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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

GOP priorities

Chris Christie was elected Governor of New Jersey last November, beating Jon Corzine teh incumbent who was hurt by the economy in a state that Obama had won easily the prior year.

Here are some of Christies achievements since then.

His budget proposal this year refused to extend a tax on earners over $400,000 — which would have generated $900 million for the state — but it did cut $820 million to public schools. He also vetoed a tax on residents with incomes over $1 million, which was designed to help fund property tax relief for senior citizens and the disabled, among other programs. According to the non-partisan Office of Legislative Services, due to Christie’s veto, “a retired couple living on a fixed income of $40,000 would see an increase of $1,320 in taxes under the governor’s plan while a family making $1.2 million would receive a tax cut of $11,598."

It's a microcosm of GOP policies in general, a reverse Robin Hood. Christie is a big suppporter of school vouchers. The best way to promote that is to strangle public education to the point where it can no longer function the way it should.

Catering to the top few percent of earners to tbe detriment of everyone else should, in a sane world be political suicide. Sadly, when it comes to public policy we are no longer in a sane world. Democrats in general seem terrified of being tagged with the "class warfares/socialist", allowing Republicans to bamboozle the average voter with a constant drumbeat of fear and hysteria. Sadly, it seems to work and we will see the results in November when the Democrats could lose control of the House.

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