DELAWARE WAGE $15 HR?

Will the Delaware Legislature in the final weeks of their session pass the minimum $15 an hour wage bill? Chances not as proposed. Maybe amendments to $12, or over a period of five years, or not at all.

Many of the larger corporations can pay the $12 an hour such as Walmart, Starbucks, Micky D’s, some already are, but the smaller mom and pop businesses, already struggling competiting against the big box stores can’t afford the increases. 

Sussex County in a recent survey is the best county in Delaware to live but is also the poorest county mainly because many work for minimum wage especially in the tourism industry, which is only seasonal. Most small business, those employing 5 people or less are in Sussex County.

Raising the minimum wage is a catch 21. Even with $15 an hour with today’s rising prices and even more with Trumps tariffs, many families with two working can’t make ends meet especially with raising a family.

Governor John Carney has proposed a $10 minimum wage. I think closer to the number that will pass.

Regardless how much the increase, companies are going to pass the increase onto; guess who?

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GUN BILLS FAIL IN DELAWARE SENATE

 

For a short period last this month gun lovers and NRA members began to circle their wagons. The Democrats were coming after your weapons, infringing on your 2nd amendment rights, and finally the government is coming to take over US citizens after they are disarmed.

At least that’s what one gun advocate said at the Delaware State Senate hearing recently comparing the state senate’s action to the days of Hitler and I quote: “Gun registration has always has been a prelude to gun confiscation, and gun confiscation has always been a prelude to, let’s see, just a few minor blips such as the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, the killing fields of Cambodia and more recently the socialist destruction of Venezuela. Hitler, Abdul Hamid, Pol Pot,(Hugo) Chavez, (Nicolas) Maduro, those are big shoes to fill indeed. “

Then the block buster, “I suppose if I were a politician, I might be a wee bit more comfortable with a disarmed citizenry too. It’s sad that you are nervous, but take my word, You will not disarm us.” Where did these bills say anything about disarming your second amendment rights?

Really, is this what our country has come to. They really think our government is going to disarm its citizens. Trump has pulled some wild ideas, but I don’t think this is on his agenda, quite the opposite.

But gun lovers, you can breathe a sigh of relief. The Senate Committee voted NOT to let the three bills out of committee, and the possibility of them being brought up this year are a no go. Guess who controls the Senate committee? Democrats!!! Can you believe that? Even after the chairman of the committee promised the governor and the public he would bring the bills to the floor for a vote this year! A cowardly act which should send an apology to the public that wanted this legislation passed.

And he mentioned a majority of Democrats opposed the legislation. Hail to the NRA. Republicans as usual, opposed all gun legislation along party lines but offered no legislation of their own. My research found a majority of members in Congress are members of and on the take from the NRA when it comes to contributions. So I assume a majority of members of the state legislature in Delaware are also.

One of my jobs as former State Election Commissioner was to follow campaign contributions to members of the legislature. When gun bills came up I liked to follow the money. I could count the votes. The same with the tobacco industry.

What does it take to get people to understand no one wants to take away your second amendment rights, legislation is only meant to put weapons in safe hands, hopefully to eliminate or at least reduce the number of mass killings.

Even watching the outdoor show on WBOC-TV I don’t see hunters using a grenade launcher or a repeating rifle in their hunt for wild life. They appear to be able to put food on their table with normal weapons.

I don’t know of one state which says you can’t own a gun for protection or hunting nor has introduced legislation to take away second amendment rights. No state that I know of has legislation stating you cannot own a gun. I just don’t want my body riddled with bullets or blown to bits by a grenade launcher should one want to come after me. One shot, one small bullet will do the trick.

I suspect most people don’t read gun legislation. The NRA gets people fired up, their membership rises and the words, ‘gun control’ comes to the minds of gun activists. You can bet someone from the NRA was involved in the recent legislation. I suspect what bothers most about gun legislation is making it more difficult to purchase a fire arm.

You should have a gun for home protection, but not an assault rifle, or a gun with a 15 round clip. Nor does a hunter need to possess a fire arm with a magazine of 15 rounds. Those weapons have been used in the mass slayings and should be sold only to our military and law enforcement.

There three bills were up for consideration; SB 68 mirrors Maryland’s ban on assault weapons; SB 70 would bar possession of a magazine containing more than 15 rounds with the exception of military and police officers; SB 82, the qualified purchaser card bill, would require a person fist apply to he Department of Public Safety, and Homeland Security before buying a gun.

The synopsis for SB 68 prohibits the manufacturer, sale, offer to sell, transfer, purchase, receive possession, or transport assault weapons in Delaware, subject to certain exceptions. Some of the legislation grandfathers those who have these guns in heir possession. What is wrong with that?

A question asked by one Republican legislator during the debate, “Why are you pushing the assault weapons ban when no mass shootings have taken place in Delaware and nearly every shooting in the First State involves a handgun?”

The correct answer that comes to my mind was the same answer given by the bills sponsor; “Whether you agree or disagree with various aspects of the bill, I don’t think particularly it’s a persuasive argument to that say we should wait until someone is or isn’t killed with regard to this kind of firearm. Debate should be on whether these specific kinds of fire arms should or shouldn’t be publicly available,” said the sponsor.

All people fighting for gun legislation want is to assure weapons don’t get in the wrong hands, tighten up the loop holes which allow the purchase of guns illegally.

I wonder….should a mass killing occur in this state with assault rifles would the legislature do anything to keep those weapons out of the hands of people or do nothing but respond with, “You are in our prayers.” I think the latter……unfortunately.

STOCKS PLUNGE ON TRUMPS TARIFFS

The US stock markets closed Monday at the lowest level since January of this year. Dow lost 617 points, NASDAQ worst day this year, S&P worst day since March 27, a result of Trump’s raising tariffs on China and fear of trade wars where no one wins.

Days like this put a hurting on 401 retirement accounts, municipal and city pension investments and non profits that invest in the market to fund their organizations. 

Trump apparently doesn’t understand how tariffs work. His followers apparently like the sound of “China is screwing us” and raising the tariffs are punishment and music to his base.  He’s playing you people at your expense. Wake up!!! 

When in reality he is screwing over his base. US companies will pay more for the many goods they import. Do you think these companies are going to absorb these increases? No, they will pass the increases on to the American consumer. 

What can we expect from a president who lost over $100 billion dollars over a 10 years period, went bankrupt twice and is living a good life off the backs of American taxpayers. Even the Queen of England doesn’t live as well. 

ART OF THE DEAL

It appears according to an investigation by the NY Times, while Donald Trump was writing his book, (or had a ghost writer) “The Art of the Deal” he was losing millions on his real estate investments, in fact over a 10 year period $100 BILLION over a 10 year period. 

Divide it by each month, each week, each day, and he receives the honor of losing more money that any person in this country. 

And we wonder why the debt in this country is at a record high? He is managing this country as he does with his business, He paid no income taxes over those years.

Did he run for president for protection so he could execute his executive privileges of not being touch while in office?

How does one get loans after two bankruptcies. The article states his father who have him ;money to begin his business, has backed his loans. No bank in NY will lend him money. 

So where does he get his money to operate?  In a book written about Trump by Bob Woodward who wrote of the Watergate investigation, “Deep Throat” writes, “When Donald Trump was about to go under on Trump Towers, being unable to sell units, he turned to Russia where several floors of units were purchased by Russians”.

Woodward writes, “Trump was unable to purchase TV;s for the rooms. Again a Russian came across and purchased them.”

Remember Trump stated, “I love Russians, I love their money, doing business with them”.

Wonder why he and Republicans don’t want the Muller report released, and why he won’t release his income taxes? 

GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION

Gun control legislation is again on the agenda in Delaware sponsored by Democrats. Already the howling has begun from Republicans claiming infringing of the 2nd amendment saying Dems want to take away the rights of citizens to own guns.

Hogwash!!! In my lifetime I have never seen a bill which says you can’t own a weapon. For protection I see a hand gun, for hunting a rifle. In either case I can’t see the necessity of owning a weapon with repeating action and large clips belong in the hands of the military or law enforcement. 

Do you believe in the shootings at schools, churches or public events would have happened if the assaulters used a hand gun or a simple rifle.

The loop holes in gun bills which the Democrats want to eliminate include being able to ;purchase a gun online, at a gun show and those mentally ill; doctors should be allowed to release that information.

Jus remember, no one wants to take away your privledge of you owning a weapon, they just want to keep it out of the hands of those who don’t need to own a weapon arsenal to committee murder.  

BARR; LIAR, LIAR PANTS ON FIRE

AG William Barr showed what he is yesterday during the Senate Hearings; A Trump lackey.  Trump has dumped AG’s until he finally got one who was loyal to him and not the US citizens.

Barr stuttered, sweated during the hearing in his attempt to answer Democrat questions. 

I’m sure he was stunned by a letter released the day before the hearing from Bob Muller addressed to Barr stating displeasure of Barr’s 4 page summary of Mullers investigation and evidence Barr omitted showing Trumps conspiracy to interfere in the past presidential election, and to have Muller fired. 

I am frustrated not only with the lies of this administration but the lack of courage shown by the Republicans. Kinda doesn’t say much for their courage.

Now Barr refuses to appear before the House committee. He is in violation, but he doesn’t care. The laws of this country only apply to Democrats.  A shame. 

PRO-LIFE OR PRO-BIRTH

I have argued for years the problem I have with Conservatives and their pro-life stance is they have little consideration for social programs caring for infants after birth. 

Recently a name for this passed by me the other day; Conservatives tend to be pro-birth not necessarily pro-life. 

Although I am Catholic, and my religion stands firmly with the pro-life movement, I believe the government should not interfere with a women’s choice. I do not believe abortion should be used as a method of birth control. Their are ways to stop unwanted pregnancies. Although Republicans want to do away with clinics that teach birth control. 

And don’t tell me birth control isn’t being used, another no no in my religion. Church pews used to be filled with kids of a family while I was growing up. Now you’ll see one or two children per family. Maybe the males are firing more blanks are the women have become less fertile. 

Historically, and you can Google the following, Republican’s vote against programs as abortion clinics, WICK. nutritional programs, meals for young children in school, social funded programs, etc. 

Even some I personally know who have daughters who used the WICK program, after their use, were critical of the program. People I know who are on disability are critical of socialism. Perhaps they don’t understand the definition. 

My column this week in the Laurel-Seaford Star details the difference between Socialism and Capitalism. You’ll be surprised to find out how many of us benefit from socialism.