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Rick Perry stood up today and showed Barack Obama how leadership gets done.
Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally.
Perry, a vocal critic of the White House's response to the border crisis -- and who is mulling a second presidential run in 2016 -- said the state has a responsibility to act after "lip service" from the federal government.
He rejected suggestions that Texas was militarizing local communities by putting National Guard troops on the ground or that crime data along the border doesn't justify additional resources.
I had the misfortune yesterday of hearing Obamabot mouthpiece Susan Estridge tell Fox News "the border is secure." Why? Because the invaders crossing over are "immediately" caught, said she.
Except, catching them after the fact isn't border security. It's amnesty by another name.
Repelling them. That's border security.
And, spare me the "humanitarian crisis" claptrap. This whole thing was ginned by President Golfpants so he can pander to La Raza.
On Saturday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) said President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was a "down payment" to the Hispanic community before more grants of amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Speaking at the National Council of La Raza conference in Los Angeles, Gutierrez said that Obama assured him during a White House meeting with Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus last week that he would be as "generous and broad" as he can to "stop the deportation of our people each and every day."
Luis Gutierrez can kiss my ass. These gomers aren't our problem. They're the Honduran, Guatemalan, Salvadoran, and Mexican governments' problem. It's not America's job to feed, bathe, clothe, and house their dregs. These are supposed to be Real Countries. They certainly act like Real Countries while bloviating against American "imperialism" at the U.N. Well then, fine. Man up, and take care of your own damn citizens.
Oh, and don't go telling me that you banana republic hotshots can't afford it. Stop stealing. You already have money. Instead of hiding it in Switzerland, invest it wisely, at home.
That's what Real Countries do.
The homofascists have taken over the NFL, because nothing is worse than hurting some couldn't-quite-cut-it dude's precious widdle feewings.
The Minnesota Vikings have suspended special teams coordinator Mike Priefer for three games after an independent investigation of the organization into claims by former punter Chris Kluwe showed that Priefer made a homophobic remark during the 2012 season, the team announced Friday night.
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and president Mark Wilf released a statement Friday, saying in part: "In this instance, Coach Priefer fell short of what is expected. Accordingly, we have decided to suspend Coach Priefer without pay for the first three games of the 2014 regular season. In addition, he will be required to satisfactorily complete specialized workplace training that will include an emphasis on the managing of diversity and sexual orientation.
"If Coach Priefer completes this training and conducts himself in accordance with our workplace policies, we will consider reducing the length of his suspension by one game."
All coaches will think only the thoughts the homofascists allow them to think.
And, of course, they shalt grovel before the rainbow flag.
The Vikings also will donate $100,000 to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups.
Insert obligatory Viqueens joke here.
Annals of public employee unionistas — Edison, NJ Edition.
The custodian facing charges for allegedly starting a fire that burned down an Edison elementary school has retired.
Jerome Higgins confirmed by phone to The Star-Ledger that he no longer works for the school district. He declined to comment further, saying, "I'm not at liberty to speak."
Board of education members accepted Higgins' resignation at a special meeting Tuesday night, according to a report on MyCentralJersey.com. The resignation was effective as of June 30.
Higgins, 48, of East Brunswick is eligible for a pension since he has worked for the district for more than 25 years. He was paid $68,708 in 2012, public records indicate.
The county prosecutor charged Higgins improperly discarded a cigarette on March 22, igniting a fire that destroyed James Monroe Elementary School. No one else was in the building when the blaze broke out on March 22, a Saturday.
In the Real World, if you burn down your place of employment, you're fired.
But the public employee unions don't operate in a sane universe; they only care about their own, children be damned.
Because, the union will say, Mr. Higgins will be "punished." With a slap on the wrist.
Higgins is due in court Sept. 5. He could be fined $500 and receive 30 days in Middlesex County jail if he is convicted.
He's 48 years old, and now retired. For $500 bucks, and maybe 30 days in jail, he'll live large on the taxpayer's dime for the next 40 some odd years. Meanwhile the good people of Edison will have to build a new school on top of paying for pyro-man's cushy retirement.
Your tax dollars at work.
The science is settled. You don't want to argue with science, do you?
To put it one way, small doses of hydrogen sulfide help keep cells healthy and thus help ward off maladies such as dementia, diabetes, and even cancer.
To put it another way, "smelling farts could be the best thing you do today," as per CNET. As the Independent explains, researchers at the University of Exeter discovered that while hydrogen sulfide — the stuff produced in the gut that causes gas — is toxic in large doses, it's actually quite beneficial in smaller ones.
Specifically, it preserves mitochondria, which are vital to cell life. "Although hydrogen sulfide is well known as a pungent, foul-smelling gas in rotten eggs and flatulence, it is naturally produced in the body and could in fact be a health care hero with significant implications for future therapies for a variety of diseases," say the Exeter scientists.
Hang out with me, you'll live forever!
All weekend the rumors swirled. Chris Christie was going to issue an Executive Order regarding Common Core, but no one knew what parts he was going to negate.
Well, now we know. In a sop to the teachers unions, Christie nixed the impact of standardized tests on teacher evaulations. So they'll be teaching communism, but they won't be graded on how many good like Marxists they churn out.
The Christie administration announced Monday that the state will roll back the impact of new standardized tests on teacher evaluations, in a reversal for the governor who has been a staunch supporter of the new academic standards linked to those exams. Christie also announced that he will launch a commission to study the effectiveness and impact of all standardized tests given in the state.
The two measures come amid growing criticism of new academic standards known as Common Core and the tests linked to them. Parents have complained that too much testing is harmful to students, while the teachers union has argued that the new exams have been rushed and that it's too soon to judge teachers on the results. The standards have also been assailed by political conservatives who believe the federal government is defining what is taught in the classroom.
The new measure will minimize the impact of teacher evaluations from 30 percent to 10 percent in the first year and grow incrementally from there — a move welcomed by the teachers. union.
Let's ignore for the moment how Conmon Core is yet another Obamunism Mandate. Because that alone makes it suspect. Anything that comes from the same folks who brought us Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings and the GLSEN reading list can't be good for America's children.
Chris Christie wants to be president. The teachers unions would very much like to stop that from happening. So why give them a win? What bizarre political calculus begat a relaxation of testing standards without a commensurate change in the curriculum behind the idiotic standardized tests?
This was Christie's chance to differentiate himself from Obama, and by
extension, Hillary Clinton. They're the Big Government authoritarians.
They push this one-size-fits-all top-down bureaucratic banality. In what
universe is keeping Conmon Core intact even remotely congruent with
Shaneen Allen is no dangerous criminal. She's a single mom working 2 jobs who's already been robbed twice while traveling alone at night in Philadelphia. Her family suggested that she carry a gun for protection. She took a gun safety course, applied for and was granted a concealed carry permit, and bought a gun.
Then she made the mistake of driving into New Jersey.
Allen said that she didn't know her permit didn't apply to New Jersey so when she was stopped for a minor traffic offense she told the police about her gun and her permit to carry. In this case, being honest may have cost her.
"The judge tried to tell me that telling the truth messed me up, my life up and the cop said the same thing. Me opening my mouth and speaking out he said I'm one out of ten people that spoke up and was honest and that got me in trouble," she said.
Allen was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of hallow-point bullets which were in the gun. Under New Jersey gun laws, the illegal possession of a gun is a second-degree felony which holds a minimum sentence of three-years in prison.
I hope all you moms demanding "gun sense" are happy. Because your draconian gun laws are working. They're taking dangerous criminals like Shaneen Allen off the streets, and leaving her kids to fend for themselves.
Oh, but wait, elsewhere in New Jersey today…
Atlantic City: Shortly before noon a man was shot in the back at the corner of Connecticut and Drexel Avenues.
Camden: 2 people were shot this morning at the Regency House Apartment complex.
Winslow Township: A teen is recovering after a stray bullet hit her through a bedroom wall.
Paterson: A 19 year old man was arrested in the shooting death of 12 year old Genesis Rincon, who was killed while riding her scooter.
Newark: The homicide toll now stands at 44 after Edison Javier Vasquez Naranjo, 27, was found shot outside a home on the 200 block of 4th Street near the city's Branch Brook Park.
Putting a 27 year old single mom in prison surely would have prevented all that, right?
Of course not. Only an idiot, or a member of Moms Demand Action (but I repeat myself), could think otherwise.
All the feel-good legislation in the world wouldn't have stopped today's (or any other) shootings. And locking up Shaneen Allen is a travesty. She'll rot in jail just so preening soccer moms can pat themselves on the back.
Because that's what our state calls "justice" these days.
Mohammed's marauders in Iraq found some new toys at Mosul University. Because why should Iran have all the fun?
Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north, Iraq told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to "stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad."
Nearly 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of uranium compounds were kept at Mosul University, Iraq's U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the July 8 letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.
"Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the sites that came out of the control of the state," Alhakim wrote, adding that such materials "can be used in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction."
"These nuclear materials, despite the limited amounts mentioned, can enable terrorist groups, with the availability of the required expertise, to use it separate or in combination with other materials in its terrorist acts,T said Alhakim.
He warned that they could also be smuggled out of Iraq.
Ten bucks says they're already on their way to Mexico. Who's gonna stop ISIS from bringing a dirty bomb across the border? President Pool Shark?
It's time to restock the fallout shelter kids.
What was that line about history repeating itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce?
When you're dying of radiation poisoning, be sure to thank an Obama voter.
It's certainly be cheaper, and expedient. Sends a message too.
The Sisters of St. Francis confirmed today that federal officials are exploring the idea of using the religious order's vacant Syracuse buildings to house immigrant children awaiting deportation.
Officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Families and Children traveled to Syracuse on Monday to inspect six buildings on the 10-acre Franciscan campus at Court Street and Grant Boulevard, said Rochelle Casella, speaking for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities.
The inspection is part of an initial site assessment to see if two former convents or the former Maria Regina College center may be suitable for temporarily housing an undetermined of children from Central America who are awaiting deportation hearings.
Assuming, of course, that all the crucifixes could be removed first. Obama hates Catholics, until he needs them to prop up his La Raza resettlement policy.
Well, we have some interesting news. My husband Eddie is on the phone with us. We live in Southern California, and we're Catholic, active Catholics in our community, and there was a town hall meeting last evening, emergency meeting called by our local parish priest, ordered by our bishop (unintelligible) and the Archdiocese of San Bernardino. They have made the decision that they're going to absorb the immigrants that are coming through because the federal government called the bishop's office on Monday and they're gonna be busing these immigrants to our communities and asking us to open our homes and to house them for up to a month. The church will reimburse us for any out-of-pocket expenses and we were told not to talk to anybody about it, especially the media.
You'll notice that none of these resettlement locations are anywhere near 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The First Princesses must never rub elbows with MS-13 gangbangers or scabies and lice-infested "children" who spread tuberculosis wherever they go.
I hope the good people of Syracuse and San Bernardino have the guts to emulate the patriots in Murrieta. Because Holy Mother Church is being used by the forces of darkness. Obama doesn't care about these kids. He cares about continuing his "fundamental transformation" of America. In this case, transforming us into a Third-World hellhole ruled by his enlightened oligarch friends. They'll skim off the cream while doling out crumbs and lamenting "inequality," all to cement their stranglehold on power.
The humane thing to do is to repatriate these children, and then follow up with a foreign policy that encourages Freedom. Real Freedom like free trade, free enterprise, and free expression, not Free Stuff. Then they can remake their countries into places whey won't want to leave.
That's the American Way.
The Elizabeth, NJ school board definitely attracts the best and the brightest.
The past board president, Marie Munn, scammed free school lunches for her kids.
Now her successor got caught voting to reappoint his business partner as board auditor.
But not to worry, new board president Tony Monteiro claims he "wasn't even aware of the vote."
Apparently he was "adjusting to his role as board president" and not quite sure of what he was voting on.
I hope that statement instills as much confidence in you as it does in me.
Because that's what I look for in a school board president, cluelessness. Tony Monteiro, he'll rubber-stamp anything!
"I have an unblemished record and I will appeal even this technical violation to keep it that way," Monteiro said. "The fact is that I was found to have done nothing other than make a mistake about which resolution was before the board," he said.
Here, dude, quick, sign this contract paying WyBlog One Billion Dollars!
Because, mistakes happen, right?
New Jersey's senior U.S. Senator is back in the news. Seems that Bob Menendez (D-Salomon Melgen) is now blaming Cuba for spreading those rumors about his, ahem, "alleged" sexual transgressions.
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez said Tuesday he expects a full government investigation into intelligence information indicating the Cuban government may have been the source of false allegations he consorted with prostitutes.
The Washington Post first reported the existence of an intelligence report tying Internet Protocol addresses in Cuba to the anonymous tipster using the name Pete Williams, who approached watchdog groups and news outlets with reports of the trysts.
"From the very beginning we said that the accusations against us were false, that they were politically motivated," Menendez said in a brief hallway interview.
"Now, reading the Washington Post's report about government entities having information that the Cuban regime was behind some of this is, you know, really troublesome," Menendez said.
"If you have a foreign government trying to interfere either with the result of an election or the position of an individual in the United States Senate, that has to be really worrisome, so I would expect that those findings would be fully investigated," he said.
Gee, I thought all those bogus allegations were cooked up by a Right Wing website? Which is it Bob, a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, or your fellow travelers in the commie Left? And just what do you expect Dear Leader to do if the Cubans really are out to get you? Invade the Bay of Pigs?
But sure Bob, if you really want an investigation, let's have ourselves an investigation.
Influence peddling ring a bell Bob? Because I'm sure you remember Salomon Melgen and that Dominican Republic port cargo x-ray contract you helped him out with. As I recall it was right around the time he made a sizeable donation to your re-election campaign. Hmm. Can you think of any reason why Eric Holder shouldn't investigate that?
Yeah, me neither.
So let me save you some time Bob. The Cubans lost their emails. Sorry. That
kind of stuff just seems to happen when you least expect it.
Because nothing will energize his progressive moonbat base better than a fake Indian princess feminut. Fauxcahontas 2016!
Ed Klein reports that Obama is using Valerie Jarrett to urge Elizabeth Warren to challenge Hillary in the primary to protect Obama's transformation of the nation into something of which he and Michelle can be proud.
Warren will protect Obama's, ahem, achievements, Hillary can't be trusted to do that.
It's entirely believable. Whether it's true remains to be seen.
I can see it being true.
There's no love lost between the Obamas and the Clintons.
And it gives Valerie Jarrett the opportunity to play, er, Queenmaker.
President Obama has quietly promised Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren complete support if she runs for president — a stinging rebuke to his nemesis Hillary Clinton, sources tell me….
Obama has authorized his chief political adviser, Valerie Jarrett, to conduct a full-court press to convince Warren to throw her hat into the ring….
He believes that the populist Warren is the best person to convince the party faithful that Hillary is out of touch with poor Americans and the middle class. Warren, in his view, would carry on the Obama legacy after he leaves the White House….
"Barack, Michelle, and Valerie have been talking about Elizabeth Warren for quite some time," says an Obama administration source. "Valerie has told Warren that Obama is prepared to throw a great deal of money and organizational support behind her….
"Both Valerie and Michelle Obama have convinced the president that Elizabeth Warren is his Mini-Me," said a person who has discussed the issue with Jarrett.
Yup, two unqualified peas in an ideological demogogic pod, they are.
And with Warren at the helm we'll surely see this country fall into the Abyss.
Which, of course, is Jarrett's plan. She is the progressives' Maleficent, cursing freedom with every breath, and sowing havoc upon the land. Who better to fulfill her vision of malevolent misanthropy than the self-professed intellectual inspiration for the gimme-gimme-gimme goons of Occupy Wall Street?
Someone please tell me that this is all a bad dream.
Stand beside her, and guide her, through the night with a light from above.
And Happy Fourth of July.
Recovery Summer Episode VI, Revenge of the Part-Timers.
In the new landscape of the American labor market, jobs are easier to come by but hours remain in short supply.
New government data released Thursday showed the economy added 288,000 jobs in June — the fifth straight month gains have topped the critical benchmark of 200,000. The unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent, down more than a percentage point over the past year.
But there's a gnawing fear among some economists that the improving data provides false comfort. The number of people in part-time jobs jumped by more than 1 million in June to 27 million, according to the government's data, making it one of the corners of the labor market that has been slowest to heal. That has led to worries that the workforce may be becoming permanently polarized, with part-timers stuck on one side and full-time workers on the other.
"What we're seeing is a growing trend of low-quality part-time jobs," said Carrie Gleason, director of the Fair Work Week Initiative, which is pushing for labor reforms. "It's creating this massive unproductive workforce that is unable to productively engage in their lives or in the economy."
The spike in part-time work since the recession has been largely involuntary. These workers may have had their hours cut or are unable to find full-time jobs, earning them the official designation of "part-time for economic reasons." In June, their ranks swelled by 275,000 to 7.5 million. In 2007, 4.4 million people fell into this category.
So the good news, if you're an Obamabot, is the economy added 288,000 new jobs last month. The Real News though is that 275,000 of those jobs are part-time.
Hope and change!
And then there are the drop-outs; folks who've given up on ever finding a job, even a "low-quality part-time" job.
The US unemployment rate dropped to 6.1% in June the lowest level since September 2008.
However the number of people not in the labor force also rose to a fresh record high of 92,120,000 up 111,000 since June.
In fact, there are more than 7 million fewer people in the workforce than when Obama took office. Add them back in to the mix and the unemployment rate tops out at over 12 percent.
All of this should come as no surprise, unless you're living in a bubble.
When you raise taxes dramatically and roll out tons of burdensome regulations, a contracting economy is only a surprise if you're an idiot. Or a member of this Administration and the press. But I repeat myself.
Sadly this Administration envisions no changes to its disruptive policies. Because they can't, or won't, admit they're wrong. So, as long as they keep shoving in the same inputs, we'll keep seeing the same abysmal outputs.
In other words, the beatings will continue until morale improves.
Today's Star-Ledger business section reprinted this article from Sunday's Washington Post.
When Martin Hines takes his 8-year-old daughter for a weekday lunch at the Chili's Bar & Grill in Timonium, Md., this summer, he s looking for quick service so he can return to work.
Instead of waiting for an employee to bring his check, he prefers to swipe his credit card on an electronic tablet placed at each table, which also prints his receipt. During the meal, his daughter usually plays games on the tablet for a flat fee of 99 cents — a price Hines is willing to pay to keep her entertained.
During the past few months, Chili's has installed 45,000 tablets at more than 800 locations across the United States. Though customers are still visited by a human waiter, they can use these devices to order certain items — desserts and drinks, once the waiter has verified their age — as well as to pay checks or play games. The tablets are intended to alleviate the burden on wait-staff by automatically relaying orders to the kitchen, and expediting payment, according to Chili's.
As I kept reading it occurred to me that something must be driving this change.
Table-side tablets are proliferating in fast-casual restaurants. In December, Applebee's announced it would install 100,000 tablets at its restaurants in the United States by the end of 2014. Ziosk, the Dallas-based tech company that builds tablets for Chili's, is also working on similar devices for Uno's Pizzeria and Red Robin, among other chains.
"We recognize that although the industry aggregates a phenomenal number of people, [restaurants face] rising food costs, rising labor costs [and] rising health-care costs,:" said Ziosk chief executive Austen Mulinder.
Rising food costs. Directly attributable to Obamanomics.
Rising labor costs. Because all the right-thinking people believe in the mythical "living wage" chicanery.
Rising health-care costs. Holy Obamacare Batman!
Congratulations Progressives, you've succeeded in eliminating even more entry-level jobs. But the Important Thing is you feel good about yourselves, so there's that.
Don't forget to tip your robot.
From Hope and Change to disappointment and shame.
Poll after poll shows President Obama's approval rating dipping recently, and one new Quinnipiac University Poll finds that voters say Mitt Romney would have been a better choice in 2012.
With Mr. Obama deploying military troops to Iraq, failing to find compromise with Congress and seeing major defeats in the Supreme Court, voters continue to sour on him.
Quinnipiac found 45 percent of voters say the country would have been better off if Mr. Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, had been election, while just 38 percent say Mr. Obama remains a better choice.
Even Democrats aren't so sure — just 74 percent of them told the pollsters Mr. Obama was clearly the better pick in the last election.
Voters also rate him the worst president since World War II, topping even his predecessor, President George W. Bush, who had left office with terrible ratings.
Historians will spend years wondering how Obama fooled so many for so long.
Even the ultra-liberals in New Jersey are souring on their Dear Leader.
If a poll released today is any indication, voters in New Jersey have slightly soured on President Obama.
About 51 percent of New Jersey voters surveyed last week disapprove of Obama's performance, according to the Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll. Another 45 percent approve of the work he's doing.
That's a downturn since April, when the president had a 49 percent approval rating; 47 percent gave him a thumbs down at that time.
The only poll that matters, of course, is in November. And sadly the same folks who have opened their eyes to the Real Obama are still enamored with his lapdog Senator.
Democratic Sen. Cory Booker has the early lead in New Jersey's U.S. Senate race, but a poll shows uncertainty among voters.
Today's Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll finds 43 percent of registered voters surveyed support Booker compared to 23 percent who back Republican Jeff Bell.
However, 15 percent say they would vote for another candidate and 17 percent are undecided.
Poll director Patrick Murray says the early preference for none of the above indicates a simmering distrust of the two major parties.
Booker's approval rating of 48 percent remains mostly unchanged from previous surveys in April and February.
And with the GOP doing their best to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory I am not at all optimistic that we'll see a course correction this year, let alone in 2016.
Please America, prove me wrong.
One of the nation's most powerful labor unions could face a costly onslaught of lawsuits seeking tens of millions of dollars in dues, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the money was collected improperly, legal experts said.
In a ruling Monday, the high court held that Service Employees International Union cannot force people who care for loved ones to be union members and deduct dues from the government checks of those they care for. The practice has gone on for several years in a handful of states, creating a lucrative stream of cash for the powerful labor organization, which represents more than 2 million workers and takes in about $300 million per year.
"The whole point of the decision was that the folks milked by the SEIU weren't really public employees and should not be forced to pay union dues at all," said Hans Bader, senior attorney for the Competitive Enterprise Institute. "So they should be able to sue for refund of their compelled union dues back as far as the statute of limitations will allow."
"It could have a large effect," he added.
Every dime refunded to these hard-working folks is money that can't be used for promoting Democrats at the ballot box. And any day when public employee unionista power gets curtailed is a good day for America.
What's not to like about that?
Steve Sweeney huffed and he puffed and in the end Chris Christie blew his house down. Because Christie said raising taxes was a non-starter, which apparently is a newsflash to Sweeney, and our liberal media.
It's The End Of The World according to the class warriors at the Star-Ledger
Gov. Chris Christie signed a $32.5 billion state budget today that all but abandons a first-term plan to repair New Jersey's derelict pension system, slicing $1.57 billion from a payment required by law for public workers' retirement funds.
With his new budget — which makes modest funding increases to schools and hospitals and is 1.2 percent smaller than the one he signed last year — Christie held firm on a promise to block major tax increases in New Jersey. He vetoed a pair of Democratic bills that would have hiked rates on millionaires and businesses and reaped an extra $1.1 billion for the pension funds.
Christie's move to short the pension system — a reversal for a governor who once pledged to rescue it from collapse — could spark downgrades of New Jersey's credit rating and a difficult court battle against public-sector unions. With unfunded liabilities of nearly $50 billion for state and local workers. plans, the growing pension mess could hurt Christie's chances if he decides to run for president.
This is what passes for "objective" reporting in the Garden State. Christie "abandons" the pension system! It's a "reversal" of his "pledge!" Except, the money simply isn't there. Sweeney's millionaire's tax is a chimera; a ploy that's already been tried, and failed. Maybe the Ledger should read their own op-eds.
The big spenders at the Bergen Record are no better.
Governor Christie signed a $32.5 billion budget into law Monday evening, using his line-item veto to slash more than $1 billion in spending from the appropriations bill that lawmakers had approved knowing he would cut that funding and reject their tax increases.
Christie cut funding for women's health care, a tax credit for low-wage workers and legal services for the poor, all from the budget bill approved by Democrats on Thursday. The governor also delayed property tax relief to next year, overriding Democratic attempts to provide it next month.
The spin, it makes me dizzy. All those "cuts" are in actuality additional spending tacked onto the budget by the Democrats and nixed by Christie. Presumably because spending more money on extra stuff is how they "save" the pension system. The amounts Christie left appropriated to "women's health care," "low-wage workers," and "legal services for the poor" remain unchanged from last year. And the property tax relief game is one played by every governor since William Paterson, which makes it hardly newsworthy, unless you're out to paint Chris Christie as evil incarnate.
Chris Christie hasn't stood up for much. I'll be the first guy to say he's
been a tremendous disappointment to us Conservatives. But once a year at
budget time he's our guy. The taxpayers of New Jersey will take whatever
victories we can get, whenever we can get them. Until Christie came along
the public employee unions held all the cards around here. It's about time
they felt some of our pain.
Well whaddaya know, the First Amendment's "Establishment Clause" cuts both ways. For those of you who are unfamiliar with its heretofore deprecated second half, allow me to refresh your memory:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…
Which means that closely held corporations can freely exercise their owners' religion.
The Supreme Court ruled today that the Christian-run Hobby Lobby doesn't have to obey the HHS mandate that is a part of Obamacare that requires businesses to pay for abortion causing drugs in their employee health care plans.
The Obama administration was attempting to make Hobby Lobby and thousands of pro-life businesses and organizations comply with the HHS mandate that compels religious companies to pay for birth control and abortion-causing drugs for their employees. However, the U.S. Supreme Court today issued a favorable ruling in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a landmark case addressing the Constitutionally guaranteed rights of business owners to operate their family companies without violating their deeply held religious convictions.
Writing for the 5-4 majority, Justice Samuel Alito handed down the decision for the high court, saying, "The Supreme Court holds government can't require closely held corporations with religious owners to provide contraception coverage."
HHS's contraception mandate substantially burdens the exercise of religion," the decision reads, adding that "the decision concerns only the contraceptive mandate and should not be understood to mean that all insurance mandates." The opinion said the "plain terms of Religious Freedom Restoration Act" are "perfectly clear."
Poor Sandra Fluke. Now she has to pay for her own contraceptives. Someone
ought to take up a collection before she accidentally reproduces.
They huffed and they puffed and Chris Christie will line-item-veto them into irrelevance anyway.
The Democratic-controlled New Jersey Legislature followed the script as expected Thursday, sending Gov. Chris Christie a new $34.1 billion state budget that would make a full payment to the public-worker pension fund and increase taxes on businesses and millionaires to plug a major revenue shortfall.
They did so even though Christie, a Republican, is expected to veto the tax hikes and reduce the pension payment to cover the shortfall before signing the spending plan.
But in the midst of a day of prepared speeches and pre-determined votes, state Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) could not contain his anger. He thundered at Republicans that pension reforms he and Christie enacted three years ago "came with an obligation, damn it! ... What about damn fairness?"
Fairness? What is this "fairness" of which He Would Be Governor speaks? We've had a succession of Democrat governors and legislatures, all espousing "fairness," and all failing miserably to honor their obligation to the pension fund. Because buying votes always trumps "fairness." Now Sweeney is peeved because Chris Christie plans to do the same thing every Democrat governor before him has done?
I think the word for that is "chutzpah," not fairness.
Besides, when do the taxpayers get our chance at this "fairness" thing? We're pretty damn tired of paying through the nose for bloated, inefficient, duplicative government. Revenue shortfall my ass! The budget Christie originally proposed is bigger than last year's. Sweeney's plan outspends him by another 3.3%. We have plenty of revenue, what we don't have is anyone willing to rein in spending.
Oh, and looky here, geriatric loon Loretta Weinberg (D-Abortion, Inc.) snuck in her state subsidy for the charnel houses of Planned Parenthood, again. Christie's vetoed that nonsense at least 5 times already, but hey, why not showboat for the merchants of death in one more blast of futility?
Under the guise of "fairness" the Democrats are up to their same old tricks
— tax and spend, wealth redistribution, and pandering for votes. They
haven't had a new idea in more than 50 years. Meanwhile the rest of us have
figured out that yes, you eventually do run out of other people's money.
Dear Leader is going to be very, very angry. And I suspect that the IRS just moved 9 names to the top of their Audit Now list.
Barack Obama used his recess powers to appoint a head for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and three radical far left members to the NLRB despite the fact that the senate was in session in January 2012.
The Supreme Court today found Barack Obama's NLRB recess appointments were unconstitutional.
You'd think that a guy who pretended to teach Constitutional Law would be better informed on what the Constitution actually says. Nope. Not even the ultra-liberals on the Court bought his bogus arguments. That's gotta hurt. And it probably won't be very much fun to come anywhere near Royal Consort Valerie Jarrett today.
In a unanimous decision, the high court ruled in favor of Senate Republicans and limited the president's power to fill high-level vacancies with temporary appointments.
The court upheld the general authority of the president to make recess appointments, but said Obama lacked the power to fill slots at the NLRB during a brief, three-day Senate recess in 2012.
Obama had argued that the Senate was on an extended holiday break and that the brief sessions it held every three days were a sham that was intended to prevent him from filling seats on the NLRB.
The justices rejected that argument.
Alas, this ruling is a lot like closing the barn door after the horses have
left. Since Dingy Harry nuked the Senate they've become little more than a
rubber-stamp for the regime. All that could change, of course, if the GOP
gets out of their own way
in November. Then the last two years of Barry's Caliphate could very well
be the worst 2 years of his life.
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