So, the NJ state government begins the shutdown process. While this is disappointin(and ruins my plans for some quality OTB time with the family tomorrow) I have to respectfully disagree with this quote:
“It’s just unbelievable. It’s like communism,” said Marty Campagna of Rahway who was among the 2,400 people at the Meadowlands before it closed.
I doubt Marty has lived under communism, and I certainly know I haven’t. But if you consider for a moment that communism involves the state planning and allocation of resources in place of the private sector, then you could safely consider the shutdown the complete opposite.
Since so many of my fellow New Jerseyans can epitomize the definition of short-term memory less at times, I’m sure that they’ll continue to blame the long-term mess on the current bigwigin charge. However, the seeds of this mess were planted in the late 1990s, during the boom times, when the Republican governor at the time cut taxes too far while increasing spending. That’s what happens when you let Republicans in to power. They end up screwing you later while letting Democrats take the fall for it.
I’m not thrilled with the budget plans, nor the shutdown. But I am glad to see someone’s finally tackling the real problem here and trying to fix it once and for all (or at least until the next Republican fucks it all up again).