Who’s the idiot?

In a news conference a politician sought to refute accusations made by a political operative questioning their intelligence by bringing together a group of other politicians to a podium.

I instinctively thought it had to do with Union County but, as it turned out, the politician was Perth Amboy mayor Wilda Diaz, the political operative was James Devine and among the supporters at the podium were Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, Fanwood mayor Colleen Mahr, and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver:


Though Union County freeholder Daniel Sullivan was called an idiot at the last freeholder meeting, one of the people calling him an idiot was freeholder Daniel Sullivan:



So it is understandable that there is no Union County press conference. Besides, who could he possibly have gotten to be at that podium with him?

20 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on September 20, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Well, according to TL, the majority of government employees and public servants are idiots and morons, imbeciles, etc She is fond of name calling and will never be accused of being politically correct. Find out how she rates you personally by using the scale below. She once gave me a possible 90, she thinks highly of me! The lowest she rated me was a Moron which still would garner a tiny bit of respect! Although she gave me only a 50 rating at the time so I could have easily slipped into the range of imbecile.

    Binet Scale of Human Intelligence
    IQ Score Original Name “Politically correct” Term

    Over 140 Genius
    120–139 Very Superior
    110–119 Superior
    90–109 Average or Normal
    80–89 Dull Dull Normal
    70–79 Borderline Deficiency Mild disability
    50–69 Moron Moderate disability
    20–49 Imbecile Severe disability
    Below 20 Idiot Profound disability


    • Posted by Tough Love on September 20, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      I see you are on attack mode again …. I suggest the readers rate the value of YOUR comments.


    • Posted by Tough Love on September 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      My position on pension reform:

      The Taxpayer paid-for share of Public Sector pensions are (as a DIRECT result of the collusion between the Unions and our elected representatives …. that being the trading of campaign contributions & election support for favorable votes on pay, pensions, and benefits) ROTINELY 2, 4, (even 6 times for safety workers) greater in value at retirement than those of similarly situated Private Sector workers retiring at the SAME age, with the SAME salary, and with the SAME years of service.

      And these GROSSLY EXCESSIVE pensions exist while (per the US Gov’t BLS) Public Sector workers (even after adjusting for education levels) earn no less in cash pay than thier Private Sector counterparts.

      The offshoot, is FAR FAR greater “Total Compensation” (cash pay plus pensions plus benefits) that is both unjust to Taxpayers, and unnecessary to attract and retain a qualified workforce.

      Taxpayers …… we have yet to see ANY proposal that even remotely attempts to eliminate this unnecessary and budget-busting excess.

      In the Private Sector, it is both legal and routine for firms in financial distress to reduce the rate of pension accrual for FUTURE service for CURRENT (yes CURRENT) workers. We DESPARATELY need to stop digging the financial hole we are in even deeper, and that NECESSITATES that we do the same in the Public Sector arena.

      Specifically, we must either:
      (a) Hard freeze current Public Sector Defined Benefit Pension Plans and replace them for FUTURE service with a Defined Contribution (401K-style) Plan with a “modest” taxpayer match, similar to what Private Sector workers get from their employers …. 2-4% of pay (plus the employer’s share of Social Security contributions if the worker is not in SS), or
      (b) Keep the current Defined Benefit Plans, but very significantly reduce (by 50+% for misc workers, and even more for safety workers) the pension accrual rate for CURRENT workers, or
      (c) OUTSOURCE 90+% of all Public Sector workers, as OUTSOURCING ends the “employment relationship”, and with it ALL future growth in Pensions and Benefits.

      NOTHING else will even get close to addressing the financial mess we are in.

      And …. think the above proposal is Draconian?

      Well, it ONLY stops digging the hole deeper, but doesn’t address the HUGE unfunded liability for PAST service accruals.

      The Unfunded liability for PAST service accruals must be addressed in the context of the State/City/Town’s financial situation, and in many, it will necessitate a reduction in the already accrued pensions promised to current “actives” as well as payout reductions to those already retired. As we address this, keep in mind just how excessive (and unfair to Taxpayers) these pensions currently are (and have been for many years)…. and granted only as a result of that collusive arrangement discussed above.


  2. Posted by UC resident on September 21, 2012 at 10:03 am

    i meant to say in Union County, not NJ

    Is there a breakdown of how many total registered voters there are in Union County?

    then, is there a breakdown of how many of these voters Rent vs. Homeowners (taxpayers)?

    (can it be further broken down by town?)

    If you are a voter who rents why would the high taxes matter? (other than it keeps the renter from affording a home).


    • Posted by Tough Love on September 21, 2012 at 11:03 am

      While the “market” supposedly determines rent levels that renters are willing to pay, real estate tax increases (perhaps with a lag) will certainly get reflected in those rent levels.


      • Posted by UC resident on September 21, 2012 at 11:24 am

        thanks TL, i am aware of how the price is reflected.

        I am interested in knowing the #of renters that are registered to vote vs. #of homewoners registered to vote within UC.


  3. Posted by Javagold on September 21, 2012 at 11:18 am

    yes she does sound pretty stupid


  4. Posted by Anonymous on September 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    TL screams bloody murder when it comes to public pensions and benefits. However she keeps a tight lip when it comes the the insurance industry which rapes the public at a much higher level than public pensions and benefits . She will defend the insurance industry tooth and nail, because she works for them and profits handsomely from their greed.. If she had a public pension she would defend that tooth and nail.as well. Whatever she defends it is under the guise of saving the private citizen, when in reality she is only protecting her own interests. She is a self serving fraud folks, but even those she calls idiots, are well aware of her true colors. She spouts inaccuracies and fallacies like a desperate politician seeking office. Get ready, she will be spitting poison, momentarily.


    • Posted by Javagold on September 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      i could care less what agenda TL has…..as long as you entitled parasites have finally been exposed thanks to the Greatest Depression and will be left holding the empty bag , you all deserve…..


      • Posted by Tough Love on September 21, 2012 at 12:55 pm

        For what it’s worth, I have no “agenda”. I am simply fed-up with unnecessarily high taxes, a large share of the reason for which is the excessive pensions promised Public Sector workers), and by training, I am well aware of the enormous cost of these promises … and how the Unions (and cooperating politicians) have leaned to pull the “levers” (e.g., “spiking” in it’s many forms) that exacerbate Plan costs.

        Idiots like “anonymous” resort to saying pension reformers have an “agenda” to divert attention from clear justification and need for that reform.


        • Posted by Elise on September 21, 2012 at 6:04 pm

          TL … you do seem to post a lot here and on other news columns. So of course we wonder where you get this time if you’re not retired.?

          btw….also wonder if you and Mary Pat (Meep) are related or friends? Your posts are so similar.


          • Posted by Tough Love on September 21, 2012 at 6:46 pm

            While I do not know Mary Pat, no surprisingly, our comment are quite similar because both of us understand the extraordinary cost of the promises made and the need for reform … both for the Taxpayers, AND for the workers (as a Plan failure will hurt them more than anyone else).

            We tend to understand that “reality” and the “math” governs, and mathematically, many of these promises have almost zero probability of being met.

    • Posted by Tough Love on September 21, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Other than likely saying that “insurance” is a necessary evil (die too soon ?, house burn down?, hit someone with your car ?), you will not find any comments from me “defending” the Insurance industry … nor do I work for any insurance company or profit from any insurance work.

      Again, nice attempt at ‘diversion” from the issue at hand … the grossly excessive pensions and benefits afforded Public Sector workers …80-90% of the cost of which is paid for NOT by THEM, but by the Taxpayers…. all while they make no less in “cash pay”.

      Now, do I think you are an idiot ?


      • Posted by Anonymous on September 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm

        You claimed in a past post that you worked in the insurance industry. Well whoever you work for allows you to surf the net during work hours or else they are unaware of that you do. Your posts are often during work hours. I am sure you will find a lie to cover your tracks.

        I worked for 30 years at at least 1/3 less pay than my counterparts in the private sector. I am receiving 17k per year in pension. I believe that is a fair amount. You want me to receive 8.5k per year even though my lower wages lead to you paying less taxes for the 30 years I worked. I wish the politicians wold have agreed with the unions to pay me at least 1/3 more for my 30 years of work, then I would not be concerned about the pension, but that was the trade off and in my case it was reality. This why it makes me angry when you throw all public workers in to the same boat. You are no better than any other government official when it comes to presenting the facts. Maybe you believe what you want to believe. I know in my case I am not getting any more than I deserve.


        • Posted by Tough Love on September 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm

          Gee, did it ever occur to you that I may be my own boss ?


          • Posted by Anonymous on September 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm

            Yes it occurred to me. Just like the bosses who take huge salaries and bonuses before their companies crash, leaving nothing for their employees whose backs they became rich on.

    • Posted by Tough Love on September 21, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      I believe the pressure to resist a bailout (by the more responsible States) will be huge. And even if it happens, it would likely be patterned after the PBGC protection for Private Sector Plans.

      Under PBGC rules, a federal Plan takeover would cap a 65 year old’s pension at about $55K and a 55 year old’s pension at under $25K.

      That would certainly be an Oh-My-God moment for the greedy Public Sector Union mob.


  5. Posted by speedkillsu on September 22, 2012 at 7:18 am

    TL it looks like were going in that direction ….


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