Democrats Talk As New Jersey’s Budget Crisis Threatens The State’s Economy
But never fear, in an effort to solve the budget impasse, Governor Jon Corzine gave a speech to a joint session of the Legislature this morning. “The perfect should not be an enemy of the good”, Corzine said. A listener retorted, “And taxpayers should not be treated as ATM machines at the mercy of crooks with fraudulent credit cards.” The Governor’s brief remarks continued:
"Today is the fifth day since our constitutional deadline for passing a balanced budget has failed to be met," Mr. Corzine said. "I'll be brief. The time for speeches, posturing, political hardball have long since expired — as has fiscal '06's budget and the authority for the state to spend money. The issues are the same today as they were yesterday.”Yes, indeed those issues are the same. New Jersey state government spends too much, taxes are too high and the people are sick of it. The Democrats’ answers to those pesky issues - raise state spending by 9.2 percent and then fight amongst themselves about which taxes to raise and by how much.
But now the real problem begins – how can they blame Republicans for the disaster? Democrats have refused to consider Republican plans to cut spending and won’t let Republicans lawmakers attend budget negotiation meetings. The media is ready and willing to bash Republicans, but haven’t quite figured out the angle.
But Corzine may be the first executive in American political history to engineer a government shutdown in a fight with a legislature controlled by his own party. That was the off-the-cuff opinion of Rider University professor David Rebovich as we chatted in the halls yesterday following the speech. Rebovich told me that he's been fielding a lot of inquiries about the shutdown from out-of-state journalists. Most assume Corzine must be fighting the opposition party, said Rebovich. They're surprised to learn that this is a Democrat-vs.- Democrat debacle.Oh well, when all else fails Democrats and the media can always fall back on their old stand by, they can blame President Bush.