Francis is a good man with plenty to teach us. Economics isn’t one of those things. His latest literary offering wasn’t wrong: “the excluded are still waiting,” especially in his poverty-stricken native Argentina, but his home country is a model of socialism, not “trickle-down” capitalism. How can he not know that?
My humble suggestion: the His Holiness should seriously consider with whom he’s siding on the economic front. He can start by signing up for the email list of U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-Twitter).
“[...] the Supreme Court could decide that for-profit employers can limit access to birth control by constraining insurance options available to their employees,” Booker said in a Saturday morning email blast referring, of course, to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to consider an Obamacare contraception mandate challenge. “Allowing employers to inject themselves into these intensely personal decisions would be a huge step backward.”
It’s not often that a Republican wins Wallington, South Hackensack, Lyndhurst, Ridgefield and Rochelle Park and loses Oradell, Old Tappan, Norwood, Woodcliff Lake and Northvale but that’s what happened in this month’s U.S. Senate election.
Comparing the 2013 special with the 2012 presidential reveals some interesting comparisons.
Statewide, Lonegan ran 4 percent ahead of Mitt Romney – enough to have elected Romney had he run that much better nationwide. But Bergen County was one place where Lonegan actually ran behind Romney.
That’s news to people South of Route 4 where the former Bogota Mayor exceeded the 2012 Romney percentage by 10 points in Ridgefield, 11 points in Palisades Park, 12 points in Bogota and 16 points in South Hackensack.
But go North of 4 to the traditionally Republican part of the county and there’s a different story. Lonegan dropped 14 points behind Romney’s 52 percent in Booker’s home town of Harrington Park, 13 points behind Romney’s 63 percent in Old Tappan and 10 points behind Romney’s 57 percent in Woodcliff Lake.
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno met with the Board of State Canvassers on Monday morning at the State House Annex around 10:00 a.m., Save Jerseyans, in her capacity as Secretary of State to certify the results of our October 16, 2013 Special General Election.
Translation: Cory Booker (D-Twitter) is officially New Jersey’s Junior “Senator-elect” as of approximately 10:00 a.m. today.
Cory Booker will be sworn in as a U.S. Senator on Halloween, October 31, according to Associated Press reports.
New Jersey’s senior Senator will, by tradition, escort Booker into the Senate Chamber. Vice President Joe Biden, the Constitutional President of the Senate will swear Booker in.
Booker told the Wall Street Journalthat reforming federal narcotics laws is on the top of his list for goals to accomplish in the final 15 months of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg’s term that he was elected to complete last week. Booker said he plans to reach across the aisle and work with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul to eliminate mandatory minimum sentencing laws for non-violent drug offenders…
Steve Lonegan may be done with politics but Senator-elect Cory Booker (D-Twitter) has got a reelection campaign to tackle just one year from now, Save Jerseyans.
Beating him still won’t be easy. A full year of photo-ops, fundraising and free press is part of the power of incumbency. Overcoming celebrity takes money, particularly in a super-expensive media state like our own.
Still, some evidence coming out of Wednesday night suggests that Booker’s jaw is made of glass. It all comes down to the NJ GOP finding a quality candidate with the resources and message to win, something which frankly hasn’t happened in a long time.
Gov. Chris Christie (R-Mendham) and Sen.-Elect Cory Booker (D-Twitter) met today in Essex County for a supermarket groundbreaking that quickly turned into a #njsen victory celebration for New Jersey’s most popular politicians.
Take a deep breath and then press play, Save Jerseyans:
Here’s another stark example with near term implications: the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) released the results of an interesting comparative analysis of the respective economic/fiscal plans set forth by Steve Lonegan (R-Bogota) and Cory Booker (D-Twitter), Save Jerseyans.
You won’t be surprised to know there’s a big difference between the candidates.
$101 billion big.
According to NTU, Booker’s proposals would add $33 billion per year to the federal budget whereas Steve Lonegan’s proposals would save taxpayers approximately $68 billion on an annual basis. And that’s just the spending; Cory Booker is also pitching $1.486 trillion in new taxes.