Monday, October 20, 2008

...Who's the Worst Governor of Them All?

Jon Corzine!

According to the Cato Institute's Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors:

Three governors were awarded an "A" in this report card--Charlie Crist of Florida, Mark Sanford of South Carolina, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Eight governors were awarded an "F"-- Martin O'Malley of Maryland, Ted Kulongoski of Oregon, Rod Blagojevich of Illinois, Chet Culver of Iowa, Jon Corzine of New Jersey, Bob Riley of Alabama, Jodi Rell of Connecticut, and C. L. "Butch"Otter of Idaho.

Some details, most of which are painfully familiar to residents of the Garden State:

Grade: F
Took Office: January 2006

Governor Corzine's first budget proposeda spending increase of more than nine per-cent and large increases in sales, cigarette, and vehicle taxes. The enacted budget raised taxes $1.9 billion and included an increase in the sales tax rate from 6 to 7 percent, with half the increased sales tax revenue used for property tax rebates.

Not to mention the nation's highest property taxes as well...

Maybe Obama's tax hikes will lessen the sting of Corzine's rake-off, making them look small and petty in comparison.

Amazing how New Jersey's delegation to Washington, be they our intellectually bereft Senators or our Obamafied Congressmen, can vote unthinkingly for more federal tax burdens on top of what our state already strong-arms from its citizens. They think we work for their means, and if they should dream up with some inventive new social program that we simply cannot do without, why, we exist simply to pay for it! Our needs must be subserviant to their spending desires, no matter what the cost to our standard of living!

Well, we deserve it, 'cause we vote 'em in, time and time again. Soon to be relegated to third-world status, we can expect an imminent bankruptcy with intermittent power blackouts on empty roads too expensive to drive on. All in the name of a more liberal Jersey. And through it all, they Democrats will be so proud...just like they are of Detroit.

1 comment:

Jim - PRS said...

The presedential election has me cooked and, as a result, Corzine is sneaking stuff under the radar. Toll hikes, more spending, and I seem to recall reading somewhere that some of the spending will come from state pension funds. Last I remember (I have to look it up) the state pensions were already underfunded in amounts that would send a pension fund trustee in the private sector to federal prison.

In the end, you are right. The asshole voters in Jersey have willingly delivered this shit to us and continue to do so.