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Who Will Take The Silver?

Governor Chris Christie has dangled his 30 pieces of silver and has placed a price on the heads of public workers by claiming that their benefits are going to be directly responsible for preventing tax payers from not only getting a property tax rebate but from getting a DOUBLE rebate. Thirty pieces of silver to find a Judas in the voters.

Call it clever politicking or call it an outright baiting the hook but no matter what you call it, it is a shameless and vile attempt to place a target of hate on the backs of hardworking, middle-class public workers.

A governor is supposed to represent all of the citizens, not just those who are ideologically aligned with him. This governor has showed that he will not bend or negotiate anything to his ideological opposites. He acts as if a weak democratic voter turnout were some kind of mandate empowering him to run roughshod over public workers and union members throughout New Jersey. At the same time, he begs poverty for the state and asks nothing of the millionaires in sacrifice and, in fact, asks less of them than anyone else in the state.

Given recent events regarding New Jersey State Public Defender, Yvonne Smith Segars’ letter exposing Christie’s attack on her constitutionally protected position, it begs the question, “Does this man know have no shame?”

It is time for a careful reflection on the last year of Chris Christie’s performance and to ask the honest questions. Who does he really represent, the majority population of New Jersey in the working poor and middle class or the millionaires and his own aspirations to higher office? Performance would speak to the latter.

“Glory Days Glory Days”

“The problem was not that Americans lived beyond their means but that their means had not kept up with what the larger economy could and should have been able to provide. The American economy had been growing briskly … but a larger portion of the economy’s winnings had gone to people at the top…. The central challenge is to rebalance the American economy so that its benefits are shared more widely.” –  Robert Reich: AFTERSHOCK (Alfred A. Knopf – 2010)

Brescia:The Cost of Inequality substantiates this lack of balance. Inequality in NJ can be viewed in terms of 1) our poverty rate: 8.7%; 2) differences in our median household income: Whites: $47,036, Black: $29,293 and Latino: $35,744; and 3) the difference between the median income of the three above groups and the State median income of $64,470, suggesting a number of individuals with a disproportionately high income. In comparison with other states NJ fares worse, but not significantly so because these disparities have become widespread throughout the U.S.

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