Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered

After a 25 year run up in obscene and unnecessary growth of greedy and corrupt government, it’s not only important to get out the the liposuction machine. It’s important to tie off the stomach. That would mean constitutional spending caps. (and yes, statutory spending caps are worthless).

New Jersey: A Blue State Deep in Debt Rethinks What’s Important

You know taxes are too high when even the liberals root for spending cuts.

New Jersey’s tough-talking new governor, Christopher J. Christie, the first Republican elected in 12 years, is grappling with a deficit in the billions by squeezing nearly everyone — school children, the elderly, mass transit, cities, suburbs, subsidized renters and home owners.

Other states are making painful cuts, too: Arizona, to name one, is ending state-funded all-day kindergarten and health coverage for 47,000 children from low income families, though its Republican governor is pressing for a sales tax increase to avoid even deeper sacrifices.

But what’s most surprising about New Jersey is how in such a blue, labor-dominated state, Democrats and union members seem to be cracking under the pressure of the state’s tax burden, revealing a kind of split-personality disorder.

The syndrome surfaced last summer during Mr. Christie’s campaign, when he vowed to bring New Jersey’s property taxes, the nation’s highest, under control. As a candidate he saved his sternest threats for the teachers’ and state workers’ unions, whose healthy pay and benefits packages, he argued, were slowly strangling the schools and running the state’s finances into the ground. Union members, state workers and teachers, it turned out, weren’t offended by his rhetoric. In fact, public opinion surveys showed they ate it up.

People who followed the New Jersey gubernatorial campaign might remember that Christie’s tough rhetoric didn’t start until the Wall Street Journal and other conservatives started complaining about how lame and milquetoast his campaign was.

The syndrome surfaced last summer during Mr. Christie’s campaign, when he vowed to bring New Jersey’s property taxes, the nation’s highest, under control. As a candidate he saved his sternest threats for the teachers’ and state workers’ unions, whose healthy pay and benefits packages, he argued, were slowly strangling the schools and running the state’s finances into the ground. Union members, state workers and teachers, it turned out, weren’t offended by his rhetoric. In fact, public opinion surveys showed they ate it up.

Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Poll, said the surprising reactions were a reminder that Democrats and union members are also home owners, job seekers and parents — and that things have gotten so bad that even they might be willing to swallow some tough medicine and embrace once-unthinkable policies.

Christie then started to ramp up the rhetoric and differentiate himself. That is why he’s governor. Bill Brady should do the same, stop harping on the social issues, and go after property taxes and public employee unions. When people start paying attention to the unwarranted pensions and payroll bloat, they will do exactly what New Jersey voters did, and turn out the drones who are slaves to the public unions.

Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. It is time to slaughter the hogs.

Vote Fraud

That what nearly all absentee, provisional, and vote by mail schemes are. Vote Fraud plain and simple.

We need a simple rule. If your ballot isn’t counted 24hours after election day (Wed. at 11:59:59), it doesn’t get counted. Period.

Every expansion of voting is an invitation to game the system, and any marginally creative person can figure out 10-20 ways to do it.

If you want free and equal elections in America, you have to curtail absentee voting, and abolish ALL provisional voting. If you didn’t get your act together enough to be properly registered, better luck next time.

UPDATED – Thoughts on the Illinois Election

1) 14.5 + 7.7 = 22.2%

2) It is indeed sweet that Hastert did not win the primary. Nothing personal against Ethan, but I would like nothing better than to have Hastertism purged from the GOP.

3) Bob Dold beating Coulsen is one less Scozzafava candidate killing the GOP.

4) Tom Morrison beating Bassi is an important indicator of where things can go from here.

5) I’m surprised that anyone was surprised about Bill Brady. 3 relatively weak front runners trashing each other for 3 weeks, while you are sitting on name req. and a regional base?? If you understand politics, you never counted Brady out.

6) Perhaps the most delicious outcome was that millions of dollars of money from some of the worst culprits in Illinois financial meltdown (donors to Dillard and McKenna) were wasted to almost no effect.

7) Dillard is a neutered candidate who alienates the entire “downstate” area if he challenges Brady’s 500 vote margin. If he wins the election, he will win it the way Al Franken won MN and Gregoir won Washington – by tweaking the vote count just enough to win. Therefore…

8 ) Brady has a chance to win the Governor’s race, Dillard has none. Dillard should do what is decent for the party, and concede. He won’t, though. He’ll fracture the party. It’s what Scorpions do.