Minimum Wage, Maximum Unemployment: A Horror Story

This coming Tuesday, Nov. 5th, New Jersey voters will be asked to alter their state constitution to automatically raise the minimum wage every year.  The Minimum Wage amendment would be very similar to the federal COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) requirements.  COLA was eventually abandoned because everyone got a raise, whether they deserved one or not, costing businesses millions in increased wages and decreased productivity.

Most studies find that, when the minimum wage goes up, employment goes down. A higher minimum wage prices many unskilled and inexperienced workers out of the job market. Researchers estimate that the recent increase in the federal minimum wage eliminated the jobs of 300,000 youth.

Raising the minimum wage reduces the availability of entry-level jobs. Until they gain basic employability skills, however, workers cannot climb higher. Researchers compared workers who were teenagers in states that raised their minimum wage to those in states that did not. A decade later these workers earned slightly less. Higher minimum wages saw off the bottom rung of many workers’ career ladders.

Unsurprisingly, the minimum wage does not reduce poverty. Study after study has examined poverty rates and minimum wages. Raising the minimum wage does nothing-nothing-to reduce the poverty rate. Like putting leeches on an asthmatic, it simply does not work.

Advocates of minimum wage laws seem to think that the government can raise the price of labor without reducing the amount of labor that will be hired.

When you turn from economic principles to hard facts, the case against minimum wage laws is even stronger. Countries with minimum wage laws almost invariably have higher rates of unemployment than countries without minimum wage laws.

In his post, “Minimum Wage:  Another Example of Good Intentions Gone Wrong,” blogger and columnist James Sherk likens raising the minimum wage to the medieval practice of treating patients with leeches. 

“Their intentions were good,” Sherk writes. “They believed bloodletting removed poisons from the body. Unfortunately, the treatment actually made their patients worse. The same holds true for many modern economic remedies, like the minimum wage.

“People of good will want to help low-income workers earn more. So why not just require employers to pay them more? This would give them more money which, when spent, would boost demand. What’s not to like?

“Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. The real minimum wage is $0; employers do not have to hire additional workers. No small business owner will pay $7.25 an hour to a worker whose efforts raise profits by just $5 an hour. At least, no small business owner that wants to stay in business.

“This can hurt these workers for years. The primary value of minimum wage jobs are the on-the-job training they provide. A minimum wage job teaches inexperienced workers valuable skills: the disciplines of going to work each day, taking directions from a supervisor, interacting with customers and co-workers.

“As workers gain these skills they become more productive and earn raises. Two-thirds of minimum wage workers get a raise within one year. Minimum wage positions provide the on-the-job-training and experience necessary to get ahead.

“Raising the minimum wage reduces the availability of entry-level jobs. Until they gain basic employability skills, however, workers cannot climb higher. Researchers compared workers who were teenagers in states that raised their minimum wage to those in states that did not. A decade later these workers earned slightly less. Higher minimum wages saw off the bottom rung of many workers’ career ladders.

“Unsurprisingly, the minimum wage does not reduce poverty. Study after study has examined poverty rates and minimum wages. Raising the minimum wage does nothing—nothing—to reduce the poverty rate. Like putting leeches on an asthmatic, it simply does not work.

“The evidence does not show raising the minimum wage significantly increases poverty rates either. But that is primarily because it directly covers so few workers. If Congress raised the minimum wage to $30 an hour it would cost millions of jobs.

“This effectively happened to American Samoa. When Congress last raised the federal minimum wage, it extended the provision to cover this territory. But American Samoa has a much lower cost of living than the continental U.S. and a much lower wage scale. The new, higher minimum covered virtually all the workers in the islands’ tuna canning industry. The result? Mass layoffs and sharply higher unemployment.

“Unlike bloodletting, raising the minimum wage feels good. But good intentions do not prevent he minimum wage from hurting the workers it is meant to help.”

Combine the leech-like treatment of regularly raising the minimum wage with the ravages of Obamacare, causing many small businesses to lay off workers and reduce hours to part-time (29 hours), you’ve got an economic disaster in a state that’s already seen too many disasters.

We’re the second-highest taxed state in the nation.  We’re one of the worst states in which to do business.  Companies are fleeing New Jersey as if it has the plague.  Blighted cities pock-mark the state.

Even supporters of the minimum wage, both Democrats and Republicans – agree that automatic wage hikes have no place in our constitution.  The constitution is intended to serve the public good.  Yet, this irresponsible political ploy directly affects no more than 2.5 percent of the population of New Jersey.

At risk are job opportunities for the state’s least-skilled workers, as well as the livelihood of small business owners, already struggling to rebuild after the Great Recession and Hurricane Sandy.

Automatic wage increases mean that small business’ labor costs will be forced higher regardless of the state of the economy, leading to a precipitous drop in New Jersey’s already forlorn competitiveness.

This amendment will lead to a significant job loss.  According to a recent economic study, an estimated 31,000 jobs would be lost over the next decade.

Nancy Pelosi opined about how people would be able to “follow their passions” with the end of the 40-hour work week.  Being paid more for fewer hours sounds like the Workers’ Paradise of Communism.  But it’s a fool’s paradise.

On this Halloween, think of the combination of part-time work and minimum wage increase as Dracula’s coffin.  From cradle to grave, you’ll be nailed into that coffin, with our Draculonian government sitting on top of it to make sure you don’t get out, laughing as they count their riches and wipe our blood, sweat and tears from their mouths.

On Nov. 5th, New Jersey, vote NO! on Proposition 2.

 

Published in: on October 31, 2013 at 8:51 am  Comments (3)  

Cancelled Insurance Plans: Trick, No Treat

Obama is shocked – shocked!! – to learn that businesses are dumping their employees’ insurance plans.  Some companies are doing more than just dumping their employee’s insurance plans – they’re dumping their employees altogether.  The employees that are left are put on a part-time basis.

I have a small, inexpensive individual insurance plan that I got through the Internet.  Never received any paper work or proof that I was insured.  But it was better than nothing at all so I let it go until the money ran out in the bank account for which they insisted I supply the number.  From now, if I don’t get a bill in the mail, it isn’t happening.

Everyone knows that this was Obama’s intention all along, the government running the single-payer exchanges through the states – for those of you who are still mystified by the Affordable Care Act, the government is the single-payer.

Obama never intended for us to choose our own insurance plans, make them affordable, or help sick people.  Obamacare was all about surgically extract money from the young, brainless idiots who voted for him and giving it to other idiots who vote for him.

He campaigned for Obamacare on the notion that the insurance companies were taking advantage of the consumers.  Actually, that was the bureaucratic government wearing the mask of private insurance companies.  Like the taxpayers of Detroit, the real health insurers got out of the business years ago when the state insurance departments began heaping on the regulations, costing the health insurance industry millions.

Medical care fraud was, and still is, costing insurance companies millions.  Don’t forget that auto insurance companies must pay bodily injury claims.  In Brooklyn, N.Y., there’s a whole cottage industry devoted to medical care fraud.  Phony or corrupt doctors.  Store-front clinics that process the paperwork and collect the money.

The Moderate Republicans were right about the public learning what a disaster Obamacare would be once it came into play.  Taxpayers shelled out some $400,000 to Michelle Obama’s crony to set up an Affordable Care website that doesn’t work.  Nor has it attracted many customers beyond those who need health insurance.  The healthy have stayed away from the website like it had the plague.

Another shocker has revealed that premiums under Obamacare go up, not down.  So much for Affordable Health Care.  ACA is simply another manifestation of redistributing the wealth.

‘You’ll be able to keep your doctor,’ Obama promised.  What he didn’t tell you was that your doctor may not want to keep you, especially if you’re an older person on Medicare.  Older people are terrified that Medicare is going to be pulled out from under them, leaving them with no way to deal with the astronomical costs of the serious illnesses and surgeries that nearly always accompany old age.

Older people have been paying into Medicare all their working lives and have a right to expect a return on their investment.  Only the money isn’t there; it’s been mismanaged and politically maneuvered to buy votes from minorities and illegal aliens.  Obamacare is rather like the old Charlie Brown television film, “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!”  The kids are all costumed up, ring the doorbell, and get their candy.  They look in their bags to see what they’ve received.  Everyone gets candy except Charlie Brown, who gets a rock.

That’s what hard-working Americans are going to get from Obamacare.  The young and healthy working taxpayers will get outrageous premiums; the retirees who’ve contributed to Medicare all their working lives (at least since it was instituted in the mid-1960s) will have their coverage dropped.  It’s already a fact that patients over 75 will not receive care for terminal diseases.

To the heartless bureaucrat, it makes sense.  To the patients and their families, it’s the Charlie Brown rock.

Published in: on October 30, 2013 at 9:34 am  Comments (1)  

Hurricane Sandy and the Political Microcosm of New Jersey

Today is the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy (dubbed “Superstorm” Sandy for some bureaucratic reason beyond the ken of mere mortals), when the storm took an unusual left turn, just as the country did a week later, re-electing Barack Obama as President of the United States), and engulfed the state of New Jersey.

 

The original forecast was for the storm to hit Atlantic City and then head into Pennsylvania.  Instead, it traveled farther north and wiped out Seaside Heights, a popular shore town with a boardwalk, amusement rides, and arcades.  The iconic image of Hurricane Sandy was the roller coaster on the Seaside Heights pier stranded and warped in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

 

The Jersey Shore took the main hit from the eye of the storm.  The rest of New Jersey suffered through flooding and wind damage that left trees and power lines down for up to 12 days.  Long Island experienced a similar fate.

 

Gov. Christie wisely canceled Halloween last year.  He promised the next Monday would be Halloween, but he hadn’t bargained on the number of trees that would be downed in the northwestern, woodland section of the states.  Roads were blocked off for weeks.  Power was out, which meant food rotted in the grocery stores, gas couldn’t be pumped, even if the gas tankers could get through the blocked roads, and residents had to rely on battery-powered radios to learn the news of the hardest-hit areas.

 

We felt bad for the Shore area residents.  But the truth is, we were all freezing.  Fortunately, most homeowners had gas heat.  For them, it was a matter of kick-starting their burners and keeping them powered.  My brother was able to do so with his huge, diesel truck.  Those of us with electric heat froze our toes off.  (See why I told you I didn’t want to move too far away from my Mom, J.D.  She has gas heat).

 

Eventually, Brother A was able to give Mom some power for lights, but not enough for the refrigerator.  I, on the other hand, had prepared and stocked my freezer as full of ice cubes as I possibly could.  I kept the food cold and then brought it to her house, where my brothers and I ate.  Brother B couldn’t even get to his house.  A huge tree blocked the main road.  When Brother A, a big, strong, muscular man, tried to use his chain saw to remove it, the police, in their infinite wisdom, chased him off.  However, he cut enough way for low-profile vehicles to get under.  Dangerous to be sure, but when you’re cold and desperate to get home, you’ll take that chance.

 

Cold, cold, cold.  It was so cold.  That is what I remember from Hurricane Sandy.  It was like the day my New York train, coming home from the city, broke down somewhere in the Meadowlands Tunnel in the middle of January on the coldest day of the year.  Fortunately, I wore a long, down coat.  But I thought my feet would freeze to the floor back then.  I hoped I’d never be that cold again.  That was in 1983, 30 years ago.

 

My electricity actually came back reasonably quickly after Sandy, relatively speaking (four days – four very long days of huddling up with my two cats so they wouldn’t freeze to death).  My mother’s house was one of the last to have electricity restored, due to a large tree that an insurance company wouldn’t allow to be removed from the scene so the power could be restored.

 

Cold, sitting in the dark, disconnected from our modern world, we had only one another to turn to.  The lucky people were those who had offices to go to that had emergency power.  Most didn’t, though.  Most businesses were shut down.  The stores were closed; those that were open were out of the essentials – milk, bread, batteries.  We felt terrible for those who were in an even worse state – residents who’d been in the eye of the storm.  We at least had shelter and Mom had heat.

 

My older neighbors were not so fortunate.  They had nowhere to go and no way to cook any hot meals.  The local pizzeria was open.  He had natural gas and soon people were going across to the shopping mall for some hot food.

 

The storm had taken such an unusual turn, we couldn’t help wondering if this was a message from God:  This is what you will face if the country takes a hard, left turn in the presidential elections next week.  Homes literally underwater were a metaphor for the homes financially under water across the country.  The lack of power was what would happen if we were to centralize our government, or regionalize our local towns in New Jersey.  Butler, N.J., had an independent power supply.  Restoring power was simply a matter of reconnecting a wire somewhere in Montville, someone said.  Butler and Bloomingdale had power restored within a day.  All except the houses on the northern end of Knolls Road who had to suffer for 12 days, thanks to the power of bureaucracy.

 

That’s one reason for not regionalizing.

 

As for Obamacare, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the rest, what good was the government during the Hurricane Sandy crisis?  The state’s main concern was – and had to be – the hardest hit area.  What would they have cared if my elderly, then-88 year old mother was freezing and becoming depressed sitting in the dark every night?  The government was no help to my mother.  It was my brothers who restored her natural gas power, something she couldn’t have done without them, and gave her at least some electricity so that she’d have light.  Obama didn’t do that.  Gov. Christie didn’t do that.  My brothers did.  That’s what family is for.

 

Obama will think nothing of cutting the elderly adrift in order to pay the medical bills, down to the last sniffle, for the illegal aliens he intends to grant citizenship to.  No doctors will take elderly, Medicare patients on the terms Obamacare provides.  Thanks to his Green Agenda, our electric power will be severely curtailed.  Ask any northern New Jerseyan or Long Islander, people who live in colder climates, what it’s like to be cold for nearly two weeks.

 

Ask those homeowners at the center of the storm what it’s like to be homeless, some up to a full year.  That may be your future.  The IRS and HUD are about to descend upon America like the furies of old, taxing people out of their homes and into condos like mine, with expensive electricity dependent upon a centralized grid.  When that power is taken away, and your feet feel like blocks of ice, you’ll understand.

 

There’s also the power of the economy.  When the power goes out, many businesses suffer.  The businesses on the Jersey Shore were wiped out.  They had months to get repairs underway for the beginning of the summer season on Memorial Day in May.  Yet, the money was slow to come.  The Jersey Shore waited and waited, all the while paying either mortgage or rent, and of course, property taxes on their business.  The Asbury Park boardwalk was ultimately abandoned.  Asbury Park is a blighted city and there were too many votes at stake among its minority population to “waste” on rebuilding a capitalist boardwalk.  Just ask Bruce Springsteen.

 

Atlantic City was not a victim of the hurricane storm, but of the economic storm.  The city and its island suburbs, where many of its workers live, are suffering from Obama’s War on the Capitalist Economy.  Towns like Brigantine and Longport were not greatly affected by the storm.  The houses were wiped out, but they may as well have been.  At least they would have qualified for aid from the government that ruined them.  The towns have been on a steep decline since the 2008 Economic Storm.

 

New York City took a big hit from the storm.  The city’s subway systems were flooded.  Trains and buses couldn’t get into the city from the farther suburbs because of all the downed trees and lack of power.  NJ Transit’s trains run on diesel, but the Long Island Railroad runs on electric and so does the PATH system, which meant Garden State workers had to drive into the city or take a bus.

 

The lesson from Hurricane Sandy was:  don’t depend on the government to help you.  They won’t help you.  They won’t even let you help each other; it’s actually against the law to provide food to your neighbors (I did it anyway, even if it was just a hot pizza for my neighbor who was lucky enough to have a job and had to go to work the next day).

 

America didn’t heed the moral lessons of Hurricane Sandy.  New Jersey itself didn’t heed the lessons, didn’t even see the analogy.  New Jerseyans re-elected Obama to the presidency and sent the mayor of Newark (of all cities) to the U.S. Senate, at least for a year.

 

Hurricane Sandy is what happens when you steer your country hard to port (to the Left), and drive it on a destructive course towards the catastrophic philosophies of Socialism and Communism.  We look nervously at the weather reports, in fear of another Hurricane Sandy (apparently Mother Nature decided she couldn’t out-do herself and took a vacation from churning out hurricanes).  We look nervously at the news reports and see an even worse political storm descending upon us, with even worse, irreparable damage to our entire country, not just New Jersey, in its wake.

 

Without even calling it up on the Internet, I can still see a picture of the Seaside Heights roller coaster sitting in the shoals, warped, tangled, ruined, a dark shadow of itself, a more fearful sight than the terror of riding it in its heyday.  The hulk is a nightmarish image, a shipwreck like the burnt S.S. Morro Castle in Asbury Park, sitting in the off-shore waters.

 

The wrecked roller coaster is America after Hurricane Obama.

 

 

 

 

Published in: on October 29, 2013 at 9:56 am  Comments (1)  

Help Out a Political Friend: Steve Lonegan

Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan really went to bat for suburban Conservatives here in the besieged state of New Jersey.  In a matter of months, he closed a 30-something point lead to ten points in his Special Election Senate race against Newark Mayor Cory Booker on Oct. 16th.  West Milford – you know all about Booker.  We all do.

Lonegan delivered the Conservative message to New Jersey and voters were starting listening.  Another few weeks and he might just have made it.

But he ran out of time and money.  The Republican Party in New Jersey refused to support him, while Booker was able to count on the Hollywood counter-culture to roll in the billions to get him elected.

Lonegan has been incredibly important to the Conservative movement, not just in his decision to run for Senate but in the organization he founded, Americans for Prosperity, which supplies the research and tactical analysis necessary for Conservatives to prevent America from succumbing to Socialism and Communism.

I hate to sound like one of those letters candidates send out, begging for donations, but he really needs our help.  Mitt Romney’s campaign workers sent out an e-mail (someone else who should have won his election, by the way) asking us to help Lonegan out.  This is Steve Lonegan’s e-mail:

“It’s been just over a week since the campaign has ended and bills keep coming in, but all the help I was supposed to get from conservatives and Republicans across the country hasn’t.

“Our campaign not only ran four points ahead of Mitt Romney’s showing in this state (Romney would have won if he had run four points better!), but we carried nine counties and all six congressional districts with Republicans.

It was a victory for our ideas, and a message that Republicans can take back our country if we stand up for what we believe.

I did, and now I’m facing a lot of bills that I thought we’d be able to pay, but I can’t. And I can’t because groups like the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee sat on their hands while you and I struggled to make this race competitive.

PLEASE HELP ME PAY THE CAMPAIGN BILLS NATIONAL REPUBLICAN AND CONSERVATIVE GROUPS WOULDN’T PAY WITH AN IMMEDIATE GIFT OF $25, $50, $100, $250 OR MORE NOW.

“Their absence sent a message to others to stay away. Groups like the Senate Conservatives Fund wouldn’t even acknowledge my candidacy, even while spending hundreds of thousands of dollars attacking Republican Senators who aren’t even running until 2016 or 2018.

“I put $100,000 of my own money into this campaign and I don’t expect to see any of that. Lorraine and I are not wealthy people, but I believe in the free market and individual liberty and how this is threatened by the policies of Barack Obama and Cory Booker.

“But I have at least another $68,000 in bills I have to pay, and I need your help, because the people who send you endless letters in the mail and endless emails asking for money did nothing.

YOUR IMMEDIATE FINANCIAL HELP WILL ALLOW ME TO PAY THESE BILLS AND GO BACK TO SPEAKING OUT AGAINST THE RADICAL OBAMA-BOOKER AGENDA. PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION OF $25, $50, $100, $250 OR MORE NOW SO I CAN PUT THIS BEHIND ME AND MOVE FORWARD.

“The National Republican Senatorial Committee, whose job it is to elect Republicans, actually sent out an email (go to the bottom to read it!) that asked people to send money to help MY campaign.

“But they kept every penny. And now I’m left holding the bag.

“Losing this election was painful for Lorraine and me. I want to be able to keep fighting for what you and I believe in, but I just can’t do it until I can pay these bills.

Please do what you can today by going to my website and making an immediate debt-retirement gift today.

“Thank you for your continued support! I appreciate all the help you can give towards paying the bills I had counted on others to help pay. I look forward to working with you in the future for the causes of liberty and freedom.

“Yours for Liberty,

Steve Lonegan

PS: Click here to contribute: https://loneganforsenate.com/secure-contribution.php

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Begin forwarded message:

—– Forwarded Message —–
From:
Brook Hougesen, Press Secretary – National Republican Senatorial Committee
Sent: Friday, September 27, 2013 11:27 AM
Subject: Strippers. Corruption. And Abandoned Homes.

“Friend,

“The Senate race in New Jersey is tightening. The race has shifted 7 points in our favor, over just the past few days. Newark Mayor Cory Booker is in the lead, but that lead is dropping — indicating momentum is shifting as we get closer to Election Day.

“As they learn more about his character, voters are realizing that Cory Booker isn’t fit to serve. First, the news broke that Booker got paid $689,000 from a law firm to which he then steered $2 million in city contracts. Then, he issued a new vacant property ordinance, which he continued to violate on his own property. Now, we’re learning that Booker is named in a lawsuit for allegedly failing to properly investigate fraud within his Administration as Mayor. Unfortunately, that’s only the beginning.

“Booker has been caught lying about a fictional friend named T-Bone and inflating stories about his past. Then, it was revealed that he was tweeting with strippers. The last thing we need in the Senate is another Anthony Weiner.

“We can win in New Jersey and in 2014 Senate races across the country, but only if supporters like you step up today. Your support will ensure we have resources to get our message out and support Steve Lonegan and conservative Senate candidates in their fight.

“Please contribute $100, $50, $25, or whatever you can afford today to help us win in New Jersey and take back the majority in 2014.”

If 2,720 people (by my math) just contributed $25, Lonegan would be out of debt.  Ironic, isn’t it, that a man who wanted to get our nation out of debt had to go into debt to get elected to office to bring fiscal responsibility to Congress?  Unfortunately for us – and him – he lost the election.

Lonegan supported us; let’s see if we can’t support him now.  I sent my $25 via credit card – and I’m unemployed.  (If Romney had been elected, as he should have been, that would be the case).  Everyone says that you can’t trust politicians.  But this guy has been around forever and his message never changed and never would have – limited government, fiscal responsibility, free enterprise.

We could have trusted him.  He trusted us – let’s not let a friend down.

Published in: on October 28, 2013 at 9:32 am  Leave a Comment  

Good News About Guns

The headlines this past week have been riddled with horrifying stories about shootings, particularly school shootings.  Just in time for the elections on Nov. 5th.

 

There was the murder of a 24 year-old high school teacher by her 14 year-old student.  He didn’t shoot her, though; he slashed her with a knife or box cutter.  A robber surrendered after holding three hostages in a North Carolina drug store with a gun.  An ex-Marine, middle school math teacher was fatally shot while trying to protect his students from a gun-toting student.  Two students were wounded.  Reportedly, the teen with the gun turned it on himself before killing anyone else.

 

A 10-day shooting spree claimed 10 lives in Newark, N.J. in one week this month.  At least one more victim in Newark died in September from a gun shooting.  At least 15 people were wounded and one person fatally shot in one evening in Chicago’s South and West Wards.

 

An Arkansas drugstore owner shot and killed a robber.  An Oklahoma City pharmacist was charged with first-degree murder for shooting a robber.  A robber at a drugstore in Medford, N.Y., shot and killed four people in a robbery gone wrong.  In Bean Station, Tenn., two people, including the owner of Downe Home Pharmacy, were murdered in a robbery; two others were wounded.

 

In September, one man was killed and another wounded at the Roosevelt Field Mall on Long Island.  The body of gunman Sang Ho Kim was later found on an island on the Hudson River in Stony Point, N.Y.  The middle-aged Kim was a former employee of Safe Energy Company, next door to the mall.  Police described the shooting as a genuine workplace incident carried out by a disgruntled former employee.  Finally, a young Waldwick man climbed up to a second-story window of his lover’s parents’ suburban home and strangled the mother of his 9-month old baby, who had been demanding more child support money from the father, who was something of a party guy.  He was having trouble adjusting to parenthood.

 

Again, no gun.  Just bare hands.  Or perhaps a rope or a sheet.  But no gun.

 

The Media never reports whether the shooters in these woeful tales legally owned these guns.  What these stories prove is that you don’t need a gun to kill.  You don’t need to legally own a gun if you’re a criminal to kill.  You’re also not necessarily a killer if you do own a gun.  A man and his wife were hauled out of bed, handcuffed and spread-eagled on their living floor as their children huddled together in tears.  A SWAT team used a battering ram to break down a door where the couple’s teenaged son was showering.  The emergency call was made by a vengeful ex-wife.  All the 40-member SWAT team found were some empty shell casings.

 

In the November 2013 issue of American Rifleman Magazine (the official magazine of the National Rifle Association), the Inside NRA column describes a column for anti-gun lobbyists and activists.  The guide is described as a “step-by-step” roadmap for exploiting tragedy [involving guns and shootings] for political gain.  The guide was written long before the Newtown, Mass., Sandy Hook E.S. shooting.

 

The guide tells anti-gun activists to exploit tragedy while it’s still fresh.

 

“Don’t hesitate to speak out.  Don’t assume the facts – and don’t wait for them…the clearest course is to advance our core message.”  The guide goes on to end the section with this advice, “Never apologize” – a tragedy “creates a unique climate for our communications effort.”

 

“What should the novice gun-ban advocate say after a tragedy?” columnist Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA Executive Director, asks.  The answer is:  “Always focus on emotional and value-driven arguments about gun violence, not the political food fight in Washington or wonky statistics.”

 

Wonky statistics.  Cox notes, “Those wonky statistics reflect reality, not the gauzy, anecdotal narrative that drives support for gun bans.”

 

The guide goes on.

 

“Tell stories with images and feelings.  Always start with the pain and anguish that gun violence brings into people’s lives…use images that bring your message home.”

 

Also, “Don’t talk about ‘gun control’…do talk about ‘preventing gun violence.’  Don’t use the terms ‘stricter’ gun laws…do advocate for ‘stronger’ gun laws.”

 

Cox says, “This insight is paired with the authors’ clear discomfort with two recent Supreme Court rulings that affirmed that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to possess a handgun for self-defense.”

 

The anti-gun lobby’s response?  “Don’t let our opponents overstate what the Supreme Court rulings did.”  Readers are cautioned to refrain from “ineffective language.  We’re not trying to take away anyone’s Second Amendment rights.”  Instead, readers are told to mask their gun-ban agenda by talking about “taking reasonable steps to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of dangerous people.”

 

“One section,” Cox writes, “is dedicated to countering ‘the role of the NRA.’

 

“When communicating with the general public, we need to be aware of the fact that, beyond our base, people have a positive impression of the organization and its role…most Americans consider the NRA to be a mainstream organization.  Always draw distinctions between NRA officials and the organization’s rank-and-file members.  [The NRA is] a giant operation defending powerful gun manufacturers at every level.”

 

This issue also thoughtfully provides a state-oriented legislative scorecard for its subscribers, depending on their address.  Living in New Jersey, this subscriber got the New Jersey scorecard, complete with legislators’ grades on Second Amendment rights.

 

Looking over the scorecard, there’s very little middle ground in this battle.  A legislator either gets an A or D/F.  Here and there will you see a B- (for District 4 State Representative Philip Dieser-R) or a C for State Sen. Donald Cox (R).   The B’s outnumber the C’s.  Second Amendment activists need to work on those B legislators in New Jersey:  State Sen. Diane Allen (R), Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R), Assemblymen Christopher McManus (D), Gregory McGuckin, David Wolfe, Amy Handlin, Mary Pat Angelini (all running for re-election), Kim Taylor, Stephanie Ziemba (she’s a B-minus), Jon Bramnick, Laura M. Ali, Sean T. Kean, David P. Riple, and Joseph J. Scarpa.

 

According to the ratings key, a “B” indicates “a generally pro-gun candidate who may oppose some pro-gun reform or support some restrictive legislation.

 

Finally, there’s AR’s The Armed Citizen Column.  These are AR’s good news stories about gun owners who successfully protected themselves from criminals.  AR invites bloggers to freely share the stories.

 

This story made YouTube:  “Police were dispatched to Pizza Heaven II [in New Haven, Conn.] late one evening to respond to a robbery.  The pizzeria owner reported that he had just been robbed by two men, one of whom was armed with a rifle.  The robbers demanded money from the cash register, which the owner handed over.  The suspects then ordered the owner into an office, where they demanded more money.  Instead, the owner pulled out his own firearm.  One robber was so alarmed that he fell backward and dropped his rifle.  The owner then chased the two robbers from his business.  Both men were later arrested and charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny and conspiracy for both counts.  No one was injured.”

 

Then there’s this tale, from Bedford, Iowa:  “Rodney Long, 38, an inmate who had escaped from prison, decided to hide out in the home of 71 year-old Jerome Maidenly and his wife, Carolyn, 66.  He broke into the home around 10:15 p.m. and held the couple hostage as he gathered supplies to aid in his escape.  But after four hours, Jerome Maidenly decided to put a fight and retrieved his shotgun.  Maidenly fired a single shot before a 911 call was made shortly after 2 a.m.  Police arrived to find long lying face down in the kitchen with a fatal gunshot wound, putting an end to the manhunt.  Long was serving time on a burglary charge and was suspected of shooting a sheriff’s deputy after his escape from prison.  The Maude lays sustained no injuries.”  And apparently were not charged in Long’s death.

 

Finally, in Milwaukee, Wisc.:  “Shortly before midnight, thee men entered Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall brandishing weapons and attempted to rob the polka bar.  The owner of the business, Andy Kochanski, pulled out his own firearm and fired on the suspects, killing one.  The other two robbers fled the scene, but were later arrested.  ‘I defended myself,’ said Kochanski.  ‘I did the shooting.  Two guys with guns, what are you going to do?  Protect yourself and your customers.  That’s what I did.’”

 

Thank you, Founding Fathers, for the Second Amendment.  Helping the good guys win for 222 years.  You may be wary of them.  You may be scared of them (I know I am).  But without the Second Amendment, you’ll have no defense against criminals who aren’t scared of them and neither will your neighbors.

 

 

Published in: on October 25, 2013 at 9:57 am  Comments (3)  

Tasking the Tea Party

Back in 2009, when the Tea Party groups began forming, they were based on three basic principles that even the most rabid, progressive Media reporter couldn’t twist into something evil:  lower taxes, limited government, and free enterprise.

Keep the government simple.  That’s what they did back in 1791 when the Bill of Rights was ratified, completing the U.S. Constitution.  In the Colonial Era, traveling was difficult, communications was by ship and pony express, and electricity was something Benjamin Franklin was still doing experiments with, trying to determine how to conduct the electricity to make machines and appliances work.

There was no radio or television.  No computers or internet.  No jets or cars.  Even trains hadn’t been invented yet.  There were no cameras of any sort; they were still in the experimental stage.  All they had were printing presses, which the English government inhibited through taxes on publications (the Stamp Act, which helped bring about the Boston Tea Party).

Just because we have all the technological conveniences now, 237 years later, is no reason to make government more complicated than it was adopted in 1787.  If last year’s Hurricane Sandy taught us anything, especially here in New Jersey, it’s that depending upon centralized anything, be it electricity, mass transportation, or Big Government, is dangerous.  All the centralized, federal government largesse has not rebuilt all the homes on the Jersey Shore.

And as predicted, the money that went to Asbury Park did not go towards rebuilding its boardwalk.  The project has been abandoned.  Rebuilding that boardwalk would have brought tourism and business to that blighted city on the shore.  Instead, the money has gone towards entitlement projects, instead.

Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas-R) is taking a drubbing from the Media and from his own party for demanding a shut-down of the government until two issues were addressed:  the defunding of Obamacare and not raising the debt ceiling.  He failed on both counts, thanks to a vicious media campaign and an ignorant public.  The blame was based squarely on the Tea Party.

Moderate pundits cautioned that it was a hopeless case with a Communist dictator in the White House, a Democrat-controlled Senate and a compliant House of Representatives.  To its credit, they swore to keep their word to the Tea Parties do their best to keep Obamacare from being funded.

When the government was shut down, the Media swooned and scared the wits out of the mostly witless public.  The Tea Party felt some vindication and supported it.  Our bloated government needed some of the gas taken out of it.  Obama played politics like a violin and shut down all the popular tourist attractions like the Lincoln Memorial, blaming it on the Tea Party, while the bureaucracy went humming right along.  The IRS remained open.  The Department of Education continued its unconstitutional business of re-educating American students.  The State Department, with the assistance of the U.S. Treasury went on loaning our money to Islamic terrorist governments in the Middle East.  A rally was even held for illegal aliens and shortly after the government was back up and running (everything, that is, except the Obamacare website), the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot deny illegal aliens the right to vote.

Wait.  What?

The Media and the Progressives may be snarling and sneering at us, but that’s because they’re truly terrified of us.  That’s why Glenn Beck reported this morning that a SWAT team raided a home early in the morning because the ex-wife of the homeowner reported that he had a gun in the house.  The couple was taken out of their beds, and made to lie down, handcuffed, on the living room floor.  A teenaged son was taken out of the shower naked and made to sit with his siblings, all clustered together crying, as 40 SWAT team members searched the house for the illegal gun.  What did they find?  Glenn Beck tells us, “Empty casings.”

Our country is being transformed into a single-party, welfare-state, third-world entity with no freedom of speech, no right to bear arms, no religious freedom, and no private property (which includes liquid assets).  Yet the Media and the White House Minister of Propaganda would have it that the Tea Party is a danger to the United States of America.

Excuse me?

We’ve been compared to the Taliban, the Nazis, and Islamic terrorists.  Florida Democrat Congressman Alan Grayson’s latest campaign ad compares us to the KKK.    But Sen. Cruz remains undaunted.  Glenn Beck published Cruz’s memo to his staff on his website, The Blaze:

“Sen. Ted Cruz’s office has issued a memo to supporters vowing that the battle to defund Obamacare isn’t over and calling it the first tangible step to unifying conservatives.

“Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) walk to a meeting ahead of a Senate vote on a measure to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a 16-day partial shutdown, Oct. 16, 2013. (AP)

“The memo, obtained by The Blaze, was circulated widely Tuesday among supporters who worked to defund Obama’s signature health care law, a senior Cruz staffer said.

“The ‘defund plan produced tangible results that create both immediate and long-term benefits for the country and the conservative cause,’ the memo states.

“’First, it intensified the nation’s focus on Obamacare. Second, it energized Americans by showing there are people in Washington willing to take real action to stop Obamacare. Third, it exposed, for all to see, the Democrats’ refusal to compromise out of blind devotion to their extreme liberal agenda,’ it states.

“The memo, titled ‘The Fight to Defund Obamacare:  What We’ve Gained,’ says the battle against the law proved that Republicans need ‘to unite and stand firm together in their resolve to defeat Obamacare.’

“The memo also takes aim at Democrats, the media and others who bashed Cruz for attacking the D.C. establishment, saying, ‘it was Harry Reid and President Obama, not Senator Cruz and the House Republicans, who forced a government shutdown.’  A distinction that cannot be noted enough.

“‘President Obama is responsible for shutting down the government because he refused to negotiate with the House of Representatives to keep the government open,’ the memo states.

“‘President Obama issued 15 veto threats to bills the House of Representatives passed, with significant bipartisan support, to re-open the government and fund vital government services, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs and the national parks.’”

The Morris County Tea Party (formerly the Morristown Tea Party) may be holding a rally on Saturday, Oct. 26th.  Let’s hope they go through with it.  The best thing the Tea Party activists can do is stand up and be seen and heard.  The only way we can get our message through to the low-information voters is to be personally seen and heard, on the grassroots level – on The Green.

The Tea Party must control its message, not the Media – or the White House Minister of Propaganda.

Published in: on October 24, 2013 at 12:04 pm  Comments (2)  

DeBlasio – New York City’s Community Communist

If you would expect any city to turn Communist, it would have to be our largest city, New York.  Only two kinds of people live there – the very rich and the very poor.  The middle class fled long ago, to be replaced by Asians and Hispanics who were born to Communism and then moved here.

The race for Mayor is going very badly for the Republican candidate Joseph Lhota, as it is going for all Republicans.  In New Jersey, many voters have defected to the Independent column because the Republicans sound so much like the Democrats that there is just no choice.

The latest Quinnipiac College poll shows 6-foot-6 Bill DeBlasio leading Lhota 68 to 24.  That’s quite a wide margin considering the last Democrat mayor the city elected was David Dinkins, who served from 1990 to 1993, governing over a record crime rate.  Lhota predicts New York City is going to return to the bad old days.

So what’s changed in the Big Apple?  Very simply, businesses and homeowners have moved out of the city due to high taxes and bad politics, particularly regarding Ground Zero.  The statue of Che Guevara in Columbus Circle – “El Che” – was a bad omen for the former New Amsterdam.  The city has slowly been divesting itself of its former cultural heritage, a wiping out of history Liberals used to condemn.  One instance is the German/Norwegian name of Edenwald in the Bronx.  The neighborhood has since been renamed “Mount Eden.”  My great-grandmother’s house was in that neighborhood and my mother grew up there.  The last time we looked at this neighborhood, in which neighbors kept an eye on the kids to make sure they didn’t litter, her house had barbed wire around it.

DeBlasio is a committed Communist who supported the Sandinistas of Nicaragua during the Reagan years.  Born Warren Wilhelm, Jr. in Manhattan, his father, Warren, was of German ancestry and his mother, Maria, of Italian.  When he was 8, DeBlasio’s parents divorced.  Warren Sr. was an alcoholic veteran of World War II, scarred by the battles in the Pacific.  He committed suicide in 1979 while suffering from incurable lung cancer.

Warren Jr. was raised by his mother Maria and his maternal grandparents who were Italian immigrants.  In 1983 he legally changed his name to Warren de Blasio-Wilhelm.  By the time he appeared on the public stage in 1990, working for the Dinkins Administration, he was using the name Bill de Blasio as he explained he had been called “Bill” or “Billy” in his personal life.  He did not legally change over to this new name until 2002, when the discrepancy was noted during an election.

De Blasio received a B.A. from New York University, and a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.  He is a 1981 Harry S. Truman Scholar.

De Blasio’s first job was as part of the Urban Fellows Program, which recruits college graduates for bureaucratic service, for the New York City Department of Juvenile Justice in 1984.  In 1987, shortly after completing graduate school at Columbia University, de Blasio was hired to work as a political organizer by the Quixote Center in Maryland. The Quixote Center is a social justice group in Maryland, founded by Catholic priest William R. Callahan in 1972.  His activism on behalf of changes in Vatican policy regarding the ordination of women, his ministry to gay Catholics and his activities on behalf of social justice led to his expulsion from the Society of Jesus in 1991, forbidding him to act as a priest.

The Quixote Center achieved prominence in its support of the Sandinista government of Nicaragua in the 1980s. The Center raised more than $100 million in humanitarian aid for the Nicaraguan government.  Although the Center did not officially take sides during the revolution in Nicaragua, its work was described by The New York Times as “intensely political” and the aid it sent went largely to assist Sandinista sympathizers. A leader at the Center described U.S. efforts in Nicaragua as a “policy of terrorism.” Some critics accused the Center of following a Marxist agenda and the U.S. Department of the Treasury investigated allegations that the Quixote Center had smuggled guns, but no charges were brought and leaders of the Center described the allegations as politically motivated.

In 1988 de Blasio traveled with the Quixote Center to Nicaragua for 10 day photo-op to help distribute food and medicine during the Nicaraguan Revolution. De Blasio was an ardent supporter of the ruling Sandinista government, which was opposed by the Reagan administration.

After returning from Nicaragua, de Blasio moved to New York City where he worked for a nonprofit organization focused on improving health care in Central America. De Blasio continued to support the Sandinistas in his spare time, joining a group called the Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater New York, which held meetings and fundraisers for the Sandinista political party.  De Blasio’s introduction to City politics came during David Dinkins’ ‘ 1989 mayoral campaign, for which he was a volunteer coordinator.  Following the campaign, de Blasio served as an aide in City Hall.

In 1997, he was appointed to serve as the Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (the agency that wants to regionalize New Jersey into one mass of urban rot and decay) in New York and New Jersey under the Clinton administration. As the tri-state region’s highest-ranking HUD official, De Blasio increased federal funding for affordable and senior-citizen housing.  In 1999, he was elected a member of Community School Board 15.  He was tapped to serve as campaign manager for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s U.S. Senate bid in 2000.

As Public Advocate, de Blasio has repeatedly offered sharp criticism of Mayor Bloomberg’s education policies. He called for Cathie Black, Mayor Bloomberg’s nominee for New York City Schools Chancellor, to take part in public forums, and criticized her for not sending her own children to public schools.  In March 2010, he spoke against an MTA proposal to eliminate free MetroCards for students, arguing the measure would take a significant toll on school attendance. Three months later, he voiced opposition to the mayor’s proposed budget containing more than $34 million in cuts to childcare services.

In June 2011, de Blasio outlined a plan to improve the process of school co-location, by which multiple schools are housed in one building. His study found community input was often ignored by the Mayor’s Department of Education, resulting in top-down decisions made without sufficient regard for negative impact. He outlined eight solutions to improve the process and incorporate community opinion into the decision-making process. The same month, he also criticized a proposal by the Bloomberg administration to fire more than 4,600 teachers to balance the city’s budget, organizing parents and communities against the proposed cuts, and staging a last minute call-a-thon. Bloomberg restored the funding, agreeing to find savings elsewhere in the budget.

During his mayoral campaign, de Blasio has outlined a plan to raise taxes on residents earning over $500,000 a year in order to pay for universal pre-kindergarten programs and to expand after-school programs at middle schools.  He also plans to invest $150 million annually into the City University of New York in order to lower tuition and to improve degree programs.  If memory serves, CUNY students don’t pay tuition, or at least they didn’t in the past.  That was supposed to be the point of City College – free tuition.  City College was Ground Zero for Communist indoctrination of future teachers back in the 1930s.

In September 2013, de Blasio voiced his opposition to charter schools, maintaining that their funding saps resources from after-school programs and classes like art and physical education. He outlined a plan to discontinue the policy of offering rent-free space to the city’s 183 charter schools and to place a moratorium on the co-location of charters schools in public school buildings.

“I won’t favor charters,” says de Blasio. “Our central focus is traditional public schools.” In October 2013, nearly 20,000 demonstrators marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to protest de Blasio’s proposal to charge rent to charter schools.

In June 2010, de Blasio voiced his opposition to an NYC Housing Authority decision to cut the number of Section 8 vouchers issued to low-income New Yorkers. The cut was announced after the NYCHA discovered it could not pay for approximately 2,600 vouchers that had already been issued. The Housing Authority reversed its decision a month later.

 Two months later, he launched an online “NYC’s Worst Landlords Watch list” to track landlords who failed to repair dangerous living conditions. The list drew widespread media coverage, and highlighted hundreds of landlords across the city.

“We want these landlords to feel like they’re being watched”, de Blasio told the Daily News. “We need to shine a light on these folks to shame them into action.”

De Blasio has been a vocal opponent of Citizens United, the January 2010 U.S. Supreme Court  decision which overturned portions of the 2002 McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act.  DeBlasio was right, although for the wrong reasons.  He argued that “corporations should not be allowed to buy elections,” [but it’s quite all right for politicians to do so] and launched a national campaign of elected officials to reverse the effects of the court decision.

Well, if he could launch “a national campaign of elected officials to reverse the effects of” that court decision, perhaps the Tea Party can launch a national campaign of elected officials to reverse the effects of the recent Supreme Court decision making it illegal for states to prevent illegal aliens from voting.  The Media has been so busy focusing on Ted Cruz, the debt ceiling, and other business, that this unconstitutional decision flew right under our radar.

New York City’s population, according to the 2010 census is 44 percent white, 25.5 percent Black, 28.6 percent Hispanic, and 12.7 percent Asian.  The Black and Hispanic populations decreased slightly but the Asian population has grown. There was no comparison in the available census data on Wikipedia to tell how much the white population declined, but it is clearly in the minority versus the so-called minority populations which account for 66.8 percent of New York’s population.

Minority populations, statues of Communist leaders, and the renaming of neighborhoods, streets, and mayors does not bode well for the city of New York.  That’s what used to happen when ancient cities were taken over by warring vandals.  Statues and landmarks were destroyed, the resident populations murdered or driven off, and street and parks renamed.  New York City was once New Amsterdam.  The Hudson River, up until the 20th Century, was the North River.  The Triboro Bridge has been renamed after Robert F. Kennedy, a carpet-bagging native of Massachusetts who managed to gain a senatorial seat in New York. A mosque has been built on the ruins of a building destroyed by a piece of one of the 9/11 planes.

New York City is the model Progressive city.  In the early 20th century, the administrators nullified all the small towns on its eastern and southern borders, swallowing them up for their land and taxes to support the Progressive agenda.

Ultimately, NYC has its sites, believe it or not, on New Jersey.  The only obstacle is the state border line between New York and New Jersey.  The Communists will cross that river (the Hudson) when they come to it, and probably rename the bridge after Barack Obama.  Meanwhile, they have to get their first Communist mayor elected and inaugurated.

Having taxed away the Middle Class, that should prove no great difficulty.

Published in: on October 23, 2013 at 10:29 am  Comments (3)  

Home Invasion Day

Tomorrow is Home Invasion Day at my condo development. Oh, burglars aren’t going to come to take away my television, my now-ancient hard-drive or monitor, my cameras, or my books (heaven forfend).  No, this is the invasion of the bureaucrats.

October is Fire Safety Month.  Every five years, the Fire Department comes around to inspect our units, mainly to make sure that we have smoke alarms, that nothing blocks the exits to the unit, and that the electric box in the basement, and the box inside the home are accessible.

Oh and since we share a basement, we must make sure that all our junk is covered (my upstairs neighbor is so nice and tidy; but I periodically clear out the junk – everything that’s there is supposed to be there).  I have to make new labels this morning because the old ones fell off.  The power box is on my side of the basement so I have to make sure there’s access, which there is.

But since the condo management association’s last missive, we have new worries.  My poor cat, Chopin, died this summer.  I had him put to sleep when the vet discovered he had tumor in his spleen.  My poor baby.  Well, he was 15 and that was that.  In the process, however, he made a mess, as animals who can’t walk often do.  Then his sister, in reaction to these unwonted events, proceeded to pee and poop where her brother had been dying.  The stench was terrible, admittedly.

I tried every cleaning solution known to pet owners.  However, as soon as I cleaned it up, she messed it again.  One of my neighbors complained and soon, the letter arrived.  If you have pets, we’d better not smell the slightest odor.  I was successful in cleaning it up and came up with the solution of putting a plastic runner down under my piano, where all this happened.

I’m taking no chances.  They’re certain to be looking for other evidence of non-compliance.  I bought a new smoke alarm; the old one had given up the ghost.  This alarm has a lithium battery that the salesman said had life of ten years.  That should see me through two home invasions.  They’ll also probably be looking for signs of mold and mildew.  Therefore, I had my younger brother paint my bathroom ceiling.  There’s a little mold on the wallpaper, but I bought a solution that should take care of that.

The only difficulty left is my kitchen.  My cabinets are falling apart.  They’re 40 years old and before I lost my job a year and a half ago, I had intended to remodel the kitchen.  New floor, new cabinets, smaller appliances, the works.  But here they come and there’s nothing I can do about it.  According to the regulations, they can force me to sell on the grounds of inability to keep up the apartment.  Mom has said she’ll pay for the remodeling.  I hope she means it, because they’re serious.

This is what you can look forward to when the Sustainable Economic Development Plan advocates come to your town.  This is what living in “high” or “medium” density housing means.  You own the insides, but because you live in an attached unit, even if you’re an owner, the association and the local bureaucrats can tell you what to do in your own home.

That’s an alien concept to detached, single-family homeowners.  Renters know it but they don’t care because it’s the landlord’s problem.  Here in my condo complex, we’re allowed up to two pets.  There are guidelines for walking and picking up after your pooch (rightly so).  Both cats and dogs have to be licensed.  My Daisy is Cat No. 386.  Cats must be vaccinated even if they’ve never set foot outside and never will.  Make sure you have the vaccination certificate handy.

Once you’re taxed out of your home and into a “sustainable,” high or medium density apartment, you probably won’t be allowed to have animals.  Too many insurance risks.  You won’t have much room to store your stuff.  We’re lucky to have basements.  Most condos and townhouses are built on slabs.  The current models have garages, but as sustainable development means no car, you may not have a garage.

The latest target on Sustainable Development’s radar is Mahwah, N.J., in Bergen County.  Mahwah is the largest town in Bergen County, at 26.2 square miles.  Like West Milford, it has a large population of 25,890, according to the 2010 Census.  The town has a very comfortable median household income of $92,971 (per capital $53,375).  Its poverty level is low (3.1 percent) which climbed up 1.1 percent since 2000, with the increase of minorities in the population.

But it’s the high-end homes that probably bother SD most.  The median home price is supposedly a cool $7.8 million.  The residents pay an average property tax of $15,890.  Their crime rate is low.   Mahwah ranks among the Top 40 of New Jersey high schools, with very respectable SAT scores of 570 (Math) and 544 (Verbal).  Mahwah High has an SAT participation rate of 95 percent and a graduation rate of 94.7 percent.

As Mahwah’s white population has declined since 2000 by two percent, it’s Black and Hispanic populations have increased each by 2 percent.  The Asian population has increased by over 1 percent with 6.31 percent in 2000 up to almost 8 percent in 2010.  By now the Asian population has reached and probably exceeded that 8 percent number.

By type, single-family homes make up the majority of housing units in Mahwah.  But, when you combine the number of attached units, 54.6 percent of the housing units are bundled together.  Anywhere from two- to 20-plus units.  Some go as high as 50-unit housing, which meets the definition of high-density housing.

Here is what the Township of Mahwah’s Sustainable Economic Development Plan has to say:

On March 27, 2012 the Township of Mahwah received approval from the New Jersey Highlands Council to proceed forward with a $20,000 grant to complete a Sustainable Economic Development Plan.  An Economic Development Plan is one of the optional elements within a Master Plan, which can be broadly described as a plan with efforts and activities aimed at increasing the local tax base, providing new employment opportunities and improving the overall economic and social sustainability of a community. 

Sustainable economic development is described by the New Jersey Highlands Council as maintaining and expanding the existing job and economic base by promoting appropriate, sustainable and environmentally compatible economic development.  According to the Highlands Council’s Regional Master Plan, the objective of a Sustainable Economic Development Plan is to ensure long-term, sustainable economic viability, not short-term economic activity.  Thus economic growth should be accommo­dated in a manner that takes careful advantage of the unique and valuable built and natural resources of the Township.  This is an important concept in a municipality with more than 7,600 acres of County and State parkland, 20 historical homes and structures, three archeological/prehistoric sites and two historic districts.  The challenge is finding the balance between capitalizing upon and protecting these community assets. 

The project will consist of four phases.  The first phase is primarily background research on existing economic conditions within Mahwah.  The second phase involves public outreach.  Maser Consulting has crafted two surveys, a business owner and customer survey, to gather valuable information from the public.  The information obtained through the surveys will be used in formulating the final document.  Both surveys are presently posted on the Township’s website.  The third phase will be a public workshop, which will be held this fall.  The last phase will be the creation of a draft Sustainable Economic Development Plan. 

In the past, city residents moved out to the suburbs in search of larger homes to raise their families, good schools, safe neighborhoods, and freedom from onerous taxes and regulations.  The new breed of suburbanite coming from cities like New York, particularly the Asians, care for none of that, except the good schools – and that’s only the Asians who worry about SAT scores.  In the towns with the highest-ranking schools in regard to SATs, there is a significant, and even a majority, Asian population.  However, some of those towns, wealthy though they are, also have gang problems, particularly Princeton.

Mahwah is a Republican town, with 29.2 percent of registered voters registered as Republicans.  The Democrats are 23.5 percent and Independents at 47.3 percent.  How long they’ll stay that way depends upon the influx of minority populations.  Asians tend to vote Democrat (and “Asian” can mean anything from Japanese to Chinese to Indians to Iranians).  The Chinese are used to living in high-density housing.  They own their apartments (no houses) only in the sense that they can sell their current unit in order to move to another one.  Their child cannot inherit any of their “property” because they don’t own any.  The Chinese live at the pleasure of their Communist government.

Mahwah has an unusually high percentage of unregistered voters – 46.75 percent.  That’s nearly half the population.  In the 2008 election, 82 percent of the 53.24 percent of registered voters turned out.  The turnout will be considerably less for off-year elections and town council meetings.

As you can see, the SEDP has no intention of allowing Mahwahans to “stretch out.”  Nor will you be allowed to use those open spaces even for recreation without a permit.  The Chinese youth in China are encouraged to amuse themselves with electronic games and close their eyes to the politics, which they do because they don’t want to get shot.

Mahwah’s population density was a comfortable 1,007.7 people per square mile (compared to the city of Passaic’s 22,179.60 people per square mile – in a city that only has 3.2 square miles).  The Mahwah Town Planning Board and Maser Consulting want Mahwahans to sleep through the SEDP process.  When you wake up, you’ll no longer be a suburb, but back in a crowded city again, living cheek by jowl with your nuisance neighbors, and subject to frequent home invasions by budinsky bureaucrats.

Published in: on October 22, 2013 at 11:13 am  Leave a Comment  

Serving a Divided Union County

As New Jersey’s Union County all-Democrat Freeholder board turns, it takes a new turn of direction. Current Freeholder incumbent Daniel Sullivan has resigned his position on the Board to head the Union County Improvement Authority.

 

“This is a total waste of money;” Ira Geiger, Republican candidate for Union County Board of Freeholders, states, “we don’t need this agency.  Union County needs more assistance with Weather Disaster, Employment, and Property Tax assistance. As a Freeholder, I am in favor of eliminating this agency as it is just squandering money on a hopeless cause in Union County.”

 

During his term as both a Freeholder and Chairman of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, Sullivan has been more of a bully than a public official that is supposed to serve the residents of Union County.  During his time as Chairman he had people that disagreed with him thrown out of the Freeholder Meeting and called them losers in the process.

 

“If you are supposed to represent people as a public official, you don’t refer to them as “losers,” Geiger says.  “People in this County are fed up with the disrespect and wasteful spending of the current Board of Union County Freeholders. As a result of this, people are moving out of Union County because it too expensive to live here and they see it as a “fat cat” elite that don’t care about the culture that is created in Union County.

 

In addition, Berkeley Heights, one of the 21 municipalities in Union County, is threatening to secede from this county to go to Morris County, with other municipalities considering similar moves to other counties as well.

 

“As a Freeholder,” Geiger pledges, “I would make County government more transparent to residents in Union County. I intend to represent everybody, not a select few.  The result of such cronyism back door dealing. The current board doesn’t support redistricting the County Freeholders.  I support this great idea.  Everyone who lives in Union County will receive fair representation instead of the current body that represents only 11 of the 21 municipalities. I believe that the people should decide their own path not, not a privileged elite that promise to represent us only up to the day we elect them.”

Sullivan, who has been a freeholder since 1995, said last Friday that county lawyers advised him that he could not remain on the freeholder board while overseeing the improvement authority.  To fill Sullivan’s freeholder seat, the Union County Democratic Committee will submit a list of candidates to the freeholders  The Democrats have appointed Sergio Granados, 26, of Elizabeth, who was nominated in the June primary as one of the candidates along with incumbents Linda Carter of Plainfield and Bette Jane Kowalski of Cranford to the Freeholder seat.

 

The problem with that is he hasn’t served on the Board or been elected to this position or served in any public service capacity. The questions Geiger and his running mates to Granados are:

 

“What qualification do you have to serve on this board?”

“Have you been to other parts of Union County to listen to residents with legitimate concerns they have?

 

 “Are you going to be an independent voice on the board or simply a “yes” vote for the rest of the Freeholders?”

 

Geiger’s questions and challenges resonate with the part of the public that is beginning to not just seriously question and doubt politics as usual, but actively do something about it.  A one-party system can never justly serve the public; it will only serve itself.

 

 

 

Published in: on October 21, 2013 at 10:46 am  Leave a Comment  

Too Close for Booker’s Comfort

Most politicians would be happy winning with an 11-point margin (according to The Bergen Record; however, every time they  posted the numbers, they’ve misreported them by one point – Booker won by 10 points, not 11).  That was one more point too close for comfort for Booker’s team and the Media.  That’s how close Lonegan was to the single digit margin he spoke about on Tuesday evening on the Morristown Green.

The headline in today’s Bergen Record reads:  “Is Winning Enough?”  What they meant was, is winning by 10 points enough?  The Record’s Washington correspondent, Herb Jackson writes, “Questions linger a day after [Booker defeated Lonegan].”

“Bluntly pitching hard-line Conservative views [such as, Lonegan promised to represent hard-working, suburban voters and uphold the Constitution], that showed large numbers of New Jerseyans did not share, Lonegan won more than 44 percent of the vote against a better-known, better-liked candidate with significantly more money in a blue state.”

Is that the sound of Liberal Democrats going, “Uh-ohhh….”?  Lonegan was closing a gap that began somewhere in the mid-thirties and came to one point away from trailing Booker by single digits.  Given more time for the Conservative message to sink in, would Lonegan have won if the election had been held on Nov. 5th?  Obama urged Americans yesterday not to listen to the Conservative bloggers and radio talking heads.  Just listen to him.  He should be listening to us – but he’s not.

Lonegan did not have much support from the New Jersey GOP.  They didn’t put up Lonegan’s signs; Tea Partiers did that.  They sponsored the final rally in Morristown; but it was the Tea Party network that publicized it and got a moderate crowd out the night before the election.

Was it the GOP that sponsored the well-attended Lonegan rally in New Egypt this past weekend, featuring such political luminaries as Sarah Palin and Rand Paul?  Or was it Lonegan’s own campaign staff and a sea of Tea Party groups from all over the state?

Booker himself attributes the fairly narrow margin to an aberration of an off-year, special election.  The turnout was abysmally low, it’s true.  Off-year elections usually are poorly attended.  Non-Democrats stated some of the reasons as not trusting the candidate (or any candidate –  ‘We elect them to office, then find out they’re crooks.’).

The political machine is partly to blame.  But so are the voters, who notoriously avoid the primaries.  Jackson’s assertion that Lonegan is not well-known is completely wrong; the Media has been bashing the three-time mayor of Bogota for years.  As for not being “better liked by large numbers of people” you could argue that certainly large numbers of people in Newark and Paterson don’t like him.  But then, large numbers of voters in the suburbs dislike Booker and Newark.  They would tell you so, if they could do so without being charged as “racists.”

However voters in the rest of the state felt, “large numbers” of voters in northern Passaic County liked Lonegan well enough.  If more of them had actually turned out, he might just have won the county.  The unofficial tally was Booker, 37,012 versus Lonegan, 25,167.  That’s a margin of 11,845.  In effect, the city of Paterson basically won the election for Booker (12,704) with a 32 percent margin.  However, Lonegan won the suburbs.  If those towns that voted for Lonegan had turned out more voters – and those towns had a better turnout than the cities – would he have won?

Here’s the unofficial tally from the Passaic County Board of Elections:

Lonegan                      Votes               Turnout

Bloomingdale:                771                  26%

Hawthorne                  1,604                  17%

Little Falls                   1,021                  24%

North Haledon                        1,298                  30%

Pompton Lakes              973                  23%

Ringwood                   1,393                  28%

Totowa                        1,150                  24%

Wanaque                     1,138                  28%

Wayne                         5,402                  25%

West Milford              2,969                  26%

Booker

Clifton                         5,635                  20%

Haledon                         545                  17%

Passaic                         3,515                  16%

Paterson                    12,704                  17%

Prospect Park                 478                  18%

Woodland Park           1,125                  24%

(formerly West Paterson)

Terrible turnout numbers.  But how can we tell if Lonegan would have won?  We can’t, because in every case, the greatest number of registered voters are unaffiliated.  They keep their choice of candidate close to the vest.  In cities like Paterson, the number of official Republican voters is something like 2 percent.

Still, Lonegan won all of northern Passaic County, and even some of the suburbs of Paterson (North Haledon, Hawthorne, Totowa).  Little Falls was extremely close, but Lonegan still won.  With a couple of blighted cities within its precincts, and a number of towns harboring unionized, blue-collar workers, Passaic County is a tough fight.  Democrats in the Lonegan towns constituted another 7,887 voters.  Republicans in Democrat towns constituted 7,428 votes.

Then there were the mail-in ballots.  Booker, 2,214; Lonegan 1,336.

I’m not certain of the remaining statistics.  The suburbs seem to have the advantage in number of registered voters per population.  Most towns are in the 80 percent range.  Kinnelon’s population (God bless them) is registered at 95.5%, if my math is correct.  There’s going to be a certain percentage of any population that can’t register to vote, for various reasons.  If someone could do a poll to find out what percentage of those residents simply don’t feel like registering, we’d make great strides in increasing our strength.  The cities have the greater population numbers.  But unless Obama gets his way with granting amnesty to illegal aliens and felons, the “residents” in those large cities will never be able to vote, a factor in our favor.

If Lonegan didn’t win, he also didn’t lose by a wide margin.  That gives hope to Conservatives.  He closed a gap by some 20 percent.  Think what he could have done, given a little more time.  His race is over, but the Conservative race is just warming up.  The Liberals would never admit it, but Lonegan’s campaign has made them a little nervous.  The Conservative message was more palatable than they bargained on, and it was all due to the shoe-leather work of the Tea Party messengers, going door-to-door, talking with voters about Conservative values.

Those residents discovered Tea Partiers are quite sensible, intelligent and articulate people, citing the legal U.S. Constitution and the principles of the Founding Fathers who wrote the owners’ manual for the United States of America.  Most people don’t even know what a Senator does, beyond going to celebrity parties, shaking hands with urban community organizers, and buying votes.

The Independent voters are right to be concerned about our elected representatives; both parties are extremely corrupt.  You can’t really blame the Independents for being skeptical.  Lonegan was running on the GOP ticket and we all know what to expect from the Republican Party.  The GOP has bled itself dry trying to appeal, appease, and applaud the Democrat party.  Those jumping off their bandwagon aren’t heading for the Democrat party; they register as unaffiliated.  When they see the GOP offering up old men as candidates and caving in when the Media lashes its candidates with charges of racism and greed, they either vote for the other guy or stay home.

The Media have propagandized the Tea Party for good reason; we’re a danger to the bureaucracy.  That’s what we want to tear down – the bureaucracy, not the government itself, necessarily.  The unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats who are running our lives.  Obama gloated that most Americans are “fed up with Washington.”  No one wants to come out and criticize Obama for fear of being charged with racism.  But he’s the Number One problem in Washington, followed by the Progressives of both parties, giving each other compromising hugs.

We’re fed up with the increasing levels of bureaucracy that no battering ram seems to be able to break through.  Although the Media has totally mischaracterized us, making the people fear or despise us, we really do represent the average American, especially the suburban American.  Where we differ is that we keep ourselves informed about what’s happening.  We network.  We read.  We listen.  We criticize intrepidly.  Obama is not a king or an emperor, much as he’d like to be.  Our elected representatives, though they be educated lawyers, are still answerable to us.  We will not tolerate being patronized or ignored.

The facts, our history, and the U.S. Constitution speak for themselves.  But you won’t hear them if you plug up your ears, blind your eyes, and zip up your mouth.  The easy way you’re taking out by surrendering won’t be as easy as you think it will be.

Don’t wait until it’s too late to find out.  It’s never too late.

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