Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Gov. Chris Christie--Reaganesque?

The children will be the ones to suffer from your education cuts. "The real question is, who's for the kids, and who's for their raises? This isn't about the kids. Let's dispense with that portion of the argument. Don't let them tell you that ever again while they are reaching into your pockets."
Your policies favor the rich. "We have the worst unemployment in the region and the highest taxes in America, and that's no coincidence."

Why not renew the 'millionaire's tax'? "The top 1% of taxpayers in New Jersey pay 40% of the income tax. In addition, we've got a situation where that tax applies to small businesses. I'm simply not going to put my foot on the back of the neck of small business while I want them to try to grow jobs by giving more revenue to New Jersey."

Budget cuts are unfair. "The special interests have already begun to scream their favorite word—which, coincidentally, is my 9-year-old son's favorite word when we are making him do something he knows is right but does not want to do—'unfair.' . . . One state retiree, 49 years old, paid, over the course of his entire career, a total of $124,000 towards his retirement pension and health benefits. What will we pay him? $3.3 million in pension payments over his life, and nearly $500,000 for health care benefits—a total of $3.8 million on a $120,000 investment. Is that fair?"

ht Ace of Spades. [If I didn't know better, I'd say it was Ronaldus Maximus issuing those responses...]

LTB adds:  I'm developing serious man-love for Christie so far.  He's begun to rise above the rest in the field by not only setting Conservative policy, but re-capturing the hallowed ground of the sound-bite.  The Dems have for years claimed this as their domain, and weak-kneed Republican have feared to tread upon it.  Christie has successfully and unapologetically been spanking (inference to recent blog intended) Libs with their own paddle.

I'm think I'm in man-love....

Hard Right and I recently had a discussion vis-a-vis who we considered "Presidential Timber" in 2012.  We've bantered names like DeMint, McConnell and of course Palin back and forth but if Gov. Christie continues to impress and accomplish along these lines I'd have to think he immediately passes to GO.  And he can certainly have my $200.00 in a fight to stamp out "O"gasms in our lifetimes.

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