ever admit they were wrong.

  2. And HOW did Virginia recover? By a long-term, persistent, unrelenting, campaign to drive the saboteurs out of leadership. Those who sabotaged the party by running Marshall Coleman against the party nominee have been largely drummed out of party leadership.

    Every single election, every County committee meeting, every Congressional District Committee election, has been an unrelenting, well-planned, doggedly determined long-term war to rip those impostors out of the Republican Party of Virginia’s leadership.

    The moderate saboteurs are welcome to attend the picnic if they bring the rice crispie squares. But they are not allowed to get anywhere near the controls.

    The RPV has thrived as more and more establishment type moderates (that is, those who systematically sabotaged conservatives) were thrown overboard.

    The unseen war has been over the method of nomination. Every year, in every office, at every level, everywhere in Virginia, conservatives have fought feverishly against primaries, because Virginia has no party registration and has open primaries in which Democrats and independents can choose the Republican nominee.

    Conservatives know how to win conventions. Democrats cross over and vote in Republican primaries to saddle us with weak moderate candidates. (We know this because when we call voters who voted in the GOP primary, they yell at us that they are Democrats why are Republicans calling them. So they are not-very-smart Democrats voting in Republican primaries.)

    We fought to get rid of the evil Tom Davis who would ruthlessly sabotage conservative candidates every chance he would get.

    We just had elections for State Central Committee in which we further purged more of the deadweight.

    Virginia’s resurgence has been a fight — often unseen — for every seat in every County Committee, to dump overboard anyone who is not a conservative.

    Virginia’s GOP is soaring because we learned the lessons, we learned who was part of the problem and who was part of the solution.

  3. “It is Christine O’Donnell’s inability to make mid-course corrections, face up to mistakes, and gain knowledge, insight, and understanding to grow, change, and improve that is the dominant self-destructive pattern of her life.”

    Well, she’s on board with moderate candidate Mitt Romney. That seems to be a change in her tune, or is it just expediency?

  4. Oh, that’s complicated. No, it is not a change in Christine’s thinking or game plan. Endorsing Romney was a product of a complex series of mistaken ideas and shallow thinking, including listening to unreliable people like the thorougly amoral and Machiavellian Matt Moran.

    Turns out it might have been the right decision based on the outcome of the primary. She gambled everything and got lucky. But I think a year from today, Christine will be wondering why it did not pay off in terms of getting anything in return from the Romney White House.

    But Christine’s reasons for doing these things are firmly grounded in out-smarting herself….

  5. No, Jon, you and I have never met each other. I’m New Castle based and don’t often get to Sussex, never mind Virginia.

    I do remember well Oliver North’s ill fated campaign for Senate and it is sad that this brilliant man never got to serve. He’d have shaken up the stodgy old place.

    I don’t really know what “prominent role” I played. During the summer of 2010, I aggressively challenged the O’Donnell campaign to announce five ideas it was willing to campaign on other than “Castle sucks” in an open letter written on Daily Borg Dot Com on June 18, 2010. I followed that up with frequent posts here. On July 23, the O’ Donnell campaign responded, releasing five legislative points she would be willing to sponsor or co sponsor. I then wrote a complimentary piece analyzing those five proposed bills, the most visionary of which was a two year capital gains tax holiday. If that somehow makes me a person who played a “prominent role,” well I’m flattered.

    A decision had to be made though on who to endorse and on September 3, I wrote an endorsement of Mike Castle. I believed by experience, character, knowledge and example he was the better candidate. As a senator, I knew Mike Castle would have supported what I believe in 55%-60% of the time. But he could have won. Christine would have supported my beliefs 90%-95% of the time, but I believed she could not win. In the end, Sarah Palin’s endorsement mattered more than mine. We wound up with a senator who supports my beliefs zero percent of the time.

    Look…living in the past like this is not helping any of us. Christine took her best shot. It did not work out. I hope that ChristinePAC succeeds for her and that she can earn a good living doing what she’s passionate about. It’s time for the personal attacks on her to stop. I have read disgraceful attacks on this thread about her character and even her looks. Both are inappropriate. And both should stop. For the record Christine O’Donnell never flew a broom in U.S. airspace. The Federal Aviation Administration has never issued an airworthiness certificate of any category for a flying broom. Nor am I, a flight instructor with twenty five years experience, familiar with any aerodynamics that can cause a broom to sustain flight under its own power.

    The 2010 campaign is two years behind us. The Delaware Republican Party has completely changed its leadership at the state level. Only one regional chair from that time still holds his seat (Bill Sahm, Northern New Castle). And we have a new slate of candidates.

    Kevin Wade is now our candidate for Senate. It’s time to stop tearing down Christine O’Donnell and start building up Kevin Wade and the rest of his ticket mates. Tom Kovach is someone who has won elections against tough odds. Ben Mobley and Jeff Cragg are bright and engaging new faces. And Sher Valenzuela is just a gift from heaven. If you’ve never heard this lady speak, you owe it to yourself to go see her, before anyone is foolish enough to pull a lever for Matt Denn again.

    But now, even with Democrats posing an existential threat to our very way of life, we’re still fighting over Christine O’Donnell. Let’s leave Christine to her life, she’s frankly earned some peace. And let’s get behind our team and get House Bill 392 stopped.

  6. I have to agree with Mr. Protack, could one of you please create a site just for Jon Mosely’s defense of Ms. O’Donnell and then you can all go there and rehash that election until the cows come home.
    I am seriously temped to spam all of you, don’t make me turn this site around, you know I will!!
    To be honest I am not sure if mr. Mosely is on topic or not because I usually don’t read past the first line where he resorts to old territory.
    One more outburst and I will edit all comments not strictly about HB 392. Help me out please. There are plenty of O’Donnell post here in the archives, go back to one of those and have at it, no one will care then, really! No one will care!!!

  7. Once again, of course, Dave Jones brought up Christine O’Donnell in #26. But it’s always my fault, of course.

    No, Frank (and Mike), I think you miss the point:

    There are choices AHEAD OF YOU, not behind you.

    Now, you both might be perfectly calibrated and even-keeled so that it seems hard to imagine why it is even an issue.

    But you have a lot of forces wanting to pull you in all kinds of different directions. You can’t move ahead in unity to elect Kevin Wade when everyone is throwing around (provably false) theories about WHAT WORKS and WHY things happened in past elections.

    You want to focus on winning the US Senate campaign with Kevin Wade. Exactly right. Spot on. That’s what it’s all about.

    But it also looks like a dozen people all with their hands on the steering wheel, pulling in different directions, and you are hoping to drive in a straight line.

    This has absolutely nothing to do with any defense of Christine. In private, I’ve told her things that ticked her off because I told her where she’s wrong.

    The question is what lessons do you draw from this? The DEGOP is getting swamped with a tidal wave of Democrat voter registration. You could (a) develop a strategy that deals with the real world or (b) live in denial.

    Mike writes: “During the summer of 2010, I aggressively challenged the O’Donnell campaign to announce five ideas it was willing to campaign on other than “Castle sucks” ”

    That’s a GOOD lesson to learn.

    MIKE = good advice for future campaigns. CoD = should have listened to Mike.

  8. “MIKE = good advice for future campaigns. CoD = should have listened to Mike.”

    Jon…please read the rest of what I wrote about that.

    She did exactly as I asked. Again, I’m not so egomanical to believe it was in response to litle old me. But she did exactly what I challenged her to do.

  9. Let’s say you’re taking a large number of psycho active medications to control depression and anxiety disorders.

    Or you’re taking large numbers of medications to control diabetes, or heart disease or cancer?

    Do you want decisions about your future being made by a state representative or senator who knows nothing about medicine? Or by an advocate of a consumer group who’s only qualification is that he spoke out in favor of a single payer system?

    Hell no. The current system has its flaws, but there are enough dead Greeks, Brits and Canadians who wish they had our system. Not to mention Germans who can’t find doctors, because no one there wants to practice medicine. Or Russians who get their prescriptions filled with distilled water, so workers can make their quotas. And nations left ruined by debt they can never escape, leaving generations of children who will forever pay because their parents took the easy way out.

    That’s what HB 392 is about. Looking for the easy way out and leaving the next generation with the bill for what we’ve done.

    It is the Democratic Party’s worst nature laid bare for us all to see.

    It’s time to show them Delaware is better than that.

  10. Michael, you are not understanding the meaning of what I said.

    Imagine you are enrolled in some of the various training sessions or programs around DC on how to win elections. What do you think they do when teaching how to win? They look at past elections to see what works and what doesn’t work. And they learn from them.

    You know, I have never varied from this same theme re:2010. Why is this so hard for anyone to grasp? I am really not all that interested in whether Christine’s 2010 campaign finally got around to saying what they are for BECAUSE of Michael Borgia’s suggestion. Don’t care.

    But for those who care about elections, from a center-right perspective, how SHOULD you run the next election in order to win is (I would assume) ALWAYS the dominant discussion.

    If you were going to design the perfect campaign next time — let’s say, oh I don’t know, pick a name, call him Kevin Wade — how would you go about it?

    You would want to take the best ideas for what has worked well in past campaigns, and you would want to avoid the mistakes of past campaigns. Wouldn’t that be a very high priority?

    What would your ideal “dream” campaign for Kevin Wade look like? What lessons would you learn from the past?

    Unfortunately some are determined to learn all the wrong lessons from 2010, and recreate failures past.

    The purpose of studying the past is to NOT be doomed to repeat it…. not to make a bee line for recreating the same mistakes.

    For example, in your ideal campaign looking forward, if everything goes beautifully, what are you going to do about the tidal wave of new Democrat voter registration?

    Ignore it? Pretend it isn’t there? Put your hands over your eyes and it won’t be there because you cannot see it?

    Blaming Christine for World War I, the fall of Constantinople, and Small Pox DOESN’T HELP YOU DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM. Not only is it inaccurate. It doesn’t get you anywhere. After the fun of blaming someone who is not the cause, like her or don’t like her, you are still left at the end of the party WITH THE SAME PROBLEM — UNSOLVED.

    Learning the wrong lessons from 2010 means you are a sitting duck, unprepared, unable to overcome the real problem when it blindsides you in November 2012

  11. Edited for content off topic. Look if you want your own blog then go to wordpress.com and create one. But quit hi-jacking. Frank Knotts

  12. I disagree with the Democratic leadership, in insisting they will not go forward with this bill.

    I believe it should be offered through the standard suspension of rules, and voted up or down on the very last hour of the very last day of session, no debate.

    If Markell doesn’t want to sign it, he doesn’t have to, but at least it gets a vote, quite possibly with Democratic majorities, passing both chambers of the General Assembly.

    It should be done. Just sneak it in there when no one is looking.

  13. And of course, let’s be clear that all of this was in RESPONSE to Michael Borgia’s comments:

    Kevin Wade is. It’s time to stop tearing down Christine O’Donnell and start building up Kevin Wade. We can’t win in 2012 if we’re still fighting with each other over 2010.
    We start in 2012 by beating back this Delaware Health Insecurity Act.

    And:

    Kevin Wade is now our candidate for Senate. It’s time to stop tearing down Christine O’Donnell and start building up Kevin Wade and the rest of his ticket mates. Tom Kovach is someone who has won elections against tough odds. Ben Mobley and Jeff Cragg are bright and engaging new faces. And Sher Valenzuela is just a gift from heaven. If you’ve never heard this lady speak, you owe it to yourself to go see her, before anyone is foolish enough to pull a lever for Matt Denn again.

    The deleted post was referring Michael Borgia and others to the Campaign Manager School of the Leadership Institute to follow through on his urging that the goal is TO WIN ELECTIONS, and to help Kevin Wade get elected in November.

    If you really want to win elections, go get trained by the conservative gold standard, Morton Blackwell at the Leadership Institute.

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