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May 5, 2022

Bethany Beach Boardwalk “We the People” Celebrates One Year
41st We the People 5.5.22

July 30, 2021

Heritage Action for America – Critical Race Theory Town Hall 7/29 (Reviewed by Drew Sunderlin, President, 41st District Republican Club & PAC)

I hope you got the chance to attend this VERY informative town hall. Approximately 400 people attended a well presented panel discussion on the real meaning of Critical Race Theory. In my opinion, the highlight of the discussion was when Xi Van Fleet (who grew up in China during the Mao regime) took the audience through her life experiences in communist China. Every single effort the Chinese government undertook to destroy classes of people in China is the EXACT playbook the Critical Race Theory advocates are employing right here in the United States. 6 presenters on the panel explained their reasons for being there and each one had both troubling experiences, but uplifting messages to convey. The bottom line is if we do nothing to combat this cancer that is being injected into our culture, then we are destined to loose our democracy and become another socialist nation. Parents should get involved in their children’s education. Contact the principle of the school, teachers and administrators and demand to see their children’s curriculum and lesson plans. Before COVID most parents had no idea what their children were being taught. When learning went virtual many, but not all, agendas were exposed. This cancer has been permeating through our educational system for decades and now has reached a fever pitch. Stand up America! Get involved with your school boards and take your country back before it no longer exists as we have known it.

If you wish to see the town hall, click on this link: https://youtu.be/grDvnN83gRo..

Critical Race Theory, Georgetown, 7/29/21

 

June 15, 2021

Pro-Life News

Important, disturbing news: Planned Parenthood is planning to open in Sussex County.

 

According to the Delaware Family Policy Council, Planned Parenthood is expected to open in SEAFORD by the end of August at 800 Health Services Dr. We need to war in prayer.

Per Senator Bryant Richardson, who serves the Seaford area, “This is terrible news. We do not want them in our county. Not in our state either. Some cities are declaring themselves Sanctuary cities for the unborn. There are 31 of them in the United States…. Maybe we can ask the City Council for Seaford to become a sanctuary city for the unborn. Better yet, maybe the Sussex County Council members will make our county the sanctuary county for the unborn…. We need to pray hard about this and act.”

June 10, 2021
 “We the People” started as a group of the Republican members of the 38th District about 4 week ago.  They gather each Wednesday at 8:30 AM on the Bethany Boardwalk at the base of the flag pole.  They take 5 minutes out of their week to salute the American Flag by saying the Pledge of Allegience and sing “God Bless America.”  This is their way of showing support and appreciation for those who risk everything to keep us free and safe in our communities and abroad.  The group started with five participants.  Each week the attendance has grown.  People who were “recruited” on the spot in previous weeks are now showing up just to join in now.  Please join us! All are invited – no matter party affiliation. There is no minimum or maximum age.  Just be one of “We the People!”
June 7, 2021
More detail from our friends across the aisle (new map by our “FRIENDS”- bad news for them) about RE-DISTRICTING due to 2020 Census:
From the Cape Gazette:
“There are some districts upstate that have 11,000 voters, so don’t be surprised when we close down a district upstate and move it down south, because that’s the only way we can fix this,” said Speaker of the House Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf[.]
Schwartzkopf said definitely one new seat in the House of Representatives will be allocated to the area, possibly two.
Boy, when he pals around with his Republican friends, Speaker Pete sure does adopt a lot of Republican ideas, and this time he has definitely taken to the idea that not every person counts.

 

 

OPINION

Delaware State News

Sunday February 6, 2022, page 8

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR 

Mr. President, here’s what Republicans stand for

“What are Republicans for?” President Joe Biden asked.

Mr. President, that is pretty easy to answer A few years ago, we would have enjoyed this debate in person, but today, you are president, and I am just a guy in the community, but I still take the challenge.

Republicans believe the individual should control his or her own destiny, not the state.

We believe the purpose of government is to protect life, liberty and property. The law exists to allow people to live free of arbitrary coercion, theft or fraud. We believe in all 10 amendments of the Bill of Rights and all three of the civil rights amendments as intended, not as we feel like interpreting them at the moment. We believe government policy should be sensible and modest in a way that makes life better for the people it serves.

We support law and order, as well as redemption and rehabilitation. We believe in voter rights and election integrity. We believe the family is the crucible of society and faith is the foundation of morality; therefore, the government must respect the role of family and religious institutions. We believe in free markets, not just when they make us money. One can’t prosper under the weight of central planning in the long run. Innovation comes from the reward of freedom. Free markets have done more for the world than any social program has to reduce poverty and improve the lives of people. We believe life is precious and the most basic of human rights. We believe work, thrift and keeping the rewards of one’s labor are human rights.

We believe that being able to freely walk the streets, be safe in your home and operate your business without being looted are basic foundations to a civilized society. We favor taxes to fund needed government programs,

not to redistribute wealth. We believe in universal human rights and a colorblind society. We are also against some things. We reject crime, inflation, socialism and anti-family policies. We reject border policies that unleash a drug epidemic and a human-trafficking nightmare. We reject fiscal policies that are eroding how far our paychecks go. We are opposed to policies that stop America from being able to feed itself, defend itself, medicate itself and fuel itself. We need to return the supply chain and its jobs to our shores. We need to put America first, not foreign lobbyists.

That is what Republicans are for, Mr. President: free markets, faith, family and freedom. Republicans believe in the values that made America great.

Dover City Councilman David Anderson

February 4, 2022

A new working paper from Johns Hopkins University claims that COVID-19 lockdowns imposed by a variety of governments worldwide had “little to no effect” on COVID-19 mortality. The study, published by the Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise conducted and by three professors from around the world, also found that lockdowns “imposed enormous economic and social costs” and are “ill-founded and should be rejected as a pandemic policy instrument.”

According to the study released this week, lockdowns were defined “as the imposition of at least one compulsory, non-pharmaceutical intervention (NPI). NPIs are any government mandate that directly restricts peoples’ possibilities, such as policies that limit internal movement, close schools and businesses, and ban international travel.”

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May 16, 2022

Green Amendment is “virtue signaling” with Bad Consequences

by the CRI Team

NEWARK, Delaware –  Delaware House Bill 220 is a constitutional amendment that would guarantee a clean environment to every person in the state and says in part:

“The people of Delaware have an inherent, indefeasible, inalienable right to a clean and healthy environment; including water, air, soil, flora, fauna, ecosystems, and climate; and preservation of natural, cultural, scenic, and healthful qualities of the environment. The state shall not infringe upon these rights by action or inaction.”

Sounds wonderful, like the “Garden of Eden” with no people. The absolutist character of the language defines a perfection that cannot be met, a “utopian ideal” conjured up for what purpose? To bring all economic development to a halt?

Think about it. How clean is clean? Who determines that? Are these rights’ costs considered? 

This amendment openly invites lawsuits for anyone over just about every one of life’s actions. It removes legislative and regulatory authority to establish reasonable standards, giving that authority to judges not equipped to make such decisions.

Every imaginable economic development, whether residential, industrial, transportation, infrastructure, or other, would be in violation of this Amendment. Consider just a few scenarios, then create your own:

  • Delaware currently meets all national air quality standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency based on the national Clean Air Act. The standards are developed using scientific studies of health impacts with a margin of safety. However, because of natural ambient emissions, the standards are not set at zero. Someone could sue the state to spend an infinite amount of money to reach an impossible zero emissions level. Certainly, the combustion of any fuels, including wood, charcoal, ethanol, biofuels, and fossil fuels, could not be allowed.
  • Drinking water also has federal standards, and most people are on public water systems. Again the water still contains some minerals, organics, and fluoride is added. Public water lines aren’t run in all rural areas. Someone could sue for no fluoride or zero minerals that are virtually impossible to meet. Some rural homeowners could sue to have central water access no matter the cost. 
  • Delaware has achieved very low economic growth over the past 15 years. This Amendment would move it to negative growth, loss of jobs, and population. Every new housing, commercial, and industrial development has someone objecting to it. Every project could be sued and stopped based on this amendment. The only thing “Green” about this Amendment is the money going to lawyers.

House Bill 220 is also known as the Green Amendment; if Delaware legislators pass it, Delawareans could see an absolute gridlock or costs go up so high that no one could afford their utility or tax bills. 

This Green Amendment is not a good or practical idea, though the intent may be well-meaning.

 
 

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May 13, 2022

US Offshore Wind Jobs are Highly Exaggerated

by David T. Stevenson, Center for Energy & Environmental Policy

NEWARK, Delaware – Offshore wind supporters like to quote a Wood Mackenzie research study that says building 29,000 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind electric generating capacity on the Atlantic seaboard by 2030 will create 80,000 annual full-time US jobs between 2025 and 2030. 

Extrapolating from an actual approved project leads to an estimate of only about 5,500 jobs, and even that number may be high. Further, the study ignores possibly over 25,600 jobs potentially lost from huge electric premiums that redirect consumer and business spending elsewhere in the economy.       

 

The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) recently approved the 846 MW Skipjack 2 offshore wind project off Delaware’s coast. A review[i] of the project by the PSC consultant indicates there will be 857 temporary construction jobs and 25 permanent Operational & Maintenance jobs. 

The Wood Mackenzie study assumes 4,200 MW a year of new offshore wind will be constructed between 2025 and 2030, about five times the Skipjack 2 project. Table 1 below compares the Wood Mackenzie study job estimates to a number based on the Skipjack project.

 

Table 1: US Job Forecast Comparison

 

 

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(Table source: Author’s own calculations using data from 2020 Wood Mackenzie study and 2021 Maryland Public Service Commission evaluation.)

There are limited plans to build the turbines in the US, which accounts for 56% of the forecasted jobs. Induced jobs are indirect jobs created by the wages spent by direct employees and change as payroll estimates change. 

The Wood Mackenzie study assumes that over half the new projects would be off the Carolinas. However, any new project needs massive state subsidies, and neither North Carolina nor South Carolina has such legislated mandated subsidies.

Money spent on higher utility bills reduces spending on everything else, like going to a restaurant or the movies.

The Skipjack project premiums[ii] will be passed onto electric customers and may average $125/MWh for the 3.3 million MWh of wind energy produced each year, or about $410 million a year. That extrapolates to $2.05 billion a year for the 4,200 MW construction the study expects. A job may be lost for every $80,000[iii] spent on higher electric bills, so up to 25,600 jobs may be lost.

Wood Mackenzie is generally reliable, but this study misses by a country mile and is misleading elected officials and the public.

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[i] Maryland Public Service Commission Docket 9666, item 33, ICF International “Evaluation and Comparison of Marwin II and Skipjack Wind proposed offshore wind project applications” Exhibits 56 and 59.

[ii] ORECs represent the premium price paid for the Skipjack offshore wind power. Ørsted has reported on an OREC cost of $71.61/MWh, but this is in 2012 and is subject to a 3% a year increase for twenty years once the project starts, Ørsted media announcement.

[iii] The Balance, “Do Tax cuts create jobs” payroll tax data shows a job gained for each $76,923 in tax cuts ($1,000,000 =13 jobs); Beacon Hill Institute, “The proposed Massachusetts carbon tax; a high-cost low benefit policy” Table 4 shows investment would fall $925 million and reduce jobs by 11,090 = $83,408 jobs.

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