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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

There’s An Elephant In The Room

Have you noticed the elephant in the living room that the liberals keep trying to ignore even as they lose election after election? It's the huge "idea gap" between conservatives and liberals. While conservatives are open about what we think and our reasoning, liberals often try to obscure what they believe in or worse yet, publicly run from it. This is why -- as USA Today reported -- Americans think the Democratic Party is out of gas intellectually.

Yes, we have noticed that trend. Senator Jon Corzine has turned obfuscation, duck and run into an art form in his quest to become Governor of New Jersey. Lacking ideas, Corzine along with his fellow Democrats, substitute trite phases, obstruction and name calling for serious political debate and solutions to problems. Here’s a prime example from yesterday:

U.S. Sen. Jon Corzine supports publicly funded stem-cell research, but likes the California model compared to anything he has seen. If you want to know his stance on other hot campaign issues important to New Jersey, you're going to have to wait.

"There will be plenty of time for that later," the gubernatorial candidate said Monday.

They're [Republicans] asking Corzine to explain how he plans to solve the state's nearly bankrupt financial status and property-tax crisis. They're also asking for his perspective on issues like gay marriage and the governor's proposed slashing of property-tax rebates.

The Republican candidates answered most of those questions at length last week during a debate in northern New Jersey.

He did, however, offer a slight explanation of the $37,000 his mother donated to Bergen County Democrats even though she lives in Illinois.

"I've answered that question already," he said. "My mom and my family have always tried to help each other out. It's ridiculous. We're here to celebrate Frank Lautenberg's career."

Since acting Gov. Richard J. Codey announced in early February that he would not challenge Corzine for the Democratic nomination, Corzine has not said much.

After a reporter asked him two questions, Corzine refused to answer any more.

"You're not going to get anything out of me that you haven't already gotten," he said.
And what about Republicans accusing him of staying silent on issues?

Campaign manager David Wald stepped in and said, "We're not saying anything else."


At 10:28 AM, Blogger Fausta said...

Every time a politician says "there'll be plenty of time for that later" a red flag goes up

At 11:52 AM, Anonymous jw said...

Eh, I really don't see it that way. Why should Corzine come out with his plan now, so it can get attacked by 7 candidates, when he could wait a few months and have it attacked by one? It's also much easier to fire a retort to one candidate than seven. Come on, you know as well as I do its all strategy. If the rolls were swtiched, would you expect any different?

Why don't you guys figure out who will be running against Corzine first?

At 12:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He ran Goldman Sachs by bilking investors-seems to me that is the perfect resume for being governor, i.e., continuing the Democratic tradition of bilking taxpayers when he runs New Jersey

At 1:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How dare ye chastise one of my brothers ye charlatans. ARGH...May locusts eateth thy Spam out of thy hands...may thy genitals wither away...may thy scrotums itch with the itch of a thousand ants...may thy entreatments be as productive as whispering up the ass of a dead mule...

Ye have punished my liberal servants but I will shortly revenge myself upon thee though my brother, Jon of Corzine, Baron of Bucks, Earl of Emoluments, Lord of Legal Tender, Count of Coinage and Sultan of Specie...yea, verily, verily, I say unto you, his titles runeth to the ends of the earth.

Desist ye mere scratchings of the earth...do ye not know your betters? I am King of Cong, Lord of Laos, Count of Cambodia, Viscount of Vietnam, Earl of Heinz and Baron of Gray Matter...mere peasants may not tell their betters what to do and when to do it...I goeth as the wind goes, to and fro to the ends of the earth and no one knows from whence I bloweth. In my own time I will reveal my magnificence to ye, as will mine own brother Jon, ye dung of the earth and ye will shudder and be in awe when I raise again Dan Rather to smite thee. Ye will know my servants as the number 180 will be on their foreheads and they will be blessed.

Sincerely yours,
His Highness,

J. Kerry (2008)

P.S. Local peasantry may contribute to my magnificence at jkerry180.com

Thank you

At 2:04 PM, Blogger Enlighten said...

JW, apparently you have no faith in Jon Corzine either or you wouldn't assume his ideas would be ripe for attack. Don’t you think an idea or position can be considered great by the vast majority of people and that an attack would only backfire and diminish the attacker?

Policy positions and solutions to problems that are in the best interest of all the people would be foolish to attack and would win points only with all the smallest of special interest groups. Attacking popular ideas is hardly a strategy for electoral success.

However, we know the Democrat’s play book is to attack everything the opposing party says, proposes or does, even when they formerly held the same position. Let us give you an example.

Jon Corzine has long supported investing a portion of Social Security funds in the private sector, in equities and bonds. President Bush has come out in favor of providing an individual with the option of investing a part of their payroll taxes in the private sector.

The difference between Senator Corzine’s position and the President’s is a matter of who owns the investments. Under Corzine’s plan the government would own and control the investments and under the Bush proposal the individual would own the investment.

You would think Corzine, a major spokesman for the Democrats on Social Security, would be arguing why it’s better for the government to own the Social Security investment in the private sector versus the individual maintaining control. Instead he and the other Democrats resort to personal attacks.

The reason Corzine isn’t forthcoming with his positions and plans isn’t because he’s afraid 7 people will be on the attack, he’s afraid the majority of voters would be turned off. He knows that’s the real reason he won’t answer question and we think you know that too.

At 3:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I usually do smart-ass posts but this one is serious for once. Recently, because of my job, I've become "aquainted" with a number of individuals who are basically carbon copies of Corzine in terms of their employment profile and it scares the hell out of me. A guy that runs the corner ice cream store generally has more business acumen than these guys do-I have to keep reminding myself that unlike the small business owner, all the "Corzine types" do is deal in the nonproductive activity of shifting wealth and stealing part of the same during the process whether it's done through laddering or other schemes. It's no wonder Corzine has never had any coherent economic policy (except to spend money) because it's been easy money for him up until this point. The seeming contradiction for people who aren't familiar with these Corzine types is that these individuals are in the type of businesses that make billions and the assumption is made that if you are making "billions" you are doing something "right" (for a differing opinion might ask some ENRON workers). These nonproductive wealth-shifting businesses are the worst qualifiers on a resume for managing "productive" entities or governmental institutions....I know, I know, the argument is made that government merely shifts wealth....although that is very much true the public is "laddered" to a fair thee well through burdensome taxes by the same individuals who have been taught to "take" wealth without any self-restraint while they were on wall street. And guess whose wealth they will be taking? Yours, not some naive stockholder that has been taken to the cleaners by this same group of individuals.

At 3:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no comment on your criticism of having no comment to Republican charges that I have refused to comment on what my policies are.


Jon Corzine

At 3:51 PM, Blogger Enlighten said...

Wow! John Kerry and Jon Corzine reading our blog and taking the time to comment is most flattering.

Keep reading fellas, you just might find yourselves moving out of the 1960's and into the 21st century.

Do you believe in miracles1?!

At 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: Enlighten

As you are aware, the federal government has had in place for some time a farm subsidies program that encourages farmers not to plant certain types of crops. Through my persistent efforts, in recognition of the new electronic age, I am now empowered to offer you a blog subsidies program by which, through federal subsidies, you are encouraged not to blog as the Democratic Party has determined that there is an overabundance of critical blogs that is threatening the stability of entrenched governmental processes in the State of New Jersey. I await in good confidence your answer and hope you take advantage of our new program.

Sincerely yours,
Your humble servant
Jon Corzine

At 11:22 PM, Anonymous Socrates said...


Care to comment on the speech Corzine just made, and the plan he's set out?

What's good and what is bad?



At 11:23 PM, Anonymous Socrates said...


Economic Blueprint

NJIT Speech

At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I applaud my fellow Democrat Jon Corzine for his courage in moving forward with blog subsidies insofar as this program would be of immense benefit by promoting the stability of graft and corruption in the State of New Jersey.

Your Governor,
R. Codey

P.S. "Go Jets"

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