Archive for the ‘government’ Category

Smoking Gun

In the last hour I got proof positive that this would-be dictator who, through a combination of hubris and incompetence tinged with megalomania, has been costing me money and endangering my safety and, as I am sure you will agree when you see this smoking gun, needs to go now.

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Public Health: Then and Now

Bill Maher made a couple of good points last night. First on the lack of questioning:
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and ignoring what will help:
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Which got me to thinking. In 1916 we had a polio epidemic. In 1918 it was Spanish flu. Then in this land of ‘give me liberty or give me death’ we had the government reacting in a manner that heretofore I had not seen as being connected.

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NJ Legislature’s Recovery Plan

As enunciated in an NJTV Chat Box interview with New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney it comes down to:

  • A) Beg (federal bailout),
  • B) Borrow (with an Illinois-level bond rating), and finally
  • C) Steal (from people paying the highest property taxes in the nation).


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The full Q&A on the issue is below but don’t expect to hear any of these options:

  • D) Cut spending,
  • E) Lower taxes, or
  • F) Recriminalize the legalized corruption at all levels of government.

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Census Boner

Among the more irritating aspects of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s daily coronavirus briefings are these PSAs:
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I did fill out the census and was counted as a New Jersey resident but a tweet by Jane the Actuary just now in regard to Illinois makes me think I made a stupid mistake.

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Democracy Works – Elsewhere

South Korea has a population of 50 million people and 262 coronavirus deaths even being much closer to China than New Jersey which has 9 million people and about 260 coroanvirus deaths daily. But then, South Korea is a functioning democracy.

Two months into this pandemic in New Jersey we have a task force, commission, sub counsels, and one decider:
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This is what the Murphy Monarchy has plagued us with so far.

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Heroes Act Summary

Though unlikely to be enacted now H.R. 6800, The Heroes Act, could be a portent of what we get with a Biden administration so, with that in mind, here are some excerpts taken from a summary prepared by the Democratic staff of the House Committee on Appropriations dealing with pension matters of interest (to me).

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Criterion for NJ Health/Economic Recovery

As asked of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy at today’s coronavirus briefing:
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It elicited this convoluted response:

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“Path to Progress” Bills Pass Committee

On the day of a mass protest by pubic employee unions a Senate Committee began moving:

Lawmakers began moving ahead with nine of Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s “Path to Progress” bills, all of them aimed at promoting shared service agreements and cutting the costs of local government.

No hybrid pension or gold-level health insurance bills as  Sweeney, when he unveiled the legislation in mid-May, said those two proposals would be constitutional amendments, which would go before voters as a ballot question in the 2020 presidential election, effectively forcing Murphy’s hand.

The bills that made the cut:

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