This is one of the most inspiring things I’ve seen in a long, long time:
First and foremost, when was the last time you heard any politician from any party speak this clearly and definitively? It doesn’t get much less ambiguous than this, and I LOVE IT!!! No escape hatches here, folks, and that’s a beautiful thing. Honest and refreshing? Damn skippy!
Perhaps the most potent thing about Christie’s speech, however, is that he’s backing it up 100% with his actions:
Christie is tackling the nation’s worst state deficit — $10.7 billion of a $29.3 billion budget. In doing so, Christie has become the politician so many Americans crave, one willing to lose his job. Indeed, Christie is doing something unheard of: governing as a Republican in a blue state, just as he campaigned, making good on promises, acting like his last election is behind him.
Upon taking office Christie declared a state of emergency, signing an executive order that froze spending, and then, in eight weeks, cutting $13 billion in spending. In March he presented to the Legislature his first budget, which cuts 9 percent of spending, including more than $800 million in education funding; seeks to privatize numerous government functions; projects 1,300 layoffs; and caps tax increases.
Christie is adamant about lowering taxes. After taxes were raised 115 times in the last eight years, he said the wealthy are tapped out. Property taxes rose nearly 70 percent in the last decade, and studies show top earners — the 1 percent of taxpayers paying 40 percent of income tax — are fleeing the Garden State.
The goal is not just to crawl out of crisis but ultimately to lead, said Christie in his budget address. “If we make the tough decisions now, we will be one year ahead of 80 percent of the states in the race to economic growth. If we fail to act, we will fall even further behind … by going first, we can become first.”
His tough choices and decisions aren’t doing his poll numbers any favors at the moment, but as things turn around in that state, I’m sure they’ll rebound in a big way, even for a Republican in a blue blue state. And, as the dismal economic situation drags on and spreads to more and more Americans, these sorts of measures are going to become required for mere survival, much less prosperity, so Christie is setting out a blueprint for how to do it right. After all, if your kitchen is on fire, is it better to start dousing immediately, or should you wait until the entire house is ablaze?
My friends, cutting taxes, cutting spending, and smacking down the ridiculous and unnecessary expense of unions wherever they rear their ugly heads is what can save America from the self-destructive dogma of liberalsm and the spineless hackery of RINOs. If there was a Chris Christie in every state (and especially a few in Washington), this place would be fixed up so fast we’d probably get whiplash.
All eyes are on New Jersey. It’ll be a great case study to watch…and emulate, when it’s proven to work.
There’s my two cents.