As the Scandals, Lies and Betrayals Pile Up, Obama’s Democrat Party is Now Completely Discredited
By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog
Every single day, we find out even more about how they lied to us concerning what happened on September 12, 2012 in Benghazi.
They forced gun dealers to sell guns to Mexican drug cartels. And tried to blame it on the dealers before someone blew the whistle.
In 2012, they told us they only wanted to raise taxes on millionaires. In 2013, every single paycheck in America got smaller, not just the millionaires’.
For two years, they said the IRS was not targeting groups that disagreed with them. Until earlier this week, we found that is exactly what the IRS was doing…
OPINION: South Jersey’s Jail Merger Deal is All Smoke and Mirrors
By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog
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…
OPINION: Overburdened Taxpayers Shouldn’t Be Forced to Double the Campaign Funds of Political Candidates
By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog
Folks, I was disgusted at some political news I saw last week. If you haven’t heard, Democrats were playing the “woe is me” game because Barbara Buono is on track to be the first major gubernatorial candidate ever not to qualify for full matching funds from the state of New Jersey since the program began (I believe Christie has opted out of that system this time around for obvious reasons).
Oh, the humanity!
For some reason, in New Jersey, gubernatorial candidates can receive matching funds for up to $2 million of their primary election fundraising.
Whoops, did I say matching funds? I meant DOUBLING funds.
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.
That is not what the Assembly just passed.
You’ve probably heard by now, Save Jerseyans: Papa John’s has announced that, since President Obama’s re-election has guarenteed Obamacare stays in place, they may have to cut employees’ hours. Just as predicted.
Now numerous other companies have either announced layoffs or hour reductions due to Obama’s re-election. Yet it seems as if only Papa Johns has ticked off many, many kooks on the left, who have shown how tolerant they are of opposing viewpoints (and how little they know about business) by going into a rabid frenzy over this common sense announcement.
And now you’ve got people on Reddit and Facebook calling for boycotts of Papa John’s for daring to do what is necessary to keep their business alive.
Repeat: Papa John’s is being vilified by the left for simply trying to survive. They are saying it is immoral for Papa John’s to think of their bottom line instead of their employees.
And it’s wrong, because Papa John’s is doing the responsible thing by doing what it has to in order to survive. Papa John’s actions will save people’s jobs. Liberals would rather have people lose their jobs.
So let’s look at how Obamacare is threatening Papa John’s…
Okay, folks. By now I’m sure you’ve seen quite a few electoral maps from various pundits and amateurs alike trying to predict the presidential election’s outcome. These maps feature states categorized as leaning, likely, or solidly for either Romney or Obama and filled in with a shade of blue or red accordingly. Or it’s called a “toss-up,” no points are awarded, and the state is colored gray. And the maps do not actually predict a winner.
This allows the so-called experts to avoid being wrong and having to admit it on November 7th. It also allows them come up with various “scenarios” which could lead to either candidates victory. That allows them to say “I predicted this*. *’This’ as predicted as the 4th iteration of Scenario 7 of my 3rd electoral model dated 10/11/12.”
I won’t be pulling that BS. I made a map of my predictions. My map is what I think the final results will be on November 7. None of this leans, likely, solid stuff. Just who wins the state. I really don’t care about the margin. I’m doing this because if you’re going to make a prediction, MAKE A PREDICTION. When I go to Atlantic City to play Roulette, I either bet on red or black. There is no “leans towards red” option.
Do I run the risk of being wrong? Yup. Do I care? Nope.
So here is my map which I generated using RCP’s electoral calculator engine…
On October 9, I wrote a little piece listing 5 reasons why I thought our neighbor to the east should go GOP red and that the Romney ticket needs to invest some time and money there.
It is now October 19. And the biggest piece of political news today is that Barack Obama went on The Daily Show last night and referred to the four deaths from the September 11, 2012 TERRORIST ATTACK (everyone but the President now admits it) in Libya as “not optimal.”
The second biggest piece of political news today is that Pennsylvania is now officially in play! According to this Washington Examiner piece, a poll commission by state GOP officials puts Romney over Obama by 4 points, and Republican Tom Smith up 2 points over Democratic incumbent Bob Casey in the U.S. Senate race. And this same article points out that RealClearPolitics just moved the Keystone State from “Leans Obama” to “Toss Up.”
So now all of the political experts are saying that Romney has a real shot in Pennsylvania.
Ten days after we said he did. Just sayin’…
Pundits and activists continue to write off our Garden State western neighbor, Pennsylvania, for Governor Mitt Romney this election cycle, something which I think is 100% wrongheaded (and all despite yesterday’s new post-debate poll showing him down just 2 points).
As a result of this serial pessimism, the GOP may turn the mantra of “we can’t win in Pennsylvania” into a self-fulfilling prophecy this fall by putting insufficient effort into it. Again, I think that is a huge mistake. In my opinion, Romney has a very good chance of taking the Keystone State on November 6th, and his campaign should put sustained effort into the commonwealth over the next four weeks.
If he does, he can win it. If not, he’ll fulfill the self-fulfilling prophecy.