More of the same in the Wilmington area: Shootings; lay-offs
Well, I was gone just a few days and I see the main narrative for the Wilmington area didn't change very much:
Multiple shootings in the city; and with regard to jobs, whack-a-mole for the Markell Administration: Even as it trumpets the retention or creation of jobs, hundreds of jobs lost as Evraz announces a suspension of operations at its Claymont steel plant. One more blow for Delaware's manufacturing sector. Apart from the foreign competition, one more factor is worker productivity: Fewer workers needed. Just north of the state line, the Sunoco refinery in Marcus Hook pulled the plug on ordinary refining a couple of years ago; a fraction of the previous work force deals with natural gas liquids.
The steel mill's shutdown will have a multiplier effect, as Claymont businesses lose regular customers.
Meanwhile, on the national stage - with regard to the partial government shutdown and looming debt-ceiling deadline - looks like we're poised (again) for kicking the can down the road. But even if Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate can manage a deal, it remains to be seen if any such deal will clear the U.S. House of Representatives.
Posted at 6:46am on October 15, 2013 by Allan Loudell
The House will support the Senate agreement. The TEA party will crow, rent their clothes and gnash their teeth, but House Republicans have the votes to pass it.
Republicans not in Tea Party Districts desperately need this issue to go away. They prefer to risk a primary challenger they can point to as being absolutely crazy, maniacal, and stupid, than be pointed by their constituents as being the ones who were crazy, maniacal, and stupid...
Boehner has the votes.
Tue, Oct 15, 2013 8:44am
Best line read so far this morning... is Mitch gets Christmas in October.
Because Boehner actually makes McConnell look reasonable...
Tue, Oct 15, 2013 8:51am
Just a hat's off to yesterday's noon reporting by Peter McArthur...
Getting the expert on the U.S. Steel industry was brilliant. It pretty much squelched political bickering by sucking all the air out from blaming Governor Markell for Evraz's problems. I know it did for me.
Instead, it gave us a fascinating report on the U.S. Steel industry, making it pretty obvious to all why it's closing. Even Markell - who didn't hear the piece - seemed to have ideas a little misplaced because the audience had far more facts than he did. That was excellent reporting.
I was impressed. That's saying something right there.
Tue, Oct 15, 2013 9:06am
As for the shootings. There comes a time when it becomes obvious what you are doing isn't working.
This weekend's shootings represent that moment.
There is a line in one of America's greatest films. A classic made in the middle of WWII...
"Round up the usual suspects...."
It is time this major means to disrupt all those potential shooters be enacted. Simply round up people and hold them. Process them; allow them to get out, only if they give you information... "Do you know anyone who has an illegal gun? Tell us and we will let you go." "Do you know anyone who has shot anyone? Tell us and we will let you go." Do you know anyone who is selling heroin? Tell us and we will let you go... "
Armed with that information, go out and round up the usual suspects. Even if 99% are innocent, you've disrupted the 1% who would have killed someone that night....
The ACLU will jump on it as the ACLU should .. Because it is illegal, according to the 4th Amendment, to follow this policy, and it must, as with all illegal things, come to a trial.
But that takes at least 5 years, and by that time, no drug dealer will dare loiter on any street corner for fear of being picked up... Streets will be safe for children to play on and again; the old folks can sit on their porches and kid each other about the Eagles, Phillies, or Seventy-Sixers.... versus their rivals...
When it comes to the trial in 5 years, all the good it caused to the City of Wilmington, will result in a polite slap on the wrist....
The legal defense team of the city, can call upon "the kavips principle" which states: A society has the right to make itself well, by any measures it, itself, deems necessary.
Tue, Oct 15, 2013 9:04pm
Tue, Oct 15, 2013 9:09pm
Hey Kavips: The crows at the TEA party (aka "we the people") are going to defeat your president and all his nazis and communists in the so-called Democratic party in 2014 and 2016.
Hey Billsmith: Wanna weigh in on THAT comment?
Tue, Oct 15, 2013 10:21pm
Oh, I just remembered. I need to be fair to the Democrats. We also plan to defeat the nazis and communists in the Republican establishment as well, and believe me, they are legion.
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