There was one Democrat who stood up for reform, the middle class and against eliminating itemized deductions, real estate transfer tax, etc., Andria Viola Bennett of Dover's 32nd district. She has been scorned by the left, the political establishment, and was brought to tears by her own caucus, but she never waviered. She not only was the deciding vote against the income tax, but cast more anti-tax votes for good measuer. Democrats were shielded from a sure to fail tax vote in the DE Senate, yet they don't appreciate it. She just listened to the people she serves, in some circles we call that leadership, in the majority caucus it is cause for scorn. That reaction just illustrates how shortsighted the Democratic leadership is. It could have been to their benefit to protect the Senate that holds by one vote, but they blew any possible gain. It is their way or no way. Rep. Bennett Read more
Sadly, the latest state budget was a failure of current leadership by the Democratic led assembly. It avoided fundamental reforms such as providing better health care choices or prevailing wage modernization. No one looked at was to allow county wide consolidation of certain back office administrative functions of the school districts, which would provide savings without harming local control. I consider it a failure of leadership because they would not even allow votes on reform measures especially from the Republican minority, but instead threatened what works best in this state, partnerships with nonprofits. They cut firefighters, paramedics, senior centers, homeless shelters and after school programs. Perversely, these cuts will create more of a demand for government action. Holding hostage public safety, youth and seniors for tax hikes is worse than irresponsible, it is cynical Read more
Real Estate, Alcohol and Tobacco will be seeing tax hikes. Some of us want to see a break for first-time homeowners, I am finding bipartisan support for that. Sadly, it will have to wait. An amendment by Senator Marshall to exempt first-time homebuyers failed. The realtors have found the money. The state is owed millions in uncollected capital gains taxes from people who sold and moved out of state. We need some reforms to do withholding at the settlement table for those not claiming the rollover. We should also take a look at all of the unaudited forms that have been filed and never paid over the past 6 years. It is money owed to us, but we would rather drive our kids out of state when they want to buy homes.
It seems irresponsible to impose a new tax when you are not even collecting what you could easily get from the old taxes.
On Wednesday, two days before what is supposed to be the last day of session, Democrats gave Republicans an ultimatum: a. either raise income taxes, alcohol and tobacco taxes, and create a new tax on vaping or b. balance the budget by cutting Grant-in-Aid which supports fire companies, veterans service organizations, senior centers, and other non-profit organizations. Basically Democrats took taxpayers and community organizations hostage, said they're only going to shoot one, but Republicans get to pick who. Wisely, Republicans rejected these strong arm tactics outright. On Thursday Republicans made a counter proposal that gave Democrats their tax increases in exchange for implementing future spending reforms, a budget stabilization fund (a great idea from State Treasurer Ken Simpler that helps the budgeting process by smoothing out the ups & downs in tax revenue), and reforming prevailing Read more
OPINION Folks, the bottom line is that nothing changes in Delaware , other than the first state's financial crisis is probably beyond redemption. The Democrats are in power in Delaware and have created a dangerous $400 million dollar deficit by over spending. They do care about enhancing the killing of babies in late term abortions, but sure as hell can't manage the state's finances. If a law needs to be changed, such as the prudent SB 53 which basically protects corporations from arbitrarily and capriciously being forced into a sale by a Delaware Chancellor, the Democrat elected officials in Dover are never going to make such a change, because they will always listen to the self-serving representatives in the Delaware Bar Association who are all connected with the judiciary and their own self-serving agendas. Delaware is definitely going to lose its incorporation franchise because Read more
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 Read more
By State Senator Bryant L. Richardson This past Tuesday was one of the darkest days in Delaware politics, as Senate Bill 5 passed in the House of Representatives with 22 votes. With 41 state representatives, only 21 votes were needed to pass the bill by a majority. The vote was along party lines. There are 25 Democrats and 16 Republicans in the House. Three Democrats went not voting or voted no. Two Republican representatives were absent for the vote, including Deborah Hudson, one of the sponsors of the bill. The fact that Hudson’s name was on the bill is one of my biggest concerns, since she is minority whip, in other words, part of the House Republican leadership. SB 5 was fast-tracked through the Senate by state Senator Brian Townsend as the prime sponsor. In the Senate the bill received 11 yes votes, the minimum number needed to pass. Again, votes were mostly along party Read more
June 14th is the day we recognize the adoption of our glorious banner of liberty, it is Flag Day. It is also the Army Birthday. 242 years of armed Americans standing up against oppression. They were able to do so because they had their own weapons. On this hallowed day, the gun grabbers in the Delaware House of Representatives are holding a hearing on House Bill 222 which the NRA describes this way. House Bill 222 would allow an individual’s family members or law enforcement to petition the court for an ex parte restraining order if they consider the individual to be a danger to themselves or others simply because the individual owns, possesses or purchases a firearm. Under this bill, an ex parte order would be issued by a judge based solely on a brief, unsubstantiated affidavit made by a petitioner and absent any input made by the individual on which the order is targeted. Read more
Sadly, Delaware is going backward. One would think that the legislature would be focused upon the severe budgetary crisis, but apparently, an undiscovered need to rip away basic informed consent protections for women evaluating abortion and eliminating protection after 20 weeks for the unborn child is paramount. It is time for good people to consider running for the legislature. This bill passed by 1 vote in the Senate and 2 in the House. I am doing several things to change the dynamic. Stay tuned to this blog, but first for my hardcore activist is an action group, the Delaware Republican Conservative Caucus. Click and apply. The state of Delaware is in a challenging situation. The good news is that challenges are made to be met. I did not start this group, but I intend to reactivate it because now is our time. We have strong new leadership at the state level in the GOP. The Democrats Read more
Normally it would be a great week for the President. Great economic news, the infrastructure summit, and the President was largely vindicated with the Comey testimony. Normal is not how the press behaves with this President. The media spent 2 weeks speculating what former Director Comey was going to say to the exclusion of real coverage of economic news, missiles shot off in North Korea and Rhamadan Terrorist attacks around the world by the Islamic Radicals. Frustrated, President Trump predictably unleashed @realdonaldtrump. You can see our retweets of the highlights on our twitter feed or of course visit @realdonaldtrump. The #FakeNews MSM doesn't report the great economic news since Election Day. #DOW up 16%. #NASDAQ up 19.5%. Drilling & energy sector... 12,859 replies 21,142 retweets 81,515 likes Reply 13K Retweet 21K Like 82K Direct message Donald J. TrumpVerified Read more
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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?
The Results are in for the Special Election to fill the 1st district Council seat. The results are Matt Lindale with 230 votes, Ron Poliquin with 227 votes and Rachael Dunning following up with 77 votes. Thank you all for running and Congratulations to Councilman Elect Matt Lindale.
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 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
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
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
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