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Stephen King Takes Shots at Governor Christie

Stephen King wrote an expletive laden piece decrying his fellow rich Americans who want to avoid paying their taxes.  And he starts off with the words, “Chris Christie. . .”

Chris Christie may be (redacted), but he ain’t Santa Claus. In fact, he seems unable to decide if he is New Jersey’s governor or its caporegime, and it may be a comment on the coarsening of American discourse that his brash rudeness is often taken for charm. In February, while discussing New Jersey’s newly amended income-tax law, which allows the rich to pay less (proportionally) than the middle class, Christie was asked about Warren Buffett’s observation that he paid less federal income taxes than his personal secretary, and that wasn’t fair. “He should just write a check and shut up,” Christie responded, with his typical verve. “I’m tired of hearing about it. If he wants to give the government more money, he’s got the ability to write a check-go ahead and write it.” …

I guess some of this mad right-wing love comes from the idea that in America, anyone can become a Rich Guy if he just works hard and saves his pennies. Mitt Romney has said, in effect, “I’m rich and I don’t apologize for it.” Nobody wants you to, Mitt. What some of us want-those who aren’t blinded by a lot of bullshit persiflage thrown up to mask the idea that rich folks want to keep their damn money-is for you to acknowledge that you couldn’t have made it in America without America. That you were fortunate enough to be born in a country where upward mobility is possible (a subject upon which Barack Obama can speak with the authority of experience), but where the channels making such upward mobility possible are being increasingly clogged. That it’s not fair to ask the middle class to assume a disproportionate amount of the tax burden. Not fair? It’s un-fucking-American is what it is. I don’t want you to apologize for being rich; I want you to acknowledge that in America, we all should have to pay our fair share. That our civics classes never taught us that being American means that-sorry, kiddies-you’re on your own. That those who have received much must be obligated to pay-not to give, not to “cut a check and shut up,” in Governor Christie’s words, but to pay-in the same proportion. That’s called stepping up and not whining about it. That’s called patriotism, a word the Tea Partiers love to throw around as long as it doesn’t cost their beloved rich folks any money.

Read the whole thing.  It’s well worth it.

NJ Nets & NBA: Dysfunction and Excess Among the 1%

Not a pretty picture: Millionaire players and mega millionaire owners duke it out over money while the rest of us who enjoy professional basketball are relegated to dark screens and closed arenas. What with the high ticket costs and concession prices, attending this sport, as with football and hockey, is becoming increasingly an event for the wealthy.  Exhibition games were supposed to have begun this month, but as of now the season has been cancelled through the end of november.

Wealthy players and owners are arguing over how to divide up the revenue and whether to lower salary caps.  In fact the sport has become more about money than the game, driving away fans of modest means, particular in low income cities like Newark where people love basketball but watch it on TV if they can afford their cable bills.

The solution is to reduce player salaries and owner profits so that tickets become more affordable. What a novel idea!  So great an idea that undoubtedly the 1% nationally will reduce their own exorbitant salaries and excessive profits.  A  nice thought for a snowy Saturday when electric power just went off.  

Gov. Christie’s Budget Address Open Thread – A few of the sticking points

I’m still digesting this speech, but some immediate issues jumped out at me. What struck you, Blue Jersey? Read Gov. Chris Christie’s budget address.

Disparaging public employees: There was a reference to “keeping faith” with public employees in Gov. Christie’s budget address today. But the public-employee bashing came in the form of: “the rich benefits of the privileged few” who “do not contribute enough”. And that sounded more like the man.

Rich: Indeed, for a governor who threw his lot in with New Jersey’s richest the same year he touted “shared sacrifice”, the only references in the entire speech to “rich” came not in describing his own wealthy contributors and slush fund pals, or the cushy class he protected by vetoing the millionaire’s tax. In fact, that word – “rich” – was only used by Christie to describe New Jersey’s public employees. A great number of whom are represented by labor unions, the very definition of middle class.

Stand Up NJ and support collective bargaining and Wisconsin Workers – can you make the scene?

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