Tag Archive: Responsibility

Weinberg on The Ed Show

There was a particularly convoluted piece of logic in Piers Morgan’s hour-long non-probing interview of Gov. Chris Christie on his show last night on CNN. Christie

You can watch it here. Christie:

Well, I paid the money back because I thought it was important to let the public know that I wasn’t using this as a perk of office.

PHighlighted Christie saying (on irval network CNN) that he didn’t use the anti-terrorism chopper as a perk of the office.

He wasn’t using it as a perk? Tell that to any other parent who has to rush from work or give up pay to get to a kid’s dance recital or game.

He paid for it only after he was caught out doing it. He wasn’t on state business. Typical Chris Christie, never admits a mistake.

If that’s the best transportation, for his work, and its best for security or other reasons, then he should be on that helicopter. But for personal business, he should pay. And before he’s forced to because he’s found out.

Wisconsin – Where are we on collective bargaining?

We’re having a difficult time in NJ, not like Wisconsin. I hope to see a better outcome. Right out of the Republican playbook, a war on unions, a war on women.

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Contrast of Two Politicians: Work Ethic & Responsibility to New Jersey

Reporter Jane Roh picks up on an interesting contrast between Governor Christie and Gloucester Senator Fred Madden, in each man’s decisions regarding a Florida vacation. When presented with an obvious work requirement in the form of a snow emergency, Gov. Christie chose to go on vacation, while Sen. Madden, presented with a work requirement in the form of a vote on Christie’s tool box, chose to stay in New Jersey (which apparently cost him some $$ bucks) and do what we hired him for.

Add to this contrast in sense of responsibility …

… Madden is one of 40 Senators. Christie is NJ’s CEO.

… Had Christie changed his plans to handle work, some or all of his costs might have been paid for by us, the taxpayers. Sen. Madden likely paid out of pocket for his missed vacation.

Quoting now, from Jane’s piece today in the Courier-Post:

No one begrudges Christie, his wife and four children a winter getaway, but Madden was among a number of critics who wondered why the governor did not hang back for a day or two to keep an eye on storm cleanup across the state.

[snip]

“It makes no sense that they’re both out of the state at the same time,” Madden said.

“I was supposed to be in Florida for four days with my wife for a family wedding this month. Then I was called for Senate votes on the tool kit bills. I ate the tickets, ate the trip and my wife went by herself.”

A Talking Point For When Your District Is Making Cuts

I am an ally of music and arts, having known (and currently knowing) many people in the music and arts program. However, I wish to remain objective when I say that sports should be higher on the chopping block than music and arts. Let’s take a look at the two

-Music and Arts are legitimate degree programs in many colleges, which yield many career opportunities and is a good social investment which gives a lot back to the economy.

-Sports however, may get you a scholarship to college and may be a good extracurricular sport, but you do not get a degree based on scoring points for your team.

Of course, we may need statewide action for these districts to get their priorities straight. Like administrative streamlining to prevent harm to teachers, we may need policies which encourage taking into consideration the social investments of extracurricular activities in determining priorities for funding of such activities.

One such idea, capping spending on extracurricular athletics at 0.5% (that’s 1/2 of 1%) of the total budget for the district.

Do We Need The New Jersey Sports And Exhibition Authority

I was watching over Christie’s appointments, when I found out Yudin was tapped to head the NJSEA and I was thinking, why not, instead of having someone to head the NJSEA, we eliminate it altogether.

Sports and exhibitions/conventions are a high revenue industry, and the state need not, and should not, be in the business of bread and circuses, just like the state of Pennsylvania should not be in the business of selling wine & spirits

My proposal:

1. Eliminate the NJ Sports and Exhibition Authority

2. Ban the use of tax revenues to construct stadiums or convention centers.

Hat tip to: http://www.nolandgrab.org/arch…

This is a good resource for why public funding of stadiums is a boondoggle.

But then again, I’m not the athletic type, so I have no stake in seeing the continued perverse subsidies of something that could just as easily be left to the private sector.

You know, it’s a Hell of a Feeling.

I have been following the story that broke Sunday, in The Washington Post, regarding the level of care and support, or lack thereof, that our wounded veterans have been receiving at Walter Reed Medical Center. I am angered, appalled, disgusted, and enraged. But I am not shocked. On the contrary, I am not surprised one little bit.

It’s a hell of a feeling, and I have more feelings to go.

Corzine Gets Dionne’s Attention

It’s so rare that the Washington Press corps pay attention to whats going on in the rest of the country that when they do, it seems to shock us all.

Even rarer, is when they juxtapose an action of a State politician with a Federal Politician.

EJ Dionne has a great column today in which he skewers El Presidente’s recent comments about Big Government failing when it comes to Katrina.

“So I’ve asked Chertoff to find out,” Bush said. “What are you going to do with them? I mean, the taxpayers aren’t interested in 11,000 trailers just sitting there. Do something with them. And so I share that sense of frustration when a big government is unable to, you know — sends wrong signals to taxpayers. But our people are good, hardworking people.”

Hold on: The president of the United States runs the “big government” he’s attacking. This is mysterious. If Bush’s “good, hardworking people” aren’t responsible for the problem, the villains of the piece must be alien creatures created by some strange beast called Big Government.

This is a typical Bush tactic and Dionne is right to call Bush’s BS on it. Then he comes up with the final gem:

On the same day Bush was pushing off accountability for the mobile home fiasco, another politician was giving his voters some very bad news — and taking responsibility for fixing the problem.

Gov. Jon Corzine of New Jersey announced that his state’s fiscal situation was a mess, and he proposed a budget that simultaneously raised taxes, cut programs and walked away from some of his own campaign promises. “New Jerseyans believe that telling the truth is always better than hiding from it, even when it hurts,” said Corzine, a Democrat. “And boy, does this budget hurt.”

I’ll leave it to New Jersey’s budget experts to parse the details of Corzine’s fiscal plan. But it’s definitely bracing when a politician skips all the rhetoric about big or small government and just tries to fix the thing.

Right on, politicians from both parties of NJ, heed this column by Dionne. For if you are going to be skewering, complaining, bitching, moaning, and criticizing Governor Corzine’s budget proposal, then fine.

However, keep in mind that this budget is the medicine needed to cure the craptacular condition you all have left this state’s finances in. Frankly, to this independent minded liberal, criticisms that are baseless and/or lack genuine alternatives that are workable and realistic ring hollow.