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more jobs

and fiscal responsibility

That’s the key to a stronger economy

And its why we need Charlie Copeland

He’s a successful business man

Who’s created jobs

met a budget

and made tough decisions in the real world

Charlie Copeland is a proven reformer

Who’s fought special interests in Dover

An independent voice who will bring balance to state government.

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As any truth teller will offer if asked, there are varying ways of misspeaking. Which is why it is important to distinguish between the various degrees of lying, instead of just saying “its a lie, damn it.”

Most truth tellers have a scorecard that mirrors the quintile system where truth telling is broken down into five distinctions as follows: George Washington honesty, mostly true, acceptable as somewhat true, mostly false, and pants on fire… meaning no “effin” way…..

Charlie Copeland’s ad falls into the latter category: pants on fire….

Just for fun, let’s break it down…

more jobs…

Charlie Copeland fought against Bluewater Wind which would bring 500 jobs into Delaware to build the towers and install the turbines off of Rehoboth, and he opposed the formation of 100 jobs year in and year out to maintain the turbines once they were in operation.  At $40,000 a job,  that brings in $20 million a year for the first five years and then $4 million every year after that……  Not only that, but Charlie Copeland fought dirty to make sure Bluewater Wind did not come to Delaware, even though Babcock and Brown was willing to develop their hub here in Delaware to build offshore Wind Farms from Massachusetts to North Carolina….. Imagine the jobs that would have gone elsewhere if Charlie Copeland had been successful in chasing Bluewater away to another state.

and fiscal responsibility…

First of all, chasing away $20 million in new jobs is not being fiscally responsible.  Second, since Charlie Copeland is both the Senate Minority Leader, and a member of the Legislative Committee, (the same committee that held up Bluewater Wind for six months almost costing us $20 million in new jobs), whatever comes out of the Budget, he is party too… Now someone like representative Melanie George Marshall could, if pressed, deny they were privy to what came out of the bond bill and the budget having received the bill only 5 minutes before voting upon it,,,,,  But not Charlie… He was there, and can certainly be held accountable by whatever came out of this session’s budget….Such behind-the-scenes moves are not uncommon for the General Assembly. In recent years, the budget’s so-called “epilogue language” has bought golf courses, dredged a canal, moved a high school football field and preserved a job for Clarence Cobaugh “Bud” Wagner II, who has risen from a low-level transit worker earning $23,100 in 1991 to a $68,100-a-year video specialist.

That’s the key to a stronger economy

So to get the world out of its economic slump, we just need a few more jobs, and a little fiscal responsibility?  Damn, we should have told Congress before they voted our childrens inheritance on bailing out stockbrokers and banks….  Wait a second… We had a Republican administration on the Federal level, We had a Republican Congress, and did we get more jobs and fiscal responsibility?  No?  Weren’t those the same words used by Bush and Cheney and Republicans running for Congress?  More jobs, fiscal responsibility as the key to a stronger economy?  Apparently today’s reality differs with Charlie’s opinion…   The Dow Jones Average is currently down 2000 points over the last week, which makes it appear to all, that better regulation of financial institutions, not less, is the secret to rebuilding our economy…  The lack of oversight (Phil Gramm) is exactly how we got into this financial mess.  Charlie is acting simple if he believes that more jobs and better fiscal responsibility is all there is…….to running state government.

And its why we need Charlie Copeland

Non sequitur….

He’s a successful business man

So what does he do?  Does he run a Fortune 500 company?  Does he run a division?  Does he run a franchise? Does he run a multi-million dollar operation?  Does he employ hundreds of thousands?  Does he employ thousands?  Does he employ hundreds?   Define successful….  Profit over 25%?  15%?  8%?   He runs a print shop Associates Graphics Service.  AGS produces personalized jobs for the racetrack and casino markets, and works with several clients in the medical and pharmaceutical industries to print conference materials and marketing collateral, as well as a variety of other commercial work, including newsletters, booklets, brochures and postcards for the state.  Business with the state is done via open bid, and he is not involved with the process. Year-to-year proceeds from the state for Copeland’s business peaked at $1 million in 2006 and were about $400,000 in 2007. The Office of Management and Budget budgeted more than $2 million for their office alone this year for printing and publishing costs.

So 2 million of that fiscal responsible budget approved by Charlie, goes to his company… umm. I’d be successful too…..

Who’s created jobs

Some estimates put Copeland’s AGS sales at 2.4 million making it equivalent to the average McDonalds in this state.  Those same estimates put his employee count at 42, again making it perhaps less than the average McDonalds in this state…  So we must put this claim of being a business tycoon in its proper perspective…. His experience is on the level with the average restaurant manager… which could explain why he brags that he “creates” new jobs, but…… Charlie Copeland is against paying real wages for those working hard to make a decent living… Charlie could have made a huge impact in our states economy by voting to approve raising the minimum wage for those on tipped income from 2.23 to 2.51 cents per hour.. Charlie opposed raising the minimum wage of employees making just $2.23 an hour.. He opposed them getting another puny 28 cents!… Talk about kicking someone in the teeth when they are down… And their rate has seen no increase since 1987? Charlie, are you still working for the same wages as you did in 1987?

met a budget

Again yeah, just like every Delawarean fast food manager… but would you want them as your Lieutenant Governor?  I don’t think so, most of them are too smart to apply…… Of course in fairness to them, none of them get the opportunity to vote with their friends on receiving 2 million of their estimated 2.4 million dollar budget… Instead of such an easy revenue stream, those managers of fast foods, have to fight against competition and win business, one customer at a time….   For that matter, give anyone of us free access to unlimited funds, and any of us could boast our budget savviness for all to ponder……  And they don’t get the opportunity to keep their employees at slave’s wages either.

and made tough decisions in the real world

Let’s review how tough Charlie Copeland’s decisions truly are.

A.  When given a choice, he chose to back “Desk Drawer” Adams as Senate President Pro Tempore who is against FOIA in the General Assembly.

B.  When given a choice between Delawareans paying less for electricity from Bluewater Wind, and paying more for Delmarva, he ardently tried to insure that Delmarva Power would not have any local competitor to lower our rates.

C.  When given a choice to raise employee’s rates from $2.23 to $2.51 cents per hour, he chose to keep them at beggar’s wages…

Just like Phil Gramm, McCain’s former  economic adviser, the decisions made by Charlie Copeland tend to always cause a tremendous hardship to many, yet make only a very few, extremely wealthy…..

D. When given a choice, between blindsiding an governmental employee who led a marvelously open investigation into Delaware’s energy future, and out of courtesy, informing her beforehand of the nature of the inquisition, he chose the former course. and was seen cheering as she suffered under a brutal interrogation….

E. When given a choice to get involved with the choices currently being made in the Red Clay school district, that affect real children, or make a case blaming the DSEA for Delaware’s educational failure, Charlie Copeland chose the latter…  Heck with real kids… The Union is to blame.
Speaking of unions, Charlie, is your shop unionized? Some inquiring minds want to know……

Charlie Copeland is a proven reformer

A. On Bluewater Wind:  he lost.

B. On minimum wage:  he lost.

C. On open government:  he lost, (the bill dropped right into the desk drawer of the person he put into that position…..)

D. On budget restraints:  he lost.

E. But to his credit, he did reform the state budget process so his company would receive up to 2 million in business from the state,  I guess one could call that a reform…..

Who’s fought special interests in Dover

A.  Supports Delmarva who raised Delawarean’s rates 60% and then fought all efforts to reduce the amount of that increase.

B.  Fought against all insurance reforms to better rates and coverage issues faced by Delawareans.

C. Charlie is the official “go to guy” for big business in the Delaware General Assembly.

D. Fought against regulations of the banking and credit card industry.

An independent voice who will bring balance to state government.

I….. don’t ….. think…. so……..

We’ve had too much of big business gone wild.  It is time for a new approach……

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