Reaction to Gov. Corzine's budget address

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1 - 8 of 8 Comments Last updated Apr 6, 2009
Laura Harris

Piscataway, NJ

#1 Mar 11, 2009
I think it is time that the middle class get working on ousting all of the current politicians in the state of NJ. Enough is enough. It is time we take our state back.
Ahmad McDougle

Trenton, NJ

#2 Mar 16, 2009
Yeah I agree with you .....it seems like we have to Choose between unsure ambiguity and definitive ineptness.Laying off a undisclosed amount of state workers is the most uninformed , general , unfocused campaign statement i have ever seen.Get rid of both of them i still like Richard Codey ( he had experince in governing) These two don't have any at all.......

“2014 ! The Bar is Open !”

Since: Dec 07

Daytona Beach

#3 Mar 16, 2009
Corzine is still Governor ? why ? the guy has a permanent dent in his head
Charles Murray

Carmel, IN

#4 Mar 18, 2009
I'm a proud Democrat and a longtime supporter of Corzine. All I can say is, if he doesn't rethink his proposal, he's doomed politically. I'm the type of voter that Democrats can count on: I've never missed an election since the day I turned 18 and voted for George McGovern.

It's not that I blindly vote Democratic, however. I simply believe in the issues the Democratic party stands for. I'm pro choice, pro stem cell research, I oppose the death penalty, I favor progressive taxation, I oppose the Bush foreign policy, and I favor universal healthcare. But if Corzine's proposal remains as stands, I'm considering voting for Christie, or better yet, for any Democratic candidate who can give Corzine a primary challenge and who opposes his plan. I don't find that Corzine has championed the middle class as the Democratic party should, and at this point, unless he changes my mind with swift policy changes that actually provide some relief for the middle class, in the absence of a Democratic challenger to Corzine in the primary, I'll vote Republican hoping for a one-term Republican governor followed by a Democrat that truly stands for the middle class.

I'm middle class, making over $75,000 and I've been struggling. I've delayed medical and dental work, and may soon lose teeth if I don't see a dentist.(I have medical and dental insurance, but it doesn't cover enough and I can't afford the co pays.) I have cups and bowls lined up in my attic to catch water where I have a leak and can't afford to fix my roof. My car needs repairs, but I'm driving it anyway because I commute but can't afford the repairs. In short, I'm in financial distress, and I can't afford to lose even more.

President Obama's plan calls for no tax raises for anyone making under $250,000 a year. That's a more reasonable number, and I can't imagine a person making over that struggles the way I do.

The Democratic party is supposed to be the champion of the middle class. If Corzine cannot meet that standard, I cannot support him. I owe it to myself and to my family. That tax rebate could be what I need to fix my roof, and the loss of the tax deduction could be what sends me into foreclosure. As a Democrat, I'm embarrassed by the Corzine plan, and only hope that he isn't too much of a drag on any down ticket Democratic candidates, especially in the House.

As for balancing the budget, let me make a suggestion here:

Republicans mantra is "cut spending!" I honestly believe that much spending has already been cut to the bone. If there's any actual fat, by all means, cut it, but don't cut necessary programs and make people suffer.

Instead, repeal the law that requires a balanced budget. Replace it with one that allows for a deficit during times of recession. It could be that, at least for the short term, we need the spending more than we need the balanced budget. Balance the budget during times of economic growth. This can be done, but it cannot be done if you are no longer in office because, by following the letter of the balanced budget law, you have made our citizens suffer enough to vote you out of office, so much that even the most ardent Democratic supporters like myself want you out.

Sincerely,
Charles M.
Charles Murray

Carmel, IN

#5 Mar 18, 2009
Correction of a minor error: When I was 18, I voted for Walter Mondale. George McGovern was when I was a kid. Ah, how memory goes when you're over 40.
the unborn

Tenafly, NJ

#6 Mar 27, 2009
I'm ecstatic to hear of your karma comin' to kick your ass!!!! Wee Hoo!!!
Bill

Watertown, CT

#7 Mar 27, 2009
Charles Murray wrote:
I'm a proud Democrat and a longtime supporter of Corzine. All I can say is, if he doesn't rethink his proposal, he's doomed politically. I'm the type of voter that Democrats can count on: I've never missed an election since the day I turned 18 and voted for George McGovern.
It's not that I blindly vote Democratic, however. I simply believe in the issues the Democratic party stands for. I'm pro choice, pro stem cell research, I oppose the death penalty, I favor progressive taxation, I oppose the Bush foreign policy, and I favor universal healthcare. But if Corzine's proposal remains as stands, I'm considering voting for Christie, or better yet, for any Democratic candidate who can give Corzine a primary challenge and who opposes his plan. I don't find that Corzine has championed the middle class as the Democratic party should, and at this point, unless he changes my mind with swift policy changes that actually provide some relief for the middle class, in the absence of a Democratic challenger to Corzine in the primary, I'll vote Republican hoping for a one-term Republican governor followed by a Democrat that truly stands for the middle class.
I'm middle class, making over $75,000 and I've been struggling. I've delayed medical and dental work, and may soon lose teeth if I don't see a dentist.(I have medical and dental insurance, but it doesn't cover enough and I can't afford the co pays.) I have cups and bowls lined up in my attic to catch water where I have a leak and can't afford to fix my roof. My car needs repairs, but I'm driving it anyway because I commute but can't afford the repairs. In short, I'm in financial distress, and I can't afford to lose even more.
President Obama's plan calls for no tax raises for anyone making under $250,000 a year. That's a more reasonable number, and I can't imagine a person making over that struggles the way I do.
The Democratic party is supposed to be the champion of the middle class. If Corzine cannot meet that standard, I cannot support him. I owe it to myself and to my family. That tax rebate could be what I need to fix my roof, and the loss of the tax deduction could be what sends me into foreclosure. As a Democrat, I'm embarrassed by the Corzine plan, and only hope that he isn't too much of a drag on any down ticket Democratic candidates, especially in the House.
As for balancing the budget, let me make a suggestion here:
Republicans mantra is "cut spending!" I honestly believe that much spending has already been cut to the bone. If there's any actual fat, by all means, cut it, but don't cut necessary programs and make people suffer.
Instead, repeal the law that requires a balanced budget. Replace it with one that allows for a deficit during times of recession. It could be that, at least for the short term, we need the spending more than we need the balanced budget. Balance the budget during times of economic growth. This can be done, but it cannot be done if you are no longer in office because, by following the letter of the balanced budget law, you have made our citizens suffer enough to vote you out of office, so much that even the most ardent Democratic supporters like myself want you out.
Sincerely,
Charles M.
So we have you to thank for all those crooked idiots running NJ into the ground. Please wear a tin foil hat so we can slap you when we see you on the street.
Charles Murray

Carmel, IN

#8 Apr 6, 2009
Bill,

You should be aware that ad hominem is a logical fallacy.

Be sure to check back if you have an intelligent, reasoned thing to say.

Charles

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