Weekly Update – NJ Teacher’s Union tells 195,000 members –More Government Employees, Debt, Taxes will cut unemployment

NJ Teacher’s Union tells 195,000 members –More Government Employees, Debt, Taxes will cut unemployment


1. ? ? ? ? ?Regular Breakfast Discussion this Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 9:30AM to 10:30AM at the Shore Diner. Tilton and Fire Roads in Egg Harbor Township.? by Parkway Exit 36.??? Every week, new people have joined us with valuable information and insight.???? One week, Marybeth Bennett shared her experience with the Fish and Game Division of the NJ D.E.P.???? On another week, we learned how a Stockton College professor taught students in his Holocaust Studies class that Tea Party conservatives were dangerous extremists like the? Communists and Nazi?s of the 1930?s in Germany.? (That is what the Professor admitted he said?what he taught his students may have been much worse!)?? And we learned how Stockton College was telling its students how to vote on the State Ballot Question to borrow $750 million.?? You never know ?who will come or what you will learn at a Breakfast Discussion. ?But it just seems that almost everyone learns something new, useful, and interesting every time he or she attends.

2.? Regular live, two way talk radio on 92.1 FM (Vineland) heard in most of South Jersey, Philadelphia, and Wilmington, Saturday from 8AM to 9AM. ??Thanks to Paul Porreca for guest hosting? while Seth Grossman was away on Oct. 13.

3.?? LibertyAndProsperity.org at Stockton College:

A.?? Stockton College is using taxpayer funded resources to promote a ?YES? vote on the state ballot question to borrow $750 million for more expensive, union-contractor construction.??? It sent more than 8,000 emails telling all of its students to vote yes.??? It is promoting a ?YES? vote in its official web sites, its ?Political Engagement Project?, and in letters published in local newspapers.???? If you think New Jersey government is already has too much debt, write your own letters to the editor in your own local papers.?? Feel free to use any information posted in our http://libertyandprosperity.org web site.?? Also, Seth Grossman has about 50 lawn signs that say ?Stop NJ Debt?Vote No on Ballot Question One?.?? They were supplied by Steve Lonegan?s campaign against Corzine?s efforts to borrow $450 million in 2007.???? You can pick up a sign by contacting sethgrossman49@gmail.com or pick up a sign behind Seth Grossman?s law office at 453 Shore Road, in Somers Point.??? Why is it that Democrat Governor Corzine supported borrowing $450 million, but Republican Christie wants to borrow $750 million?

B.??? What exactly did Professor Dickerson tell his students when comparing Communists and Nazis in Germany in the 1930?s with Tea Party conservatives in America today???? If you know any students who heard those remarks, please let us know.??? Dennis Mahon and Nate Nathanson had a meeting with Stockton President Saatkampf about this problem last week.?? Richard Brys of Cape May has been in touch with national organizations.?? Other members are reaching out Sam and Leo Schoffer and other Holocaust survivors who made generous donations to Stockton College to support their Holocaust Studies program.

C.?? Meanwhile, the Stockton Students DEMOCRATIC? Club invited Seth Grossman give a public lecture at Stockton College on ?The History of? Your Vote?.??? The lecture will take place this Thursday, October 25 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Campus Center Theater.??? The event is open to the public.?? Seth Grossman will trace the? roughly 350 years of liberty and voting in New Jersey from 1664 to the present.????? If you can attend, why not come to Stockton this Thursday to? hear Grossman– and see what Stockton did with the $225 million it borrowed and spent during the past three years!

4.?? The Federal TSA (Transportation Security Administration) plans to fire 25 employees and suspend 19 others for misconduct at the Newark Airport.? Why is it that when one private contractor made a mistake at one airport ten years ago, ?the Federal Government fired every single private security company in the country, and replaced them with federal employees.??? Yet after Federal TSA officials make one mistake after another, nobody suggests that they be replaced with qualified private contractors?

5.? Shae Dailyda is the only LibertyAndProsperity.org member that qualified for a ballot position for any elective office this November.?? She is running for Egg Harbor Township Board of Education.?? Her web site is http://www.shae4eht.org/.??? Until she ran for office, she had no idea how much hardball ?pay to play? politics goes on every day in our public schools.?? You don?t have to live in EHT to reach out to her and help her.

6. ??What happened to the U.S. Constitution in the debates????? The duties of President are clearly defined in Article II of the U.S. Constitution.??? Before taking office,? both the President and Vice-President must ?solemnly swear? to ?preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States?.??? The Constitution of the United States includes Article I, Section 8 which defines and limits the power of Congress.??? It also contains the 9th Amendment which states?The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people?.??? What are those rights???? The ??unalienable rights endowed by our Creator? which include ?Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness? as set forth in our Declaration of Independence.

7.? The Constitution also includes the Tenth Amendment, which states ?The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution (i.e. mostly in Article I, Section 8) nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people?.??? Question:??? Why didn?t any candidate for President or Vice-President for either party mention any of these sections of the Constitution when answering questions (like the abortion issue) which clearly involved the limits of the power of the federal government set forth in the Constitution?

8.? LibertyAndProsperity.org at the Cranberry Festival in Chatham New Jersey this weekend.?? Thanks to Dennis and Marissa Mahon, Doug Stroz, Bruce Barkoff, and Clarence Abbott for spending two days at the festival.? They distributed thousands of pieces of literature and increase awareness on the State Ballot Question.???? That?s the good news.?? The bad news is that we can?t expect a handful of the same people to do the work of the whole organization forever,?? Please volunteer for future projects like this.

9.?????????? Bring a friend or family member to the next Breakfast.?? Liberty and Prosperity will pick up the check for one of the three Liberty specials for the first time any South Jersey high school or college student attends one of our breakfasts.?? We don?t expect you to attend every breakfast meeting, but you should attend one meeting every month or two to learn the news that never makes the TV networks or daily newspapers.? Forward this email to friends and family and ask them to sign up for our email updates at http://www.libertyandprosperity.org.

10.? Become a full voting member of LibertyAndProsperity.org! Dues are $60 per year, attend 3 business meetings each year, and work on at least one volunteer project each year. Or be a non-voting supporting member for just $30 per year, with no other commitment.??? Forward this email to friends and family, and ask them to sign up for our weekly update at?http://www.libertyandprosperity.org.

Please review Seth Grossman?s draft column discussing this issue, and let him know your suggestions, corrections, and comments for improvement.?? His email is sethgrossman49@gmail.com.?? Also, please use this information to send in your own letters to the editor, and to call your local talk shows.?? Thanks.
?About 61,200 ?public-sector? (i.e. government) jobs were lost from the beginning of the recession through the end of 2011. . . If these jobs were not lost, New Jersey?s 2011 unemployment rate would be more than a full percentage point lower?8%, instead of the current 9.3%..??? Support to maintain or replace public jobs . . . should come from the federal government, since New Jersey clearly lacks the financial resources. . . ?????? NJ Policy Perspective (NJPP) Report of? October, 2012.

Last week, NJEA, the New Jersey Teacher?s Union released this report in a joint press conference with Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg.? The Teacher?s Union also put it on its official njea.org? web site, and on? the front page of its monthly newspaper mailed to all 195,000 public school employees
The NJEA website and monthly newspaper also urged all public school employees and their families ?to re-elect Democratic President Barack Obama and Sen. Bob Menendez?.
How many things are wrong with this picture?
1.????? ??The idea that state and local governments can cut the unemployment by hiring people is ridiculous because it ignores this inconvenient truth.?? The money to pay the salaries and benefits of the people they hire has to come from somewhere.? Government must collect every extra dollar it pays out in salaries and benefits through higher taxes.?? If those 61,200 government employees are paid a modest (by government standards) $60,000 each year in salaries and benefits, state and local governments must collect an extra $3.7 million each year in taxes.???? That would give each taxpayer that much less money to spend on him or herself.??????? Which means they will spend less at each businesses they buy from.??? And when those businesses earn less, they will cut back by laying off at least as many employees as the government hired.

2.????? If? hiring more government employees was the best way to cut unemployment, why not have the government start collecting tolls on every road in New Jersey, until every unemployed person in the state were hired.?? Think of all the great jobs that would be created designing and building hundreds of toll booths?and hiring thousands of people as toll collectors!??? It would be a great idea?but only if you ignored the fact that every dollar paid out for those salaries would have to be collected in extra tolls.? That would leave almost everyone in the state with less money and time.??????? There would be fewer customers, less business, more layoffs, and less employment.

3.????? But of course, the NJPP itself admits? ?New Jersey clearly lacks the financial resources? to hire more ?public? employees.?? They want the federal government pay for it.??? But there are 16 trillion (16,000,000,000,000) good reasons why that is also a bad idea.?? The federal government is already borrowing 42 cents for every dollar it spends.?? And when the Chinese figure out we are never going to pay them back, they will not only stop loaning us this money.??? They will also demand that we pay for the iPhones and other gadgets they sell us with real money?not paper dollars.

4.????? By the way, the NJPP which prepared this report for the NJ Teacher?s Union is not a an independent research institution.?? According to its official website (njpp.org), it is a ?progressive? advocacy group run by 13? directors who are mostly paid employees and consultants for various ?progressive? groups including Jackie Cornell-Bechelli, the NJ state director for ?Obama for America?.

5.????? The final thing wrong with this picture is that every public school employee in New Jersey was forced to pay for this nonsense.?? NJ state law forces every public school employee to pay dues to three separate unions?the national NEA, the state NJEA, and local ?education? associations.??? Teachers pay roughly $1,100 each year in dues.?? Janitors, clerks, and cafeteria workers pay less.?? The NJEA alone collects roughly $96 million in dues.??? A big chunk of that money is used to advance ?progressive? agendas, and help ?progressive? candidates get elected and re-elected.

Did you notice that progressives only denounce billionaires Charles Koch and David Koch for spending their own money to advance the conservative political causes they believe in??? But they have nothing but kind words for ?millionaires and billionaires? like George Soros and Jon Corzine who bankroll ?progressive? causes and candidates?

And of course, ?progressives? see nothing wrong with forcing people to join unions, and then using their dues money to support causes they don?t agree with.

  • Seth Grossman

    Seth Grossman is executive director of Liberty And Prosperity, which he co-founded in 2003. It promotes American liberty and limited constitutional government through weekly radio and in-person discussions, its website, email newsletters and various events. Seth Grossman is also a general practice lawyer.

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