Punch Line Christie

Any day now Chris Christie can be expected to make an announcement about skipping another pension payment that is sure to bring out the giant inflatable union rat.  Yet his position is, to say the least, compromised as witness by his prominent role as the butt of jokes at last night’s Washington Correspondent’s dinner:


Joel McHale may have to wait his turn until Christie finishes with the New Jersey economy and pension system.

14 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tough Love on May 4, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    That Christie video is funny, but it doesn’t hold a candle to Obama’s relentless pounding of Donald Trump at last year’s Washington Correspondent’s dinner.


  2. Posted by Tough Love on May 4, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    15-20 years ago I walked past a construction site with a giant inflatable rat out front (the SAME as the one in your linked picture) and picketing constructions workers from the Laborer’s Union.

    I stopped and asked one of the Union pickets, “What’s going on”. He responded that the general contracted had hired non-Union labor. So I asked, “What do you guys do” (thinking, maybe “skilled” work like bricklaying, window/door installations, etc.). He responded, “general labor, essentially carrying stuff around”. So next asked, “why won’t hire Union laborers”, to which he responded, “because they refuse to pay our Union Wage”. Ok I said, followed by “What’s your Union Wage?”.

    He responded with $34/hour + benefits.

    Now remembering that this was 15-20 years ago, I said don’t you think that’s a bit much for “carrying stuff around”.

    He responded with the look of death … and I quickly departed.
    So what’s the point? Today, most Unions suck, but at least PRIVATE Sector Unions aren’t picking the TAXPAYERS’ pockets.


    • Posted by Tough Love on May 4, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      I correct myself a bit …. Yes, even Private Sector Unions cost Taxpayers unnecessary money. In NJ (and likely most other places) capital projects (e.g., building of schools) include provisions that the winning bidder MUST pay “prevailing wages”, which are always interpreted to be Union Wages.

      Contractors can easily hire (in the lesser skilled jobs) LEGAL non-Union workers (and non-Union sub-contractors) at FAR lower wages/costs. There is no justification for government-sponsored/Taxpayer-paid-for project costs to be unnecessarily inflated to appease PRIVATE Sector Unions (any more so than the granting of grossly excessive pensions & benefits granted to PUBLIC Sector workers).

      In BOTH cases it happens because our self-interested elected officials are trading OUR TAX DOLLARS to curry votes and support for their next election.
      So maybe the Private Sector Unions/workers were SMARTER than their Public Sector counterparts. While we certainly can’t take back what we unnecessarily overpaid Private Sector Unions workers in cash pay (and any “benefits” they get come from their own Unions), Taxpayer certainly SHOULD, likely CAN, and ultimately WILL take back the unjust/unnecessary/excessive portion of the Public Sector pension & benefit promises.


      • Posted by Anonymous on May 5, 2014 at 3:43 pm

        TL. What a hater!!! You really need to get a life. You are the only poster who responds multiple times toone of John’s posts. Have you noticed when you address him in your response he almost never acknowledges you? I don’t think he shares your low opinion of publics sector workers. A comment or two every once in a while is fine, but it seems that this is only passion. Wow, that is sad.


      • Posted by dentss dunnigan on May 5, 2014 at 5:53 pm

        TL I think your finally getting to them …..


        • Posted by Tough Love on May 5, 2014 at 6:43 pm

          I comment because I’m knowledgeable on this subject, and there is great need to provide balance to reams of omissions, distortions, and outright lies coming from those (the Public Sector Unions & workers) looking to stop or delay the pension reforms (meaning AT LEAST 50% pension accrual rate reductions for the future service of all CURRENT workers) we so desperately need …. and Taxpayers’ deserve.

          Dumb & Dumber don’t bother me, and Mr. Bury has called for similar pension reductions. While his focus (as an actuary) is on how actuaries have negatively contributed to the very poor current financial situation and sever underfunding, I believe we need to step further back and focus on the ROOT CAUSE of the problem, which I see as grossly excessive pension & benefit promises ….. clearly the result of the Public Sector Unions’ buying the favorable votes of our elected officials with campaign contributions and election support (or threats). FULLY fix THAT (the excessive generosity problem), and given some (significant) time and at least steady (if not miraculous) economic growth, and pension reductions for the PAST service of actives and those already retired MAY not be necessary.

          Doing nothing will assuredly lead to catastrophic Plan failure in NJ. Those who ferociously fight such reforms are their own worst enemy, and denial is not a solution.


  3. Posted by Anonymous on May 4, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    I would love to see TL walking across a scaffold 1000 feet in the air! Her pant would not doubt be soiled quickly. That when she would truly come to appreciate her clothing allowance. TL is the judge jury and executioner for all fellow human beings. Watch her react, its not pretty but it is assured to happen every single time!


    • Posted by truthnolie on May 5, 2014 at 12:52 am

      Why did ya interrupt her ?….it was entertaining watching her talk & long winded ramble on to herself

      A wise man once said it’s ok to talk to yourself as long as you don’t interrupt (which would indicate craziness)…..Something tells me TL interrupts a lot!!!


      • Another wise man said that it is better to remain silent at the risk of appearing to be a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt. Obviously, truthnolie, you missed class that day.


        • Posted by truthnolie on May 6, 2014 at 12:37 pm

          Yes…I probably missed that class since I was able to retire before 50 with a lifetime pension and benefits since I made the very wise & fortunate decision to be a public employee. Also, cashed in all my accumulated time which you contributed to.

          I was probably out on my boat on a beautiful day while you fought traffic getting to work & were stuck in an office cubicle all day wasting your life……I’d be angry too.

          Now….who is the fool ????


          • Posted by Tough Love on May 6, 2014 at 7:28 pm

            Your retiree healthcare subsidy will be materially cut in short order, with your pension not far behind. Only time will tell how wise (or stupidly believing) you really were.

          • Posted by Anonymous on May 7, 2014 at 11:55 am

            @ truthnolie

            “I was probably out on my boat on a beautiful day while you fought traffic getting to work & were stuck in an office cubicle all day wasting your life……I’d be angry too.

            Now….who is the fool ????”

            Owned! LOL – Great comeback – I’d say you won the argument

          • Truthnolie, right now it is my brother who is still the fool be because he still lives in NJ. Like me, though, he is about to fix that by moving. I work from home now and, fortunately, like what I do.

            I hope people like you stick around since the arrogance is going to endear you to the few taxpayers remaining in 5 years

  4. Posted by Anonymous on May 5, 2014 at 8:14 am

    I wonder when she is going to sober up enough to resume her nonsensical rants. Well i supposed she may never be completely sober.


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