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Republican Congress, New Jersey Gets Screwed

The Tax Foundation issued its latest report [pdf] of how the states fare in sending tax dollars to the federal government and then getting that money back.  It turns out that under the Republican Congress New Jersey has been getting screwed.

  • In 1994, the last year of a Democratic Congress, New Jersey got 69 cents on the dollar from the federal government.  After ten years of almost unbroken Republican control of Congress, New Jersey is now getting 55 cents on the dollar.  That’s a 20 percent drop in relative funding.

    Oh, and the 55 cents on the dollar figure is the worst in the nation.

  • In 1994, the last year of a Democratic Congress, New Jerseyans paid 133 percent of the national per capita average in federal taxes.  Ten years of Republican control of Congress means we pay 144 percent.
  • Compounding the insult of forcing us to pay a larger share of federal taxes than most people in other states, the last ten years have seen a precipitous drop in our percentage of the federal budget coming to NJ.

    Back in 1994, the per capita spending on New Jersey’s residents was 91 percent of the national average.  After ten years of Republican control, we now get 78 percent of the national average.

It’s fair that New Jersey is a donor state, because we are wealthier than most.  We were a donor state under a Demcoratic Congress, and we are a donor state under a Republican Congress.  But under Republicans we are sending more and getting less than ever before!

Don’t let those Republicans tell you they are reducing our tax burden and helping us to keep more of our money in our pockets.

The fact is that when we used to send money to the federal government we got 20 percent more back than we do today, and that is thanks to a Republican Congress.  This results in New Jersey’s income and property taxes rising to pay for roads, schools, environmental controls, port security, etc.

Republicans talk a good game about how we should elect Tom Kean Jr. and Mike Ferguson and the like because they will cut taxes for us, but that is just a smokescreen.  We may save a few bucks in the long run, but the commensurate reduction in services is not worth the cost.

Too Busy Crying to Move Forward

Believe it or not, I have friends (even family) who are Republican.  Yes, we tend to disagree on many thing, but we’ve learned over time to be respectful of each other and agree to disagree.  Because there is a level of respect to begin with, we are able to give and take on issues when we debate them.

Ah, the gentlemanly art of politics!

Unfortunately, contemporary politics have become more about slash-and-burn, take-no-prisoners, with-me-or-against-me whining.  If you can’t deal with someone’s stance on the issue, don’t bother trying to educate yourself and the public as to what is wrong with it, simply lob grenades at them.  If all else fails, run to the courts and cry foul.

That’s what is wrong with Democrats at the national level and Republicans at the state level.  Perhaps it comes with being a slight minority and not having the creativity to make up the slack. 

New Beginning for Princeton Democratic Club

Last night I was elected president of the Princeton Community Democratic Organization. It was a contested election, with the other candidate being the “establishment” candidate.  But we campaigned hard and won, 156 – 59, on a platform of activism, expansion, inclusiveness and openness. Juan Melli also got elected to the executive board.

UpdateJanuary 23, 2006 at 11:33:39 EST by jmelli Wally Edge:

A new generation offers a leader

There was a changing of the guard among liberals in Princeton last night in a race for President of the Princeton Community Democratic Organization, a group of Democrats from Princeton Borough and Princeton Township. Jenny Crumiller, a fundraiser for Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign and a Democracy for America member, defeated Dick Bergman, who got his start in politics working for Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern, by 156-59 margin. Bergman, who worked as a budget analyst for the New Jersey Legislature and spent thre years working in the Carter White House, had been the handpicked candidate of Princeton Township Mayor Phyllis Marchand. With more than 350 members, the PCDO is the largest local Democratic club in Mercer County.