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Breaking News: Was Romney coached in Debate by earpiece? 29 January, 2008

Posted by David Anderson in Election 2008, Uncategorized.
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An excerpt from Jerry Zandstra’s article at Red-State:

Multiple candidates addressed those gathered at the summit. One of the more difficult aspects of the entire conference was trying to work around the ever-fluctuating schedules of presidential candidates. We were trying to avoid putting Gov. Romney in conflict with the next presidential speaker. Those in charge of logistics did all they could to keep the various campaigns happy.

During Gov. Romney’s speech, one of his handlers mentioned to one of our staff people that any time Gov. Romney needed to wrap things up, he would be happy to let Gov. Romney know through the ear-piece that he wore.

Being unfamiliar with whether or not presidential candidates wear Jack Bauer-like ear pieces, I simply assumed this was common practice.

All that changed during the most recent debate.

During the Republican debate recently held in Florida, there was a very strange moment when a whisper was heard over the television. Apparently, those in the auditorium, including the candidates, were unable to hear it, but those watching on television heard it clearly.

Moderator Tim Russert asked Romney the question on Reagan — “Will you do for social security what Ronald Reagan did in 1983?” Immediately following Russert’s question, there is an audible statement in just one channel of audio saying “not raise taxes.”
Then Romney says “I’m not going to raise taxes…”

see entire article http://www.politicsandchristianity.com/2008/01/mitt-romney-said-to-often-wear-earpiece.html

Well Said Mayor Carey 28 January, 2008

Posted by David Anderson in Dover.
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At the request of  STOP Mayor Carey issued the following: 

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, Ronald Reagan served with honor and distinction for two terms as the 40th

president of the United States of America; the second of which he earned the confidence of

3/5 of the electorate and was victorious in 49 of the 50 states in the general election – a record

unsurpassed in the history of American presidential elections; and

WHEREAS, during Mr. Reagan’s presidency he worked in a bipartisan manner to enact his

bold agenda of restoring accountability and common sense to government which led to an

unprecedented economic expansion and opportunity for millions of Americans; and

WHEREAS, President Reagan’s commitment to our armed forces contributed to the

restoration of pride in America, and prepared America’s armed forces to meet 21st century

challenges; and

WHEREAS, President Reagan’s vision of “peace through strength” led to the end of the

Cold War and the ultimate demise of the Soviet Union, guaranteeing basic human rights for

millions of people; and

WHEREAS, February 6, 2008 will be the 97th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth and the

third since his passing.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, CARLETON E. CAREY, SR., MAYOR OF THE CITY OF DOVER,

DELAWARE, do hereby proclaim February 6, 2008 to be

Ronald Reagan Day

and urge all citizens to be cognizant of this event and to participate fittingly in its observance.

___________________________

CARLETON E. CAREY, SR.

Mayor

Reagan Day is Feb. 6 26 January, 2008

Posted by David Anderson in Event, Tributes.
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The General Assembly passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 32 by Senator Colin Bonini, which designates February 6th of 2008 as Reagan Day.  This Great leader and Friend of the taxpayer is being honored by a bipartisan show of support.  The Resolution was cosponsored by Democrats like Senators Bunting and Venables and passed unanimously.  The resolution was promoted by Delaware Taxpayers’ Coalition and Stop overTaxing Our People.   STOP is also working on a permanent Reagan Day Law.  The city of Dover is also likely to make a similar proclamation this Monday at the behest of our STOP Chairman David Anderson.

http://legis.delaware.gov/LIS/lis144.nsf/vwLegislation/SCR+32/$file/legis.html?open

Local Debate Party Jan. 30 24 January, 2008

Posted by David Anderson in Election 2008, Event.
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Announcing a new event for Southern Delaware For Huckabee!

What: HUCKABEE RALLY & DEBATE WATCHING PARTY!

When: Wednesday, January 30, 7:30 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Event Description: The Southern Delaware for Huckabee Meetup group invites you & your friends to Grotto’s Grand Slam restaurant near Rehoboth on Wed, Jan 30th for a rally & to watch the final Republican Presidential Debate before the Delaware primary. The rally begins at 7:30. The debate is live on CNN beginning at 8pm.

We’ll have information on how you can get involved to help Gov. Huckabee win Delaware on Tuesday, Feb 5th. We’ll also have yard signs, bumper stickers, and push cards.

There is no charge to attend. Food & beverages will be available for purchase from the Grotto menu.

Please pass along this info to your friends!

Learn more here:
http://mikehuckabee.meetup.com/250/calendar/7187372/

Guest Post from Congressman John Linder 22 January, 2008

Posted by David Anderson in Economic Policy, Election 2008, Fair Tax.
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By John Linder

Sunday, January 20, 2008

I was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives 34 years ago. I have watched this party change for a long time. Some changes have been better than others.

Two years after that first election, I went to work on the Reagan campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. I was one of the leaders of that campaign in Georgia, and my friend, Paul Coverdell, led the establishment’s efforts to nominate President Ford.

It was the typical establishment-versus-interloper campaign. Most of the friends I had made in the party were in the establishment. Most of them thought the nomination of Ronald Reagan was not only impractical, but would destroy our party.

Reagan had just served two terms as the governor of California. His record was not all that conservative. He signed the biggest tax increase in the history of the state. He got the best he could get with a Democrat-dominated general assembly. He signed a bill legalizing abortion. But governors have different challenges than presidents.

Frankly, most of the establishment couldn’t have cared less about abortion. They thought the discussion of it was, well, tacky. But we were, at the time, the party that Barry built, and the new foot soldiers cared about abortion.

Their concern with Reagan was that he just wasn’t up to it. What did he know about foreign policy? How could he stand up to the Soviets? Did he understand detente?

During that campaign, as in all campaigns, the establishment sat at the head table, and the rest of us milled around the small round tables below.

Coverdell approached me, after Ford had won the first several primaries, and urged me to switch sides. Paul was convinced that Ford had the best chance of winning. Paul recited all of the reservations mentioned above and then said, “John, Reagan cannot win. No one will take him seriously.” That was also the consensus of the Republican writers and commentators.

I said, “Paul, I think politics is all about what you believe. I know what Reagan believes. I have no idea what Ford believes. But you need to watch Reagan connect with the people. He is the best communicator I have ever seen. He is bringing new people into the party. And these are folks you won’t be meeting at the club for lunch. They carry a lunch bucket to work.
Or a brown paper bag.”

Four years later, I worked again for Reagan and Paul worked for George H. W. Bush. Again, the Wall Street crowd sat at the head table, and the Main Street crowd sat at the small round tables on the floor.

The same arguments came from the establishment. His tax cut idea was a “riverboat gamble.” In fact, his tax cuts doubled the size of the economy and doubled revenues to the treasury. Unfortunately, they spent that and more.

Reagan didn’t understand that the world is a dangerous place and dealing with the Soviets required a more “understanding” policy. It also required a willingness to sign more treaties. They didn’t know that Reagan had no interest in understanding the Soviets. He wanted communism consigned to “the ash heap of history.”

It was a neverending series of put-downs until New Hampshire. Then it was over.

Reagan won that election with the support of Larry Lunch-bucket and Betty Brownbag. They were called the Reagan Democrats. When we celebrated that victory, I asked some of them why they chose to join us. They said, “When he talked, we felt that he was talking to us.” The Reagan Democrats believe they have been ignored since 1988.

The establishment doesn’t like change. They have always felt that their seats at the head table were threatened by those new to the club. The establishment that so ardently opposed Reagan’s nomination in 1980 crawled all over each other to chair his 1984 race.

Today they now see themselves as those who put Reagan in power. His presidency was their presidency. They believe they are the keepers of the flame.

Today’s establishment includes elected officials, consultants, lobbyists and even conservative writers and commentators. Unless you allow them to write the rules and approve of your positions you are unwelcome. Anyone who does not genuflect before their altar is “not conservative.”

When you look at the many fine candidates seeking the Republican nomination for president, who do you believe can best speak to those Reagan Democrats?

I believe that candidate is Mike Huckabee.

When Reagan became president, one of his first moves was to reduce income taxes from 70 percent to 50 percent and ultimately down to 28 percent. As pointed out above, both the size of the economy and the federal revenues doubled in eight years.

Huckabee doesn’t want to lower income taxes. He wants to abolish them -along with the IRS, the most intrusive, coercive and corrosive federal agency ever. Mike would replace those taxes on income with a sales tax – the FairTax. Every American will become a voluntary taxpayer paying taxes when you choose, as much as you choose, by how you choose to spend. How conservative can one get?

Rep. John Linder, R-Duluth, has served in the House of Representatives since 1992.

Dover based Civic Center report raises Concerns 22 January, 2008

Posted by David Anderson in Dover, Kent county, Local, State.
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http://www.cityofdover.com/media/packets/01-14-2008%20Council%20PACKET.pdf

The business people on the McGinnis Committee were not buying, but they weren’t selling either.  They were not impressed with the marketing budget and were not convinced the hockey team would stick around. The believed that the center will be built and this is likely the best way to  build it.  They wanted assurances in writing not just verbally that city taxpayers had no future liability.  They were concerned about the county’s financing scheme imposed by the state.  It would be funded by an hotel room tax of 6% in addition to the 8% already imposed by the state for tourism projects.  They recommended a small increase statewide instead of .83%.  Traditionally, tourism projects such as the Sussex beach replenishment are funded statewide and not locally.  This has been opposed by the state hotel industry off the bat.

Other critics have called for it to be completely funded by private sources even if the county serves as a conduit for the bond.  “If you can justify to a bond investor that the project is good enough to float a bond on, then do it and pay back the bond note”, said Delaware Taxpayer Coalition Leader Dave Burris. Global Spectrum, the consulting firm which manages 67 facilities across the nation, says it will pay for operations and maintenance, but will not make enough to cover debt service.<

Delaware State University has announced that they will proceed with a new arena regardless of the outcome. It remains curious why they won’t come up with more money in exchange for part ownership. Nonetheless this means that taxpayers may eventually have to come up with more money than with the majority privately funded Delaware Civic Center.

It remains a controversial issue. What are your thoughts? It seems the committee appointed to give answers has given us more questions.

Governor Huckabee won straw poll in Delaware 22 January, 2008

Posted by David Anderson in Election 2008, Event, federal.
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Sussex County Republicans had a great event last Monday.  It was a proxy presidential debate with Delaware campaign representatives.  State Vice Chair Vance Phillips and i represented Gov. Huckabee.  The Governor won.  We had scores of signs taken and several sign ups.  There was a rally last night.  Join the team in Delaware.  Email me davidlevianderson@gmail.com

A Word from Governor Huckabee Post SC 22 January, 2008

Posted by David Anderson in Election 2008, federal.
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We came so very close in South Carolina last night.  I am extremely proud of our team and the effort everyone put in.  Thank you!  While we would liked to have finished in first place, we will take a second place finish and focus on the next miles in this marathon race.  Florida is next on January 29 and Super Tuesday only days later on February 5. 
 
We need to re-focus on the primaries ahead and everyone needs to pitch in.
 
Here is what you can expect from us in the hours ahead:
 
1)  A national call for volunteers in Florida.  Whether you live in Florida or you are from out of state,  we need and welcome your support.  We made this announcement on the campaign blog earlier this evening and you can read it here.
 2)  Launch of online headquarters in every Super Tuesday primary state.  We will need bloggers in each state to help organize our grassroots efforts.  We will send state specific emails discussing our goals in each state.
 
3)  A national drive to increase the size of our list of campaign supporters.  Clearly every vote counts and the growth of our supporter list is critical.  We will set a specific goal and encourage everyone to recruit their friends to our team.
 
4)  A fundraising drive to raise money to help fuel our efforts in Florida and many of the key Super Tuesday states where we have a deep base of support.
 
I said last night and I meant it, running for President is a process.  Today we reset ourselves, recharged and we are ready to hit the campaign trail with a new burst of energy.  Let’s win this together

Dr. King Still Shapes America 21 January, 2008

Posted by David Anderson in Uncategorized.
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I am struck that 40 years after his death that venues still fill to honor Dr. Martin Luther King.  His vision still motivates a nation, and his words still inspire.  His birthday gives us a chance for national reflection. 

Dr. King was a man of big ideas and great ideals.  He stated in his 1964 acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize, “I refuse to accept the idea that the ‘isness’ of man’s present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal ‘oughtness’ that forever confronts him”.  Dr. King believed that we could achieve greatness.  He called us to move beyond where we are to go where we should be.  That is historic leadership and in my opinion he was one of the greatest figures of the 20th Century. 

No other single person has affected my life as much as Dr. King.  He opened the doors of American system to all.  He battered down the lie of inferiority and highlighted the truth of the greatness with in the human spirit.

The King family has sacrificed much over the years.  They have dealt with tragedy.  They have shown dignity and Christian character like few others.  Rev. King Sr. saw two sons and his wife die tragedically.  Yet he stated, I can hate no one.  The big idea that the King family gave us was that living a life dedicated to love and justice allows us to soar.

We have many challenges facing us today.  Many Americans believe that our best days are in the past.  I am convinced that America always produces the leadership it needs for the times.  I just pray that we are not too cynical to hear it.

Are there two Americas or two views of America. 12 January, 2008

Posted by David Anderson in Election 2008.
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The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 62% of likely voters believe American society is fair and decent. Twenty-eight percent (28%) of voters disagree and find it unfair and discriminatory.These results are similar to those found last month, when 60% felt society was fair and decent.As in last month’s survey, there were significant differences in opinion between different partisan and demographic groups. While 84% of Republicans said they felt society is fair and decent, only 49% of Democrats agreed. On the other side, only 9% of Republicans see society as unfair and discriminatory and 41% of democrats hold that view.Sixty-seven percent (67%) of white voters think society is fair and decent, but 64% of black voters take the opposite view.

There is also a significant ideological divide on this question. The overwhelming majority of conservatives (70%) view society as fair and decent while only 20% take the opposite view. Liberals are more evenly split on the matter—53% of them believe think society is fair and decent while 37% say it is unfair and discriminatory.