Balance of Power

All the talk this 2014 Election Season has been about the U.S. Senate Mid-Terms, and whether the GOP can regain its power. The GOP’s idea of the ideal candidate and the average Republican New Jersey voter’s idea of the ideal candidate are about as wide apart as the distance between the Hudson and the Delaware.

Once again, we’ve been left with no choice but to hold our noses when we go to the polls tomorrow and hope for the best. Holding our noses is exactly how the Garden State turned Blue.

Thanks to our state legislature, which is solidly Democrat, businesses have fled New Jersey for better business environments, taking the best of New Jersey voters and their jobs, with them. Did Hilary Clinton say that businesses don’t create jobs?  Seriously?  My job was created by a business, and went away shortly after the economic collapse, thanks to the bad business, regulatory, and tax environment.

We New Jerseyans had a good laugh the other day watching our governor verbally take down a heckler in fine New Jersey style. The other states, we’re told, look askance at such behavior.  We like his style here in New Jersey; if only he would take down the right people, we’d probably elect him governor-for-life.  Instead, during Hurricane Sandy, he got himself photographed sharing an ice cream cone with our traitor-in-chief, their tongues touchingly meeting in the center.  The same traitor-in-chief whose first act on Wednesday will probably be to sign the executive order that will allow 34 million illegal aliens to enter our country.

Instead, Christie takes down the Conservatives who worry about the increasing illegal alien population, the soft stance on Islamism, and the deforesting of the northwest portion of the state. Developers are encroaching on the woodlands, turning them into ghettos-to-be, destroying the habitat of the animals who wind up in our yards and on the sides of our highways.

The neighborhood was shocked to learn that Bloomingdale Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy made a deal with the owners of Springbrook Farms (who want to sell their land) and the mining company that owns the rights to the Federal Hill tract to mine Federal Hill right down to street level, and building “sustainable living” units all over the former countryside.

I told you many posts ago that he made that announcement in the Spring, for gosh sakes. What took you so long to realize what was happening?  What happened, by the way, to open spaces and saving the environment?  Funny how the balance of power can change when money is involved.  One day you’re an environmentalist, the next day you’re a future slumlord.

Meanwhile, here in Pompton Lakes, the town has taken an unusual step in holding the school board elections during the general election. The school board elections are usually held in the spring in the towns in these parts.  Someone in Pompton Lakes was actually using their head in scheduling the school boards the same day as the general election.  Amazing.

Now if they could only do something about the iron deposits that are eating away the paint on our cars here in Sunny Gardens. It’s a beautiful place, really.  Only we’re right across the highway from one of the quarries, the one that is going to be expanded.  We complained about the pellets that are eating away the paint on our cars.  But the environmentalists are too busy harrying DuPont Chemical for all the company is worth.  We residents are just small fry.

Meanwhile, although the Conservative media is holding its bated breath awaiting a possible turnover in the Senate tomorrow, to us, it’s a big yawn. GOP-controlled and funded, we don’t expect much or anything different from our candidates should they win.

Rodney Frelinghuysen? Well, I’ll say it again – I told you so.  Good luck and best wishes to Conservative New Jersey’s best friend, Scott Garrett, one of the most reliably Conservative members of Congress.  Jeff Bell is okay, I suppose.  You can’t go wrong with a former member of Ronald Reagan’s staff.  Too bad we didn’t hear more attack ads on Corey Booker’s notorious corruption, about the kickbacks as a member of the Newark Watershed Commission, for instance.

When are we going to shed our timidity? In L. Frank Baum’s 1900 children’s classic, The Wizard of Oz, the Scarecrow didn’t have a brain, so he used his common sense, instead.  The Tin Man didn’t have a heart, although he was reluctant to harm a living thing.  Yet, when he had to use his hatchet, he didn’t hesitate.  And while the Cowardly Lion was afraid of everything, when the need was dire, he used his roar to frighten off enemies.

In the book, Dorothy’s shoes were not made of rubies or of gold, but of silver (the Good Witch of the North’s palace – her name was Gayette, not Glinda – was made of rubies). We probably should base on our currency on a commodity so that it has value, but why does it have to be gold?  Why not silver?

Something to think about, should our GOP Senate candidate win.

So remember to vote tomorrow. It may seem like it doesn’t matter.  As our democracy sinks below the weight of bureaucracy, the value of our votes sinks like the value of our monetary currency.  Democracy is not a one-way street.  We get to choose – together, but as individuals – whether we want our country to make (another) left turn, keep going down the road we turned left onto, or make a u-turn and go back to the Land of Conservative America, where we speak one language but think for ourselves.

I didn’t know one school board member from another. So I googled their names and came up with an article about them in the local newspaper, The Suburban Trends.  Schwartz is opposed to reducing staff, Padula is in favor of recycling in order to cut costs and sharing services with the county (from which he was able to procure a band truck at no cost to residents).  Troast wants to control the budget through alternative revenues (he was not specific about those alternatives but it probably will mean higher taxes on our already beleaguered business district).  The fourth, Lindsay, states that he is for a fiscally responsible budget.  Period.

See? Was that hard?  It only took about five minutes and a paragraph.

Your heads aren’t made out of straw, you know.

A note to my detractors, by the way (that’s probably you Reprobate Republicans who bash the Tea Parties): No, I haven’t given up.  I’m just BUSY!  That bright-eyed Common Core idea you have about most students learning a skill first?  Yeah, well that’s what my parents thought.  Only the technology came along that made my initial typing skills obsolete.

I can’t go back to my old job (albeit with some other company) because I’m just too outspoken and don’t enjoy misleading employees and because companies don’t want happy employees with high morale. To the bean counters, the only good employee is an overworked, unhappy, grumbling worker with too much to do and not enough time to do it.

On the other hand, I haven’t used my secretarial skills in over 15 years. Unless I can prove that I can do the job on Excel and Powerpoint, I might as well just get on the welfare line.  So I’ve been working on a project that the newspaper for which I take photos can nosh on, I can show to prospective employers so they know a) that I’m skilled in the Microsoft programs and b) that I actually worked on a “project.”  I haven’t been on an interview yet where someone didn’t ask what “projects” I’d worked on.  Well, now I have one.  Which is why I haven’t been blogging, as necessity compels me to do the practical thing first.

When it’s finished, it will serve a third purpose: educating my readers about the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) tests and how Common Core, among other things, has affected the outcome of these tests.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I really have to get back to work.

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