Sunday, September 27, 2009

Steve Massell Plans to Put Taxpayers First in Run for Middletown Township Committee

As a father of four born and raised in Middletown, Steve Massell was compelled to run for Township Committee this year out of a growing concern over the disastrous impact that policies dictated by Jon Corzine are having on Middletown. Rather than complaining while watching tax bills increase, Massell decided to get involved.

“Trenton takes millions more from Middletown taxpayers each year while sending less money back and requiring Middletown, by decree, to provide low income housing and other unfunded mandates,” said Massell. “This is simply unacceptable — Middletown cannot maintain the quality of life we all enjoy while certain local elected officials embrace these policies.”

When pressed for details, Massell explained that his opponent, Democrat Pat Short has regularly voted in line with Jon Corzine. Earlier this year, Short did vote against Resolutions condemning Corzine’s State budget and the expansion of COAH — the Council On Affordable Housing — which, Massell added: “requires Middletown to provide obscene amounts of low income housing at immense taxpayer expense.”

“I am not suggesting that Pat Short is a bad person, in fact, while I didn’t vote for him, I had high hopes that he would do what he promised three years ago and help us lower property taxes,” explained Massell. “Instead, Pat Short has towed the Democrat party line with Jon Corzine and Middletown taxpayers simply cannot afford another term for either one of them.”

In addition to his fight for lower taxes and against State-mandated low incoming housing, Massell suggested that there are many other local issues that are of significant concern that need to be addressed.

“Middletown is one of the largest and most diverse communities in the State and each section of town faces different challenges that need to be addressed by the Township Committee,” Massell says. “For years, Lincroft residents have had to contend with unsafe and overcrowded roadways in a predominately residential area of town, and residents in the Bayshore have endured years of flooding that was supposed to be addressed by the federal government, but has not been despite decades of false assurances from Congressman Pallone.”

In both of these instances, Massell believes that local governments in suburban communities like Middletown are being forced to take a more active approach while politicians in Washington and Trenton redistribute billions to inner cities that have been devastated by decades of high taxes and corruption that drove out the businesses and residents that once contributed to their tax base.

Having worked in the private sector his entire life, Steve Massell believes that it is time for him to give something back to the community he grew up in. Steve already serves on the Middletown Planning Board and wishes to expand this public service to promote smart growth policies, such as preserving Middletown’s remaining open spaces and continuing implementation of the Green Initiative to help reduce taxes and traffic when on the Township Committee.

You can find out more about Steve Massell’s campaign for Middletown Township Committee at

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Amy Handlin to Dems: "You're So Out of Touch, No Wonder You're Extinct"

Tonight I attended Assemblywoman Amy Handlin's reception. Amy had a short speech and what stood out was a reference to Jurassic Park. When Jeff Goldblum discovers that dinosaurs can't see in the dark, turns off the lights, and teases the T-Rex: "You're so out of touch, no wonder you're extinct!" This so perfectly applies to Democrats in NJ and elsewhere, and they'll start being extinct here after Nov. 3.

One reason is: 115. This is not the answer to the ultimate question about life, universe and everything. It's the number of tax increases in 4 years of Corzine rule. Everything is taxed in NJ, even taxes are taxed (see the corporate surcharge tax). Amy mentioned that only the air we breathe is not taxed, but I think it will be, once the tax&trade bill passes.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Rush Holt and Frank Pallone Vote to Fund ACORN

Our local representatives, Rush Holt and Frank Pallone, again showed they're out of touch with reality, as they were among the 75 democrats in the House voting to fund Acorn. This means, they voted to keep sending money to an organization that provides advice on tax evasion, finances brothels, and approves or teenage prostitutes.

Besides Holt and Pallone, 3 more NJ congressmen voted for Acorn funding: Bill Pascrell, Albio Sires and Donald Payne.

Rush Holt's opponent, Mike Halfacre, responded to this:
Once again, Rush Holt has shown how out of touch he is with the people of the 12th Congressional District and that his attempts to portray himself as a moderate are just that- a portrayal. He was to the left of even his own party on cap and trade; he is to the left of his own party on healthcare reform and now, when 70% of his own party voted against giving any more funding to this controversial group, once again, Rush Holt stood with the far left of his party to continue funding them with taxpayer money. We seem to have a representative who thinks he represents San Francisco and not central New Jersey.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Proof that the Fed is Monetizing the Debt

I hear a lot of people who're saying that nooo, the Fed is not monetizing the debt, because there are many buyers interested in our debt. For those who don't know what monetizing is, it means that when the Treasury doesn't have investors to finance our national debt, the Fed prints the money and buys the debt. Printing the money just creates fictitious money which only results in inflation.

And here's an easy proof of what's going on. First check out this Treasury debt sale:

It's on July 30th, note the instrument's ID: 912828LD0.

Then go to the New York Fed's search page (that's the office which runs open market operations for the Fed):

As date range, enter 8/6/2009 - 8/6/2009. It's one week after the Treasury debt auction mentioned above. And look in the results. 3rd row from the top, surprise! The same 912828LD0 debt instrument that was sold barely a week before to interested investors!

If that's not obvious that we're heavily monetizing debt, then I don't know what is. Instead of the Fed buying the debt outright and admitting monetization, it's using a 3rd party to hold the debt for a week before buying it back. I wonder who that 3rd party is, and if this wouldn't qualify as conspiracy.

Remember folks, this happened when they had trouble selling $300 billions of debt. Few people were interested to buy it. What will happen with the other 9 trillions that Obama is planning to spend??

Credit for this story go to Glenn Beck and Chris Martenson.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Cash-for-Clunkers Savings and the Government's Genius Business Plan

A vehicle at 15 mpg and 12,000 miles per year uses 800 gallons a year of gasoline.

A vehicle at 25 mpg and 12,000 miles per year uses 480 gallons a year.

So, the average cash-for-clunker transaction will reduce US gasoline consumption by 320 gallons per year.

Government bought 700,000 vehicles so that's 224 million gallons / year.

That equates to a bit over 5 million barrels of oil.

5 million barrels of oil is about ¼ of one day's US consumption.

And, 5 million barrels of oil costs about $350 million dollars at $75/bbl.

So, we all contributed to spending $3 billion to save $350 million.

How great a deal was that ???

They'll probably do a great job with health care though.

(Thank you Joe Schilp for the information and numbers)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Perth Amboy Tea Party

On Saturday, Sep. 5, the first day of the Labor Day weekend, I went to the Perth Amboy Tea Party. A lot of people warned me that this is a dangerous area, and it might not be a good place for an anti-socialist event, but while the downtown looked a bit scary, the Circle Park where the tea party took place was a very nice, safe venue. There were not too many people, no more than a hundred, but this was a tough day for a protest. Very nice day, maybe the last nice summer weekend, when people would rather be at the beach, or having a barbeque at home. So thank you to everyone who attended.

The first thing that struck me was that, while the other protests I've been to seemed very disorganized, here you had a few well-organized groups. One was that of independent gubernatorial candidate Jason Cullen's and his associate running for Aseembly, Jim Poesl. The other one was the organization. And there were maybe 30-40 other people who showed up spontaneously, including a few that I've seen at out Middletown rallies.

Kurt Epps as Gov. William Franklin

The tea party organizers had a nice setup, with a podium for speakers, under an arch which held the "We The People" sign. The speakers were both good and bad. To open, we had a guy dressed up as Gov. William Franklin, who had a funny speech, combing the history of the NJ colony and current events. Then, we had Jason Cullen, who might be a smart conservative guy, but I don't think he's doing us any service. As a conservative candidate, he'll just drain votes from Chris Christie, which ultimately means votes for Jon Corzine. His speech wasn't bad, and he's a nice guy, but I think he's just a self-absorbed young politician who wants his 15 minutes of fame.

The first good speech was from Michael Johns, a well-known blogger and conservative activist, who's worked for the White House and spoke as many tea parties nationwide. He offered us a broad view of the Obaministration's socialist plans, focusing on the healthcare reform. But probably the best surprise was the impromptu speech of Brian, a simple guy from the attendance, who asked for the microphone and gave us a spontaneous 10-15 minutes speech which drew everybody's attention. He spoke to us about the way Government is taking our freedoms, trampling the Constitutions, going against everything America stands for. He didn't need a script, and everything he said was right from his heart, it was a very inspiring speech. And even more, he's a union carpenter, and unions are the last place where you'd expect a passionate conservative, but as Brian said there are a lot of smart people in the unions who see that the union leaders' positions are plainly wrong.

Michael Johns addressing the crowd

There were a few snoozers taking the podium, but two more speeches stood out. One was from a very passionate African-American lady, who was Obama's hardest attacker, and who explained that disliking Obama has nothing to do with race. Then it was my friend Joe Schilp who gave a very factual talk on business and taxes, and how socialism is bad for business, therefore for us, Americans.

Joe Schilp delivering his speech

But the highlight of the tea party was probably Col. Manly Rash's final appearance. Manly Rash is another well-known blogger, who regularly appears in a Continental Army uniform. You can read about this tea party on his blog, complete with videos, but check back soon since he's having a series of postings.

Manly Rash suffered the most at this event, since it was so hot and his full uniform must've been baking him inside. But he didn't complain, he waited for his turn, and I'm glad I stayed until the end. Col. Rash climbed on the NJ Liberty Bell monument, opposite the podium in the park, and started by ringing the bell with his sword. Then followed a very inspirational speech, focused on the history of our Republic, the Constitution, and the principles our Founding Fathers stood for. He slipped in and out of his Revolutionary character, talking about our current situation, and what we must do to protect our freedoms. He was the only speaker on that day who didn't say anything negative. We all know what's bad about Obama, his plans, his bills, and socialism in general, so we didn't need to hear it again. What we heard from Col. Rash was the positive, what we must do as a nation to make sure we survive Obama's term.