October 30, 2007

Depressing as Hell.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 6:48 pm

Next Tuesday, New Jersey will hold an election in which all the seats in the State Assembly and State Senate are up for grabs. In a rational world, one would think that in a state that is corrupt to the core, a state that has taxed its citizens to the breaking point, a state that has taxed and regulated businesses to the point where it makes sense for businesses to go elsewhere, a state that is mired in BILLIONS of dollars in unfunded liabilities, a state where the governor acts more like the president of the state workers’ labor unions than the chief executive, the incumbents would be shaking in their boots.

Well, I looked over my sample ballot, and it turns out that the Republican Party didn’t even nominate a candidate for the State Assembly (two seats) or the State Senate (one seat) in my district. I will be voting for the candidates “nominated by petition.” I have no idea who they are, but I will vote for them because, even if they come from the planet Mars, they would be preferable to the three lemons who currently hold office.

The election also contains four referenda, three of which are worded so that the lames who go to the polls won’t realize that all three are designed to pick their pockets even more. One is an “additional sales tax to fund property tax reform” (I kid you not). The other two are bond issues (putting the state further into debt is a swell idea).

The fourth referendum is interesting. It is a referendum to amend the State Constitution concerning the right to vote. Currently, the state constitution prevents an “idiot or insane person” from voting. The new language would deny suffrage to “a person who has been adjudicated by a court of competent jurisdiction to lack the capacity to understand the act of voting.”

Passage of the amendment will ensure that the idiots and crazy bastards who brought us the current crop of crooks and jackasses will have their right to vote constitutionally protected.

No wonder so many people have chosen to vote with their feet and get out of this state as if it were on fire.

10 Comments »

  1. Ugh.

    Comment by RT — October 30, 2007 @ 7:17 pm

  2. Jim, why do you put up with this crap.
    One word- U-Haul.

    Comment by dick — October 30, 2007 @ 7:57 pm

  3. Ever see Escape from New York? Looks like Jersey is heading that way.

    Comment by Hammer — October 30, 2007 @ 8:29 pm

  4. Jimbo,
    You would like it out here in Utah

    Comment by curtis — October 30, 2007 @ 9:16 pm

  5. It’s just as bad here in Maryland. The governor has called a special legislative session for the purpose of jacking our taxes up even more to cover the excessive spending from last session. I cringe whenever the General Assembly meets—they pass the stupidest legislation then impose its cost on the taxpayers. Unfortunately, this is still a one-party state with Dumb-as-Craps outnumbering Republicans 3 to 1. Governor O’Malley—screwing up Maryland the way he did Baltimore!

    Comment by Ms. Pat — October 31, 2007 @ 3:01 am

  6. How depressing…

    My district at least has a decent Republican state senator; we actually used to elect right-of-center representatives to Congress consistantly until 2000, when the Democrats used the census to re-jigger the distict in a bizarre geographical fashion and make it “safe” for them for eternity.

    Oh well. Glad to see you ain’t gonna skip the vote entirely, like many folks. Me, I just made note of who all the incumbants are, and I’m gonna vote against them. Limit the damage that way…

    And since I met all of the many candidates running for the Mayorship of Old Bridge, I am voting for the one fellow who was quite obviously an “idiot or insane person”, just for spite….and I’ll vote to keep that wording alive, so I may call him such once elected!

    Comment by Jersey — October 31, 2007 @ 5:53 am

  7. Sounds like the last election I had here – only a single Democrat for each office except US Senator (of course I voted against old Teddy… not that it helped). I was used to Illinois which mostly has at least a Republican up against a Democrat in most of the elections. Very depressing indeed to have a one party system going on. *sigh*

    Comment by Teresa — October 31, 2007 @ 1:27 pm

  8. You’re doomed, that’s all there is to it.

    Comment by dogette — October 31, 2007 @ 5:57 pm

  9. Jim, for heaven’s sake, put your name on the ballot next time.

    Comment by Rodger S — November 4, 2007 @ 6:40 am

  10. Rodge,

    I’ve lead too colorful a life for that. :-)

    Comment by Jim — November 4, 2007 @ 11:25 am

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