NJ Fiscal Folly

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Flatliners

Like Corzine's credibility, my PC is currently flatlined.

I hope to resume posting next week.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Why Americans Ignore Soccer

(1) Low scoring = boring

(2) The officiating sucks. There aren't enough officials on the field, so they don't control the game. Players get away with too many cheap shots and flops. Bad calls also have a greater impact in low scoring sports than high scoring sports.

(3) The player substitution rules are too inflexible.

(4) Nobody wants a game to be decided by penalty kicks. Greater substitution flexibility would allow sudden death overtimes.

We now return to our regular programming.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Democrats Piss On Taxpayers

It wasn't enough to raise taxes yet again.

It wasn't enough to refuse essential reforms in state spending.

Now the Democrats have decided to add $270 million in additional pork to Corzine's already bloated budget. It only took two days to confirm my prediction that commingled tax revenues from the sales tax increase will be diverted from property tax relief to other programs.

During the last week, we got a lot of bluster from Corzine about his willingness to use the line item veto. Let's see how long it takes him to weasel out of that pledge too.

Update: The final figure was $250 million. The Democrats actually added $300 million, but Corzine made token cuts of $50 million. Thus, Corzine and the spendthrift Democratic legislators have already hijacked 23% of the sales tax increase for political pork.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Another Year Of "Tax And Spend"

Gov Corzine and the Assembly Democrats have apparently reached a budget deal. Here's all you need to know.

Once again, the Democrats increase NJ taxes. The sales tax will go from 6% to 7%. One of the highest tax states in the country will become even more onerous.

Once again, the Democrats continue to waste taxpayer money. There will be no headcount reductions or spending cuts in our bloated state government. The Democrats ignored all spending cut proposals, and made no progress in reducing or eliminating runaway state spending. Another tax increase is now certain for next year.

Once again, the Democrats lie about property tax relief. Any talk about setting aside a portion of the tax increase is simply blather, nothing more than lipstick on the pig. The commingled tax revenues will soon be diverted to other programs.

Once again, the Democrats fleece NJ taxpayers.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Emperor Corzine?

Has anybody else noticed that every time Corzine shows up to address the legislature he brings along an imperial bodyguard of state troopers?

What's that all about, and why do the legislators let him get away with it?


We're All Gonna Die!

No casinos. No lottery. No DMV.

Will this pain and suffering never end?

Monday, July 03, 2006

The Farce Continues

How is it possible that Gov Corzine is unable to find any significant headcount reductions in a state workforce of 84,400 employees (see pages 3 and 55), including at least 43,500 "non-essentials"?

As far as I'm concerned, the state government can remain shut down for a month. We'll barely notice the difference. NJ taxpayers will find out how much of their money is wasted on a bloated state payroll.