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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Another Day, Another Tax Dollar, Another Corrupt Democrat

So another 11 New Jersey Democrats have been arrested for corruption - this time for demanding and taking cash bribes in exchange for official favors and help in awarding government contracts. Here’s the latest crew, not unsurprisingly all representing Abbott School Districts.

From Passaic County: Samuel Rivera, the mayor of Passaic; Assemblyman Rev. Alfred E. Steele, who is also a Passaic County undersheriff; Passaic councilman, Marcellus Jackson and former Passaic councilman Jonathon Soto.

From Essex County: Assemblyman Mims Hackett, Jr., who is also the mayor of Orange and Keith Reid, the chief of staff to Newark City Council President Mildred Crump.

From Atlantic County: Pleasantville councilman Pete Callaway, Pleasantville Board of Education President James Pressley and three members of the Pleasantville Board of Education - Jayson Adams, Rafeal Velez and James McCormick.
We are locked in a Groundhog Day loop in this state. Here’s what we wrote more than two years ago. We could publish the same post every other week and appear current with the latest news cycle.

When are people going to wake up and realize politicians and other “public servants” have been using the excuse of helping the least amongst us as an excuse to enrich themselves and their friends? The Poor, the children! Baloney!

There is so much money being spent by government that it’s nearly impossible to stay ahead of the brazen squandering of hard-earned taxpayer dollars. Everyday there is a new outrage uncovered. Fraud, bribes, theft, pay-to-play, financial mismanagement and the list goes on-and-on. How bad do things need to be before it dawns on voters that they are being taken for suckers?
As we mentioned in our last post, apparently the situation in New Jersey has not reached critical mass, if you believe reports in the Star-Leger – “GOP faces a daunting task in legislative races”. How can this be given the state’s financial condition, the Democrat’s culture and record of corruption and the crushing tax burden taxpayers in New Jersey must bear?

Last year, Assemblyman Michael Carroll provided the explanation – the majority of people voting for the profligate spenders and corrupt politicians aren’t the folks picking up the tab.

Most serious political corruption tends to be an urban problem. And a Democrat problem. Not because Republicans are inherently more virtuous, but because they tend to approach government from a different perspective than do Democrats. Dems see government as an engine for legally stealing from A to benefit B. Republicans, contrariwise, see government as a bulwark to prevent B from stealing from A.

First, victims of theft tend to object, but if the thief is playing Robin Hood, he creates a substantial constituency for theft. If the beneficiaries of the theft are the residents of a particular district, while the victims live somewhere else, Robin will repeatedly win office in a landslide, even if he’s not exactly pure of heart, and takes a cut for himself and his band of merry marauders.
Why any taxpayer in New Jersey will vote for a Democrat this fall is beyond us. Tax receivers we can unfortunately understand, but a taxpayer has to be nuts to vote for a candidate whose Party thrives on wasting and stealing their money.

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At 7:26 PM, Blogger joated said...

The Abbott school districts play right into the Robin Hood theme Carroll speaks of. Suburban tax payers get robed to pay for the predominintly urban, currupt and failing schools while, at thesame time they pay for their own.

At 9:05 AM, Anonymous njcons said...

The people of New Jersey get exactly what we deserve. Until the over burdened taxpayers flee the State in greater and greater numbers, noothing will change.

In the end, assuming nothing changes, New Jersey will be Detroit. Detroit is a city with ZERO tax base and a large recipient community and Jersey is fast becomming that. Once that happens nothing will be able to fix it.

At 10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NJ has the highest property taxes in the nation and my property taxes are now $12,000/yr(!). I project they will hit $22,000/yr when I retire (and have no income) so this NJ resident is now actively emptying his house as a prelude to leaving this crazy state. I just hope I beat the rush to leave this state.

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