Save Jerseyans, you might have noticed I have been quiet on the election front this cycle in my neck of the woods.
Some people have asked me if my silence was due to fear of the vindictive Democrats incumbents trying to hold onto their seats (Troopergate anyone?).
Please, I don’t fear bullies. Those who have read the few posts I have had time to write know that the real reason is that I unable to post is because I have been buried under the horrendous, job killing, money sucking, rights trampling, Democrat darling monstrosity known as Obamacare.
And those who have read my posts in the past know that I am a nerd who loves to dust off his double major from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and analyze the hell out of stuff. And this year, in the hotly contested LD1 race, where polling shows that JOBS are the number one concern in the District, I was looking forward to getting my nerd on by putting each ticket’s job plan through my Hoya Saxa inspired analysis then comparing and contrasting them.
Nerdvanna! I hit a snag, however. Only one ticket actually has a plan! Nerdvanna denied…
Democrats: Every single candidate has been proudly and loudly touting their far-left vision for the economy. Even though history and common sense have proven that all 4 of their visions will kill job creation in this state and country 5 times before it even hits the ground. So basically, today Democrats across the state are voting on their favorite murder defense. And if Cory Booker wins in the wake of his Wall Street “dealings” scandals, it might also mean the NJ Democrats are deciding today if they are ready to welcome back Jon Corzine with open arms.
Republicans: Today, Republicans have a choice between a relative unknown to the general public candidate who has made a bunch of rookie mistakes on the campaign trail and Alieta Eck. I mean, the NJGOP surrendered this race so quickly that it wouldn’t shock me if they move their headquarters to France this cycle (anyone offended by that joke can feel free to leave in the comment section what year it was when France last won a fight on their own. Please specify AD or BC.). These two couldn’t beat a turtle in a race, let alone a live human New Jersey Democrat. So NJGOPers are basically deciding “which loser is least likely to ask me to donate if they win?”
Independents: Like they do every election, independents will show that the best way to express your disgust and displeasure with the 2 party system is to stay completely out of it, holding no sway or influence whatsoever during the campaign, and if your candidate was lucky enough to actually get on the ballot (no thanks to you), you can help them get .734% of the vote, then correct me by saying “That rounds up to 1%, thank you!”. So basically, you’re voting on the importance of properly teaching rounding decimals in our schools.
What They Are Saying: If a business cuts its employee shifts to under 30 hours a week, that business can get under the 50 full-time employee threshold to provide health insurance as mandated by Obamacare, now pushed back to 2015, and not be fined. That business is free and clear!
Is This True?: No.
What’s the Reality?: The 2,000 page Obamacare bill that was never read before it passed had several (ok, a lot) of pages dedicated to defining what a full-time employee is. The most interesting part of that definition, however, was that it left it open ended on how the IRS could choose to treat part-time employees in determining the number of full-time employees or equivalents a company has.
Very quietly, in March of 2013, the IRS released their Obamacare regulations. They did not want a big public deal made about it. In fact, a lot of people who should know about this do not. But a few did notice it. And from what I have read and been told by professionals I sought advice from, this is the reality…
I hate it, HATE IT, Save Jerseyans, whenever a Democrat says that there is no waste or corruption in government spending, so we have to raise taxes.
They know it’s BS, you know i’ts BS, I know it’s BS, but if you call it BS publicly, then they bash you over the head with your own words, calling you every name in the book and then making up a few new ones.
Now it’s time to bash back.
The recent free school lunch scandal that just hit the news is just the latest example of how, instead of raising taxes, folks in Trenton can find more than enough taxpayer money by simply getting their own house in order. Democrats say they want $500 million in tax raises? I say you could easily find twice that if you attack waste and corruption.
This free school lunch scandal looked at merely 15 school districts, the tiniest fraction of what constitutes government in the Garden State. And they found 119 OF THEIR OWN PEOPLE whom the N.J. Comptroller says are scamming the system. This was just a limited, cursory investigation; they did not look to see if any parents who weren’t employed by the school were cheating the system. I’d bet you lunch that there are parents doing just that.
Earlier this month, Save Jerseyans, I was intrigued by a post here on Save Jersey praising Gloucester County’s decision to pay to house its inmates in other counties. I was a little familiar with the proposal, as it was making waves in nearby (for me) Cumberland County for being big on promises and small on details. So I was surprised that a fellow blogger was in favor of this plan and was particulary excited about how everyone ends up saving money on this deal. Sounds good, right?
And things that sound good in the government sphere deserve extra skepticism because they rarely live up to the hype. So I did some initial digging. All I learned from my research was that, again, most parties did not want to discuss the details of the transaction. That’s a big old red flag for this finance nerd; if politicians don’t want you to know the numbers, then something bad may be about to happen. So I did some more digging, and found out something about the neat trick to get these savings.
The savings aren’t a trick at all. They’re an illusion…
Folks, the Dems in the Assembly passed what they are calling “jobs bills” on Wednesday that’s basically a re-hash of a package of bills Governor Christie vetoed for good reason back in 2011.
Because they won’t create jobs, but they will cost taxpayers money.
Allow me to explain.
In order to create jobs, customers need cash in their hands and businesses needs cash in their hands. Some good examples of how this could happen: an income tax break like the one Christie wanted in 2011, cleaning up waste and incompetence at the Department of Labor who pass on that bill directly to businesses, comprehensive property tax reform, and substantive business permit reform.
Basically, we need legislation that returns capital to private citizens and businesses and gets the fools in Trenton out of the way. Additional cash in customers’ pockets lets them spend additional money at businesses on goods and services. Additional cash in businesses’ hands allows them to fund growth. These interactions translate to more jobs.