By Alan Caruba
It’s the curse of having sat through too many local town council meetings and too many speeches by politicians; it’s taking notes as they speak because you want to keep what’s said fresh in mind.
Regular folks don’t do this, but anyone who has spent any time as a reporter will tell you it is a hard habit to break.
So, on Tuesday, January 11, I found myself taking notes as New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, gave his first constitutionally required State of the State speech. He will be back in February with a speech about his budget.
A Jolly, Fat Buzz-Saw
Christie’s State of the State speech was delivered to the members of the New Jersey Senate and Assembly, mostly Democrats; all of whom had learned in the previous year that the Governor was a jolly, fat buzz-saw who just loves a good fight.
Gov. Christie was preceded by two of the worst Governors in current times, Jim McGreevey who discovered he was gay after he put his boyfriend on the payroll and the whispers in the statehouse became a raging storm. He was followed by Jon Corzine, a limousine liberal. Together they increased taxes and fees 115 times in eight years! In a single term in office, Corzine raised taxes $9 billion!
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Syndicated from Alan Caruba
Between the time that George Washington took the first oath of office as president and when Barack Obama did—1789 to 2009, the United States had borrowed nine trillion dollars. Since Obama took office, it has borrowed or imposed nearly three trillion more debt. Tell me he is not deliberately seeking to bankrupt the nation.
In an August 28 Wall Street Journal editorial it noted that “To no one’s surprise except Vice President Joe Biden’s, second quarter economic growth was revised down yesterday to 1.6% from the prior estimate of growth of 2.4% which was down from first quarter growth of 3.7%, which was down from the 2009 fourth quarter’s 5%. Economic recoveries are supposed to go in the other direction.”
The Chacracteristics are Strikingly Similar
I was born during the Great Depression of the 1930s and have lived long enough now to find myself in a new one. There are similarities between the two, but the first one led to the creation of a variety of government regulatory entities and programs that should have avoided or at least were expected put the brakes on the current one.
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We keep hearing the socialists (formerly Democrats) claim in their typically shrill and whining voices that Republicans are not setting forth any ideas. To hear Democrats tell it, Republicans are just a bunch of obstructionists.
Paul Ryan’s Roadmap for America’s Future is a compelling and sensible treatise our friends Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and even our President, Barack Obama should read and apply to our current national economic situation.
“We have a fundamental difference of opinion with the Democrats…They believe through all of their policies that people are stuck with their current station in life and that it is government’s job to help them cope with it. We don’t believe in that. We believe in the American idea…And the idea of this country is that the government helps to promote equal opportunity so that people can make the most of their lives and reach their potential and their destiny…If we do not turn our fiscal situation around…we will see the best century in America be the last century of America.”
- Paul Ryan (R – WI)
Ryan calls for getting America back on track using real numbers, data and even legislation. He is the strongest positive voice in laying out the solutions required for curing the national debt and saving America from economic collapse.
Health care reform, social security, tax reform and the national shift from personal responsibility to dependency upon government for our solutions are all addressed.
Watch the video below, taking special note of the visuals aids used by Congressman Paul Ryan.