An $8 billion trick?
Toying with Medicare to fix elex
By BENJAMIN E. SASSE & CHARLES HURT
Last Updated: 1:41 AM, April 23, 2012
Call it President Obama’s Committee for the Re-Election of the President — a political slush fund at the Health and Human Services Department.
Only this isn’t some little fund from shadowy private sources; this is taxpayer money, redirected to help Obama win another term. A massive amount of it, too — $8.3 billion. Yes, that’s billion, with a B.
Here is how it works.
The most oppressive aspects of the ObamaCare law don’t kick in until after the 2012 election, when the president will no longer be answerable to voters. More “flexibility,” he recently explained to the Russians.
Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/an_billion_trick_ImTBFfz7MeuZLJY7JzXEIJ#ixzz1suKaWTDd
Aronsohn : Ridgewood Clearview Cinema
Clearview Cinema Warner Quad in Ridgewood selling out to Aronsohn!!
Against their own company directed guidelines of inappropriate advertising, Clearview is allowing Councilman Aronsohn, the Liaison to the Chamber, to advertise a political spot on their marquee.
When contacted Clearview Corporate said they would contact local theater about the violation.
It should also be noted that Village Code 190:122 is also in violation. Wonder if the sign police will be going after a sitting council member or just brushing it under the rug.
You would have thought Councilman Aronsohn would have checked with officials before doing something so stupid.
I want answers!!!!
Update : According to sources , ” I was told that the local manager made a mistake and the sign would be coming down; Paul will receive a full refund. The sign violates Clearview Cinemas’ policy against political signs. Honest mistake by the local manager.”
The cost of high taxes is an obstacle to investment and job creation
Reader responds to comment and reminds us of the obvious the cost of high taxes is an obstacle to investment and job creation
” Who is he kidding? Just go back to 1994 under Whitman and look at all the debt the state has accumulated in that time ,this is more of the same bs. First pay your bills and debts then talk about cutting taxes.”
You clearly don’t understand economics, and the competitive nature of States. If you lower taxes, you attract investment in the State. If you lower taxes, you also leave more money in the pockets of the people, who in turn, spend it in the State. If you do all this at the same time when you cut wasteful State Government spending, you are on the way to a much better place.
Now on a Federal scale, the same thing applies to international competition. We currently have the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world, but the likes of Obama simply don’t understand the free market. Don’t feel bad. If the President doesn’t, you can’t be expected to know.
photo : http://www.paularonsohn.com/
Ridgewood Clearview Cinema promotes Paul Aronsohn
In violation of their own stated policy the Ridgewood Clearview Cinema has for the first time hosted political advertising.
190 East Ridgewood Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
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Pascrell-Rothman race the number of new voters in Passaic County has nearly quintupled
MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012
BY ZACH PATBERG
The neck-and-neck primary war between North Jersey’s two entrenched Democratic congressmen has triggered an early explosion in new Passaic County voters to a level not seen since Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential run spurred the highest turnout in election history.
The surge could signal reinforcement for Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., the longtime lawmaker forced by redistricting to energize a countywide constituency that hasn’t seen a congressional primary in decades.
Ridgewood Schools Alumni Principal Jean McTavish Prepares ‘Hard to Reach’ Kids for College
April 23, 2012 8:22am | By Leslie Albrecht, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer
UPPER WEST SIDE — Principal Jean McTavish sometimes describes the students at Edward A. Reynolds West High School as “hard to reach and hard to teach.”
The 550-student school on West 102nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues, is an alternative transfer high school that serves students aged 17 to 21-years-old who’ve had trouble finishing high school for various reasons.
Some have been in jail, some have been pregnant, some are HIV positive, some have lost parents to crime or violence.
“We have every kind of possible issue that you can imagine here,” McTavish said. “Just about any problem that you can think of that’s associated with poverty.”
SUPPORT RHS ORCHESTRAS: BUY PLANTS AT GOFFLE BROOK FARMS
The RHS Orchestras and Goffle Brook Farms are joining together to raise funds to support the RHS student musicians. Between April 28 and May 28, Goffle Brook Farms will donate 10% of purchases to the Orchestra Parents Association.
Goffle Brook Farms, located at 425 Goffle Brook Road in Ridgewood, sells a wide selection of annuals, perennials, herbs, planters and much more. Shop as often as you like! Click here for the form, or simply tell the cashier you are participating in the RHS Orchestra fund raiser.
NJ Task force looks for ways to collect from tax-exempt nonprofits
As more municipalities cut services and real estate values plummet, state and local government officials are pushing to form a task force that will examine methods to collect in lieu of tax payments from tax-exempt and tax-abated properties.
“In good times, we wouldn’t be considering these types of things from nonprofits or tax-exempt organizations,” said Bill Dressel, executive director of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. “But now … with costs coming in above the 2 percent cap and energy tax revenues not going to towns … towns are looking at all options possible. Many nonprofits already understand that, and some of them may be working with their host municipality for a reasonable fee.” (Eder, NJBIZ)
Christie sees job loss as argument against tax hike
Gov. Chris Christie said the 8,600 jobs the state lost in March bolster his case for cutting taxes and not increasing them.
“I think the good part of it is, I think that anyone around here who thinks that, ‘Oh, things are getting better around here so we can raise taxes on people,’ — this is a good cautionary tale to the folks in the Legislature who decide they want to raise taxes on people in New Jersey, because they think this comeback is bulletproof,” Christie said at a press conference on Friday. (Kitchenman, NJBIZ)
PSE&G prepares for spring storm; crews and equipment on hand to restore service in the event of outages
(NEWARK, NJ – April 22, 2012) Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) Company is preparing for heavy rain and potentially damaging wind gusts that are expected to affect its service territory beginning late tonight into tomorrow morning. The state’s largest utility is ensuring that additional crews and equipment are available to respond to outages that may occur as a result of the spring storm.
Electric crews work to restore power to the largest numbers of customers first, taking into account “priority” customers, such as hospitals, police stations, fire stations, water and sewer facilities, communications facilities (TV, radio, and telephone), and customers on life-sustaining medical equipment. At the same time, the utility restores power to homes and businesses, starting with the circuits serving the largest number of customers.
To report downed wires or power outages, customers should call PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG. PSE&G uses an automated system to handle customer calls as efficiently as possible. Customers who get an automated response when calling PSE&G are encouraged to use it, as it is designed to route their calls to the right destination quickly. The system also provides the option to speak directly to a customer service representative. If you have specific information regarding damage to wires, transformers or poles, we ask that you speak with a representative to provide that information.
Customers with a handheld device, or who are at an alternate location with power, can also report power outages and view the status of their outage by logging in to My Account at pseg.com. General outage activity throughout our service territory is available online at www.pseg.com/outagecenter and updates are posted on pseg.com during severe weather.
If outages are widespread, the utility will activate its Twitter page to keep the public informed about our restoration progress. Sign up as a follower at http://twitter.com/psegdelivers to monitor restoration progress.
DOWNED POWER LINES
Heavy rain and strong winds can cause power lines to come down. Downed wires should always be considered “live.” STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES. Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything that it might be in contact with. Parents are urged to check for downed wires in areas where their children might play and to remind the children to stay far away from any wires. If a wire falls on a vehicle, passengers should stay in the vehicle until help arrives. To report a downed wire, call 1-800-436-PSEG and tell PSE&G the nearest cross street.
Mother Nature can be unpredictable. It’s wise to have an emergency kit on hand year round. Here are some things to include:
A battery-powered radio.
A corded telephone (cordless phones will not work if the power is out)
Flashlights and extra fresh batteries.
A first-aid kit.
Bottled water and an adequate supply of non-perishable food.
A non-electric can opener.
Matches and candles with holders.
Extra blankets and sleeping bags.
A list of emergency phone numbers, including PSE&G’s Customer Service line: 1-800-436-PSEG. Call this number to report power outages or downed wires.