Monthly Archives: March 2010

Video: The Health Care Slime Machine

Last night’s Daily Show with Jon Stewart was another example of classic television as only Jon Stewart and company can make.

After returning from a weeks vacation Stewart wants to know who is really responsible for fanning the flames of violence over health care reform following the passage of the health care bill.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Health Care Slime Machine
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Health Care Reform
Advertisements

2 Comments

Filed under health care reform, Jon Stewart, The Daily Show

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie’s approval rating drops 9 points after budget proposal

It looks like the Honeymoon is over for Chris Christie, according to a new Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind survey the governor’s popularity around the state has taken a 9% nose dive since the beginning of March when a similar poll found that Christie enjoyed a 52% job approval rating before making dramatic announcements of cuts to the state budget.

Better than two-thirds of Republicans approve of the job he’s doing, and independents approve by 49%-19%, while Democrats disapprove by 45%- 23%. The governor approval rating in non-public-employee households is 44%-28% but drops in public-employee households to 37%-49%.

“It’s a bad time to be governor of any state,” said Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll. “You’re damned if you cut the budget and damned if you raise taxes.”

Read more from NJ.com >>> Here

1 Comment

Filed under approval rating, Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll, Gov. Chris Christie, NJ.com

What Were They Saying Before The Decision To Cancel The Sports Complex

I went back to my archivist to see if he could grabbed me some audio clips of what everyone had to say about using the bonded funds for the artificial turf fields for other uses.

He sent me 5 clips of Township Attorney Brian Nelson,Township Administrator Tony Mercantante and Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger stating that the bond money has to be used for recreation or turf fields. These clips are from Committee meetings on February 1st, March 1st and March 15th .

Nelson and Mercantante address a person’s question concerning whether or not the bond for the turf fields could be appropriated for other use during the February 1st meeting.
Scharfenberger adds his two cents in the following three sound bites, the first two of which are from the March 1st Township Committee Workshop meeting where he is heard saying that the money for the turf fields could not be used for other projects but could be appropriated for a different facility. He later stated that the turf fields were part of Green Acres and there for needed to be discussed at an official public meeting that would be scheduled for the end of March.

The last clip is from the March 15th Township Committee meeting and is of Mayor Scharfenberger announcing that the resolution that would give the go ahead for CMX Engineering to finalize plans and proceed to mark up project bidding specifications for the sports complex at West Front Street was being pulled, but they were going to move ahead with the field at WFSP anyway just not with all the amenities.
Then all of a sudden at the informal March 23th Neighborhood Meeting at Croydon Hall, Gerry Scharfenberger announced that himself and those members of the Township Committee that were in attendance that evening came to a consensus decision to cancel the turf project all together due to concerns over state aid figures that he had just been informed of, and because of this the Township would recall the bond and return the money to the lender.
Using the decline in state aid as a cover story for cancelling the turf projects was just a convenient excuse on Scharfenberger’s end. Both he and Pam Brightbill, had been telling everyone for months prior to the meeting that the bonded funds for the turf fields had no impact on the budget and based on the article that appeared in the Independent, the Township knew a week earlier about the state aid cut, which they had been talking about for the past few Committee meetings anyway.
So will the audio shine anymore light onto the shady dealing that go on down at Town Hall? Not really, but they do give a little bit of insight into the thinking of for what and how the money that was bonded for the turf fields in 2006 could be used for even if it was contrary to the actual language of the bond ordinance.

5 Comments

Filed under artificial turf fields, Brian Nelson, CMX Engineering, Gerry Scharfenberger, Middletown Township Committee, Neighborhood meetings, the Independent, Tony Mercantante, West Front Street

Michael Steele Spent RNC Money on Bottle Service at a Bondage Club

It amazes me how this guy still has a job, his creditability has to be close to zero. I bet those in the GOP can’t wait until his term as Chairman is over.

Posted at GAWKER.com

Michael Steele is just wasting RNC money on limos and private planes and, yes, private bondage-themed nightclubs with topless ladies.

Tucker Carlson’s The Daily Carlsoning has a wonderful story about how Michael Steele considered buying a private plane, because he spends so much time flying to nightclubs and Hawaii, but he decided not to. Instead he found many other creative ways to waste money.

Once on the ground, FEC filings suggest, Steele travels in style. A February RNC trip to California, for example, included a $9,099 stop at the Beverly Hills Hotel, $6,596 dropped at the nearby Four Seasons, and $1,620.71 spent [update: the amount is actually $1,946.25] at Voyeur West Hollywood, a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex.

Now, Voyeur is not really a “strip club” so much as a terrible-sounding nightclub with bottle service, long lines, Lindsay Lohan, and, yes, half-naked ladies simulating oral sex on each other. Which, to be honest, sounds way stupider than a proper, respectable strip club. Shame on you, Michael Steele, for encouraging this kind of thing.

The GOP really has to get around to firing the embarrassing and inept Michael Steele eventually. Steele spent $1.4 million on the GOP’s terrible new website, he charges $15,000 for speaking appearances, and his RNC continues to spend more than it takes in as we begin the campaign season in earnest.

But it would still present a bit of an image problem to fire the one prominent black Republican in America.

3 Comments

Filed under Gawker.com, nightclub, private planes, RNC Chairman Michael Steele, strip clubs, the GOP, wasted money

NJPP Monday Minute 3/29/10: Proposed budget cuts anger many at budget hearings

New Jersey citizens and groups have been packing hearing rooms throughout the state as the legislature begins public hearings on Gov. Christie’s FY2011 budget proposal. The governor has repeatedly said everything but spending cuts are off the table to close the nearly $11 billion budget gap, a move that has angered advocates for children, schools and healthcare to name just a few.

In her March 23 testimony before the Senate Budget Committee, NJPP Interim President Mary Forsberg stated that the economic crisis facing New Jersey is too severe for just one approach, as the governor seems bent on doing. “You can respond to shortfalls like these in three ways,” she said. “You can raise taxes, you can reduce expenditures, or you can opt for a balanced approach that includes increased revenue and responsible savings.”

Senior Policy Analyst Raymond Castro’s testimony on March 25 before the Senate Budget Committee focused on the governor’s cuts to FamilyCare, noting that Gov. Christie had already closed enrollment to all parents above 133 percent of the federal poverty level and plans to increase premiums for many of parents remaining in the program.

“While closing enrollment to 39,000 parents in 2011 will save $25 million in state funds, it results in a loss of $45 million in federal funds-the last thing New Jersey needs in a recession,” said Castro.

The proposed budget also ends all state funding for FamilyCare outreach, making it impossible for the state to meet its goal of insuring all children by 2013. Again this results in a loss of federal funds.

As part of the Better Choices for New Jersey coalition, NJPP has identified $1.6 billion in additional revenue and savings that would allow the state to avoid the worst of these cuts:

  • Restoring the marginal tax rate increase on those making over $400,000 a year would generate about $1 billion in revenue.
  • Increasing the motor vehicle registration fees on gas guzzlers could bring in $140 million.
  • Retaining the surcharge on corporate business tax liabilities and increasing it to eight percent instead of four percent would provide $160 million in revenue.
  • Closing corporate loopholes and instituting a system of combined reporting for businesses could save New Jersey taxpayers close to $250 million.
The Senate and Assembly will continue to hold hearings over the next few months in the lead up to negotiations with the governor over a final budget, which must be signed by the end of the day on June 30, 2010. There are still opportunities to testify about the impact of the budget on issues of concern to you. It is possible to sign-up either online or by phone.

In addition you can contact your legislator. Tell him or her that everyone should share in the sacrifice-not just students, teachers, public employees, transit riders and those who have no voice.

Leave a comment

Filed under budget cuts, Gov. Chris Christie, Monday Minute, New Jersey Policy Perspective, public anger

Saturday Morning Cartoons: SUPERMAN & THE MAD SCIENTIST

Look, up in the sky!

It’s a bird…It’s a plane….NO IT’S SUPERMAN!!

It’s cartoon time

Leave a comment

Filed under Saturday morning cartoons, Superman

President Obama’s Weekly Address: 3/27/10 Two Major Reforms on Health Care & Higher Ed

The President looks back on a week that saw the passage of two major sets of reforms: one putting Americans in control of their own health care, and one ensuring student loans work for students and families, not as subsidies for bankers and middlemen.

Leave a comment

Filed under Education, health care reform, President Obama, student loans, weekly address