Disturbing: Food stamp fraud rampant: GAO report
Well, I mean if you consider that – according to the left – unions “represent the average middle class worker”, New Jersey Democrats aka “Nazi Generals” just stuck it to the middle class in concert with “Adolph Christie” to overhaul public worker benefits:
TRENTON — New Jersey lawmakers tonight voted to enact a sweeping plan to cut public worker benefits after a long day of high-pitched political drama in the streets of Trenton and behind closed doors.
Union members chanted outside the Statehouse and in the Assembly balcony, and dissident Democrats tried to stall with amendments and technicalities. Although they successfully convinced top lawmakers to remove a controversial provision restricting public workers’ access to out-of-state medical care, they failed to halt a historic defeat for New Jersey’s powerful unions and a political victory for Republican Gov. Chris Christie.
“Together, we’re showing New Jersey is serious about providing long-term fiscal stability for our children and grandchildren,” Christie said in a statement released after the vote. “We are putting the people first and daring to touch the third rail of politics in order to bring reform to an unsustainable system.”
Christie and Republicans banded together with Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex) to advance the bill despite opposition from the majority of Democrats who control the Legislature.
WHOA! Bipartisanship? Sounds like the Jersey state legislature and Gov. Christie have – thankfully – been sipping some of that “New Tone” Kool Aid our celebrity President advised us to drink back in January as a way of “healing” and “improving the national discourse” after the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). Bbbbbut, as with all things that are supposed to be beneficial to our fellow man, the devil – as they say – is in the details. Apparently for New Jersey unioneers, the only “bipartisanship” that is good is the type that keeps the status quo in place, the status quo being robbing Peter to pay Paul.
ST reader and New Jersey resident Great White Rat sums up:
Meanwhile, out here in NJ, the public employee gravy train is losing steam: LINK.
The really interesting part about this is that the state legislature is controlled by Democrats. Fortunately the Democrat leadership in both houses has enough sense to understand the magnitude of the financial crisis we’re in, and they’ve been able to ignore the union screaming and work with Gov. Christie to do something about it.
In other words, this is a bipartisan effort.
Remember not so long ago when calling something “bipartisan” meant it was all glowing, patriotic, cute-fuzzy-bunny wonderfulness? Not any more, according to the libs.
And in a truly remarkable display of absolute cluelessness, some union-friendly protesters have been showing up in … I kid you not … in Revolutionay War garb (link via GWR):
TRENTON — Benjamin Franklin showed up. So did Abigail Adams and Thomas Paine. But even they couldn’t stop the Senate from passing a contentious measure Monday that will sharply raise the cost of health benefits and pensions for the state’s 500,000 public employees.
With protesters dressed in Revolutionary-era garb gathered outside the Statehouse and union members clamoring inside, the pivotal Senate vote came on the same day the Assembly Budget Committee approved by a 7-5 vote an identical version following eight hours of testimony.
Watch a video clip of the “Revolutionary” costume wearers and speakers below:
These people clearly have NO clue as to what the Revolutionary War was all about. I couldn’t make stuff up like this on my BEST day.