We are asking all to sacrifice. Many out there lost jobs and have no choice but to sacrifice. And we have a company that will not take a 2% reduction in the payment of medicaid benefits?
Well, FUCK THEM. FUCK THEM WHERE IT HURTS. They are getting 0 dollars of my money, and my money is going directly to their competitor…
Any legislator who dares walk in to a Happy Harry’s had better pray no one inside has a camera phone. Because their picture will be posted on this site for eternity.
Any political officials who dare do the same, had better think twice before venturing through those doors. We cannot afford to let some spineless or forgetful official represent our constituent’s interests.
I am calling on Jack Markell and Matt Denn to step up to the plate and issue a directive that NO STATE BUSINESS will be conducted through any Happy Harry’s establishment. All of that must now go to Rite Aid.
I’m calling upon John Kowalko and House Speaker Gilligan to demand that no business and request that no citizen of this great state, the first state of this nation to ratify the Constitution that made this awesome nation possible, walk through those doors.
I’m calling upon hero Karen Peterson, to demand that Walgreens rescind their order or that punitive legislation directed solely towards that one company, will be passed by both houses before this July 1st deadline…
With all due respect: I call bullshit.
For some rationality, quoth Liberalgeek:
I just want to see real cuts from the places where there is this mythical waste and fraud. I sat in a meeting with Jack and 150 others at one of his soften-the-blow meetings. One of the things that he stated was that he wanted to make smart cuts. precision cuts in areas that would have little or no impact. Perhaps I am conflating this with waste and fraud but it seems to fit.
All I have seen is regressive cuts.
8% from ALL state employees
2% in healthcare from State employees
Cuts in Medicaid payments
Freezing of ladder raises (esp teachers)
And yet we see no movement on reversing any of these in lieu of a cut of a redundant office or overstaffed fiefdom. I get the whole “partial year budget” problem that Markell faces as a new Gov. But I want to see movement on these things. All I am seeing is a continuation of a crappy Minner habit.
Here's what Governor Markell has done to the State of Delaware:
1) He has successfully (in PR terms) argued that he didn't have enough time or sufficient detailed knowledge of the State budget to make the smart, targeted budget cuts that he wrote a f**king book about, even though he was State Treasurer for eight damn years. Yeah, and I bet he didn't know that chemical plans in Delaware pollute the f**king ground water, either.
2) He has proposed and vigorously defended across-the-board salary and benefits cuts that will drive a significant portion of State employees (remember that the State government is Delaware's largest employer) onto State assistance, because pretty much the entire lower quartile of State employees will now qualify for food stamps. Gee, Jack, wonder what this will do to next year's tax revenues.
3) When some legislators balked at sports betting, he threatened to make even deeper pay cuts for State employees if they didn't pass it; he also turned around and burned the unions that got him elected despite the wishes of the Democratic Party machinery.
4) By declaring every employee essential (albeit at reduced rates), he has point-blank refused to examine the State government for unnecessary positions.
5) Now, when he presents private businesses with a take it or leave it reimbursement change, he has turned loose the full propaganda machine of the State to demonize them for (a) attempting to bargain with the State exactly as--guess who?--Al Levin has always managed to do; and (b) accused Walgreens of screwing the poorest citizens of the State for refusing to accept a reimbursement schedule that may cause the company to lose money every time it fills a brand-name prescription.
Notice the neat bait-and-switch here: it's now not the State government (which unilaterally controls the reimbursements) nor the pharmaceutical companies (who we have been told for the longest time are fixing the prices) at fault, but the retailer who has to sell to the one after buying from the other who is suddenly the bad guy.
No, Walgreens is not a perfect company; it has been nailed in other States for sailing as close to the wind as possible--even shading over. But what do you expect, when States can arbitrarily changes reimbursement rates?
This whole idea of a boycott is, I would guess, exactly what the Markell administration is looking for in order to shift attention away from the abyssmal job it has done mismanaging the budget crisis.
Notice, please, that the timing is not accidental. The State has forced this issue three weeks ahead of the deadline for the General Assembly delivering a budget, as a massive distraction tactic.
And look at all the people falling for it.
Great work, Jack.
You've learned the lesson of modern Democratic politics well: when you got nothing, demonize the folks who don't agree with you.