Governor Christie is Reelected
Governor Chris Christie won reelection by a large margin. He won votes from republicans, democrats, independents, and minorities.
He is a well fed middle aged white male, not necessarily the recruiting poster image of a successful politician. He also leans a little bit toward belligerent. He fights with members of the media, he fights with those who oppose his point of view and he fights with those who support him.
He also speaks with conviction about what he believes and what he intends to do. He speaks to the people not to the media. He is consistent with his message, he doesn’t adjust his position or his message as the wind blows.
Spending is the problem in all governments, local, state and federal. Taxes are too high and elected empty suits keep committing government to overly generous agreements that the tax payers can’t afford. These issues have to be addressed by the leaders we elect starting now.
The political spectrum moves from left to right. The far left wants equality for everyone in both results and opportunity. They look to government to help those who can’t help themselves. The far right wants government to be as limited as the Founding Fathers designed government to be, and they want low taxes and very little government spending.
Most of us fall in the middle of the two ends of the spectrum.
The constant debate over the debt ceiling and the insistence by some that government needs to spend for the country to thrive and be stable, shows us that we are at a tipping point and the country has to take a stand.
Governments are spending like drunken sailors and taxes are out of control. There is no excuse for a government to go into debt; they should never spend more than they collect. Those elected to public office owe the tax payers their best efforts to spend only for the common good, not to spend irresponsibly.
There are several examples of out of control spending that shed light on the situation today. First we will start with Detroit, a bankrupt city. Detroit was run by leaders who spent far beyond their means and taxed the tax payers beyond reason. Those tax payers who could run away did, those who could not run stayed and were taxed even more. The businesses that could move out of the city continued to run away, taking the tax revenue they could pay based on their profits, plus the taxes that would have been collected from the income of their employees and are now paying those taxes to less greedy governments.
The promises made to government employees in the form of pay, benefits, and pensions cannot be fulfilled. The city has crumbled and a massive effort is being made to save the city, it’s doubtful that those promises will stay intact as the city tries to recover.
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker lived up to his campaign promises and through the legislature adjusted the collective bargaining agreements between the state and the state employees. The unions went crazy, they even had their trained state senators run away so they wouldn’t have to face a vote they couldn’t win. Does this sound like a spoiled child taking their ball home so you can’t play with it if he doesn’t get his way? It does to me too. The state constitution provides the means to get your way, Gov. Walker used the State Constitution to reduce expenses, reduce the deficit and live up to his campaign promises. The opposition couldn’t compete in that environment so they ran away.
Ultimately Gov. Walker got his way and there were consequences to his actions. State employees no longer had their union dues deducted automatically from their paychecks and had to write a check out themselves. Most chose not to and the unions lost some serious income. The state costs were significantly reduced, some huge savings were achieved because the medical plans became competitive and they did not have to use the union sponsored health plans and that gave the state a significant savings.
Another serious consequence was the recall elections. The unions pushed for a recall election of the governor and a couple of state senators, ultimately 6 Republican and 3 Democrat state senators were involved. Two of the Republican state senators were ousted. Gov. Scott won his recall election by a larger margin than he was originally elected. The balance of power did not change.
The end results were that spending was reduced, the state finances are in better shape, and the burden on the tax payers was reduced.
The state of New Jersey is in much better shape after Gov. Christie’s first term than it was after the last governor’s first term. He says what he believes and then acts on what he said. He fights for his position and will compromise to make progress. He is wise enough to understand half a loaf is better than no loaf. Half a step forward today opens the door to another half step in the future as long as you are moving in the right direction.
We need leaders, not politicians. We need men and women who want to cut spending and cut taxes. We do not need to redistribute wealth, and we certainly don’t need to spend public funds to buy the love and loyalty of those in elected office.
Vote for a man or a woman who will say what they believe and then live up to what they say.
A candidate without a history of achievement before they are in elected office will continue forward without achievement. The skills needed to get elected in the environment of the low information voters are not the skills needed to face the enormous challenges this country faces today.
Pay attention to who is in office and see if their rhetoric matches their actions, it rarely does.