The governor is proposing pulling out of the voluntary RGGI program, which is a voluntary state cap-and-trade program.
Good riddance. The program is quickly becoming a cess pool of political corruption (surprise!), meanwhile our state has seen New Jersey companies pick up and leave because of higher energy costs due to the program, among other concerns.
Wasn’t cap-and-trade supposed to be good for businesses?
With a few exceptions (ahem…Hermancain…ahem), that seems to be the battle cry for the current selection of candidates for the GOP nomination for President in 2012. Yeah, Pawlenty will run. Yeah, Romney will run. But they themselves really don’t seem to care about beating President Gutsy Call, let alone stoking any enthusiasm from grassroots conservatives.
The media seems to love
John McCain Mitch Daniels as the “sensible” GOP candidate , but it’s always worth mentioning that the MSM never has the country’s best interest at heart–they just want Democrats elected. Preferably those of the liberal sort.
From a conservative viewpoint, I can’t help but notice that it surely is a sorry bunch of candidates to pick from. When Newt Gingrich—Newt Gingrich!—is throwing his hat into the ring, you just know that agita is coming.
But the clock is, indeed, ticking, and it’s time to see who’s serious and, more importantly, who has the cajones to get in Obama’s face and point out his abysmal record and reclaim the White House for the Republican party. Get in his face. It’s the Obama way.
Stacy McCain has about as real a rallying cry as ther is right now, and he’s absolutely right:
I’ve heard all the objections, and I don’t care. I’m tired of people hesitating, waiting around for Chris Christie or Mitch Daniels or whoever their GOP “Dream Date” may be. Team Obama is talking about raising $1 billion — that’s $1,000,000,000.oo — to re-elect this disastrous president. We can’t sit around waiting and hoping. It’s time to get busy.
Amen. To that I would add that America hasn’t seen anything yet. You think a first-term Obama is bad? Imagine if he wins a second term, and doesn’t have to run for election anymore. All bets would be off. At that point, it would be balls to the wall liberalism, statism on steroids.
And when I talk about being a serious candidate, I mean knowing your stuff and bringing it. Mitch Daniels appears to be basking in the media adoration surrounding him right now, but telling the rank and file Republican voter that you’re not ready to debate Obama on foreign policy, of all topics, is not exactly awe-inspiring.
Barack Obama is beatable in 2012. Very beatable. But the Republicans can’t beat him unless they want to. Plain and simple.
The NJEA outspent every other special interest group in the state last year, and it wasn’t even close:
The state’s largest teachers union last year spent $6.6 million on an ad campaign targeting Gov. Chris Christie’s cuts to education, according to a report issued by the Election Law Enforcement Commission this morning.
The New Jersey Education Association blanketed the airwaves last year as it warred with Christie, and spent a total of almost $6.9 million on lobbying across the board, making it far and away the special interest group that spent the most to win over the public and elected officials. [...]
The report also showed that Reform Jersey Now — an issue advocacy group tied to Christie’s closest advisers — spent $403,000 on communications in 2010. The group, which disbanded in December, raised a total of $624,000 from private donors, including ones with hundreds of millions of dollars worth of contracts with the state.
The pro-charter school group Excellent Education For Everyone was the second highest spender on communications behind the NJEA, shelling out $458,928.
The NJEA is a union with considerable financial muscle to be sure. That’s what happens when you have a license to steal from fellow taxpayers.
The Wisconsin State Assembly voted on and passed Governor Walker’s budget bill early this morning. This is what happened after the vote was tallied:
Democrats erupted after the vote, throwing papers and what appeared to be a drink in the air. They denounced the move to cut off debate, questioning for the second time in the night whether the proper procedure had been followed.
“Shame! Shame! Shame!” Democrats shouted in the faces of Republicans as the GOP lawmakers quietly filed off the floor and a police officer stood between opposing lawmakers.
“Cowards all! You’re all cowards,” yelled Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-Madison) as another Democrat tried to calm him down.
Here’s the video:
This is how the Democrats and their union overlords roll–intimidation, heated rhetoric, etc. We’ve seen it play out all week long. And they’ve taken it to the statehouse.
To the extent that the left now considers the Koch brothers the face of their opposition, they should be wary as the Kochs won’t be intimidated by the amateurish actions of the unions and their protesters. No, the Kochs aren’t backing down:
“With the Left trying to intimidate the Koch brothers to back off of their support for freedom and signaling to others that this is what happens if you oppose the administration and its allies, we have no choice but to continue to fight,” says Richard Fink, the executive vice president of Koch Industries. “We will not step back at all. We firmly believe that economic freedom has benefited the overwhelming majority of society, including workers, who earn higher wages when you have open and free markets. [...]
“This is part of an orchestrated campaign that has been going on for many months. It involves the Obama administration, the Center for American Progress, aligned left-wing groups, and their friends in the media.
Here’s the deal. The union bosses are thugs, plain and simple. But they can be simple-minded. They’re used to getting their way and will throw a tantrum when they feel opposition.
Here in New Jersey, for example, the NJEA have had their way with Trenton for years until Governor Christie was elected. They were used to demanding previous governors to jump and the governor would happily oblige. When Governor Christie pushed back–and hard–the unions immediately started with the demonstrations, the in-your-face tactics, etc.–the typical nonsense. They’re used to getting their way. They’re spoiled.
So far Governor Walker is standing his ground and I would like to think that once the State Senate takes up the legislation, that Wisconsin’s Republicans stand firm. It’s the only way to reverse the unions’ ruinous cycle of fiscal destruction.
Anything to get a day off from work. Paid for by New Jersey taxpayers of course:
The largest state employee unions are organizing a rally at the Statehouse on Friday to express support for workers rallying in Wisconsin.
The Communications Workers of America, which represents most of the state’s employees, will participate in the rally at noon, and National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will address the crowd. The rally is organized by the AFL-CIO and supported by the Change to Win unions and the National Education Association.
“We are all Wisconsin public workers this week,” Hetty Rosenstein, CWA state director, said in a statement. “They’re trying to blame middle class workers for the financial mess that Wall Street caused. It’s more politics as usual and we’re ready to fight back.”
It’s all for the kids, I’m sure, but I wonder how much this will cost taxpayers?
I’m reminded by Jim Geraghty that yesterday was the two-year anniversary of the stimulus package–the $800 billion Keynesian boondoggle merely added to the deficit with no substantial gain. The NRSC has put together a commemorative video that should remind us all of the outright waste of taxpayer money:
It’s ironic really. A big portion of the stimulus went to plug the holes of states budgets, so that they could paper over their individual deficits. Despite warnings from conservative circles, those measures only acted as a band-aid, kicking the can to…2011. Now we have union protests in Wisconsin led by law-breaking teachers and their union, Democrat politicians literally running for their political lives out of state to avoid the reckoning. Now those protests are spreading to Ohio and possibly Indiana.
And let’s not forget what Chris Christie has been doing here in the Garden State in addressing the public union parasites straight on for the past year or so.
Yeah. Happy Anniversary, Stimulus.
sex traffickers be damned here in New Jersey:
Following the release of a video that has received nationwide attention showing Planned Parenthood staff at a New Jersey abortion center helping alleged sexual traffickers cover up their crimes with abortions and STD testing, Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a bill funding Planned Parenthood.
A new undercover video shows Planned Parenthood officials in New Jersey telling a pimp and his prostitute assistant how they can get abortions for young teenage girls who, Planned Parenthood officials are informed, are Asians in the country illegally and forced into the sex trade. The staffer was later fired for her actions.
The Perth Amboy abortion center where the video is filmed is the second-largest Planned Parenthood center operated by Planned Parenthood of Central New Jersey and the abortion business plans to double its number of abortion centers in the state.
Leftists hold Planned Parenthood in high esteem, arguing that they provide “a service” for women and their “reproductive rights”. But in reality, the organization is nothing but a taxpayer-sanctioned abortion factory. And in light of recent developments, it’s a truly reprehensible outfit which, in a perfect world, should be immediately shut down–put out of its pathetic misery, a la ACORN.
[Hat Tip: Ace]
You can add the Land of Lincoln to the list of states that are in dire straits:
Illinois lawmakers will try this week to accomplish in a few days what they have been unable to do in the past two years — resolve the state’s worst financial crisis.
The legislative session that began today as the House convened will take aim at a budget deficit of at least $13 billion, including a backlog of more than $6 billion in unpaid bills and almost $4 billion in missed payments to underfunded state pensions.
The fiscal mess is largely of the lawmakers’ own making, and failure to address the shortages threatens public schools, local governments and other public services, said Dan Hynes, the state’s outgoing comptroller.
“We’ve reached a very critical and concerning point,” Hynes said in an interview in his Chicago office, with packing boxes stacked in the corner. “What’s missing right now is a general understanding by the public of where we are, of how bad it is, and what the fallout would be if we don’t deal with it properly.”
Bill Gross, who runs the world’s biggest bond fund at Pacific Investment Management Co. in Newport Beach, California, said Illinois was one of the states whose debt he would avoid.
“Illinois is probably in the worst shape,” Gross said in a Dec. 28 interview on CNBC.
The widening gap between Illinois’s expenses and revenue drew criticism from Moody’s. The disparity underscored the state’s “chronic unwillingness to confront a long-term, structural budget deficit,” it said in a Dec. 29 study.
Here in New Jersey, Governor Christie has spent the better part of a year tackling our fiscal problems head on, and not by skirting around the edges of the problem, but engaging them head on. For that he has
ticked off the right people drawn the ire of the national media, left-leaning bloggers and pundits, and quite frankly, people who don’t know any better.
He has directly and intentionally taken on the public-sector unions that at this point are nothing more than parasites on the financial well-being of our state. And even then, it might not be enough to turn us around from the mess that 12+ years of Democratic “fiscal” policy have left the Garden State.
Looks like Illinois needs their own Chris Christie. And from the looks of things, I won’t hold my breath.
Governor Christie, with help from the Boston Pops, reads ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.
WP doesn’t allow embedding of this video format, so click-through the link and enjoy.
Governor Christie has announced that 1,200 public jobs will be trimmed from the state payroll before the end of the year.
More importantly, the Christie administration is making the case for businesses and private sector growth in the state, something that has been trailing off over the last decade or so:
Christie cited a new report out by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, which predicted New Jersey’s economy will grow by more than 4 percent in the next six months, a projection based on increased building permits and a drop in new unemployment claims.
Christie said reduced government expenses have prompted businesses to begin thinking about expanding again in New Jersey, and that will grow the state’s economy.
The governor also noted that many municipalities are struggling to put together budgets for the next year, and he said reducing public employee costs were a key to controlling property taxes and helping the private sector.
Restraining the cost of salaries, restraining the cost of benefits, is one way of doing that; layoffs are another way,” Christie said. “Government is too big in New Jersey. You’ve seen that in the time we’ve been in office, a 4.6 percent reduction in government jobs, and there may have to be more.”
Part of the reason that liberals and Democrats across the country loathe Governor Christie is because he’s not waiting around, genuflecting before President Obama, begging the Federal government for some lame stimulus package. He’s being proactive about the problems that are facing us here in New Jersey, and makes no apologies for that.
Suffice it to say that the actions he’s taking would never have happened under the Corzine regime.