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Some people have very bad judgment.  They almost put in a guy for president who has a secret server to a Russian bank?  Seriously… They almost put in a guy who won’t turn in his tax forms… Seriously.  They almost put in a guy whose business world is collapsing as we speak.  Seriously.

The server in question “was set to accept only incoming communication from a very small handful of IP addresses.” Among them, according to the DNS specialists: two Alfa (Russian) Bank servers, which the specialists said accounted for 87% of the DNS lookups involving the Trump Organization server….

The following Delawareans have been goading you to support this guy who most everyone sensed, had a connection to the KGB of Russia.   These guys say:  “support Trump; support Trump; support Trump”… None have said he is unfit for office.

Do you think it is ok for a presidential candidate to have a secret server that only has a connection to one bank, and that bank is in the post Soviet Union?  You don’t?

The following Delawareans disagree with you .. They think Donald is a “good” choice as their their leader…  Why would you vote for any of these guys?.. How smart can they be to vote for someone who has a secret server that goes straight to Russia?

Charlie Copeland
Colin Bonini
Hans Reigle
La Mar T. Gunn

State Senate Candidates

State House Candidates

Kevin Hensley:  District 9

Judith Travis:  District 10

Jeff Spiegleman:  District 11

Debbie Hudson:  District 12

James Louis DeMartino:  District 14

James R. Startzman, Jr:  District 19

Stephan Smyk:  District 20

Mike Ramone:  District 21

Joesph E. Miro:  District 22

Timothy Conrad:  District 24

Michael Nagorski:  District 25

Janice Gallagher:  District 29

William Outten:  District 30

Jean Dowding: District 31

Patricia Foltz:  District 32

Charles Postles:  District 33

Lyndon Yearick:  District 34

David Wilson:  District 35

Harvey Kenton, Jr:  District 36

Ruth Briggs King:  District 37

Ronald Gray:  District 38

Daniel Short:  District 39

Timothy Dale Dukes:  District 40

Richard Collins:  District 41

Lip service is one thing. Actions are something else.  All of the above at this late date are still supportive of Donald Trump and what he stands for….

These are all the Republicans running for state office, but two… I must isolate and mention both of them and encourage you to vote them in over their democrat opponents (no loss there in both seats) to show the world that Delaware is not a satellite of Donald Trump….

These two very special people, the only two republicans who have repudiated the Atomic Ant’s Donald Trump,  are:

Meredith Chapman    Senate District 8

James Spadola    Senate District 1

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I love Hillary. I think she’d make a great president.  But we are at a crossroads where the direction we take, will determine our future for years to come.

And in those times, personal attributes pale compared to the strength of ideas.

Here is a comparison of Twitter feeds of Bernie Sanders versus Hillary… One is serious about the issues; the other is addressing it like a high school election.

Simply read through them.  One is passionate about ideas; the other is trying to blow smoke.  See if you can tell which is which….

BERNIE SANDERS

Calling voters is one of highest impact things you can do to help our campaign. Can I count you in? http://bernie.to/PhoneBank

One in five Americans today cannot afford to fill the prescriptions their doctors write for them. That’s totally crazy.

We need to end voter suppression, and make it easier for people to vote, not harder.

I believe strongly we can protect our people without undermining our constitutional rights. I worry we’re moving to an Orwellian society.

Tonight, 3,200 said loudly and clearly to Adelson and his billionaire friends: You can’t have it all! #BernieInVegas http://bernie.to/WhatHappensInVegas

Nevada DNC Member Erin Bilbray Endorses Sanders for President

I do not represent the interests of the billionaire class or corporate America. I represent you. #BernieInVegas

#BernieInVegas laying out the sobering facts behind the costs of war: thousands dead, many more thousands with PTSD and inadequate care.

Over the last 8 months, over 2.3 million individual contributions have come into our campaign. From close to 1 million people

“When police officer breaks the law he/she must be held accountable” #BernieInVegas #FeelTheBern

One in five Americans today cannot afford to fill the prescriptions their doctors write for them. That’s totally crazy.

We need to end voter suppression, and make it easier for people to vote, not harder.

#BernieInVegas laying out the sobering facts behind the costs of war: thousands dead, many more thousands with PTSD and inadequate care.

“Instead of firing teachers, we should be hiring teachers.”

This campaign is not about fear. This campaign is not about Trump. This campaign is about PPL power #BernieInVegas

With your support we’re going to win here in Nevada. #BernieInVegas

The 15 richest Americans acquired more wealth in two years than the bottom 100 million people combined. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkyjwqkNIOI&feature=youtu.be

“Bernie understands how pharmaceutical companies and major medical companies are ripping us off.” – Mari Cordes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94yoGhVuOUc

New @BernieSanders ads highlight inequality http://politi.co/1OhNaqQ | Getty

We must fully restore cuts to military pensions that were insisted upon by Republicans in the last budget deal.

The fact that on any given night there are fifty thousand homeless veterans on the street is a national disgrace.

We have an obligation to provide the best quality care to those who have put their lives on the line to defend us.

I will do everything I can to expand benefits for people who desperately need them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCQKU3sZo3g&feature=youtu.be

This campaign is about demanding we create an economy that works for all of us not just a handful of billionaires. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9LQ4hUmRUU&feature=youtu.be …..

We win when people come together. We win when we reject division,

It is a national disgrace that the United States is the only major country that does not guarantee health care to all people as a right.

“We cannot continue to scapegoat undocumented people… the discussion we need to have is how we pass comprehensive reform.” @BernieSanders

When Republicans talk about family values, they’re talking about defunding Planned Parenthood. #BernieInReno

The truth is, the insurance companies and the drug companies are bribing the United States Congress.

If I were elected president, the foxes would no longer guard the henhouse. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/23/opinion/bernie-sanders-to-rein-in-wall-street-fix-the-fed.html?_r=1

“Government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

The greed of corporate America is destroying our economy. You have to take them on.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkSDctzd7_k

I’m running for president because a handful of billionaires and wealthy families are trying to buy elections just to make themselves richer.

We cannot turn our backs on that essential element of who we are as a nation

Merry Christmas!

I’m running for president because the middle class is disappearing and more than half of new income is going to the top 1 percent.

HILLARY CLINTON:

It’s time we treat diseases like Alzheimer’s with the seriousness they deserve.

Little feminists, moms, love stories—some of the most heartwarming campaign moments of 2015: http://hrc.io/1OiIG3f

Apply to join fellow Instagrammers for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at a Las Vegas campaign event! → http://hrc.io/1NSC2Nx

We should treat the caretakers who serve 11 million Americans with serious medical needs like the heroes they are. http://hrc.io/1JcW6gU

Parades and yellow ribbons aren’t enough. Our veterans deserve world-class health care, benefits, and opportunities. http://hrc.io/1Ptk1Ka

Hillary Clinton visited a town of 996 people in Iowa. Here’s how three high schoolers made it happen: http://hrc.io/1RNSCUN

Alzheimer’s, and the families that care for them. http://hrc.io/1mKI3Fe

An Iowa fifth grader asked: “What are you going to do about all this bullying?”

Hot peppers and selfies: 48 hours on the campaign trail. http://hrc.io/1mIluRL

This dad is doing everything he can to make this country a better place for his daughters. Read his letter to them: http://hrc.io/1On8tTF

Wishing everyone the best this Kwanzaa. To all celebrating—Bill and I send you our warmest wishes. -H

“If you would like help with your campaign, I am available and I would work for candy.” http://hrc.io/1NQqomr

Captain Khan saved the lives of his entire unit when he bravely stepped forward to investigate a suspicious vehicle.

Can’t think of a better day than one with family, food, and the best gift of all: a new grandchild on the way! Merry Christmas. -H

Merry Christmas!

American families like progress a lot. But the grinches in GOPville? It seems they do not. http://hrc.io/1U79S57

For the families of 5.4 million Americans, a cure for Alzheimer’s can’t come soon enough. http://hrc.io/1My27Q5

A win for voting rights in Virginia. No one should have to wait hours to exercise their right to vote. http://hrc.io/1NMueNo

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It is pretty obvious.. The difference between Bernie and Hillary is as great as the difference between Franklin Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover.

 

There is general agreement today that American society is top heavy.  We live in Bizarro World‘s Soviet Russia.  Our Congress is semi-capitalist instead of Communist, but certainly it is not there to represent our interests, which are those of We, The People. Our elite (primarily our largest investors) control all of Congress’ perks while we wait in line for daily bread. Gigantic tax breaks for the wealthy are easily and quickly passed, and services for the rest of the 99% are cut to pay for them. Though we too are taxed (lightly), our money spent, does not come back to us; it rises to the top and stays there.

Ironically this is the exact opposite of what every American child learned about his country if he grew up in the years after WWII… while there still was a communist Russia.  Everything we learned was bad about Soviet Russia, is now happening to us to some degree…. Mass surveillance; rigged elections; rigged judicial systems; loss of our class wealth.

But the big difference we learned was that in America, power rose from the ground up.  We elected our representative and they were beholden to us. Today despite on how we vote, big money first vets and then funds our representatives. We go through Communist-like fake elections to put a rubber stamp on one of the two candidates selected, but long before we do, they were the ones who first picked who runs.

We can see this personified by our educational policy.  The communists of Russia had a state system to which if you did not comply, you were shot. We have something similar but instead our punishment is that our school doesn’t receive Federal funding unless comply with the Politburo’s wishes…

This was decreed from the top and is still in place despite our representatives voting 60 to 10 to support of “Opting Out”.

It all goes to show the now blatant view that whatever We, The People want, does not matter.

And that is a colossal failure of democracy. Democracy was simply a government designed to do whatever its people want; not the opposite of their desires.  .

If we want to change this, we need to take a page from our own founding fathers and create millions of small conversations across America regarding  the direction our future evolves out of the issues affecting us, and not be deflected towards flaws in our candidates’ personalities…

Currently our media is devoted entirely to personalities… Carson’s lying?  What does that have to do with how well we live 4 years from now?  Who is winning in Rubio’s and Jeb’s tit for tat?  Plenty of conversation but no information on how our lives will be better 4 years from now.  Tomorrow our media will use the most popular High School social analyses to determine who *(they think) won the debate tonight.

We all know who lost.  The American People… After all this is our country and we too need to be informed; not entertained, not tricked into voting for whom the top echelon wants to be in power..  Imagine a brain surgeon who didn’t know medicine?  Would we go there?  Imagine a plumber who didn’t know plumbing?  Or an electrician who didn’t know electricity?  Or a Math Teacher who didn’t know math?  Would we ask them to do a job for us?

But We, The People (over these past 2 decades which has see the corporatization of all big media), must make decisions as blindly as do High School classmates when voting for a Student Body President… Consequently the same methods that work in high school with uneducated voters are in play for our national elections.  As in who would we like to spend time with? Who acts the part of Chief Exec the best?  Who comes across as snooty or arrogant?   Who is the sexiest?   Our press discusses these; it does not touch on policy that affects Americans like:

  • What result will we get if we raise taxes instead of lowering them?
  • What is the cost of immigration if we do or don’t seal our  borders?
  • What is the cost of not raising minimum wage versus raising minimum wage to $15/ hour?
  • Should our property legally be taken because “friends” of politicians want it for development?
  • Why is being spied on 24/7 bad for us all
  • What will life be under the TPP if it gets implemented? What will it do for wages 15 years from now?

Those of us who modify public opinion need to be wary of the tricks big media is playing.  We need to call them out with facts or ideas that actually help people and therefore indirectly help corporations.  But getting bogged down in pie fights does a disservice to our readers as well as to the nation as a whole.

There is only so much time.  If our time is wasted on inconsequentals, things of consequence do not get done!  Which makes one believe they almost all our pie fights are there only for diversionary purposes…

The Red Cup controversy is only one example…  Everyone is discussing how inane the argument is.  So far in real life I have not found anyone out of roughly a 1000 people who thinks the Red Cup is anti-Christian.  Yet I have heard quite a few media references to it.  But by just bringing it up,  people are wasting time talking about Christmas faux-rage instead of questioning under which candidate they are most likely to get their boss to adequately raise their salary… And as we listen to the media gear up for tonight’s debates… the best explanation for how crazy they sound, is that they are not crazy and know exactly what they don’t want you to ask, and deflect you entirely from breeching that number one question regarding……..

Our salary increases. … That is really what is important.

There is only one national candidate now who is intent on making that happen.  There are a lot more on the local level.. Those are the contenders around whom your discussions need to center  Everything else in the political-media jungle is right now aimed at keeping you from seeing that..

It comes with a caveat.  To succeed he must return to his liberal roots. The ones he ran on in 2008 and before.  I often hear newcomers praise Matt Denn and in the same breath curse Jack Markell. They probably do not know that at one time they were like butt-buddies in philosophy and direction. Both early supporters of Blue Water Wind over the evil Delmarva Power. (only 8 years ago). Both were against the Death Penalty.  Both were for extending rights to Gays. Both were for helping the little guy. Both were against Charters. And both were against man made Global warming, and those corporate extremists who made it happen.  Both were pro-business but it had to be ethical business. neither supported being for business so it could continue its unethical business practices…. Both were pro-FOIA, opening government to the scrutiny of its citizenry. Both were against Thurm Adams and his desk drawer veto.

it’s funny when newcomers try to take the current Markell back through his role as Treasurer as proof of his evil ways. For he wasn’t evil back then at all.  He was a champion for reform, so much so that he challenged and won the governorship over the Democratic Party’s pre-chosen candidate, John Carney, who was seen as less the progressive.

It’s funny what a few years can do.

But Markell’s track record puts him in very good position to be a leading progressive candidate if he were to try. What better argument against Conservative counter punches could be made than this?

When I was governor and ran a state, I tried exactly what you propose…and it didn’t work.. What would have worked better would have been this:  and then list progressive policy….

Still skeptical?  Try these then make up your own…..

“When I was governor I tried cutting back on state spending by attempting to cut to my state employees salaries by 8% and my legislature held it to a 2% decrease.  One would think that such a streamlining of expense would decrease taxation and cause businesses to move in and create growth. Instead, as the state’s largest employer those cuts had a 1.6% multiplier aggravating the economic damage.  Fewer revenues then expected were generated the next year because it hurt those who lived on those earning government salaries as well. With hindsight, the proper approach would have been to keep them the salaries continuous, and to apply a tax on the top echelon who survived the depression rather well, and  use that new revenue as the funding for the existing government…. As the economy improved, taxes could be lightened…  That would have worked faster than the conservative approach I took.”

When I was governor I pushed Common Core hard.  I led the nation in its implementation, though held off on being the first to use the test. I still believe some things in Common Core are good for society but with hindsight, I would divorce Common Core tests from being used as the sole ranking of teachers and schools. We found that no matter how hard we pushed accelerated learning, that having one standard set high for all, was defeating.  A lower standard set for all works better because there is some realistic chance for all to achieve it.  Those on the bottom CAN become proficient with lots of hard work. We found that even our best teachers in our worst schools still gave us the worst scores in our state. We found that mediocre teachers in our best classes still had the best scores.  In essence we found no correlation between test scores and quality of teaching.  All test scores do we found, is measure the quality of prenatal and infant care. With hindsight, I would say that to do well for our students, all of our students, we need to focus mostly on increasing the human element of education, and particularly in schools of high risk, where the poverty level is over 50% of the student body, we must guarantee an 11:1 student/teacher ratio, insist that it happens and willingly pay for its expense.

When I was governor I tried wooing companies into my state with bribes.  I offered no taxes. state loans. even support fees tacked to citizens electricity bills.  This was done primarily to develop jobs which were much needed in my state. With hindsight I would have focused more on making sure economic demand remained high instead of trying to get new business to come in.  If the demand had stayed at pre-depression levels, jobs would have stayed and remained  Instead we gambles on a few temporary jobs involving construction and then when they evaporated we were left continuing to pay the costs, which even today drag down the economy.

When I was governor, we had a automobile plant close up and a possible buyer for it needing some money up front to purchase it.  We helped them but they went bankrupt.  We lost our loans which we thought were guaranteed to be refunded from sale of its assets.  Turns out corporate raiders were ahead of us in line.  That points out a discrepancy in law needing adjusted.  There is no way private investors putting up money at risk, fully knowing the risk, get first dibs of return over a government who puts up the people’s money to benefit its people.  That was just plain wrong and an inexperienced candidate will fall into the same trap as did I. I know ahead of time it does not work.

When I was governor I tried to put in a toxic power plane in the middle of our college town.  i thought that any reason to create jobs was reason enough.  We tried very hard to engineer the town council and the electorate in order to get proper votes and we succeeded there. However the university walked away from the deal and the deal died.  With hindsight, I would not put in a dirty power plant just for jobs.  Oil, gas, and coal are done. There are always other options and anything that destroys the atmosphere and our climate, though helpful in the short run, cost far more in the long run than other cleaner alternatives.  In truth we misjudged the sophistication of our electorate and their ability to counter our claims with scientific fact, which turned the population against us.  The answer I can tell you to America’s future energy is in pursuing the clean energy options and by increasing their efficiency, we lower the cost per kilowatt. Any other way just does not work.

When I was governor I tried getting rid of our Port which is run by the state, by selling it to a private company Kinder Morgan. i thought we had negotiated a very good deal guaranteeing wages at current level for 3 years, and keeping everyone employed the same length of time.  However, anytime one privatizes something that is state owned, it is an economic loss to the surrounding area.  Private companies hire less than state because they run more efficiently. However, that also means less income and less tax pours into the city.  With hindsight, I have learned that privatization is good if the public receives a benefit from better efficiency.  But that it is bad, if the service being privatized is something that belongs to all, or requires constant upkeep and maintenance, in which case state ownership is better than private.  When our state legislature passed legislation making them the final arbiter of decision, my client pulled out of the deal and the port is doing fine still under state control.  I’m here to tell you that privatization of public works only benefits those who buy the operation at a low cost…. There is a reason they were originally state run and that is they are there to serve you first.

When I was governor i tried to weaken our environmental policy in order to bring in jobs.  Some companies were used to not having to comply to environmental regulations and they were the only ones who seemed interested in our properties. So we catered to them.   We were able to hide most environmental problems and get approval by most local governments.  But with hindsight, I would argue now for the other extreme. Protect the environment at all costs.  We can always pass on jobs. They are temporal; they rise and fall. But damage to the environment is almost generational, lasting as long as humans are alive. There are always new jobs being created; every day something new is created. But environmental damage is very harmful and lasts a long, long time, It continues doing its damage long after whatever company that caused it has folded and those jobs are now three states away….   I have learned by being governor that the most important thing we have is our environment and that never should we let temporary jobs blind us to the loss of many future jobs because of our polluted lifestyle..

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As a Presidential candidate these arguments would be hard to bust with theoreticals.  Nothing works as well as saying I tried that, it doesn’t work.  it would also focus the argument on policy instead of personal traits, something our media is scared to do.

The combination of a sharp younger looking candidate saying the right things people are dying to hear, would do well for our current governor if he ran as a liberal in 2016… And if he rigged the Delaware primary to be on January 2nd, ahead of all others, he would be the leader for a while with three delegates.

I know many are skeptical. But seeing Markell in action readily shows he can be presidential material. but only if he runs now, and only if he uses his mistakes to burst the bubbles always painted for Democrats by their Republican opponents.  He plays a room well.  He only gets in trouble by those outside the room who don’t appreciate what he is doing.  If he just return to his own roots, and ditch the pro-business persona he has taken on, he could go far, possibly being offered the Vice Presidency on a winning ticket if he just would be more liberal.

The very reasons his detractors are calling for his head, would make him a great leader if he was only on the right side of the issues for a change…..