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Category: Class Warfare

Rich People Work Pretty Damn Hard, Too

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Lex Luthor: one of the first fictional evil rich guys in America popular culture.

Lex Luthor: one of the first fictional evil rich guys in America popular culture.

Here’s a little something to get the conversation going at your Labor Day barbecue, Save Jerseyans:

Rich people work just as hard as non-rich people in this country. 

Often, they’re the hardest-working among us.

Sorry, I know, this is jarring information to many of you, but life isn’t a Springsteen song. It’s a lost more nuanced than all of the lyrics written by New Jersey’s favorite working class hero (who has been rich for most of his life).


Christie Says Dems Waging ‘Class Warfare’

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

A woman protests Governor Christie's pension payment walk-back at his 6/25/14 Haddon Heights Town Hall (photo credit: Alyssa LaFage)

A woman protests Governor Christie’s pension payment walk-back at his 6/25/14 Haddon Heights Town Hall (photo credit: Alyssa LaFage)

I thoroughly enjoyed attending my first Christie town hall in a long time on Wednesday, Save Jerseyans, though to be 100% honest with you, the pall of a budget battle palpably hung heavily over Governor Chris Christie’s 122nd such gathering hosted at an elementary school in suburban Haddon Heights.

Pension protesters (see right) overwhelmingly supplanted those determined to discuss alleged pending Bridgegate-related indictments hours before a Mercer County Superior Court judge sided with the Administration’s position over that of organized labor.

Still, the Governor’s opening comments to the 300-ish attendees were less optimistic and upbeat than usual – the fictional Marty McFly might’s said “heavy” – and the tenor of the day’s discussion didn’t get too much more chipper from there on out despite his best attempts to mix in a little humor (and he did get some laugh lines as per usual). Also noticeably absent were any of the Governor’s situational allies in the South Jersey Democrat Machine; only Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. was in attendance, a staunch support of police consolidated backed by the Administration, but he politely got up and left half way through the event.

No Steve Sweeney, nor Dana Redd, nor Donald Norcross (even though Heights is in his district).

A sign of the mood 45 minutes north on I-295? Christie was stoic, sober yet undeniably fatalistic about the next steps in the choreographed budget drama. “…[the Democrats] passed yesterday a whole bunch of these taxes in committee,” Christie explained, providing a little background for his audience. “I assume they are going to pass them tomorrow in the full senate and assembly.”


Are You Dumb Enough to Trade $10 Billion for $560 Million?

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

Author’s Note: I’m not THAT dumb, Save Jerseyans.

runningWhy do we ALWAYS have the same argument over a millionaires tax?

Scratch that, Save Jerseyans. Why do Democrats and newspaper editors, aka Harry & Lloyd, our friends from Dumb and Dumber, ALWAYS ignore the facts of this argument? I’m getting sick and tired of the facts staring them right in the face and then, instead of responding to logic and reason, they lie to our faces. When they say that people do not leave, that people do not flee a state when they institute a millionaires tax, grab a fire extinguisher, aim it at their pants and get ready to pull the pin.

Wealth flees, Save Jerseyans. Wealth flees. And here is what the FACTS tell us what happens when a state, any state, raises its millionaires tax.


Robin Hood Budgets Are Killing Us

Trenton Mismanagement, Federal Obamanomics Sow Seeds of Fiscal Mayhem in New Jersey

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Robin HoodIt’s already starting, Save Jerseyans.

Shameless as ever, Trenton Democrats are trying to lay blame for an $807 million budget gap at the feet of our embattled Governor Chris Christie.

And to be 100% fair, the Guv has made a few missteps, not the least of which was failing to pitch budgets with less spending on the front end and the less-than-aggressive use of his line-item veto power on the back end. Salt on the wound? Levying taxes on e-cigarettes and Internet transactions only serves to further muddy the waters and reinforce a dangerous misconception in voters’ minds:

That “revenue,” not spending, is the problem.

Wrong! No, no, no! Our deep fiscal problems embodied by yesterday’s grim announcement are spending based, and the goofy revenue “strategy” that’s dominated Trenton’s thinking for nearly the past two decades is exacerbating those problems. The only silver lining? We have new definitive proof to back up our counter-argument coming out of this latest fiscal crisis.

No myths. Only facts…


AFP-NJ Combats Minimum Logic

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

AFP-NJ supporters rallied outside of Trenton AFL-CIO headquarters on a beautiful spring Saturday, Save Jerseyans, and their message was simple:

New Jersey’s minimum wage hike is holding everyone back. Big Labor’s membership included.

Combating minimum logic isn’t easy but we give them mega kudos for trying! God knows it’s a fight we’ve been waging right here at Save Jersey. Click below to watch a recap:

minimum wage rally

A Vacation From Inequality

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

Michelle ObamaAs millions are counting pennies and living on ramen noodles, Save Jerseyans in case you were wondering or didn’t know…

First Lady Michelle Obama, her daughters, mother and an entourage of 70, are staying in a sumptuous 3,400-square-foot, $8,350-per-night suite presidential suite at a Beijing Westin hotel complete with a private steam room, ‘corner sofas with silk pillows,’ and in-room dining for six.

Judicial Watch, a watchdog group in Washington, D.C., reports that it cost more than $11 million for President and Mrs. Obama to travel to Africa for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service last December, all despite the fact that they were in Africa for less than 13 hours.


Breaking Down Income Inequality

By Tyler Seville | The Save Jersey Blog

ladderLet’s talk income inequality, Save Jerseyans.

Income inequality has remained a prominent issue throughout campaign seasons over the past decade and it is going to come up again this season as well. While there is a lot of controversy as to whether or not income inequality exists, I would argue this is unproductive. One does not need to see charts and graphs to understand that there are rich people and poor people.

Save Jerseyans should consider including “income inequality” as part of their mantra, whether you are conservative, libertarian or moderate. In this two part essay, I hope to explain the needs, causes and solutions Save Jerseyans can believe in when discussing an issue such as this…


Some Pigs Are More Equal Than Others

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog


“But we know that people’s frustrations run deeper than these most recent political battles.  Their frustration is rooted in their own daily battles — to make ends meet, to pay for college, buy a home, save for retirement.  It’s rooted in the nagging sense that no matter how hard they work, the deck is stacked against them.  And it’s rooted in the fear that their kids won’t be better off than they were.  They may not follow the constant back-and-forth in Washington or all the policy details, but they experience in a very personal way the relentless, decades-long trend that I want to spend some time talking about today.  And that is a dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility that has jeopardized middle-class America’s basic bargain — that if you work hard, you have a chance to get ahead.

I believe this is the defining challenge of our time:  Making sure our economy works for every working American. It’s why I ran for President.”

- President Barack Obama, December 4, 2013


The Real Hunger Games

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

HungerLet’s hope 2014 turns out better for the U.S.A. than 2013; an estimated 14.5 million American households had difficulty providing enough food for their families over the last year, Save Jerseyans.

In seven million of those homes, at least one member of the family had to skip meals or eat less because of a stretched budget. These numbers are more or less unchanged since 2008!

In the richest country on earth, 50 million of us, one in six Americans . . . goes hungry. More than a third of them are children.

The media has, for the most part, ignored the fact that national poverty rates have been rising under the Obama Administration over the last four years at least.


A Minimum Wage for Minimum Achievement

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

Minimum Wage SweeneyI am sick and tired of hearing the whiners complain, Save Jerseyans, particularly about how Wal-Mart, McDonalds and the like don’t pay enough.

That is precisely why we supposedly have a free market; if you don’t like the job you are in at the moment, you are “free” to get an education and leave for a better position.

McDonald’s wasn’t meant to be a career choice or your dream job, nor was it designed to pay a livable wage.

It is an entry level job, a job that teaches an unskilled person people skills, the ability to learn how to count, make change, and what it means to be on time for your shift . . . responsibility.


The Warren Wage Won’t Fly

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

As if you needed another reason to vote against Question #2 on your November 5th ballot, Save Jerseyans, here’s a March 2013 clip which’ll scare the hell out of you.

Take it away, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA):

I want some of what she’s having, folks. It must be nice to go through life unrestrained by reality! Unfortunately for the rest of us, we have to live in the real job market quite unlike the former ivory tower occupant from the Bay State.

What’s even more unfortunate for New Jersey is that we’re about to adopt a constitutional amendment that could’ve been lifted right out of Elizabeth Warren’s twisted dreamworld…


Combating Minimum Logic

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

BurgerWe’ve done our best to explain why a constitutionally-enshrined minimum wage hike would prove disastrous for New Jersey’s fragile economy, Save Jerseyans, despite the fact that the ballot initiative appears destined to pass in November; the latest poll out today shows it garnering 65% support.

I’m not giving up yet. The stakes are too high.

Let’s not mince words: the problem underlying this debate is one which is endemic throughout our politics – emotion overwhelms logic.

I’ve said it before and I’ll keep on saying it well after November 5th… the minimum wage is NOT a family wage. Never has been and it never will be. Anyone who says it is a family wage is either (1) unnervingly ignorant themselves or (2) consciously trying to manipulate you. Either way, prove yourself to be a member of the smart caucus and disregard the lie. Then go a step further and help us clear the air in the minds of your fellow voters.

Here are a few more surprising facts worth noting directly from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics: