Monday, July 28, 2008

I officially filed for the 3rd district Levy Court seat in Kent County, Delaware. I have a lot on my plate, but I am concerned enough about this county to invest my energies to making it better. The other party is involved in a hotly contested primary.

We have some challenges ahead. Unemployment is up 25% over last year, but just as important so is underemployment. I have been talking with people working 3 jobs and still not able to make ends meet because the 3 jobs don't pay as much as the one they lost. Others are paying 20 to 50 dollars a day to get to work. It is clear that we need a better business base here. We need to treat the businesses we have better and attract new ones.

The lack of emergency preparedness concerns me. The Rico Chemical incident was a wake up call and our county leadership seems to have hit the snooze alarm. I testified before the state and city governments about our concerns, but I don't see enough movement on the county level.

I know from my duty providing Katrina Relief with the National Guard that local government matters. Whether the relief operation went smoothly or was a source of frustration was directly related to the competence of the local officials. I saw elected officials who rose to being local heroes selflessly serve their community. They were models of leadership. I saw others get in way, and even divert aid to their friends. I saw first hand that local government matters. My family lives here and I am not comforted by our lack of coordination between first responders and the local government.

I am not pleased with the way our county spends some of our money. I have detailed that elsewhere on this site. The Government needs to act like our money is a precious resource. When I am elected, we will have a constant voice asking the right questions.

Please forgive me if my posts get less frequent.

If you would like to help in a no cost way. Follow this link to sign up for Revolution of Money. It is the new pay pal (and better without the high fees). It won't cost you anything to sign up but the campaign will get 10 dollars.
Refer A Friend using Revolution Money Exchange


Saturday, July 05, 2008

Delawareans should heart Christine. I wrote a post on another blog entitled "I heart Huckabee" which gave detailed resources showing the strength of Mike Huckabee as a person and a candidate. The title played off the movie. I wrote "I also heart Sarah Palin" because it was a fun play itself. Now for the most important of the three. I believe Christine O'Donnell is a rare find in cynical world. She has the fire and heart to make a difference in D. C. That is why I hope Delawareans listen to her message. If they do, Delaware voters may say, I heart Christine--politically speaking.

Christine O'Donnell represents a rising tide in America. She represents Americans who are tired of a mounting federal debt, a dollar which seems worth less every day, a sham excuse for an energy policy, and a political system unwilling to open its eyes to an entitlement crisis. Christine believes in the value of Freedom, Faith, and Family. She stands for the freedom and dignity of the human spirit.

If we do not reform entitlements, in not too many years, we will have to radically cut programs or radically increase taxes. Last week the Executive Director of the nonpartisan Concord Coalition testified before our Senator Tom Carper's committee in the senate.
Robert L. Bixby, Executive Director of The Concord Coalition, testified before a subcommittee on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee regarding the 2007 Financial Report and the nation's future fiscal challenges. Bixby emphasized that the 2007 Financial Report, which shows future "fiscal exposures" with a present value of $53 trillion, demonstrates that future promises cannot be sustained and improving the nation's long-term fiscal outlook will require hard choices on spending and taxes.

That amount is what-- 4 times our economy. That is based upon present value of money not future value. We can not sustain charging into the coming storm. We have to change course. I don't fear the future. I don't believe the sky is falling. We as Americans can meet any challenge. As the Concord Coalition said, the result is not inevitable. It begins by following leaders who are willing to turn the ship of state in a safe direction. Read more ยป

Friday, July 04, 2008

39% of Americans think the Constitution doesn't restrict the government enough. Only 2% want to see government expanded. The rest think it is about right. 59% of people like to keep the Constitution as it is and only 5% want major changes. 1% would like to scrap it. The rest want minor changes. I am with the minor change group. I would like to see a few changes to protect us from the courts, and a spend thrift government.

What was even more interesting is that Americans in this Rasmussen Survey find an expansive government dangerous. While only a minority thought that true of a restricted government. I am encouraged this Independence Day. Americans seem to appreciate the gift of Liberty. We often hear the snake oil salesman of control trying to get us to trade our freedom for whatever solution they are peddling. It is nice to see that when the debate is framed freedom vs. control, Americans trust freedom.

The brilliance of the Founders in framing the Constitution makes me marvel. I am sure they had some Divine help in answer to their prayers. America was the first nation founded on the basis of the sovereignty of the people. That concept has changed the world.

Government is important. It exists to protect our Life, Liberty, and Property. After that everything else should be viewed with skepticism. Happy Independence Day.