The other day, I talked about how Governor Chrisite’s Millionaire Welfare program is disastrous for the health of New Jersey, and a few weeks before that, I talked about how income tax cuts in general are the problem, not the solution.
Today, I want to hammer this home by putting a human face on the impact and suffering of New Jerseyans due to the heartless, downright cruel and absolutely unnecessary government giveaways to the super duper rich. I’ll start in Passaic, where over 200 disabled residents, many elderly and on a very limited fixed income must now pay an annual fee for a handicapped parking space that they were not charged for in years.
“I didn’t want to make this tough decision, but we are being forced to at this time,” [Mayor Alex D.] Blanco said.
“We hate to make these kinds of decisions,” Schaer said. “They strike at the quality of life. But with cuts we have gotten coming from Trenton and coming from Washington, we are the last stop.”
I’ll note that the tax savings from just one person earning $1,000,000 under Christie’s proposal would pay for virtually every single handicapped parking fee.
But the downgrade in the quality of life for New Jerseyans doesn’t stop there. Those of us who take NJ Transit know all too well the significantly more erratic and lower level of service that we now get along with our higher fares so that millionaires can enjoy their lavish lifestyle.
And while private security services in gated communities won’t be suffering, all across the state there are cuts to public safety due in large part to more cuts in aid from Christie’s budgets.
Let’s also not forget Christie’s massive cuts to public education (as you’ve read here in great and painful detail), despite NJ consistently having one of the top ranked public school systems year in and year out – or that his cuts were slapped down in court and totaled nearly $1 billion his first year in office – a time when he cut taxes on corporations and on millionaires – two things that have not led to any measurable or direct job growth or economic activity.
And in possibly one of the unkindest cuts of all, drastic cuts in state aid to NJ nursing homes that care for the sickest of patients left them far short of the necessary funds, and could very well mean layoffs to staff at these nursing homes.
Clearly, the disabled, the elderly, the sick, the state’s children (and future), public safety and those working class families who use public transportation can stand some more service cuts and increased fees so that Christie’s base can get their government handouts and enjoy more luxury cars and vacations.