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Republicans, like a bully punched in a nose for the first time after doing it to others for years, are really crying this morning. They are angry, vowing revenge like they are in some Shakespearean story. They think their threats about retaliation actually scare us.
As expected, Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher has let a deadline for filing an appeal to the Federal Courts pass without actions, which means his fight for more law enforcement power as Sheriff is over.
In case you live under a rock and haven’t heard, today marks the 50th anniversary of the murder of our President. Whether he was killed as a result of the rage of Lee Harvey Oswald or a wider conspiracy or coup d’etat, it is beyond dispute that the assassination of the President was a singular turning point moment in American history. If John F. Kennedy had lived, the world today might be unrecognizable to us. Think of a world without the Kennedy Assassination, the Assassinations of MLK and RFK, Vietnam and Watergate. This cascade of events began with that murder 50 years ago today. And all of those events combined to radically change America.
Here are some of my favorite JFK speeches.
The U.S. Census Bureau has released a slew of data on state-to-state migration showing that Americans have become significantly less mobile than they used to be, with just 11.7 percent moving in the last year, near historic lows. But, among that nearly 12% of Americans, the interactive chart shows where they are going. Delawareans are moving to Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvanians are moving to Delaware. Delaware gained 34,757 people through migration, and lost 25,149, making it a gainer state.
“Despite the disastrous rollout of the federal government’s healthcare website, enrollment is surging in many states as tens of thousands of consumers sign up for insurance plans made available by President Obama’s health law,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
“A number of states that use their own systems, including California, are on track to hit enrollment targets for 2014 because of a sharp increase in November… The growing enrollment in those states is a rare bit of good news for backers of the Affordable Care Act and suggests that the serious problems with the law’s rollout may not be fatal, despite critics’ renewed calls for repeal.”
Same thing will happen on the federal exchanges once the website is working properly. The real story of the Obamacare rollout is not a non-working website or insurance companies cancelling policies on 3% of the nation’s populations, it is the media coverage of both. Jonathan Bernstein argues that the recent two weeks of anti-Obamacare stories is mostly a media-driven phenomenon.
Delaware politicos may know Alexander Synder Mackler, who worked on Attorney General Biden’s reelection campaign in 2010. Alex’s father, Dr. Scott Mackler, was a pretty amazing person.
Dr. Scott A. Mackler, an accomplished physician and scientist at the University of Pennsylvania, died on Wednesday. His remarkable perseverance and passion allowed him to continue working during his 15-year battle with ALS and also garnered him national acclaim. He was 55.
Come inside for the 60 Minutes story regarding Dr. Mackler’s work. Alex and the entire Mackler family, we are so sorry for your loss. Your father was and is truly an inspiration.
Morning Money: “New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gets all the love as the current GOP front-runner for 2016 (to the extent there can even be a front runner three years out.) But there is growing chatter in elite New York financial circles that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is giving more serious consideration to getting in the race, especially if it appears at any point that Christie is not drawing big national appeal beyond the northeast. Several plugged in GOP sources said Bush has moved from almost certainly staying out to a 30 percent chance of getting in. The ’70/30′ odds pop up in so many conversations they almost seem like circulated talking points.”
Jeb Bush will run. It is his last chance to run. So he has to run. If his last name was not Bush I dare say he would be a runaway favorite. Bush and Christie will divide the sane vote. The insane vote will be divided between Paul and Cruz. Now, who will win? It depends on the answer to this question: Are their more sane than insane people in the Republican Party/Tea Party?
So how are those budget talks going in DC? Remember, if there is no budget deal by December 15, the government shuts down again.
The Delaware Young Farmers program has selected 10 new participants. I know I am cynical, but I wonder how many of these young farmers downstate are also tea party Republicans decrying government handouts.
Newark’s upcoming Mayoral election is a nonpartisan election. As such, the state parties, and affiliated party organizations, like the Progressive Democrats, have not gotten involved. But just because you call an election a nonpartisan election, does not mean ideologies are not in play. Conservatives understood this for years, and ran conservative candidates for nonpartisan school board and judgeship elections for years.
It looks like liberals and progressives have learned their lesson, as it would seem we are blessed with several progressive candidates among the seven in the Newark race.
The Delaware House Republican Caucus recently posed a question to Facebook page asking whether the House Judiciary Committee should vote to release Senate Bill 19, which repeals the death penalty in Delaware and converts existing death sentences to life in prison without parole, for a vote on the floor by the full House. The Senate has already passed the bill by a razor thin 11-10 margin, and in the House, there was both bipartisan support for and bipartisan opposition to the bill, leading to House Judiciary Committee Chairwoman Rebecca Walker to table the bill. But imagine that! Republicans possibly in favor of allowing votes on the floor on controversial bills. These Delaware House Republicans may have to teach their national counterparts a thing or two.
However, I suspect the motives of the GOP here are not pure.
Sarah Palin says she’s disturbed that many of Pope Francis’ pastoral pronouncements have “sounded kind of liberal.” That is only because the new Pope is following Jesus’ example and teachings. Remember Mrs. Palin, Jesus did not hate.
Sarah Palin also says that the federal debt is like slavery. Interesting that she would put it like that, since debt is a prime component of capitalism and our free market economy. Businesses and people use credit and incur debt all the time all over our country to buy homes, to buy inventory for their businesses, to pay their employees, to make improvements to their house, to buy a car, etc. Is she saying that debt in those circumstances is slavery too? She has to be. And I guess that means Sarah Palin opposes capitalism. She is a dirty communist now. Probably happened when she saw Russia from her house.
We have Sarah Palin talking about her version of healthcare reform, and it sounds very familiar. We have poll results from the first post reelection Christie v. Clinton poll, and the result will be surprising to those living in fear of the bully. We have Senator Tom Harkin bringing the truth about religions and bigotry. And did you now that the U.S. is not actually in debt. Actually, no where close to being in debt. Come inside…