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As you head to the polls on November 8th bring along your health insurance bill as a reminder of what's at stake. Can you afford 4 more years of double digit premium increases?
Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama's health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday.
Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. Some states will see much bigger jumps, others less.
Moreover, about 1 in 5 consumers will have plans only from a single insurer to pick from, after major national carriers such as UnitedHealth Group, Humana and Aetna scaled back their roles.
"Consumers will be faced this year with not only big premium increases but also with a declining number of insurers participating, and that will lead to a tumultuous open enrollment period," said Larry Levitt, who tracks the health care law for the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.
Liberal apologists are quick to blame "greedy insurance companies."
Except it's not "greedy insurance companies" who mandated expensive comprehensive health insurance plans covering all manner of "free" services.
And it's not "greedy insurance companies" who required the plans to take on all comers and charge them the same price regardless of risk of illness or pre-existing conditions.
Nope, that was President Barack The Magnificent, who's a firm believer in the Government Knows Best school of human interaction. According to him, the only choices we're allowed to make are choices he's pre-selected for us.
To which the "greedy insurance companies" responded, "No thanks."
Dwindling choice is another issue.
The total number of HealthCare.gov insurers will drop from 232 this year to 167 in 2017, a loss of 28 percent. (Insurers are counted multiple times if they offer coverage in more than one state. So Aetna, for example, would count once in each state that it participated in.)
Switching insurers may not be simple for patients with chronic conditions.
While many carriers are offering a choice of plan designs, most use a single prescription formulary and physician network across all their products, explained Pearson. "So, enrollees may need to change doctors or drugs when they switch insurers," she said.
If you like your doctor you can't keep your doctor.
If you like your life-saving medication you probably can't keep them either.
Adding to the pain, employer-sponsored plans will likely see very similar premium increases and reductions in choices because they're required to offer the same comprehensive coverages as the marketplace plans.
There really isn't anything surprising, though, about Obamacare's latest woes. They were widely predicted. Obamacare was ill-conceived — so ill-conceived that some suggest it was designed to fail and be replaced with a single-payer style system.
If you think health care is expensive now, just wait until Hillary makes it "free."
Obamacare's passage is an object lesson in what happens when Democrats control the White House and the Congress. The latest news should help drive that lesson home just in time for the election.
Yup. Just say "No" to Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. Vote Donald Trump for
President! Because he'll repeal Obamacare on day one, and save us money.
Corrupt weasels to the core. The FBI Deputy Director in charge of "investigating" Hillary's homebrew email server just happened to have a wife running for state senator in Virginia. And purely by coincidence Clinton pal Terry McAuliffe decided to donate almost $500,000 to her campaign.
A top Clinton ally's political organization reportedly gave nearly a half-million dollars to the campaign of the wife of an FBI official who would go on to help oversee the probe into Hillary Clinton's email practices — a tangled web likely to fuel Republican complaints about the investigation.
The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday night on the connection. According to the Journal, finance records show Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's PAC gave $467,500 to Dr. Jill McCabe's 2015 state Senate campaign. The Virginia Democratic Party spent an additional $207,788 on the campaign, the Journal reported.
McCabe, who ended up losing to Republican incumbent Dick Black, is married to Andrew McCabe — the FBI's deputy director.
Oh, but there's nothing to see here, because Mr. McCabe asked for ethics advice from his FBI buddies, who of course said it was OK, and besides, he swears he paid no attention to his wife's campaign whatsoever.
He didn't have to be "involved" in his wife's campaign to know who was buttering her bread. And he'd have to be a fool to ignore such a large donation from someone so obviously connected to the subject of his investigation. He got the message, the same way his boss's boss Loretta Lynch got a message from Bill Clinton. Hillary has friends, and her friends are your friends. Don't screw that up.
And so like the good little weasel he is, Andrew McCabe fell in line.
McCabe continues to be involved in the email investigation aftermath. He was called last week to brief House oversight committee members on allegations — contained in newly released FBI files — that a State Department official offered a "quid pro quo" with the bureau in a bid to un-classify a particular server email.
The culture of corruption surrounding Hillary Clinton reeks. Pay to play, quid pro quo, back scratching, whatever you want to call it, it's dirty. Patrick Kennedy essentially offered the FBI a bribe to take some heat off Hillary. He won't be investigated, let alone prosecuted. If she's elected he'll be rewarded for his loyalty. That's how the Clintons roll.
Hillary herself hit up the King of Morocco for $12 million dollars while she was Secretary of State. Just because they're friends dontcha know. Not for political favors, that would be illegal! And besides, Russians!
Listen, this Morocco thing is so bad even her toadies at the Puffington Host had to take notice. She sold her office for personal gain and no amount of stonewalling can obviate that fact.
Are we really going to let her sell the presidency too?
Oh, right, Donald Trump said "pussy." Nevermind.
We know Hillary Clinton's plan for America. More government. Higher taxes. More regulations. Less freedom.
But until yesterday we hadn't really heard the specifics of Donald Trump's vision.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Trump's Gettysburg address may not be as lofty as Abraham Lincoln's. But that's OK. Because Donald Trump is a different kind of man. A man who's time has come.
We are not engaged in a great civl war. But yet it must be questioned, can our nation so conceived, endure? Can it survive the progressive onslaught? Or will we devolve into liberal tyranny?
Donald Trump stands athwart history yelling "stop."
As in, Stop Hillary Clinton. Stop the social justice warriors. Stop the regulatory state. Stop the erosion of our freedom. Stop crony capitalism. Stop blaming America. Stop Islamic terrorism. Stop illegal immigration.
While I don't agree with everything Mr. Trump posits, overall I can say his plan is more than a step in the right direction.
Step One: Drain the swamp!
FIRST, propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress;
SECOND, a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health);
THIRD, a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated;
FOURTH, a 5 year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service;
FIFTH, a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government;
SIXTH, a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.
Aside from term limits, which have the unfortunate side affect of further empowering the unelected permanent bureaucracy, there's nothing in there that won't make America better. The revolving door between the DNC, the White House, the media, and K street must be slammed closed, forever.
Through her family foundation Hillary Clinton epitomizes foreigners and the well-connected purchasing influence over American politics. This must stop. She is beholden to her donors; no president or legislator should be so compromised.
Step Two: Trump's signature issue is trade, and he's laying out a bold platform of reform.
FIRST, I will announce my intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205
SECOND, I will announce our withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership
THIRD, I will direct my Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator
FOURTH, I will direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately
FIFTH, I will lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.
SIXTH, lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward
SEVENTH, cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America's water and environmental infrastructure
Solid proposals all. The Obama - Clinton energy provisos ensure higher prices for dwindling supply. Donald Trump understands that America needs to be a world leader in energy production, and that the chimera of "green energy" cannot ever be counted on. Hillary Clinton has bragged about putting coal miners out of work. Barack Obama laughs while saying electricity prices must "necessarily" skyrocket. Their contempt for average Americans is palpable, and they cannot be allowed to ruin millions of lives in pursuit of maybe preventing a dubious and unproven future calamity. People are hurting now. Worrying about what might, or more likely might not happen 100 years from now doesn't put food on their tables.
Step Three: Respect the Constitution.
FIRST, cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama
SECOND, begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States
THIRD, cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities
FOURTH, begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won't take them back
FIFTH, suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting.
What's not to like about any of that?
Barack Obama has ruled by executive fiat. His pen and phone can be undone, and Donald Trump's pen and phone are mightier than Obama's.
Justice Scalia was a giant among men. His replacement must be a constitutional scholar steeped in respect for tradition and the rule of law. You all heard Hillary Clinton at the last debate, espousing a judiciary which issues decrees based on emotion and liberal demagoguery. That's a recipe for totalitarian disaster. The constitution limits government power; Hillary Clinton wants a Supreme Court which espouses unlimited government power.
As for illegal immigration, the power of the purse is the ultimate federal cattle prod. Sanctuary cities flout the rule of law, so they don't deserve to share in our tax dollars. Remember when Frank Lautenberg withheld federal dollars from states which didn't implement a 55 mph speed limit? Or when he forced us all to increase the drinking age to 21? Well, what's good for the goose is good for the gander. No federal dollars for sanctuary cities!
And I really like his stab at nations which refuse to take back their criminal citizens. No visas for you! No students. No diplomats. No guest workers. No one from your pissant little shithole gets in until you take responsibility for your own riff raff. America First baby, because you need us way more than we need you.
Ditto for the Mohammedan hordes. Send your refugees to live with their Arab brothers. They've got lots of money and plenty of room. Plus they'll be closer to home making it easier for them to go back when President Trump crushes ISIS.
Step Four: A bold legislative agenda.
I won't quote the whole ten point plan, because this post is long enough already. But please do go and read it; there's a boatload of good stuff in there. Repeal Obamacare and replace it with free market reforms. Middle class tax relief. School choice, and a return of local schools to local control. Build the wall. Rebuild our military. Strengthen our police and dismantle criminal gangs.
It's a lot to do. It's a bold plan. If he accomplishes half of it he'll be well on his way to making America great again.
Donald Trump for president! Spread the word, because Hillary's media
cheerleaders sure won't.
Make the election about Trump's policies and he'll win in a landslide.
Behind the scenes, Democrats don't believe their own bullshit. And DNC Chair Donna Brazile got caught telling the truth.
In an email to Clinton campaign chair John Podesta from February 2016, released Friday by WikiLeaks, now-acting chair of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile gave a frank and honest assessment of the Obama economy — it wasn't good.
"I think people are more in despair about how things are … yes new jobs but they are low wage jobs," she admits. "HOUSING is a huge issue. Most people pay half of what they make to rent," she continued.
Guess who's not getting invited to the coronation?
Nevermind that guys like me have been saying the same thing for 8 years now.
But then, if Hillary is elected, we'll likely look back on this time as The Good Old Days. Because if anything her policies will be even more distrastrous.
She'll tax us into "prosperity."
She'll put 12 million illegal aliens on the dole and push millions more Americans into poverty.
She'll pass out "free" college degrees like candy. (Repeat after me slackers, "Do you want fries with that?" It'll come in handy when your free degree turns out to be worthless.)
Speaking of "free," she'll, uh, fix Obamacare by replacing it with Single Payer Hillarycare. And if you think health care is expensive now, just wait 'til it's "free."
She'll finish Obama's war on cheap energy, so I hope you'll enjoy paying $8 a gallon for gas. And deciding whether to feed your kids or heat your house, there's a fun choice we'll all look forward to making, right?
Oh, and don't forget how Obama quietly and without fanfare just made air conditioning illegal. Not that you'll be able to afford it, but still, don't expect Hillary to feel sorry for you.
Because face it, if you don't come bearing a 6-figure check made out to her family foundation she won't give you the time of day. Heck, the King of Morocco dropped $12 million into her lap and all he got was a visit from Chelsea. Oh, wait, if you believe that's all he got, I've got a bridge in Brooklyn you can have, cheap.
Hillary Clinton has made a career out of influence peddling. She grabs the "quid" from quid pro quo, if you get my drift. She'll turn the White House into a money laudering operation that'll make Columbian drug lords blush.
I guess that's her idea of "economic stimulus." Stimulate Hillary's economy! But without the trickle-down part of course.
The fact that so many people are willing to let her get away with it just blows my mind.
Donald Trump said "pussy." What's a little corruption compared to that?
In a recently released email exchange two of Hillary Clinton's top aides openly mocked Catholics.
A top spokeswoman for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign mocked Catholics and evangelical Christians in a 2011 email exchange exposed by WikiLeaks this week.
In the exchange reported Tuesday night on Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File", Jennifer Palmieri, now the Clinton campaign's director of communications, says that politically conservative Catholics "think [Roman Catholicism] is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion. Their rich friends wouldn't understand if they became evangelicals."
That snide remark was in response to a message from John Halpin, of the uber-liberal Center for American Progress. He was deriding Rupert Murdock's decision to raise his children in the Catholic faith.
"Ken Auletta's latest piece on Murdoch in the New Yorker starts off with the aside that both Murdoch and Robert Thompson, managing editor of the [Wall Street Journal], are raising their kids Catholic," Halpin wrote. "Friggin' Murdoch baptized his kids in Jordan where John the Baptist baptized Jesus."
"It's an amazing bastardization of the faith," Halpin added. "They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy."
Wow. Don't hold back guys, tell us how you really feel.
Wait. It gets worse. Much worse.
John Podesta, Hillary's national campaign chairman, called for an end to the Catholic Church's "middle ages dictatorship" by fomenting an uprising of astroturf groups bankrolled by the DNC.
This is mind-boggling stuff folks. It means Hillary's disdain for the Catholic faith permeates her inner circle. And don't forget, she's already on record demanding that Holy Mother Church reverse its stance against abortion on demand.
Hillary Clinton essentially [said] that Christians must be forced to change their religious views to accommodate abortions.
"Far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth. All the laws we've passed don't count for much if they're not enforced," Clinton said, using the euphemism for abortion.
"Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper," Clinton argued. "Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed."
Got that? A President Hillary will demand that Catholics embrace abortion, just like President Obama tried to do with The Little Sisters Of The Poor. The Sisters won that round. But if we allow Hillary to pack the Supreme Court with radical pro-abortion leftists, it's game over for the Catholic Church.
I'll say it again. A President Hillary Clinton could easily make adherence to the Catholic faith an illegal act. She'll force us to accommodate same-sex "marriages." She'll force us to recognize 57 different genders and open our bathrooms and locker rooms to every new flavor of the month. She'll demand we finance abortion, contraception, sterilization, and embryonic stem cell research. All at the point of a gun. All with no recourse except prison.
That is not the America our Founders envisioned.
That cannot be the America we pass on to our children.
Hillary Clinton will put the government above our religious faith. She's Henry VIII in a pantsuit, commanding the Pope and the faithful to submit to her will. Her disdain for our First Amendment rights must be stopped, no matter the cost. She hates us, and we cannot afford to turn the other cheek.Wolverines!
A short note to all my liberal friends:
Your condemnations of Donald Trump's vile comments seem sincere. So, welcome to Sexual Morality Club. Come on in, we don't bite!
First off, I'm glad you're finally seeing the light. For far too long our society has tolerated all manner of perversity, and your pre-Trump actions led me to believe you were all OK with that. From Hollywood to rap music to advertising to our public schools, sex and sexual innuendo is everywhere, and that's not how we roll here.
And so, I eagerly await your equally vociferous condemnations of pre-marital sex, cohabitation, out-of-wedlock pregnancy, abortion, extra-marital affairs, pornography, and homosexuality. Sins of the flesh aren't tolerated in Sexual Morality Club, and I'm told that the newest converts often become the most zealous enforcers. I sure hope so! We can use all the help we can get.
I also expect you'll be canceling your subscriptions to HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, and most network television, because their depictions of sexual deviancy are legion. You won't be buying People Magazine, or watching the Oscars, Emmys, or Tony Awards either. By and large the participants in our entertainment industry lead lives of sexual depravity and I can't imagine you'll want to endorse that, right?
In the political arena, I'm sure you'll agree that politicians who aren't with us are against us. So Trump's out. And so's Hillary, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein. We're gonna need to draft a suitable candidate, and quickly too. I nominate Rick Santorum. He practically founded Sexual Morality Club, and he's currently a senior member in good standing. He'll get America back onto the straight and narrow in no time!
Because my friends, if we're going to force Donald Trump into upholding the Choir Boy Standard, then everyone, including you!, should uphold it too. Saul Alinsky said so.
Signed, with kind regards, Chris.
ps — Go To Confession!
Sigh. Eleven years ago Donald Trump made some really crude comments about women, and apparently that's the worst thing to have ever happened in the history of the universe.
Or so the liberal media would have us believe.
These are, of course, the same guys who cheer for all manner of sin — fornication, homosexuality, cohabitation, divorce, abortion, drug use. They're the same media which pooh-poohed Bill Clinton's many transgressions, gave awards to Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, and Lena Dunham, snickered over the antics of one Carlos Danger, and conveniently forgot that Ted Kennedy left a woman to die.
But now they're arbiters of morality?
Gimme a break.
Donald Trump is not perfect.
Neither am I. Neither are you.
Should he have said those vile things? No. But he has unequivocally disavowed them, apologized for making them, and owned up to his struggle to be a better man.
I believe him when he says he's a changed man.
It's time to put this behind us and move on.
Because, on the flip side, here's what the media isn't telling you.
Hillary Clinton's Goldman Sachs speech transcripts are finally seeing the light of day. And they are, as the saying goes, Real News.
Discussing middle class economic anxieties, Clinton told a crowd at a Goldman Sachs-sponsored speech that she is now "kind of far removed because the life I've lived and the economic, you know, fortunes that my husband and I now enjoy."
At the Goldman Sachs Builders and Innovators Summit, Clinton responded to a question from chief executive Lloyd Blankfein, who quipped that you go to Washington" to "make a small fortune." Clinton agreed with the comment and complained about ethics rules that require officials to divest from certain assets before entering government. "There is such a bias against people who have led successful and/or complicated lives," Clinton said.
Gee, I thought people went to Washington to serve their country and their fellow Americans. Nope. Hillary's going there, again, to get rich. At our expense, of course, since she's "kind of far removed" from folks like us.
Then, in another speech, she really ramped up the hypocrisy:
"You just have to sort of figure out how to … balance the public and the private efforts that are necessary to be successful, politically, and that's not just a comment about today. Politics is like sausage being made. It is unsavory, and it always has been that way, but we usually end up where we need to be. But if everybody's watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So, you need both a public and a private position."
Got that? Hillary needs to keep her machinations secret. But not Trump's! Hillary needs both a "public" and a "private" position, so she can fool the rubes while assuaging her corporate benefactors. But not Trump! He's gotta be pure as the driven snow while she can be as dirty as sin so long as she ends up where she needs to be.
There's the Democrats' double standard — the ends justify the means.
Look, I get it. Politics ain't beanbag. But good grief, surely you can see that there is one media standard for Democrats and a totally different, and vastly more stringent standard being applied to Republicans.
So let's focus on the issues. And on the issues, Donald Trump beats Hillary Clinton like a rented mule.
Donald Trump will respect our Second Amendment rights. Hillary Clinton has pledged to stack the Supreme Court with rabid gun-grabbers.
Donald Trump will protect the unborn by re-authorizing the Hyde Amendment and working to overturn Roe v. Wade. Hillary Clinton praises Margaret Sanger while vowing to lavish federal funds on the charnal houses of Planned Parenthood.
Donald Trump will repeal Obamacare. Hillary Clinton helped craft Obamacare, insists it's "working" (nonwithstanding that her husband says otherwise), and would love to expand the government takeover of healthcare into a Single Payer system of socialized medicine.
Donald Trump will reaffirm America's place as the leader of the Free World and strengthen our military. Hillary Clinton is the architect of Obama's failed foreign policy. She presided over the disastrous dissolution of Libya, the debacle in Syria, the disengagement and surrender of Iraq to ISIS, and of course the farcical Iran nuclear deal, which virtually guarantees the mad mullahs will get The Bomb.
Donald Trump knows how to create jobs and get Americans working again. He'll renegotiate bad trade deals, cut onerous regulations, and grow our economy. Hillary Clinton plans to stay the course with Obama's ineffective economic policies of anemic growth and stifling government regulation wrapped up in bureaucratic central planning.
Donald Trump has pledged to cut taxes to put more money into our pockets. Hillary Clinton wants to raise taxes by trillions of dollars and continue to inflate the deficit to finance an unprecedented expansion of the cradle to grave nanny state. Donald Trumps wants Americans to be self-sufficient; Hillary Clinton wants Americans to be dependent on government largess.
I could go on. On issue after issue, from energy policy to education to religious liberty to free speech to border security Donald Trump and the Republican Party are on the side of freedom and liberty while Hillary Clinton and the Democrats are determined to undermine the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and American sovereignty.
Donald Trump will make America great again. Hillary Clinton will continue Barack Obama's legacy of failure. The choice is clear. Donald Trump must become the next president of the United States.
The Clintons don't do anything by accident. So when everyone started hyperventilating because Bill Clinton was trashing Obamacare, I knew I needed to sit back and wait for the other shoe to drop.
I didn't have to wait long.
Right on cue, uber-liberal NJ Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer) introduced the "New Jersey Public Option Health Care Act."
And Bill himself "pitched a new system that would allow people to buy into Medicare or Medicaid," while calling for "a government-run 'public option,' describing it as 'the change we need' to help working class people who aren't covered."
Because what's better than a botched government takeover of health insurance companies?
A government takeover of all health care!
Doctors, nurses, hospitals, pharmacies, drug companies — they'll all fall under the umbrella of the omnipotent State. And promptly become as screwed up as the health insurance marketplaces are now. But that's not important.
What's important (h/t Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll on Facebook) is getting 51% of the people to vote for Hillary Clinton by promising that the other 49% will pay for their every whim.
And face it, universal Single Payer health care is the liberal holy grail.
With it they can enslave the population until the end of time.
Nevermind that truly successful government programs are few and far between.
Nevermind that of the three current government health care systems, the VA is an unmitigated disaster, Medicaid is rampant with fraud, and Medicare is woefully underfunded.
Hillarycare will be the bees knees. Honest!
Don't be fooled. Government health care will promote neither health nor care. It will provide lifetime sinecures for bureaucrats, and offer up unprecedented opportunities for graft, but as for helping the average American, well, that's gonna have to wait for the next Five Year Plan. Or maybe the one after that.
There's a reason no one from the U.S. travels to Canada (or Cuba or England or Sweden) for health care. Socialized medicine sucks. The lines are long. The care is subpar. The horror stories are legion. Venezuela is the model.
The only truly meaningful reform will come about via the free market. Remove the government from the equation entirely. Eliminate costly mandates, and let people buy the coverage they alone decide that they need. Institute pricing transparency, so that doctors and hospitals post their rates for all to see, and consumers can comparison shop. Free insurance companies from the artificial boundaries of state lines and allow us to purchase health care coverage from anyone willing to sell it to us. Expand the role of Health Savings Accounts to enable more of us to prepare for unexpected expenses.
Then watch prices drop as care improves.
That's how to reform Obamacare, no matter what Bill and Hillary might want
you to believe.
One-time Caldwell council candidate and current West Caldwell resident E. William Edge wrote a letter to our local paper last week taunting Donald Trump for saying this upcoming election might be "rigged."
Mounting his high horse, Mr. Edge proceeded to explain how his extensive experience as a voter guarantees that vote fraud could not possibly occur here in Essex County.
And he's got the straw man, complete with multiple mismatched raincoats, to "prove" it.
Now I happen to know Bill Edge from my Verona days. So I can call him out.
You've got a small problem there Bill.
Er, make that three not so small problems.
Problem #1: Carmine Casciano, a fellow Democrat, and former Superintendent of Elections in Essex County. He was in charge of voter registration, absentee ballots, and ensuring the smooth operation of the electoral process.
Mr. Casciano is a smooth operator alright. He's charged with second-degree official misconduct for giving unauthorized paid days off to the employees of his office so they could work on political campaigns and then telling them to destroy or alter their time logs so nobody would find out.
Penny ante stuff really. He forged time records so some folks could get extra paid days off. And for that he faces up to 10 years in state prison and a six figure fine.
But here's a deeper question. Why are employees of the office which is tasked with ensuring a smooth electoral process allowed to volunteer for political campaigns? Isn't that an enormous conflict of interest? They can hardly be even-handed in their official duties if they are actively working on behalf of a particular candidate or political party!
The guys in charge of running a "fair" election were working for the Democrats on the taxpayers' dime. But there's nothing to see here, right Bill?
Except he pleaded guilty. And a fish rots from it's head, as Gianine Narvaez, a suspended data processor in Casciano's office, also pleaded guilty to submitting phony absentee ballots while working for the 2007 campaign of State Senator Teresa Ruiz.
Leading us to Problem #2: Samuel Gonzalez. AKA State Senator Ruiz's husband. And vote fraudster extraordinaire. Can you guess that he's another well-connected Essex County Democrat? Gee Bill, I wonder why you two have never met? Anyway, Sam was quite skillful at the fraudulent absentee ballot game. His buddy John Fernandez helped rat him out. But he managed to avoid jail time because his wife is a hot shot protected by Essex County Executive For Life Joe DiVincenzo. Yeah Bill, it's good to have friends!
But the people around Teresa Ruiz keep getting caught. Enter Problem #3: Angel Colon, a Newark "campaign worker" who also managed to beat your supposedly impenetrable fraud detection system.
Wanna play the Bonus Round Bill?
Meet Rocio Rivera! She pleaded guilty to vote fraud too. And she fraudulently kept her Essex County job after entering her guilty plea. She landed a job with your fellow Democrat and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura even though she's got a felony conviction on her record.
It's almost like there's a conspiracy afoot, or something.
I won't hold my breath waiting for Sheriff Fontoura to uncover it though. He's too busy double-dipping at the taxpayer's trough to concern himself with such trifles.
But as for your protestations Bill?
Yeah, they're bullshit.
And you know it.
Vote fraud is rampant in Essex County.
And it's a nationwide problem.
Because if Democrats don't cheat, they can't win.
And you know that too.
Show of hands. Who thinks gas prices are too low?
OK, I see Chris Christie. Anyone else?
Didn't think so.
So bend over New Jersey, because he just raised the price of gasoline by 23 cents a gallon, ostensibly to fund "road improvements." Which, of course, is politician-speak for more light rail boondoggles and useless bike lanes.
And there I was blissfully unaware while rocking out at the LBI Chowderfest all weekend. (It was a blast, thanks for asking!) But I probably won't be able to afford to attend next year because all the extra money I don't actually have will be siphoned off for gas taxes.
Thanks Chris. Thanks a lot.
Oh but golly gee, he's countering with a 1/8 percent cut in the sales tax! And a bigger pension income exclusion for the geezer set.
My cup runneth over... Not.
Then, because he hadn't given enough of the store away yet, he tacked on a big bump in the Earned Income Tax Credit, which as we all know is a "refund" on taxes that weren't actually paid. But as a wise man once said, if you rob Peter to pay Paul, Steve Sweeney can always count on Paul's vote.
There's something to look forward to. Governor Steve Sweeney, the mastermind
behind Christie's capitulation. Say goodbye to the rest of your money New
Jersey. This is only his first salvo, and he's got a lot of people counting
on him to fill their pockets. None of those people are taxpayers. But that's
OK. The takers outnumber us now and they can smell the Benjamins.