Local Government-Run Media: The Spin and Economic Policy

State Government officials have begun to implement the illusion that is their version of economic fixes.  It is proposed that local government be allowed to impose its own income and sales taxes as an effort to reduce property taxes and reduce state funds that go to these towns.  A move that would cause the fight of business from many towns in the state out of state and to other towns and will force a business that wishes to operate in the state to move to districts and towns with little to no sales tax in order to remain economically viable.  “That’s not a way to attract businesses to remain here and try to do economic development,” says vice president of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, Michael Egenton. 

This action does not and cannot as a measure of reason solve the problem of the current over taxation but rather attempts to shift the burden of government employee salaries from the state and county governments onto local governments.  One tax replacing another tax is not an effective fiscal policy.  It’s a shell game.

Despite the spin given in the Star Ledger, praising Louis Greenwald (D-Camden) for his “thinking outside the box…” and “his aim to contain property taxes, the real enemy…” Greenwald’s plan in actuality simply amounts to the rising of the already cumbersome tax burden on New Jersey’s residents.

How can supporting yet another tax to be issued onto the public be billed as a tax saving action?  The logic is unreasonable and ignores the fact that government must be cut, not expanded if we intend to preserve our wallets and our liberty.  It has shown that New Jersey Democrats and its media arms have not learned from the recent gubernatorial election, but rather their concern only lies with how government employees will get their next fix at taxpayer expense while billing it as some humanitarian action. 

When one attempts to control spending as governor Christie has shown the character enough to insist on, rather than playing the old word tricks of doublespeak, they are attacked on a number of false moral arguments.  Immediately one reads tearjerker stories about local patrolmen, educators, and firemen who’re afraid for their jobs.  Melodramatically, making sure to include that the individuals have children that are in some dire strait because mom or dad may be laid off. 

This is the typical ploy to paint budget cuts as mean spirited and incomprehensible.  Granted, this not an ideal situation no one likes to lay anyone off.  That said, when did having a government job mean having a permanent job regardless of the economic climate?  It is a reality that any man or woman in private sector has no lawful right to their job but rather the right to do it well or fail trying, with no guarantees of outcome.  One may even do their job well and still wind up losing it for any number of reasons.  The point is there are no guarantees.

The simple fact is New Jersey cannot fund itself without confiscating private wealth from its citizens to pay for the enormous amount of entitlements and education costs.  In the private sector it’s called layoffs.  Join the 21% of your American peers who are unemployed or underemployed as a result of the type of burdensome taxation the private sector must adhere to in order to remain lawful, no-thanks to the already bloated government.  Furthermore, when did having a government job mean that one is entitled to a raise, as many union bosses demand for their workers, not based on merit or productivity but rather on time-served, yet another entitlement perhaps?

Instead of searching out and proposing more taxes, regardless at which level of government, we should be proposing to allow citizens to keep their tax monies and scaling back our government which would save real money.  Greenwald is avoiding the “real enemy” which is the exorbitant cost of public education and the burden that already places on our communities.

Greenwald’s plan is to alleviate the coming rise in property taxes by issuing more taxes.  If you’re confused, you should be, because it defies logic.  It assumes that one tax will replace the other when in all reality we know that it will just be another tax to pay added on top of the current property taxes. “This is a shell game that we’ve played any number of times… that has papered over the problems and just continued to increase the amount of revenue, that’s not what were here to do,” Governor Christie said in response to the proposal.  “What were here to do is to make government smaller,” Christie said.  

 At least someone gets it!

Originally posted at: www.egtrc.com