Delaware Delaware Government General Assembly

The Lie of Shared Sacrifice

We already know that there was a deal cut in the House (do we know about the Senate yet?) to get the Corporate Tax increase proposed by Governor Carney that was passed in return for eliminating the Estate Tax.

While the whole “Shared Sacrifice” messaging was trite and weak to begin with, today we understand quite completely that it is a lie.

There’s no Shared Sacrifice in creating a deficit for a giveaway to wealthy Delawareans. This giveaway was passed in a week where teachers are getting pink slips.  So teachers, students and their parents are sacrificing, but wealthy people get to benefit from the sacrifice of these teachers, students and parents.

And don’t even get me started on the moral bankruptcy of imposing Shared Sacrifice on kids.  Undermining our future just so you can make sure that wealthy people are not mean to you is unconscionable.  It also doesn’t sync up with the need to attract employers here.  Our kids need a solid foundation and skills to be able to provide the kind of workforce that might attract the employers the Governor and the Chamber keep talking about.  Too bad that neither of them see a genuine investment in education as the pathway to that kind of employment.  People will move to places where their kids can get a great education. Instead, we ask our kids to sacrifice for a thing they didn’t cause and that they have no say in fixing.  But we will give back money to wealthy people — because the middle class and working class people who need their kids to get a solid education are just not going to be a priority.

Shared Sacrifice also prioritizes Department of Corrections funding.  Certainly, the DoC has been shortchanged for more years than we know  — adequate staff, staff salaries, staff training,  staff equipment, prisoner support programs, facilities maintenance — have all been underfunded for years and we saw the consequences of that this winter.  This needs to be addressed and fixed for the long term.  But let’s not forget that we have a Government that is ramping down its investment in schools — the place we most need to work so that the DoC doesn’t have as much to do.  These are not great optics, Democrats.

After yesterday’s vote, what we know for certain is that there are some of us who are going to be asked for more sacrifice than others.  And while I understand the deal making that you have to do to get to a desired outcome,  we cannot forget that Democrats collaborated specifically on the GOP agenda of helping wealthy people get wealthier — an agenda that doesn’t help a single working-class or middle-class person.  An agenda that doesn’t help get our kids a world class education.

You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas. -- Shirley Chisolm

6 comments on “The Lie of Shared Sacrifice

  1. pikecreekgirl808

    DOC isn’t the only place where understaffing, salaries and worker-safety are a concern in state government. And while we should do everything and anything we can to fix DOC, it is short-sighted to think that DOC is the only place where the safety of a state employee and/or clients/patients/inmate are at risk.

    The state needs to stop the narrative of “if it costs money to fix we can’t do it.”

  2. Cutting education funding means I don’t want to hear one more word about crime or attracting business. Cutting education funding means you aren’t serious about crime or attracting businesses.

    • pikecreekgirl808

      The one thing the struck me about Ramone’s comments yesterday is that by eliminating this estate tax people will move to Delaware. As if the only reason they were moving out was because of an estate tax… not because of our education system, crime, lack of job opportunities or any number of other factors. Nope, just this tax.

  3. I’ve lived in Delaware for 43 years, pretty sure the Republicans were already playing the “millionaires will leave!!!” game even back then. As noted it’s not like the state is a magnet for the rich and damned if I care if they leave, this is yet another payoff courtesy of “our” politicians.

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