Why does Delaware have such a budget issue?

Health Care is a major driver of the state budget issues. It cries out for fundamental reform. An approach worthy of study is the health pact approach.  It forms networks of doctors who deal directly with patients at an affordable flat rate instead of having the middle men of big insurance.  For $212 a month a family can have 99% of its medical needs met. Health Pact could be a boon for people with pre-existing conditions in our state exchange because it would one, cover them and two be attractive enough to bring healthy people into it.  We need to take the exchange and make it a market based approach.  Frankly, I believe that we should integrate Medicaid into such an approach as an option with Medicaid serving as a catastrophic and paying for medicine.  It would have the benefit of controlling costs and expanding the universe voluntarily of the exchange.  We could automatically Read more

Rally for Life today

Thought of the day, we live in a country where birth control can be had for $10 for 3 months and condoms are a few dollars a box. How is there an excuse for abortion on demand, let alone late term abortion like SB 5 permits? Excluding the moral travesty of taking an innocent human life, it doesn’t make economic sense. Every surgical abortion stops a beating heart. It is a heart that wants to beat for love, justice, opportunity and hope. We are not just aborting their lives, but what makes us civilized.

Stand today for life with your fellow citizens in the Rally for Life.

Trump World June 3rd

Welcome to a new column that we are introducing. Trump World may have multiple authors. This President has been interesting for news. One of the best ways to deal with it on a local blog may be a new weekly (or more when necessary) summary of the world from the perspective of Presidential policy, tweets, or speeches. The President had the most meaningful foreign trip of any President's first-time venture since Teddy Roosevelt. He addressed terrorism, got praise from Muslim leaders, Jewish leaders, and Christians concerned about terrorism. He righted the relationship with Saudi Arabia by preferring it to Iranian hegemony. He put NATO on notice to act like a real partnership, not an American protectorate. This week Donald Trump proved his worth. He withdrew from the Paris Accord. Seventy-five billion annually in new foreign aid will not happen. One trillion in costs to our economy Read more

Memorial Day Reflections

Americans have forgotten who are its heroes. The men and women who gave "the last full measure of devotion" to this country are its truest heroes". Today is not national barbecue day (nothing is ever wrong with a barbecue). Today is Memorial Day. Please take a moment to go to an event or watch a video and discuss it with someone. Let's love America and show it by respecting those whose blood have given it life. As a Veteran, who has seen the price paid by young men who made it back home via dignified transfer ceremonies, I consider it a mission to ensure they are never forgotten. We have a life of relative ease here only because of the sacrifice made to protect if from those who would enslave us. Have a reflective Memorial Day. Read more

Making room for both the forgotten man and the rugged invidvidual

The last 90 years of American politics and economic philosophy has been a conflict between two philosophies. The philosophy that made America, that of rugged individualism, equality of opportunity and free markets. The other is the philosophy of Franklin Roosevelt, that policy needs to focus first on the forgotten man. An interesting question is there room for both at the policy table? The left would tell us that income inequality is the issue of our time. Income inequality is a not a problem, any more than inequality of talents, ambition, goals, or activities is a problem. Not everyone should earn the same because not everyone wants to earn the same, not everyone does the same thing, not everyone wants to live in the same type house or drive the same car. If we do different things, want different things, and contribute different things then why would we want to earn the same thing? America Read more

The New Aberrant Human Species Of “Libtardus Invertabratus”

I wondered if this new Species of Homo Erectus was here to stay or just a passing new trend that is here today and gone tomorrow. However this new emerging post-modern variant seems to be in America and Europe to stay. One can’t be sure how they reproduce, because they are born much like normal infants. However, there is a consensus that the bacteria “Bacillus Propagandus” might be the cause of this phenomenal change. Layman’s language for “Libtardus Invertabratus” is “Spineless Liberal Retard.” Although this pathogen seemed to have shown up on the North American Continent about nine years ago, it wasn’t able to spread widely until 2008, when a president was elected that was infected with the new pathogen. The North American continent became a warring faction between the infected population and the bacteria resistant population. Open warfare of rhetoric have Read more

Special Prosecutor Appointed

This is a mistake, but Rosenstein is trying to please everyone as is his history. He caved. It is wrong to appoint a special prosecutor before a crime has been found. It keeps an issue alive that should be dead. Will they try to find a crime? At least with Robert Mueller, Democrats will have to stay out of the way or it is completely political. They should be investigating the leaks which are a crime. Tucker Carson reacted, bad idea but a good choice. Dick Morris worries that it could be the undoing of the administration. Democrats got what they say they wanted. Will they stop posturing and start working?

DE House Votes for Death Penalty While Senate Votes for Late Term Abortion

Our state General Assembly had an interesting day, Tuesday. The House voted to reinstate the death penalty and the Senate voted with a bare majority to allow late term abortion even turning down parental consent, informed consent and moving the limit to 23 weeks. They voted down anesthesia for a child in womb after the point where they can feel pain. It was a disgrace. Should not the child in womb, late in the pregnancy at least have the same consideration as a double murderer? Senators Richardson, Lawson and Simpson provided a valuable public record with a series of amendments to SB 5, the abortion bill. Proponents claim that it is just enacting into law Roe v. Wade, but they ignore that Casey and Gonzales are the guiding Court precedents. Roe was and is out of step with America and indeed the civilized world. Casey was an attempt to bring back the slightest balance. The roll call Read more

AETNA Calls it quits in Delaware Obamacare Marketplace

AETNA EXITS ACA EXCHANGE IN DELAWARE FOR 2018   Dover, DE (May 10, 2017) – On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, Aetna, Inc. (“Aetna”), informed the Delaware Department of Insurance that it would not be participating in the Health Insurance Marketplace (“Marketplace”) in Delaware for 2018. As a main reason for their exit, Aetna cited an approximate $700 million loss for individual policies between 2014 and 2016, and an estimated loss of $200 million for 2017 throughout the United States.   In response, Commissioner Navarro issued the following statement:   “I am disappointed that Aetna will not be servicing the health needs of Delawareans in 2018. Given the uncertainty and instability surrounding the future of the Affordable Care Act, however, I understand their reasoning. I would hope that our elected officials in Washington will come up with solutions to guarantee that health Read more

SB 5: Delaware’s Late Term Abortion Bill

Democrats unable to find ways to pass a budget that people will like, are trying to find a distraction. Unfortunately, one of these is at the expense of innocent, viable babies. SB 5 would end Delaware's ban after 20 weeks, which is a national trend, and go the other way. It would allow abortion before viability instead but redefines viability so that viable children would die. Even worse, it allows abortion after viability for a woman's health without defining health. Do they know that health can be physical, mental or even familial? It gives no limit on the level of health threat. Even a minor problem would be grounds for abortion after viability. Worse still, it would allow that judgment to be made by the person paid to do it. No independent review is necessary under this bill. How can good hearted men and women in our legislature justify going against the trends of science, Read more

100 Days

President Franklin Roosevelt faced a crisis like no other and needed a way to rally the nation to quick action. He introduced a 100-day plan. President's have been judged by a silly standard which doesn't make sense in most circumstances. President Trump fell into that trap with a ridiculously ambitious 100-day plan, so ambitious that he could have resigned after 100 days and been one of the 10 best Presidents. After 100 days, I am delighted. He is better than I expected. President Trump earns a B+ in my judgment. The reason he does not earn an A is because he is not staffed properly at the lower levels. He has a top flight cabinet, but they were slow-walked by Senate Democrats hoping to slow his pace of accomplishments. This caused some errors and allowed Obama holdovers to sabotage the administration. Successes include protecting life, deregulation on a large scale, Keystone Read more

Marchers for Science Welfare–Remember this

13 Most Ridiculous Predictions Made on Earth Day, 1970 Behold the coming apocalypse, as predicted on and around Earth Day, 1970: “In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution… by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.” — Life magazine “At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.” — Ecologist Kenneth Watt “Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions…. By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, Read more

March for Science in Lewes, DE 4/22/2017

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Science, Government and Society: From cosmology, ecology, biology and chemistry through elementary particle physics, science influences our lives in a myriad of ways. However, in an increasingly special interest driven and politically polarized atmosphere in what claims to be the most advanced technological nation in the world, science and its influence on public policy has more frequently come under fire from many sources. Rally in Lewes: Earlier today, approximately 180 people rallied in Canalfront Park in Lewes , Delaware in support of the national March for Science before boarding buses for the main march in Washington, DC. Mayor Tom Becker, on behalf of the City of Lewes, welcomed the participants. “Here in Lewes, we strive to improve our efforts to maintain respect for the environment. We are indeed very fortunate to have Read more

March for Science Scheduled for Earth Day in DC and DE

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer The first national March for Science will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Washington, DC and 609 satellite cities throughout the United States. The non-partisan march is designed to call attention to various issues relating to science and its critical role in modern global society , including but not limited to: research funding, climate change, environmental quality, sustainability, science policy, integrity of data and science in the public interest. The fundamental role of science in relation to politics and government is a key question in an increasingly politically polarized atmosphere, as their respective methodologies and moudus operandi appear to be antithetical i.e.: science as an independent and experimentally-verifiable investigation of physical and natural phenomena vs. partisan political ideology in a bureaucratic/legal regulatory Read more

Assurant Settles Kick Back Claims

INSURER FINED $212,505 FOR UNFAIR PRACTICES Dover, DE (April 19, 2017) – The Delaware Department of Insurance, along with insurance regulators for forty-eight other jurisdictions, have reached a multi-million dollar settlement with Assurant, Inc., regarding the company’s writing of force-placed property insurance, of which Assurant is the nation’s largest writer. Force-placed property insurance is a type of insurance that allows a financial lender the opportunity to insure its financial interest in a property. Under this insurance, a lender will take out a force-placed insurance policy on a property due to the fact that the property owner’s insurance has either expired or has been determined to be unsatisfactory in coverage. The settlement, which became effective on March 20, 2017, is the result of a multistate targeted market conduct examination called in 2015 and led Read more

Open Thread 4/14/2017

According to FOX News, President Trump during the 2016 campaign, was quoted as saying that he could conceivably share a hamburger with Kim Jung Un and resolve differences. Given the North Korean leader’s determination to develop strategic nuclear weapons and ICBM’s while ruthlessly killing his relatives, shouldn’t a HOT DOG be more appropriate???? —————————————————————————————————– When dining with Syrian President, Bashir al-Assad, it may be useful to remember that “Please pass the Mustard” has a whole new meaning…. —————————————————————————————————–

America And Russia Agree To Work On Critical International Issues

U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov met in Moscow today in the Trump Administration's first diplomatic visit to Russia. A meeting had not been planned between Tillerson and Vladimir Putin but circumstances changed and the two met for a discussion lasting two hours. Tillerson and Lavrov spoke on several issues concerning Global and regional security. Tillerson said during the press conference in Moscow, “clearly the reign of al-Assad is coming to an end. There is no role for al-Assad or the Assad Family in the future of Syria." Both Tillerson and Lavrov agreed Syria must be stabilized, Korea must be de-nuclearized and work needs to be done toward solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They also agreed for the need of more talks to work out details for substantive solutions to the many issues. In the first hundred days of Read more

Assad Lost His Mind and Maybe His War

Is Assad stupid? He had finally achieved getting the U.S. to tolerate him which with his Russian ally means victory. After all Assad is better than ISIS. Now he sabotaged himself.

President Trump enforced the Obama red line. I support him. It was measured and contained. It doesn’t commit us to war, which only Congress can do.

The world is on notice. America is willing to enforce humanitarian norms. I wonder what is next.

Poliquin Files for Dover City Council

Ronald  Poliquin’s Campaign Announcement FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 7, 2017 Poliquin files to run for City of Dover 1st District Council Seat “I will advocate for taxpayers” Dover, Del. – Ronald G. Poliquin filed with the City of Dover Clerk’s office to run for the city council seat that was vacated after Jim Hosfelt was elected to the Kent County Levy Court. The Special Election is scheduled for Tuesday, May 16, 2017. “My main priority is to stand up for taxpayers.” said Poliquin. “We need to hold the line on taxes, squeeze out government waste, and implement initiatives to create new jobs in Dover.” “I also plan to continue the tradition of outstanding constituent services set by former council members Jim Hosfelt and Beverly Williams.” As an attorney, Poliquin successfully litigated a groundbreaking Taxpayer Rights lawsuit[1] declaring over $200 Read more

ALG praises Senate confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch

April 7, 2017, Fairfax, Va.--Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising the Senate for confirming soon-to-be-sworn-in Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court: "This confirmation is a huge victory for President Donald Trump, who kept his promise by appointing a constitutionalist to the bench. Thanks to the steadfast leadership and determination Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the balance of power on the Supreme Court has been preserved with the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch, who promises to uphold the text of the Constitution and the rule of law. This proves when the Senate majority is determined to act, they can pull together to respect the will of the people. It is our hope that newly minted Justice Gorsuch lives up to the intellectual legacy of Antonin Scalia who put the rule of law ahead of personal preference." To Read more

BEST BUYS is a Bust

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Consumer Affairs Editor Consumers Beware! Good looking storefronts, neatly arranged shelves of trendy merchandise and low prices can be very deceptive if the store does not have a fair and honorable way of dealing with defective merchandise. On January 27, 2017 this reporter purchased a Hewlett-Packard Notebook 15-AY009DX Model X7T50UA laptop computer with 1 TB of storage for $379.99 from BEST BUYS ( on 1165 N. DuPont Highway ) in Dover, DE. It seemed to work well enough for two weeks until a weird feather-shaped distortion appeared in the upper left hand corner of the screen after normal use. The unit was not dropped nor was excessive impact or pressure applied to the touchscreen. Three days later, after gently touching the screen , I heard a faint cracking sound and the screen totally distorted. Apparently, there was a preexisting hairline crack in Read more

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