Whatever happened to the LEAD Report? 30 April, 2008Posted by David Anderson in Budget, Education, State.
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The BCG team reviewed potential efficiency opportunities within the state’s $1.65
billion education budget, and identified opportunities with an annual value of $86-158
million once fully and successfully implemented. This potential includes $55-110 million
in operating savings and $31-48 million in capital savings. The operating savings is split
between savings that would be realized at the state level and savings that would be
captured by individual districts and schools. (For each opportunity listed below, the
corresponding estimated potential annual savings is provided in parentheses.)
BCG leveraged past experience, interviews, and prior data and reports to develop an
initial set of hypotheses on potential efficiency opportunities.
Let’s be clear, I do not favor eliminating the 3 million dollar subside for non public school students in transportation. I also do not favor mandatory centralized purchasing because it will not save us money. There is a reason small purchases are made through other vendors. My experience has shown me those are phantom savings. I don’t think the DSEA would tolerate messing with their retirement and I support them on that. Unfortunately, we are not ready to centralize administration. Take those off the table.
That leaves 10’s of millions which can be saved through energy, eliminating fixed bus route compensation, construction reform and more. We could save 50 million plus this year without pain. That could be used for the 30 million we need and the rest for reform efforts. Let’s get going. Leave out the most controversial items and you still have a bonanza.
Time of Decision favors Mike Protack 28 April, 2008Posted by David Anderson in Action Item, Election 2008, State.
Tags: endorsement, Mike Protack
Note: this is my letter to the delegates of the Republican State Convention. For those who would like to see some public polling numbers follow the link. This is dated from November more recent private ones are more positive.
Dear Republican Friend,
Thank you for boldly standing up for our vision of a better America. Your service as a Republican Leader is vital to the political process. It is an honor and a privilege few people have. Your fellow Republicans will be aided by your diligence. Like me, you love our party and want its success.
For those of you who may be newer to the process, let me introduce myself. I have been involved with the party since I was a teenager in 1984. I called the Kent GOP to volunteer for Ronald Reagan and have been involved ever since. I grew up in Delaware. I am an African American Christian conservative. I believe in free markets, family, and freedom. I am involved in as a board member of a local charter school and served on the board of an alternative school. I volunteer with Angel Food ministries. I am active in my church and its ministry. I am proud to be a member of the National Guard (which at times has been more than one weekend a month post 9/11). I have been a City human relations commissioner and a citizen committee member. I ran for city council and came 8 votes from defeating an incumbent in a 5 to 1 Democrat district. I was De Life Pac Chairman. This will be my 14th state Republican convention.
I am concerned that some well meaning people are launching a Draft Bill Lee for Governor Movement. That would be a huge mistake. I say that as one who supported Judge Lee in both primaries and the general. Let me quickly explain.
First, Judge Lee does not want to run. He is driving home that point by heading to Florida during this convention for a vacation. With a race as tough as the one we are facing for Governor, a candidate has to have the fire in the belly. Judge Lee has served this party, state, and nation well. He is a great man. He deserves better than to be some sacrificial lamb. There is practically no way he could win by starting up a campaign from scratch at this juncture. It is a pointless endeavor. That is why he repeatedly said no.
Second, the entire movement is based upon a flawed premise that “we don’t have a credible candidate”. That would be funny if it weren’t so serious. I am sure everyone reads the papers or watches the local news. Mr. Mike Protack has been running for months. We already have a candidate. We don’t need to get our lamps out and roam the state. I know some of you are in disbelief that I would say that while others of you beginning to be resigned to this fact. Let me show you why that is not a bad deal, in fact it may be a “better deal” than you think.
Everyone in the general public and the media recognizes Mike Protack as a legitimate candidate. Why? He showed his electoral viability in the 2006 primary. He has been a sensible voice of reason for issues that matter to people for years now. He has the best developed plan for governing of any candidate. I respect the Honorable Carney and Markell personally, but have you looked at the plans they have outlined? My calculations are that it would take a half a billion dollars in new taxes to fulfill their promises. It seems like they are in a cradle to grave mode we can ill afford. With the right Republican opponent, they are vulnerable. The problem is that you cannot beat something with nothing. What I admire about Mike Protack is that he has been educating the public about a better way. He is addressing the issues which must be addressed in blue state Delaware, but in an innovative way rooted in our values of freedom and individualism. Mike is one of us.
He is gaining considerable traction. His name recognition is as high as Markell’s and other statewide officials, and it is overwhelmingly positive. That would be foolish to toss away. That is exactly what we would be doing if we self destructed by saying to the public this guy is not worthy of our endorsement. Even if for some reason you believe that, Sun Tzu said, when weak feign strength. If we drag down Mike Protack, we will doom our chances at keeping the state house of representatives in Republican hands. We can lose the Governorship and keep the house. We have done so for 16 years. What we can’t do is disengage the party leadership further from the party’s voters and fall into feuding factions and expect to keep the House.
Senator McCain is going to give us the best base Republican vote we have had in Delaware since 1988. Let’s use it to rebuild our party this year. Let’s start building a farm team at the local level. Let’s put our money into keeping the House and adding a Senate seat. Let’s build a party from the ground up. If we do that, we can win the Governorship. Regardless of the Governorship, we can’t lose the House because we will lose the one institution which keeps us a two party state. If we lose the House, we will be reapportioned in 2010 into certain oblivion.
Here is another reason why I think Mike Protack will perform credibly where few others would. The Democrats are focused on each other in what will be a very destructive race. In the meantime the voters, media, and potential donors take Mike seriously. That is the formula for an upset. Another ingredient is the fact that Mike knows how to communicate our positions to the working families. They say that he ‘gets it’. He alone among our potential candidates knows how to appeal to the disaffected Democrats whose candidate will not win the primary. All we have to do is let Mike consolidate the Republican base this spring and spend the summer courting independents and Democrats. We have a man who will help us build our party. Let’s help him, not hurt him.
Third, I have known Mike for 12 years. I know that he did not write the pink postcards. He has repudiated the offensive sections in the strongest terms. Mike stands tall on the issues not cowardly acts.
Fourth, he has apologized for running against Judge Lee in the primary. To err is human to forgive divine–especially if forgiving is in one’s best interest. It is interesting that no one else has ever apologized for running a primary against anyone. Why punish the guy who has for life? I admit that I was not happy with that decision, but I also know that he had selflessly put his own ambitions aside at our request time and time again. He stepped aside for Ray Clatworthy. Mike has been a team player for candidates up and down this state including distributing literature for me.
Some people criticize Mike for “wanting to run for everything”. I respect that fact he has the fire in his belly to serve. He served in the Marines and as an Airline Captain. Now he wants to lead our broken state to a better future. That is what we need. Someone with the vision to lead and the energy and motivation to do it.
Finally, there are those who are afraid that Mike won’t be credible. What? Is Mike going to do worse than our ‘credible’ candidates who have gotten as low as 20 to 28% of the vote? We have done a lousy job picking candidates the last 16 years as many of them have gone down in flames. Mike will do fine this fall. Even better if he wins, we can all claim credit. The only downside is in trying to stop him thereby dividing our party.
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Snipes persecuted to warn the rest of you. 24 April, 2008Posted by stoptaxing in Fair Tax, Taxpayer rights.
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Wesley Snipes was involved in the misguided movement which says the income tax is unconstitutional and argues that you don’t have to pay it. It is based upon a controversial ratification vote in one state which put the 16th Amendment over the top. I don’t know whether it was legitimate or not, but what I do know is that after 95 years, the courts will not revamp the entire way we run our government. That horse should have been corralled at the time if the accusation is true. The movement makes many other arguments which sound good to a lot of people so good that three people actually convinced juries to go along with them. These rare cases give even more ammunition to the leaders who have cost a lot of people their livelihood, freedom, and reputation.
What I have a problem with is the prison sentence. Snipes will be a political prisoner. Willie Nelson owed a similar amount and did not go to jail. Snipes is being sent to prison for 3 years on a misdemeanor charge of not filing his tax returns. The only reason given is to make an example of him. Where is the justice in that? He should pay what he owes not a pound of flesh. Judge Mathias pointed out that we are the only western country which uses prison for such offences. Child abusers get less time than the political prisoner. Snipes and the protest movement are being persecuted not for what they have done (millions are just sent nasty letters and collection procedures for the same offence), but for what they believe. That is as unAmerican as the tax code.
Let’s end this insanity. Let’s have a the fair tax. Then we will be a free country again.
Alien and Sedition Acts Revisted? HB 1955 Attacks Liberty. 23 April, 2008Posted by stoptaxing in Uncategorized.
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A recent bill is one of the latest attacks on Freedom of Speech. It was brought up under suspension of the rules to bypass normal notice and passed with over 400 votes. A closer examination is merited. This bill would classify conspiracy theorists like the 9/11 truth movement, to which we do not subscribe, as domestic hate and terrorists groups. This would enable legal recourse against their free speech. “9/11 Truth”ers today, anti-tax people tomorrow? Contact your senators ASAP.
Here is Rep. Ron Paul’s statement.
Here is more information.
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Everybody Is In
No One Is Out
Everyone Pays Their Fair Share
The year 2008 will be a monumental step in the history of Delaware, as together we launch a dialog for change. Ours is a message of healthcare security for all, now and in the future years. We look not into a far-off crystal ball and hypothesize the what-ifs based on a notion, but instead we look into the needs of our people and say “Let’s work together for positive change now and for the future of our state and nation.” After many discussions with people all over this nation, I have seen a common thread that affects us all yet lacks current leadership is healthcare. Healthcare is the single largest domestic issue we have as a nation that could jeopardize our entire economy because it affects our ability to work, our ability to achieve a balanced federal budget, our ability to see our children grow up happy and our ability to age gracefully. It touches the lives of all people.
Although the U.S. has the best healthcare in the world, we are still in an extremely vulnerable state with costs increasing 5-8% faster than our income, personal expenditure rates steeply climb as we experience higher insurance premiums, higher co-payments, more services limited within our insurance coverage policies, and fewer benefits covered. These are not the results of frills or extravagances. These results are the state of a critical need for all Americans that threaten our society. If left unchanged, the threats will not disappear. Our challenge is to team up as a community and bring overdue leadership to this very real issue. As your Governor, I will bring leadership in the development of a new healthcare program for all Americans that will start right here in Delaware. We call this Delacare.
The Delacare Plan will be a universal, private health care system that will be open to all citizens. Just as today, it will be funded by its citizens through taxes, employment contributions and private business taxation. Unlike other systems previously introduced for reform, this plan comprises a multi-tiered approach that encourages additional investment into all levels of education, refocuses industrial growth and creates larger markets for healthcare to be a more economically viable export product through which we shall be able to assist other nations around the world. An ambitious effort, our model affects personal health status as well as it affects local, regional, national and global efforts. It intends to put personal human capital at the top of the list of importance for our families, our communities, our nation and our world.
We seek your consideration and support as we consider implementing perhaps the most significant legislation in decades for Delawareans.
Healthcare will become the highest priority in the nation:
· All citizens are covered from cradle to grave and each state will “build” large geographic pools, Delaware will have one pool.
· Doctors, Nurse Practioners etc will be paid ‘fee for service’ and there will be recognition of the years of training, sacrifice and stress of daily decisions that are often looked at with zero tolerance.
· Citizens may receive care anywhere – total freedom of choice.
· No more product confusion: In Network/Out of Network, POS, PPO, HMO
· A “basic” plan will be offered along with optional buy-up plans.
· Buy-up plans will be at the option of the individual consumer.
· The buy-up plans will cover benefits not covered under the basic plan.
· States may offer their own buy-up plans or minimally priced riders to the basic plan.
· Plan covers both allopathic and selected integrated medical care.
· Individuals shall receive EOBs that detail expenditures, so they will become better healthcare consumers.
· Federal allocations to healthcare shall be frozen. Private corporate and personal taxation shall contribute to the balance of the expense.
· The rate of increase to the government shall not be higher than the national rate of inflation.
· The financial goal of the plan shall be to develop a pricing structure that is cost-neutral to the current financial landscape.
· Administration of the basic plan will be a 4 year administrative contract that may be bid on by any qualified company.
· Providers are supported with streamlined administrative processes.
· Professional providers will receive educational loan forgiveness.
· Education systems will be reformed to complement the demand and quality required for a high level of quality care and support by future providers
· States will develop healthy community partnerships between providers, employers and educational institutions to promote healthy lifestyles
· Corporations will team with the government to export healthcare expertise to other nations on a fee basis to help foreign nations
· Paraprofessionals will be trained in their programs to provide healthcare both locally and overseas
· Volunteerism will be encouraged of professional and paraprofessional healthcare students rewarded by student loan redemption credits
· Youth service corps will be set up to have young people serve as health care interns and trainees to serve as local patient advocates, before they can apply for professional healthcare schools
· Costs for reckless lifestyles will be borne by the citizen choosing riskier behavior, not solely by the national plan
· Tort reform shall be imposed to limit the malpractice awards, limit attorney percentages and the plaintiff attorney will be required to have a board certified Dr in the same area as the alleged malpractice that harmed the patient. The Judge will review the report prior to filing and rule on the appropriateness. The expert’s opinion should clearly state who erred and filing will be limited to those an appropriate expert said erred.
April 15th 15 April, 2008Posted by David Anderson in Fair Tax, federal, Taxpayer rights.
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Is time for us to recommit to ending the insanity of the American tax code. It inhibits our freedom, manipulates our lives, muzzles our churches, drains hundreds of billions from us just to figure out how to comply, inspires fear and loathing over inspiration, subsidies the export of our jobs, and siphons the life out of our corporations. If the British would have proposed our tax code on the founders, they wouldn’t have even bothered to send envoys to negotiate. They would have just declared the King and Parliament mad.
The tax code is corrupt. It is not based upon sound economics. It is based upon the sound made by the chatter of lobbyists. In a global economy in which other countries are migrating to simple, flat taxes, we can no longer afford this anchor on our economy.
We don’t need to reform the tax code. We need to abolish it. We need to replace it with a simple, fair tax system which encourages investment in America. We need to take the power from Washington D. C. and return it to the people.
NY Times Tries to Scare Bloggers 5 April, 2008Posted by David Anderson in Uncategorized.
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Appearently, we are in digital sweatshops and falling down dead. Now we know logical fallacies exist but you would think the former newspaper of record would not stoop to so many in one article. Read and laugh. They are threatened by us. If they can’t disparage us into submission, they will try to scare us.