By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog
I’m sorry to be a buzz kill on a Friday but here it is, one day after Chris Christie’s administration took a beating in oral argument before the New Jersey Supreme Court:
The politicians who created the pension mess knew they would not be around when the feces hit the fan, Save Jerseyans. They created havoc from Florio on down with an unsustainable pension system and now want the citizens of New Jersey to pay for their mistakes.
If anyone is looking to place blame, it is the politicians on both sides, not those that were part of the system. They were promised the sun, the moon and the stars but wound up with asteroid dust.
Every other governor kept the taxes at bay by taking money OUT of the pension system.
Once Governor Christie leaves, politicians will look to fund the pensions and guess who they will expect to pay the freight? You and I.
Senate President Steve Sweeney is already looking to fully fund the pensions in 2016. The only problem? He can’t explain how it’s possible without raising taxes. He is making promises and those like him to further their positions once again on the backs of those who can’t afford it.
The pensions, the TTF, the DOT, etc…. just who winds up paying with their sweat and blood? When politicians say the state is broke, they are telling you they pissed our money away again and need to take more of what the taxpayers do not have.
It’s all political rhetoric to further their position, pay off their lobbyists and to make it appear as if something is being done.
How many times are we promised taxes will be cut only to have the rug pulled out from under us, and then promised “we won’t let it happen again?”
Something that might surprise you? It’s not so much that we need more conservatives; we need less liberals. Nothing, and I mean nothing ever goes back into the pockets of the ones who bail out the mismanagement of our money.
Then there is the old shell game: raise taxes 40% and then tell us they cut 4% from the budget. Our elected leaders may call it a cut, but ask those that contributed the 40% how much that 4% helped them out.
Gee, the state didn’t raise taxes but now the municipalities had to raise taxes for the funding they didn’t receive from the state. Another game of thimblerig; the municipalities had to raise taxes on the local level to fund their obligations . . . so guess again . . . your taxes still went up.
This game has been played for the last 20 years and not one thing has changed.
One step further? I will guarantee it doesn’t matter who gets elected that taxes will go up; nothing will get cut, and the waste will continue. Promises will be made, ideas will be presented but, in the end, we all pay more out of our pockets.
New Jersey had the greatest percentage of outbound moves of any state nationally last year with almost 65 percent of its population departing. New Jersey has the highest rate of outward migration of any state in the nation for the fourth time in five years.
About 42 percent left to find jobs or took a company transfer.
Residents are fleeing New Jersey in far greater numbers than people coming in, and politicians can’t understand why there is a lack of revenue!
New Jersey’s state government wants to understand why companies are leaving the state and passed a bill for a study.
The highest state in the nation with outward migration four years in a row and we need a study!? Seriously?
But let’s just keep putting those same people back in office; they will raise taxes to pay for another study.
Businesses closing, people retiring or moving out of state, foreclosures. Did you ever notice no matter how bad things get, no matter how little revenue is brought in, our politicians never take a pay cut? The only best interest at heart is one who gets re-elected to enjoy the perks that go along with it.
Love him or hate him, do you think it’ll get any better when the man who’s held the line on taxes, limited discretionary spending and made the largest pension payments in many, many years is gone? You’re dreaming.