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An Endorsement for Anderson 29 October, 2008

Posted by David Anderson in Uncategorized.
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Audio radio ad of Anderson endorsement-by Ray Clatworthy
Mr. Clatworthy requested that I post this. I gladly comply.

David, below is the letter that I sent to both the DSN and to the Dover Post. You are going to win!

Dear editor:
I enthusiastically endorse David Anderson to be the 3rd Levy Court district commissioner. I have known David Anderson for a many years and he has one of the sharpest public policy minds in our state . He has been featured as an analyst on local news. He was one of the advocates who helped keep the wind farm issue alive when it appeared dead in the Senate. He has been a leading voice for common sense values and taxpayer’s rights.
Just as importantly, David Anderson is a good person. He is a man of deep faith, patriotism, and love for his family. His qualifications are outstanding by any measurement.
David has been involved in our community in many different ways. He has been involved in education issues for years including serving on two school boards. He has been involved in church groups such as Kent County Coordinator for Meet at City Hall National Day of prayer. He was part of the save Lamb Jam committee. He has been a vital part of food distribution efforts for organizations serving the needy. David was a Read-a-Loud Delaware participant. He has been a supporter of the Pregnancy Help Center. He worked with Compassion Ministries in order reduce the recidivism rate for prisoners.

A fun way to understand the Income Tax cut debate 22 October, 2008

Posted by stoptaxing in Uncategorized.
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Suppose that every day ten friends go out for beer and fodder and that the tab for all ten comes to $100.

If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes it would go something like this:

The first four (the poorest among them) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth (the wealthiest among them) would pay $59.

So, that’s what they decided to do. The ten friends drank in the bar every day trading fodder and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner of the establishment threw them a curve. ‘Since you are all such good customers,’ he said, ‘I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily tab by $20.’

Drinks for the ten would now cost just $80.The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six friends – the paying customers?

How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get their ‘fair share?’ They realized that $20 divided six ways is roughly $3.33 for each, however if they subtracted that from everybody’s share the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink their beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

The breakdown was a follows:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing.
The sixth man now paid $2 instead of $3.
The seventh man now paid $5 instead of $7.
The eighth man now paid $9 instead of $12.
The ninth man now paid $12 instead of $18.
The tenth man now paid $52 instead of $59.

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the friends began to compare their savings. ‘I only got a dollar out of the $20,’ declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man,’ but he got $7! ”Yeah, that’s right,’ exclaimed the fifth man. ‘I only saved a dollar too, it’s unfair that he got seven times more than I did! ”That’s true!!’ shouted the seventh man. ‘Why should he get $7 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks! ”Wait a minute,’ yelled the first four men in unison. ‘We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up. The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers as they traded fodder without him. When it came time to pay the bill they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them to cover the bill. They were $52 dollars short.

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

For those who understand, no explanation is needed. For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.


*Many false claims exist but no attribution has ever been credited for the above analogy, too bad …

Matthew A. Opaliski

The Case for Change in Kent County 9 October, 2008

Posted by David Anderson in Uncategorized.
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I believe that local government is a vital but often overlooked factor in our daily lives. It will be even more important in the troubled times we now face. I don’t believe our county government is serving our needs today. It has failed us in managing our money, emergency/disaster management, providing a positive business environment, and even failed in following its own procedures.

Unemployment has soared even faster than the national average, up by a third. We have lost 40% of our manufacturing jobs over the last decade. The banks are suffering, yet we have slashed the economic development outlays from $1.6 million to $73,000 in the last two years since Mr. Angel and company have taken over Levy Court.

I propose an entire agenda laid out on my websites, which include tax credits to new and expanding businesses. I want to use the unique position of the county to allow local businesses to access federal grants to help them with exports and other activities (businesses cannot apply directly—a local government has to participate). I want us to coordinate with existing business development programs better so people will have a one stop information resource. I would like to follow also some of the recommendations of the study we paid to get.

Now is not the time for tax reassessment. It would slam our seniors when they can least afford it. Everything else is going up. Can’t Kent County look out for us? I also oppose a property tax increase. My opponent has a record of raising taxes 43% while on the Capitol school board and stated at a Levy Court budget hearing that we may need to raise taxes.

I believe we need to manage our money better. We need to partner with the municipalities throughout the county to expand libraries accessible to all citizens of the county. We don’t need to go it alone. It makes no sense to duplicate the expenditures when we can be partners. The same is true of parks. I was glad to be part of helping save taxpayers 10 million dollars by opposing the original 13 million dollar Schutte Park facility. I was a vocal advocate of a metal building which fit in the budget. As part of the parks and recreation committee, I participated in the change. I see the same spendthrift instincts with the county. It is seen in the spending of 12,500 on trips by Mr. Angel to Hawaii and elsewhere when everyone else did it for a fraction of the cost. We need to reform our thinking.

Disaster response is a disaster. We remember the Rico spill debacle, and the poor flood responses. The untold story is that Mr. Angel approved County Emergency Management Agency goals which said that It would strife to notify us 90% of the time and respond 80% of the time. I think 100% is the only goal when it comes to my family’s safety.

Please allow me to make Levy Court work for you.

Senator Biden showing his patriotism 6 October, 2008

Posted by David Anderson in Uncategorized.
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Biden Voted Against The Tax Cuts That Have Saved Delawareans $2.7 Billion Between 2001 And 2005. 1

Biden Is Sponsoring A Bill That Would Subject The U.S To A United Nations Tax, Estimated At 0.7% Of Our Gross National Product, Or Over $100 billion A Year. 2

Biden Has Voted Against Recent Attempts To Provide Alternative Minimum Tax(AMT) Relief. 3

Biden Has Opposed Providing Estate Tax Relief. 4

1.”Tax Relief Kit,” U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Tax Policy, http://www.ustreas.gov/offices/tax-policy/library/tax_relief_kit.pdf , Accessed February 15, 2007.
2. http://www.heritage.org/research/foreignaid/wm1878.cfm
3.”Alternative Minimum Taxpayers By State,” Report RS22083, Congressional Research Service, http://digital.library.unt.edu/govdocs/crs//data/2005/upl-meta-crs-6775/RS22083_2005Mar17.pdf , March 17, 2005
4. HR 5970, CQ Vote #229, Aug. 3, 2006