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Commentary on local and national politics from the viewpoint of a long-time Trenton city resident and union state worker. International Brotherhood of Amalgimated meat cutters and butcher workmen.
|In April 1945, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini thought he'd play it safe and hightail it for Germany in a German military convoy. The vehicle he traveled in was captured by Italian partisans. He was caught because he was wearing a private's overcoat with general's pants (which have a red stripe going down each leg). His mistress was picked up a few days later along with about two dozen other high ranking fascists. The communist-dominated partisan council decided on public executions. After the dictator was killed, he was hung upside-down next to his mistress from the Esso gasoline station on a square in downtown Milan.|
One of the benefits of living in the USA is that we get to elect our leaders. What this means is that when we want to get rid of a politician we can just vote them out of office, which is a lot less messy than what the Italians did to change their government around in1945.
Of course don't actually hang anybody, but our politicians still get to "hang around" a while anyway. After we vote out Sweeney and his crew in November, they will still be around stinking up the statehouse until the middle of January.
By the way, here are the names of the state senators who voted for the Sweeney/Oliver/Christie pension bill. All Republican senators voted "Yes". In adition to the Republicans, the followers of Democratic bosses DiVenenzo of Essex County and Norcross of Camden County voted for it.
This included Van Drew (D-01), Whelan (D-02), Sweeney (D-03), Madden (D-04), Norcross (D-05), Beach (D-06), Ruiz (D-29) and Stack (D-33). In the Assembly, the Democratic traitors were Milam (D-01), Burzichelli (D-03), Riley (D-03), Moriarity (D-04), Fuentes (D-05), Wilson (D-05), Greenwald (D-06), Lampit (D-06), Conaway (D-07), Angelini (-11), Rible (D-11), Spencer (D-29), Coutinho (D-29), Oliver (D-34) and Ryan (D-36).
All the other Democrats in the Senate and Assembly voted against the bill.
Since all seats in the Senate and Assembly are up for grabs this November, this is how I would vote. If you are currently represented by a Republican, vote to replace him with a Democrat. (All Republicans voted for the bill). If you are currently represented by one of the Democrats listed above, vote to replace them with Republicans. Otherwise, vote Democratic.
See, its not just about party. It's also about respect. The Christiecrats that voted for this bill do not respect the rights of public employees or the power of their unions. You see the Democrats trying time and time again to put funding for Planned Parenthood back in the budget. That is because they both respect and fear the pro-choice vote. The same for environmental or anti-discrimination legislation. Democrats Never want to be seen as anti-environmentalist or anti civil rights. That is because they fear the wrath of the voters from these constitutanties.
Yet for some reason, some of these same Democrats were willing to accept public employee union money and helpers when they ran for office last time, but nonetheless were willing to vote against us. They need to be taught the hard way that the union vote must be earned. It can not be taken for granted just because you are running as a Democrat.
Even if we just succeed in removing Sweeney and Oliver, we would have succeeded in decapitating the Democratic legislative leadership. That should get the rest of the Democrats to wake up and smell the coffee and get to work on the repeal of this bad law.
Repeal the pension law.
Restore the cost of living adjustment and restore collective bargaining.