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 elected and un elected but do not confuse leadership with title or position. Generally, we have career politicians who manage special interests to groom favor for their campaign and then patronize voting blocs without regard for the good will of the state. Why would one say that?

Take a cold eye and a warm heart to evaluate a few matters in Delaware;

1. Safety-the largest city Wilmington is a free fire zone with entire census tracts where no one is employed, has a high school education and a stable family. For years rhetoric has been out forth as a strategy and the only saving grace is these shooters are bad shots but the harsh reality is over the last 15 years almost every shooter or victim has been a black youth 15-24 years old.

2. Education-it is no surprise Delaware has the highest percentage of private/parochial/home school children in the nation, the results are static with ever rising costs, larger bureaucracy and one acronym after another (NCLB, RTT etc.)

3. Economic growth-sluggish to non existent with one large industry after another leaving the state or going out of business.

. Yes, there are many more items but these three big ones are the most glaring shortfalls in the state.

I suggest a dirty dozen for the state to consider as move from the “Dead Weight of Tradition” to a mantra of “Choose Carefully and Execute Relentlessly.

1. Let every law sunset (expire) over a three month period and require the legislation session to vote to validate keeping the laws that matter, no committee process just an up or down vote. 2. Remove every barrier to 100% school choice including private/parochial/home school. If you complain about the public tax monies going to religious entity perhaps you can explain how and why Medicaid/Medicare Money which is public money is freely utilized at St Francis ? 3. Restructure DELDOT so it builds/funds long stage roads and NOTHING else 4. Devolve to the Counties the building/funding/taxing authority for all local roads 5. Eliminate the entire City Government of Wilmington and fold it into Metropolitan Government County Wide. 6. Immediately with no Grandfather Clause term limits of 12 years for House and Senate members and if you move up form House to Senate still 12 years.

7. Have a Nepotism policy where no elected official can add a family member to any state agency post election. 8. Institute immediately no State House or State Senate member can assume a county or state agency position while in elective office. 9. Every year for 5 years reduce the state employee count by 2% every year 10. Merge State Police and New Castle County Police 11. Limit annual budget increases to inflation and population growth 12. Eliminate pay to play filing fees for elective office.

I humbly suggest the above as it would offer solid leadership in many areas where we are lacking.

The Alternative? Luggage. Buy your kids and Grandkids luggage so they can love a place which offers the mean to achieve freedom, liberty and opportunity

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 elected and un elected but do not confuse leadership with title or position. Generally, we have career politicians who manage special interests to groom favor for their campaign and then patronize voting blocs without regard for the good will of the state. Why would one say that?

Take a cold eye and a warm heart to evaluate a few matters in Delaware;

1. Safety-the largest city Wilmington is a free fire zone with entire census tracts where no one is employed, has a high school education and a stable family. For years rhetoric has been out forth as a strategy and the only saving grace is these shooters are bad shots but the harsh reality is over the last 15 years almost every shooter or victim has been a black youth 15-24 years old.

2. Education-it is no surprise Delaware has the highest percentage of private/parochial/home school children in the nation, the results are static with ever rising costs, larger bureaucracy and one acronym after another (NCLB, RTT etc.)

3. Economic growth-sluggish to nonexistent with one large industry after another leaving the state or going out of business.

. Yes, there are many more items but these three big ones are the most glaring shortfalls in the state.

I suggest a dirty dozen for the state to consider as a move from the “Dead Weight of Tradition” to a mantra of “Choose Carefully and Execute Relentlessly.

1. Let every law sunset (expire) over a three month period and require the legislation session to vote to validate keeping the laws that matter, no committee process just an up or down vote. 2. Remove every barrier to 100% school choice including private/parochial/home school. If you complain about the public tax monies going to religious entity perhaps you can explain how and why Medicaid/Medicare Money which is public money is freely utilized at St Francis? 3. Restructure DELDOT so it builds/funds long stage roads and NOTHING else 4. Devolve to the Counties the building/funding/taxing authority for all local roads 5. Eliminate the entire City Government of Wilmington and fold it into Metropolitan Government County Wide. 6. Immediately with no Grandfather Clause term limits of 12 years for House and Senate members and if you move up from House to Senate still 12 years.

7. Have a Nepotism policy where no elected official can add a family member to any state agency post-election. 8. Institute immediately no State House or State Senate member can assume a county or state agency position while in elective office. 9. Every year for 5 years reduce the state employee count by 2% every year 10. Merge State Police and New Castle County Police 11. Limit annual budget increases to inflation and population growth 12. Eliminate pay to play filing fees for elective office.

I humbly suggest the above as it would offer solid leadership in many areas where we are lacking.

The Alternative? Luggage. Buy your kids and Grandkids luggage so they can love a place which offers the mean to achieve freedom, liberty and opportunity

Mike Protack

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