Delaware Governor Jack Markell

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8 responses to “Delaware Governor Jack Markell

  1. Just two questions: Do you think voting for all the same players next cycle because they’re dyed in the wool democrats, will change things?? If not then why do it?

    Banging one’s head against a wall expecting a different result is just plain stupid.

    STOP voting based on the BS answers your one party controlled state representatives give you. The representatives will not get you good results because they don’t care. They don’t have to because YOU (the democrat voting public) keep voting them in regardless of the incompetence they display.

    You want change???? You want practical application of governance? Stop funding Carper’s, Markell’s, Denn’s, Coons’, and even JK’s retirement fund. It’s as plain as the nose on your faces. Stop the one party control and recognize the insanity.

    One more thing, pass a recall authority to voters and allow for the removal of ANY representative by a number of recall votes that are 60% of the number of votes that elected the individual. The time is now to end our never ending cycle of lifetime politicians. End their terms and end their pay along with their benefits at the end of their term.

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    • Publius e decere

      Enacting laws which would permit recall of elected officials is a move toward accountability that many people could support.

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    • Publius e decere

      As for compensation, we could debate if elected officials should be paid at all, and if so then how much. Low pay would ensure a healthy level of turnover in the office since no one could actually expect to make a living from it. This is a state assembly, a Cincinnatus arrangement, not a “career pathway”.

      As for health and welfare benefits, if they are granted at all they should accrue only for the duration of office held and be subordinate to any other private-sector benefits they already have, whether directly or through a spouse (to be known as the No Double-Dipping At The Public Trough Bill).

      As for retirement “benefits” (aka, deferred compensation), these people are not hired workers with performance standards, regular office hours, attendance requirements, nor duties under the direction of a supervisor. These are freelancing office-seekers — I say no pension at all, a portable 401k-type of plan should be the absolute limit (with state contributions made only during the term of office, and a compulsory transfer of account to a private financial manager once out of office).

      In any case, there should be no annuity-style pensions or any other type of future compensation scheme requiring future payouts by the state.

      In fact, the entire state employment base should be converted off of the annuity style pension colossus and onto 401k type of retirement plans. This is, after all, the 21st century.

      Publius

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    • lastDEconservative

      Of course the underlying assumption of M’s and Pub’s reasoned-as-always commentary is that there is a viable alternative present now or likely to manifest in, say, the next three or four lifetimes able and/or willing to lead such a rework of the corrupt status quo (and then to maintain it and *gasp* live with it themselves). Based on three decades of observation, and underlined by recent history as written by Charlie and Co. and the GOMeToo, if it’s out there, it sure ain’t in the form of the -other- party.

      The Founders made it clear, the Constitution (and by extension, all the state versions) is only a piece of paper that lays out the form and methodology that elected MORAL men must use to govern. Absent MORALITY in leadership, the paper is useless. I think it was TJ who said the republic would probably survive until the elected figured out they could dine at the trough. Or was it Ben? No matter, the republic is foundering, at best, and the hogs we have elected don’t even bother to wipe their faces in public.

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  2. Recall legislation would very definitely be a step in the right direction in Delaware.

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    • lastDEconservative

      Sure it would. It would give the socialists a second bite at the election apple that somehow, inexplicably, occasionally lets a Republican slip through the gate to the inner sanctum. Does anyone here actually believe that it would -ever- work the other way?

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    • Publius e decere

      LDC,

      It would give “everyone” a second bite of the apple. Since most of the apples are held by the UniDel party, you can figure for yourself whether or not this right-of-recall would favor the wrong elements.

      Publius

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    • lastDEconservative

      “UniDel party” deserves a Seinfeld shout out. “Okay, that’s not bad.”

      And thus is my mind made up. Recall is a good idea, in fact, the underlying Biblical principles of our national Constitution demand removal of those who wander off the reservation, to put it charitably. The constitution of the People’s Republic of may well hold the same to be true – or may have at one time. Even if so, with a century of dumbing down, of swapping truth for evil, of the sweet lullaby, and all the rest, it’s hard to imagine a sufficient swath of the great unwashed rising from slumber to task, particularly since, as lamented above, behind the Leadership door marked “R” (for Republican, or Resistance or Recovery) is but a vacuum.

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