First, the state of Delaware owns the port. That has a feel-good sound to it, but the reality is the state government does not know how to run a port. Neither do the taxpayers have the money to pay for the hundreds of millions of dollars of improvements that are needed. Today, no state or city has that kind of money.
Delaware is negotiating with Kinder Morgan, a huge energy and port company. No deal has been reached. Some of the early talks look productive. However, questions remain and they need to be answered.
Well let’s clear the air as far as ownership of “Delaware”. Somehow when Jack Markell won the governorship back in 2008 the union support sent him a mix message, we’ll give you Delaware if you give us unconditional love. Markell is a self proclaimed proud card carrying capitalist. He is in business to make money not friends. I once went to a sales seminar /convention where the guest speaker commented, “your job is to make sure your competitors don’t earn enough money to buy their children Christmas Present”. Folks when Jack Markell moves onto his next self-serving agenda his love of unions will be revealed! There is no love! As for my teacher friends, who do you think Makell sits with when discussing education reform? Education reform is driving by extreme right republicans and their democratic silent partners like Jack Markell. Markell makes a RTTT deal teachers “can’t” refuse when they should have.
“The state government does not know how to run a port”. That’s because Jack Markell rather farm-out the port Wall Street so he can collect political dividends and I wouldn’t be surprised if his stocked portfolio didn’t get a $$$ boosted. You know as a matter of fact, state government can’t even run state government. Maybe they should outsource DEDOT.
Markell pays the utilities for Fisker yet can’t buy new cranes for the port! The Port of Wilmingon has been a gem for year waiting for someone to make is shine and obvious Markell wasn’t the man for the job!
I am telling all you union members across the state and across the trades, now is the time to stand together. You don’t need to strike but do need to protest! If you all united as one just as reminder of solidarity you would shake the Earth. Just call it solidarity day an investment in the future!
Nothing is certain in this world. That is why demands from stakeholders, those working at the port now or elected officials, should keep in mind that fundamental point.
So the legislator must just sit back and trust Jack Markell’s card carrying capitalist skills? I am sorry but that’s kind of like allowing Charles Manson to babysit your new born.