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The History of Democracy Has Yet To Be Written

Thomas Geoghegan is a union-side labor lawyer who once ran for a House seat in Illinois and sees the Senate as the barrier to governing for the people in his book which also puts forth the novel notion that the demise of defined-benefit pension plans led to the ascension of Trump, with more to come.

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No Plan for NJ Pensions

In response to a question about public pensions in New Jersey the guy who is going to finish second in the coming gubernatorial election saw the problem clearly:

Yet when it comes to addressing the state’s huge unfunded pension liability, the plan varies little from Murphy’s:

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Landslide (II)

The second half of the book walks through the Capitol riot and ends with a word association sit-down with Trump where one of the words is ‘Christie’.

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Landslide (I)

No index for this book but, were there one, ‘crazy’ with or without the modifier ‘batshit’, would be among the longest entries.

As was so often the case, the president wasn’t happy with his legal team: “They weren’t fighting hard enough. The message wasn’t clear enough. They needed impact. There wasn’t enough impact. Everybody was coming up way short in their defense of him. He was alone and let down. “People have got to know this was stolen. This was taken from us. It was organized. It wasn’t even a close election. It was a landslide. We won by a landslide. A landslide – and it was taken. This is what people need to understand – it was a landslide.” (page 116)

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Are there any prohibitions against (or guidelines for) municipal accountants donating to political campaigns in the municipalities they audit? Question posted to RMAA website 7/26/21 – 8:17 a.m.

I do not expect an answer. The question arose from a situation we have in Kenilworth. Though New Jersey has a Local Government Ethics Law it contains a loophole in the case of complete idiots:

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Who’s Building the Kenilworth Tenement? (III) My Evidence

I went through campaign donations, land records, and election results to figure out how 3.79 acres in a heavily trafficked area will get a housing project for 165 families. I brought my information to the Kenilworth council yesterday to confirm some background information. Unfortunately there is no video because I messed up.

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Who’s Building the Kenilworth Tenement? (II) The Rollout

New Jersey (the state with, by far, the highest property taxes in the nation) decrees that municipalities provide ‘affordable’ housing even though it is government decrees that are primarily responsible for making housing unaffordable. Kenilworth’s plan was the subject of some spirited discussion in a divided council:

Here is the town planner explaining the situation and decreeing what is to to be done.

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Who’s Building the Kenilworth Tenement? (I) The Letter

That’s the first question I had after I read a ‘Dear Kenilworth Resident’ scare letter that came last week warning that if some project does not go through “the Court will also decide where else in the Borough other affordable housing projects should be located, rather than allowing the Borough to make such critical decisions on its own.”

Apparently a lot of the decision-making power has already been ceded to whomever drafted that letter which got me curious as to what is behind this:

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Primarily Bribes

There will be a primary election this Tuesday in New Jersey where all the party-line candidates should win. The only reason to go through with this charade (aside form Hirsh Singh’s parents keeping him out of trouble by funding his vanity campaign) is for vested interests (mostly unions and corporate PACs) to present their bribes which are listed on the NJELEC webssite with downloadable data that yields these interesting tidbits:

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Singhing Debate

Republicans who raised enough money in New Jersey had a gubernatorial debate devoid of any informed discussion of issues of importance to me. You might as well have turned a camera on two of the hundreds of viewers watching the debate. As it turned out that happened and it was a little more enlightening.

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