Last Sunday’s New York Times published an article that talked about the budget cuts proposed by Governor Chris Christie during last Tuesday’s budget address. What I like about the New York Times article is that they explicitly cite how most union members feel about the cost of living in New Jersey.
But what’s most surprising about New Jersey is how in such a blue, labor-dominated state, Democrats and union members seem to be cracking under the pressure of the state’s tax burden, revealing a kind of split-personality disorder.
The syndrome surfaced last summer during Mr. Christie’s campaign, when he vowed to bring New Jersey’s property taxes, the nation’s highest, under control. As a candidate he saved his sternest threats for the teachers’ and state workers’ unions, whose healthy pay and benefits packages, he argued, were slowly strangling the schools and running the state’s finances into the ground. Union members, state workers and teachers, it turned out, weren’t offended by his rhetoric. In fact, public opinion surveys showed they ate it up.
The New York Times leans left on most, if not all, issues. This is why you see the writer suggesting that it is surprising how the people in New Jersey are mostly for Christie’s cuts. However, the truth is that even the hardest leftist person in this state can understand how our current tax and overspend system is not sustainable. When you have a tax and overspend system, there are two basic ways to fix it: spend less or tax more. Governor Christie, to his great credit, has opted for the traditionally unpopular fix by spending less money.
Spending less money means cutting the amount of programs that can be funded and it was high time that someone came along to New Jersey to cut back the unnecessary, duplicitous programs that this state offers. The New York Times article cited above says that the public ate up Governor Christie’s message on the campaign trail. You’re damn right we ate it up! Finally, we had a guy talking sense instead of spewing the typical “vote for me” crap that previous politicians put out there. Plus, Christie had the good fortune to run against a man who will go down in history as one of the worst Governors in New Jersey history. More from the New York Times:
No polls have been taken since Mr. Christie’s budget speech, but it held few real surprises. “Voters felt Christie was being honest about what the situation was, and what he needed to do to move forward, and then he did exactly what he said he was going to do,” Mr. Murray said. “It’s a sad statement, but that’s almost unheard of.”
This is the part of the outrage that makes me laugh the hardest. People are actually outraged that Governor Christie instituted the hard spending cuts that he said he would during the campaign. For those of you who don’t have the luck of living in the Garden State, we don’t expect our politicians to tell the truth…ever. Governor Christie, on the other hand, is actually doing what he said he would do and it’s great!
These spending cuts are what New Jersey needs. There’s no question about it.