Archive for December, 2008

Nanny state do-gooders want less freedom

Author: Rory B. Bellows

Yes, it’s day that this woman lost her teenage daughter in a car accident. So of course the soltion is less freedom for teenage drivers. We arleady have some sort pf graduated drivers license program that chokes off enough freedom from teenage drivers. It wasn’t enough to raise the driving age, no we had to put in all sorts of restrictions about the number of poeple who can be in a car and when they can be driving.

Now teenagers will have some sort of scarlett letter on their license plates and windshields so it will be easier for police to harrass them. This bill is preposterous because it only applies to teenagers. What if I get my first license at the age of 21? I’m a new driver with just as much experience as some 17 year old. Laws like this are the natural response of the nanny statist. They see a tragedy and think government can invent a law from stopping it from happening again. Meanwhile countless others have to lose freedom to pay for one families tragedy. The idea that notification stickers will prevent accidents is laughable. How? The only thing it is going to make it easier to do is hand out tickets.


New Jersey will lose a congressional seat

Author: Rory B. Bellows

This is a great Christmas Present for all New Jerseyans. There are multiple horrible members of New Jersey’s congressional delegation and any one of them being sent into early retirement is welcome news.

Reality Bites

Author: Rory B. Bellows

Oh no! Governor Corzine is being forced to deal with reality.

The problem with socialism is that eventually someone has to pay the bill. The bills are due for New Jersey’s bloated government. According to Governor Corzine, layoffs and spending cuts are drastic measures. Nevermind the fact that it was a puffed up government work force and massive overspending that got us in this mess in the first place. It’s like reality doesn’t exist to these people. The problems we face and the solutions to these problems are very simple in nature. We spend too much money and have run up a massive debt. Therefore we must not spend as much money. This is not very complicated.

Only a state as backward a New Jersey would have an economic growth czar

Author: Rory B. Bellows

This state has reached comical levels of being so screwed up that we’re living through a Marx Brothers movie. Although I’m not sure if we are talking about Graucho so much as Karl. We have an economic growth czar. I’m sure Jerry Zaro is a serious person. He’s probably not a bad man, but the idea that we can appoint a government “expert” and jobs will be created defies economics, reality and sanity. We have economic growth czars. We have thousands of such people and we don’t even have to put them in the pension system. Our economic growth czars are the everyday people who start up businesses and hire people to work for them. All they require is a government that gets out of their way and lets them do what the do best.

There is no government master plan that can lead to economic prosperity. If there was, we’d all be speaking Russian and May Day would be our national holiday. It’s unbelieveable to me that 20 years after the Berlin Wall came down we think brilliant public policy is appointing a “czar” to oversee the economy.

Bush’s disgraceful auto bailout leaves a sad legacy of socialism

Author: Rory B. Bellows

Once again compassionate conservatism proves it is more about touchy-feely liberal emotions like compassion as opposed to conservatism. President Bush will authorize $17.4 billion dollars in loan from the “rescue” package that was intended to maintain integrity in the financial sector. I admit, I was wrong about the bailout. We should have let the financials go into bankruptcy. It has authorized failing industries that to line up with their hands out and hope their supposedly wealthy uncle same can save their industries in exchange for selling their sould and accepting government planning. The autos are going to submit to government manadates on pay, hiring and firing authority, how they compensate their executives and what kind opf cars they make.

This is Bush’s legacy: he grew government to the point where the default position in American society is that it is the government’s job to keep business afloat. The invisible hand of the market is a quaint concept. Kind of like the idea of World Series games played in the afternoon.

This is just a loan and thge complete nationalization of the auto industry will happen on Hussein’s watch, and probably would have happened without this loan, but Bush gave in to his “compassionate” instincts and stuck the taxpayers with more debt. Great. Industry rises and falls. There has to be winners and losers for capitalism to work. We no longer believe in that. Our guiding principle is now “too big to fail”.

A Republican with Guts

Author: Rory B. Bellows

There are some real Republicans left. Assemblymen Richard Merkt plans to introcude a bill to eliminate the Council on Affordable Housing. COAH has been nothing short of a disaster for New Jersey. This is not suprising because any attempt at economic central planning always ends up in catastrophe, but in New Jersey we are always the last to know.

Instead of a “mend it, don’t end it” approach, the GOP should take the opportunity to stand for something and oppose the COAH monstrosity. Mayors in the state hate it, developers hate it, pretty much everyone hates it. Well, everyone except the looters in Trenton and the moochers they give hand outs to.

The COAH is anti-free market, anti-business, anti-small government and anti-anything that is good and right with the world.

Here’s to New Jersey Republicans speaking with one voice on the issue, and here’s to Assemblymen Merkt, a candidate for Governor in 2009 who has staked on the lead on one of the key issues facing our state.

John Crowley will not run for Governor in 2009

Author: Rory B. Bellows

Princeton bio-tech executive John Crowley will not run for Governor in 2009. This is a shame for New Jersey Republicans because Crowley was the most electable Republican and a conservative who would have brought credibility and the desire to build a party brand in the state to the race next November.