Glenn pseudo-famously referred to a Chris Christie exchange with a reporter as “Common –Sense-Porn” which I think describes it pretty well. Unfortunately, it’s sort of changed on the air into “Chris Christie Porn” which is exponentially less appetizing. I will be pleading with him to change it back behind the scenes…wish me luck. Our stomachs depend on it.
Either way, here’s another moment of “Common Sense Porn”—Christie’s exchange with a teacher, about her unions.
Think about what happened here. He asked a group of teachers, already the 4th highest paid in America, to work one year without a raise, and to contribute 1.5% of their salaries towards their own benefits…and the teachers union claims it is the biggest assault on education in the states industry-a brutal mass murder of all hope for our children’s future—and the systematic disemboweling of every toddler in America? Really?
This isn’t about teachers—it’s about the teachers’ unions. These two requests, in the middle of a financial disaster in New Jersey, are completely reasonable. Yet, the unions can’t help themselves from looking…well…stupid.
Here’s Christie again (from a youtube video made by someone who hates him) on hiking the fees on New Jersey Transit. Tough to hear, but try arguing with the logic “those who ride New Jersey Transit, should pay for New Jersey Transit.” I’ve had to deal with the fare hikes myself, but they’re the right thing to do.
The problem Christie will have is the same one every principled conservative has. People don’t like government spending, unless it’s on them. Look at these splits on his approval rating:
Meanwhile, public employee households disapprove of the governor by a margin of 58 to 33 percent, and non-public employee households approve by 48 to 36 percent.
People who work for the government don’t like cuts to government. This should make it obvious why the left always likes to expand government employment.
Another example of what’s wrong with our society/budgets/government/everything:
“I’d rather see a tax on millionaires also. It’s about time we stopped paying for everyone else,” said Lionel Nazco of Carlstadt.
So…you’re sick of one group “paying for everyone else”, but you’d like to see a new tax that would make one group pay for everyone else? And you were able to perform those mental gymnastics in two sentences? How can any sensible politician overcome something like that?