Xmas Humbugs (Bête Noires)

Humbug: an attitude or spirit of pretense and deception

Bête noire: something that is particularly disliked

Here is my list at the moment:

Politicians clueless to their hypocrisies: The New Jersey governor is outwardly all about fairness as he goes on a safari that maybe 1,000 people in the world could afford.

Toadying media: Whether it’s ad money or direct government payments, reporters who cover these politicians too often form a phalanx with them and against the general public….and the truth.

Rules do not apply to those who make the rules: In New Jersey you cannot serve on a Board of Education if you have committed certain criminal offenses but you are free to run elections.

No rule of law: Even when it is obvious that a government is misappropriating tax money (both at the state and local level) there is no mechanism to stop them.

13 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by stanley on December 26, 2018 at 10:41 am

    “The New Jersey governor is outwardly all about fairness…”

    Except that he isn’t. Favoring the lowlife troughing class like our own guapo uno over the poor, non union represented people who are footing the bills doesn’t smack of fairness IMO. The trip is (presumably) paid for with funds earned at goldman sacks us which is just about as upright as our bills of goods specialists at le.

    It will be getting worse, so the big concern IMO is that we organize ourselves so that it doesn’t get worse for us. Thanks for running the blog site John and happy new year.

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    • Posted by El Gaupo on December 26, 2018 at 12:47 pm

      Lowlife? Thanks for the compliment. You must also have a thing for cops. There are so many things wrong with NJ and the country. Police officers generally speaking are NOT along them. Just trying to support a family and maybe make things better for some of the people some of the time. Nice to know you think I’m a shitbird cause I’m a police officer and Bergen county pays its cops well. Have a wonderful and blessed rest of the Christmas season my friend.

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      • Posted by stanley on December 26, 2018 at 3:56 pm

        I don’t have a problem with policemen; the honest, conscientious ones. It’s the union boys looting the town that I have a problem with. Looting the town is not the road to respect and admiration, and the story has nothing but a sad ending to it. The ending 40 years from now? That’s a good one!

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        • Posted by El Gaupo on December 26, 2018 at 4:39 pm

          Favoring the lowlife….like our own Gaupo Uno. Kinda says it all.
          I don’t apologize for trying to make a living Stanley. Again, I’m not your problem. And certainly not a lowlife. It just shows where you are coming from….as ridiculous as me calling you a lowlife for being critical of my pension.

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          • Posted by Tough Love on December 27, 2018 at 11:34 am

            El gaupo,

            You’re correct in saying that YOU (if an honest/hard-working employee ….. and I have no reason to believe otherwise) are not the (NJ’s) problem.

            But your ludicrously excessive promised pension & benefits are VERY CERTAINLY a “problem” for NJ’s Taxpayers ……….. who, based on the underhanded deal-making/racketeering/collusion between your Association (aka UNION) and our Elected Officials which led to the granting of these promises …….. have MORE THAN sufficient MORAL/ETHICAL justification to pay only a small share of those absurdly generous “promises”.

            And hopefully, we (NJ’s abused, betrayed, and disrespected Taxpayers) WILL find (an implement) a legal way to do so.

          • Posted by PS Drone on December 28, 2018 at 6:55 pm

            EG – Based on your many comments, I agree with you that you are most certainly not a “lowlife”. And your taking advantage of the many benefits and savings opportunities available to you is only logical and intelligent on your part. But saying that, you can hardly say with a straight face that the Bergen County LEO benefits are justified in any shape or form. Receiving immediate payment of a six-figure salary continuation at age 55 is patently ridiculous. Having the taxpayer fund the bulk of your post-“retiree” medical costs is a joke as well. That taxpayers, most of whom receive no such benefits, have to pay the bulk of the cost of these “benefits” is not only a slap in their face, it is an insult to “their” intelligence.

          • Posted by Tough Love on December 28, 2018 at 7:48 pm

            PS Drone,

            The “optimal” age (based on the examination of the increment pension value of staying longer vs retiring and collecting immediately) for NJ Police to retire is the age at which they reach 25 years of service, and for MOST NJ Police Officers that occurs well before age 55 ….. much closer to 50.

            It’s patently absurd ………. and we (NJ’s Taxpayers) should pursue every avenue to NOT pay the ludicrous amounts “promised”.

          • Posted by El Gaupo on December 29, 2018 at 2:52 am

            Yes. I do realize how fortunate the benefits package is in my profession. And I am willing to respectfully debate that and acknowledge that most don’t get these types of benefits anymore. However, since being on this blog I’ve been called a lowlife, a moocher, a GED hero, the epitome of greed and worse….and personally, not a rip on benefits in general, but specific insults directed at me, when in actuality I believe I am one of the very few, if not only, NJ police officers on here.
            Many of these benefits you speak of are in fact disappearing for younger officers. Our new officers no longer get longevity pay or medical after retirement at all. So yes, I have it better than they do. You are correct that only a fool would not want to keep things the way they are for themselves. Show me a family man who volunteers for givebacks and you’ll be looking at a man who isn’t too bright. My ultimate responsibility is to provide for my family as is yours. I choose to do that by being a police officer.
            The next generation of TL’s and PS drones’s will not have an El Gaupo to rag on. Lol. His benefits won’t be like mine. No medical, worse pension (lower formula and lower raises will ensure that), and raises that aren’t anything to write home about will mean the profession is no longer the “lottery ticket” that I was told I have. Timing. That’s all it is. Same as promotions in small departments. Also it is is timing. I am at the top of the bell curve. Perhaps a little bit past peak but….

          • Posted by Tough Love on December 29, 2018 at 11:16 am

            Quoting El gaupo,

            “Many of these benefits you speak of are in fact disappearing for younger officers. Our new officers no longer get longevity pay or medical after retirement at all. ”

            “Our new officers no longer get longevity pay or medical after retirement at all. ”
            —————————————

            First, the 2011 changes should have applied NOT only to new workers but to the future service of all CURRENT workers. Why were YOU allowed to CONTINUE accruing pension credits under a formula and provisions when EVERYONE knew AT THAT TIME (in 2011) that they was excessive and clearly unaffordable?

            Second, the NEW (2011) NJ Police Total Compensation package (wages + pensions + benefits) is STILL grossly excessive. When factoring in the true value of the DB Pension formula & provisions, they remain over DOUBLE in value (and hence COST) of the pensions granted the few Private Sector workers still lucky enough to be working for a company that hasn’t frozen their DB Plans…….. and assuredly a MUCH higher multiple if compared to the 401K “match” that is all MOST Private Sector workers get in retirement security from their employers today.

            Public Sector workers should get EQUAL ….. but no more.

          • Posted by El Gaupo on December 29, 2018 at 12:44 pm

            In your opinion they should have applied to future service of current workers, but they did not. I think you are mainly referring to the 9% pension bump that pfrs did not get originally. New tiers were created for new hires. (Now they have 8 years on). Health contributions did in fact apply to everyone. As did the arbitration cap that severely limits raises. That is why you have many locals that gave up even for new hires to claw back to what they had before Christie.
            To get our medical paid for, we gave it up for new hires completely. We increased our longevity also and gave that up for new hires as well. Most agencies are in fact doing that.
            However, we also shortened our steps to top pay at the towns request from 15 to 13 years(it was 5 when I started). They realize they may have rentenjon issues down the road. I’ll be hopefully happily retired.
            I entertained relatives from DE and rural VA over the holidays. They all said how both private and public employees make more up here. In VA, in Rockbridge county, the sheriff makes $28,000 a year. These are folks who voted Trump and God help them will again.
            You don’t have to worry much longer TL. Within a decade or two, there will be almost no active “haves” anymore. Maybe then you can stand down the moocher comments. Because your mantra has always been “future service accruals” and there only the worse off tiers will be left.
            As I said it is all in the timing. I got hired after the low paying days of the 70s and 80s and before the giveback days of the 2010s. Lucky me? Yes. I admit that. The epitome of greed that does not make me.

          • Posted by Tough Love on December 29, 2018 at 8:33 pm

            El gaupo,

            Jumping of your final comments ………….

            “As I said it is all in the timing. I got hired after the low paying days of the 70s and 80s and before the giveback days of the 2010s. Lucky me? Yes. I admit that. The epitome of greed that does not make me”

            Yes, being lucky doesn’t make you greedy, but (quoting) ……….

            “To get our medical paid for, we gave it up for new hires completely. We increased our longevity also and gave that up for new hires as well.”

            But screwing the new hires (by MORE than would otherwise be necessary) JUST so you older/long-service Officers can KEEP your excessive compensation in the form of ridiculously generous pensions & benefits ………… SURE DOES (make you GREEDY) !

  2. Posted by geo8rge on December 27, 2018 at 11:02 am

    NJ growth vs FLA growth

    NJ has the American Dream Mall, South FLA has the American Dream Mall and 8 other mega projects.

    Here are the 9 real estate megaprojects coming to SoFla
    https://therealdeal.com/miami/2018/11/28/the-9-biggest-real-estate-projects-coming-to-south-florida/

    Bonus Central FLA mega project from the American Dream Mall people (that’s 10 or more mega projects in FLA):
    Developer behind $4B Miami mega mall plots Central Florida town center
    https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2018/08/28/developer-behind-4b-miami-mega-mall-plots-central.html

    Maybe if NJ is really nice Santa will give NJ another American Dream Mall in Camden or AC.

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  3. Posted by geo8rge on December 31, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Two prominent observers of a court hearing this week say the judges seemed inclined to overturn the appointment of the Puerto Rico Oversight Board.

    https://www.bondbuyer.com/news/legal-overturn-of-puerto-rico-oversight-board-is-likely-two-observers

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