It’s time for young conservatives to have a true voice in the Statehouse, town halls and the media across the great state of Delaware.
It’s no secret that Delaware is currently a blue state, and has become increasingly blue since the early 1990s. During that time, government spending increased from less than $3 billion annually to nearly $12 billion today. That’s a 400 percent increase.
If you adjust these numbers for inflation, that means spending increased by over 100 percent. Meanwhile, Delaware’s population increased by just 42 percent. As you are well aware, the average salary of a worker in Delaware has not doubled in real dollars since 1990. In fact, it has actually decreased. Why is there such a large discrepancy in government spending versus real income earned?
For the past quarter century, Delaware’s story has been one of growth in government, without parallel growth in incomes or population. We believe most Delawareans would agree with us that the quality of education, infrastructure and other public services are not twice the quality of what they were in 1990. In fact, many people would suggest that the quality has diminished since then, despite government taxing more and spending twice as much money.
In the public sector, we see headlines daily about tax increases and service cuts. In the private sector, it is becoming common to hear of companies closing, leaving the state, or downsizing. It appears the only certainty these days is that government leaders will continue to strive to maintain the status quo of increased government, while levying higher taxes and providing worse services.
That’s why we founded Revitalize Delaware, a political movement aimed at giving a voice to the ideals of limited government and fiscal responsibility.
Contrary to what our Democrat friends say about us Republicans, we are not opposed to government. We are simply opposed to bloated, unaccountable government – and we especially don’t like it when the people running the state into the ground continue to say they need more money from hardworking taxpayers. Every dollar the government spends is a dollar someone in the workforce earned. Our government must treat each of those dollars with as much respect as they should give the individual who earned it. We believe the values of limited, honest and responsible government are missing among many of the men and women leading our state today. Instead of a government striving to do more with less, we see a government achieving less with more.
It is for these reasons – and many others – that we will no longer remain silent. As young people living and raising families in the state, we see that our officials have set us on a destructive path. Every year we see lawmakers pass budgets that run hundreds of millions of dollars in deficits. Continuing to spend beyond our means doesn’t just hurt this generation – it leaves a legacy of debts and burdens for our children. The shortsighted and irresponsible focus of our government will continue to create long term problems that will need to be cleaned up and paid for by our generation. But instead of doing the hard work of true budgeting, lawmakers continue to kick the can down the road on the reforms this state needs. This short-term focus on filling the new budget hole every year is sapping the attention of our leaders and depriving us of the solutions we need to meet the unexpected challenges of the 21st century.
Through all of this, we have noticed the lack of a strong conservative voice in the media and in public debate. This lack of intellectual diversity hurts our ability to analyze the problems we face. Increasingly Americans know only about Democrats or Republicans through the caricatures each side presents of the other online.
Delaware is a land of incredible history, beauty, and accomplishment. From being the first state to ratify the federal constitution, to building the world’s hub of chemical and industrial innovation, to developing and sustaining the world’s premier court system and corporate law, Delaware has been a powerful presence nationally and globally. In recent years, however, Delaware has lost this historical edge.
It’s time to bring it back. Revitalize Delaware’s mission is to identify, educate, and mobilize young Delawareans committed to improving the present and future in the First State. We plan to do this by communicating and promoting policies in Delaware based on the principles of limited government, individual liberty, and political accountability.
We look forward to opening up the debate.
Revitalize Delaware is a young Republican movement that welcomes Conservative, Libertarian, and Independent ideas. Learn more at www.revitalizedelaware.com