Braun: N.J. public workers aren't the enemy - or the solution - in budget battle

There are 2 comments on the The Newark Star-Ledger story from Jun 27, 2011, titled Braun: N.J. public workers aren't the enemy - or the solution - in budget battle. In it, The Newark Star-Ledger reports that:

TRENTON - Sorry, but there were no "union thugs" on the streets of Trenton last week when the Legislature voted to impose thousands of dollars of new and unexpected costs on a half-million public workers and retirees.

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David Di Gregorio

Tenafly, NJ

#1 Jun 27, 2011
RIGHT ON RIGHT ON!! If there were at very least a combination - that is if the wealthy paid more towards taxes and that were known, then the all the others would, I am sure, be more willing to sacrifice. The fiscal problems would be taken care of a lot faster with such a multi pronged approach.

Great point: that we are now targets as a result of a failed economy. So now why not privatize our schools to make the rich richer? When I was in the hotel business, they called hotels properties - not hotels. So let's call our profit making schools properties - our dear students "the market"!! Want an IEP?- that's extra!

Failed Economy: Can't make money making widgets anymore as that is done on the cheap in China with their version of sweatshops. We need to go all out in teaching Chinese so we can supervise the slave labor - make sure they are not pinching any Ipads! Shame on Steve Jobs while I'm at it.

Social Emotional Learning???: Let's make it REAL!!! Students would be kinder if they received an education on just how and where their Ipads were made (getting to know the workers who make them during a "ethical adventure" field trip to communist/capitalist China) and include a study on how that wealth is distributed. This is the best way to use Mandarin language - to be kinder rather than boarding the "exploitation express" -

I stop here!
BigBalls

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Jun 27, 2011
As more and more people leave NJ the tax income will become less and less. Who would want to stay? Unless you were a corrupt politician or a union member with a rich pension (while NOONE gets pensions anymore) on the taxpayer's backs.
Unions WERE a great and necesary thing. Helped to BUILD much of this nation. But now they are headed by communistic thugs that are as bad or worse than the politicians and refuse to acknowledge that STATES CAN'T PAY FOR THIS STUFF ANYMORE. They can't. Go ahead and tax the business owners till they stop hiring and close their doors. If that's what you want. Who cares what was promised them or about the past governors that did not put into the pension funds. You still would not be able to afford that stuff anymore anyway. Unions don't have a monopoly on the middle class -most of which haven't had pensions for years and pay tons for their healthcare and have all along.

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