A Big Fat Mistake

11 Jan

Bullying: The use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively impose domination over others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual…

And many times political…

Here in New Jersey we’ve had our own big bully running the state as Governor since 2009.

The trouble with bullies is that those who aren’t being bullied tend to just stand around and watch the bully do his thing rather than intercede and come to the aid of his poor victim. Perhaps it’s because we don’t want to direct his attention towards us and become his next victim or perhaps we just don’t care about who is being bullied. We may sympathize, but mostly we’re thinking, “Thank god it isn’t me.”

Then we just move along and try to stay out of his, or sometimes her, way. Why people don’t intercede immediately and en masse, to stop the bully’s bullying is a question for the ages… but usually it requires the bully’s eventual bullying of the wrong person or group or the result of his bullying being simply too egregious for the majority of onlookers to let pass.

In New Jersey, not too many folks were upset when the Governor bullied the teachers and their unions or the firefighters and police and their unions, by cutting their pensions and benefits. After all in America, who likes unions these days? Even though we are all part of what is known as the United States. Go figure. But I digress…

When he cut the budgets of family planning groups or public libraries or aid to women’s clinics or refused to return $66 million in energy tax revenue to cities, and vetoed a proposal to bolster tax credits for the working poor after slashing them in 2010, all the while using that money to help bulk up the state’s cash reserves to $648 million while proposing cuts in taxes for his wealthy friends, nobody seemed to pay much attention.

Medical services for the elderly were cut, along with child care services and opportunity grants. Nursing home and legal services were next in line, but these were fringe expenses during hard budgetary times.. so what could anyone do?

And when New Jersey’s governor cut $1 billion from public education while handing out $2.1 billion in corporate tax breaks to his favorite charity (Corporations…they are people now, you know), more than in the entire previous decade of New Jersey tax breaks, what could we say? We elected him.

But finally our big bully has picked on the wrong set of New Jersey constituents. It seems that He may finally have gone too far and hit that one last nerve that ALL New Jerseyans can feel and sympathize with.

Traffic! He stopped traffic! In New Jersey! On purpose!

In the land of, “Hey you live in Jersey?… what exit?”

He willfully and with malice aforethought, stopped the cars! Rich cars, poor cars, everybody’s cars!

And just to get back at a Democratic mayor who, during an election year, dared to say that he didn’t agree with the self proclaimed bi-partisan Republican governor!

Governor Christie closed the roads just because he wanted to say, “Nyah, Nyah, Nyah, Nyah Nyah!” to Fort Lee’s mayor.

What kind of a reason is that to stop New Jersey’s most cherished citizens: Our beloved vehicles and the road raging voters who drive them?!

Now that’s what I call a bully taking a bridge too far! (pun intended)

 

Fifteen months after Superstorm Sandy pounded New Jersey, the state has distributed nearly half the $1.8 billion in initial funding it received from the federal government, the state’s community affairs commissioner told lawmakers Wednesday.

At a state Assembly hearing, Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable said the state has awarded nearly $900 million in post-Sandy aid. New Jersey will soon get another payout of $1.4 billion in aid.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/NJ_has_distributed_half_of_18B_in_Sandy_aid_.html?page=all#sthash.8ahtGZ0V.dpuf

Fifteen months after Superstorm Sandy pounded New Jersey, the state has distributed nearly half the $1.8 billion in initial funding it received from the federal government, the state’s community affairs commissioner told lawmakers Wednesday.

At a state Assembly hearing, Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable said the state has awarded nearly $900 million in post-Sandy aid. New Jersey will soon get another payout of $1.4 billion in aid.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/NJ_has_distributed_half_of_18B_in_Sandy_aid_.html?page=all#sthash.8ahtGZ0V.dpuf

5 Responses to “A Big Fat Mistake”

  1. Colleen Pringle January 11, 2014 at 2:21 am #

    Wow. It sounds like what is being experienced here in Toronto (I’m sure you’ve heard about our despicable Mayor!). What’s scarier is that this is happening not only in Ontario, but country wide! Our Prime Minister is quoted as saying “You won’t recognize Canada when I am done.” Though he may have tried to sell this off as a good thing, the reality is frightening! So much for a Democracy!

  2. smilecalm January 11, 2014 at 3:36 am #

    I had no idea
    that the fine folks in NJ
    have drawn a line
    on the road 🙂

  3. A Voice January 11, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

    I’m not convinced that this was done at the direction of Gov. Christie, at least I haven’t seen any indication to demonstrate otherwise yet. Do I think it’s plausible? Yes, most definitely it’s quite plausible given the man’s behaviour. But at the moment it seems more likely that an overzealous member of his staff pressed the ‘Go’ button and did not receive strict oversight because they were believed to be competent and therefore received all of the privileges afforded to someone of competence in a high position by their leader.

    I’m very curious to see what, if anything, happens with this but more than curious I’ve been really angry about the whole thing.

    1. News outlets keep bringing up how the children couldn’t get to school. You know what? Fuck the children. Fuck’em sideways and three deep. The fact that the children couldn’t get to school in a timely fashion is ultimately a non-issue relative to emergency services being completely screwed over and this situation creating a very real and very dangerous state of affairs for every citizen who might have needed and did need emergency services. THAT is the real issue, not the fact that little Timmy couldn’t get to school on time.

    2.News outlets have yet to strictly link this behaviour with the behaviour of the Republican Party as such since Dubbya and made more and more manifest over the years, culminating in naked political opposition and pleonexia since President Obama was inaugurated in 2008. Are there some good and decent people in the Republican Party? Without a doubt in my mind. But the people with real power in that party are using that power to block meaningful progress and in so many areas in this country it borders on treason.

    At what point does professional incompetence and negligence become criminal and, given the position of these people and all they affect, when does that crime become elevated in stature? Irrespective of whether or not Gov. Christie was directly involved, there is a culture of abuse in the Republican Party that truly threatens the welfare of the citizens of this country and it needs to stop.

  4. skyflawa January 11, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

    Unfortunately, bullying is a worldwide ill. With the emergence of other forms of bullying, e.g. Cyber bullying, this ill needs to be thoroughly addressed. I reckon it should start from each and every household…remember that charity begins at home

  5. ehveedubu January 11, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

    Well, as the media has pointed out this week, it’s tough to identify the underlying motivation. However, what is clear is that the conduct was deliberate. And, whatever the motivation, it was childish and stupid. That being the case, I guess we can thank our lucky stars that, whoever is responsible, upped the ante to cars. It illuminated the bullydom. Because apparently nobody was looking when the victim was children, or women, or unions or……

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