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>$48 million dollar Referendum : it’s a GOOD thing the village isn’t taking care of the buildings — we couldn’t afford it!

>The Village does not own the buildings. The school district owns them. And thus the school district is responsible for managing them.

And BTW last year the school district took the grounds maintenance away from the Village because the Village was screwing them on the price. Way too expensive.

And how about those multi-hundred-thousand $$ bathrooms at Vets…thanks, Village! Haven’t you noticed that the village is allowed to just pass an ordinance any time a project is mismanaged and goes over budget? School district can’t do that. They have to stay within their budget.

So any way you look at it, it’s a GOOD thing the village isn’t taking care of the buildings — we couldn’t afford it!

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>Senate Health Reform Plan Prescribes Heavy Tax Dose

>Senate Health Reform Plan Prescribes Heavy Tax Dose
by Michael F. Cannon

Michael F. Cannon is director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute and co-author of Healthy Competition: What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It.

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Amid double-digit unemployment, a record $1.6 trillion federal deficit and a national debt projected to double in 10 years, U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., voted to bring to the floor of the Senate a health care overhaul with so many job-killing tax increases that it’s hard to fit them all into one column. But let’s give it a shot.

For starters, consider the $500 billion in explicit tax increases.

One levy would take $15 billion from sick patients with high out-of-pocket medical expenses, including elderly and low-income patients.

The Senate health care bill would impose massive tax increases on Day One and keep increasing your taxes well into the future.

If you have a health savings account or flexible spending arrangement, there are taxes specific to those health plans, plus a third tax that would apply to all “consumer-directed” plans.

Another levy would tax medical devices, and another would tax prescription drugs. Those two taxes would increase health insurance premiums by about 1 percent, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. There’s another $60 billion tax that would drive health premiums higher still.

If your premiums climb high enough, you’ll become subject to a $149 billion tax on those with high health insurance premiums. Yet many face high premiums simply because they have expensive medical needs, making this yet another tax on the sick.

The legislation would increase the Medicare tax on wages above $200,000, yet divert the revenue toward new entitlement spending.

And lest any corner of the health care sector go untaxed, the bill would even impose a 5 percent tax on cosmetic surgeries.

Yet those are just the explicit tax increases. There are trillions of dollars in hidden tax increases, too.

Senate Democrats promise to fund half of their new entitlement with $491 billion of Medicare cuts. Yet those promised cuts are merely a tax increase waiting to happen.

Congress frequently reneges on such promises. Want proof? At the very same time Congress is promising to cut future Medicare spending by $491 billion, it is reneging on a past promise to cut Medicare’s physician payments by $210 billion. Even Medicare’s chief actuary calls the (new) promised cuts “doubtful” and “unrealistic.”

If history is any guide, Congress will scrape up that $491 billion by raising taxes — or by increasing the deficit, which simply raises taxes on future generations.

Another hidden tax comes in the form of price controls that would increase premiums for young adults in order to subsidize their parents, even though the parents typically have higher incomes. The same price controls would increase premiums for people with healthy lifestyles to subsidize those who (for example) overeat or consume alcohol to excess.

Those price controls could even tax farmers to subsidize office workers. The bill would allow populous urban areas like Omaha to make all of Nebraska one single “rating area,” which would increase premiums in rural areas to subsidize wealthier urban areas.

The bill’s largest hidden tax, however, is a mandate that would force all Americans to purchase health insurance, whether they want it or not.

Here’s why that mandate is a tax. When the government forces you to pay $10,000 to the IRS, and then gives that money to a private insurance company — as this legislation would do — we rightly call that a tax.

If instead the government forced you or your employer to pay $10,000 directly to a private insurance company — as this legislation also would do — the outcome would be the same. That makes the mandate a tax, even though that $10,000 never passes through the federal Treasury.

Including the cost of that “mandate tax” reveals the actual cost of the legislation to be roughly $2.5 trillion — more than double the official estimate.

The Senate health care bill would impose massive tax increases on Day One and keep increasing your taxes well into the future.

Sen. Nelson was one of the key lawmakers who brought this ticking tax bomb one step closer to reality. Let’s hope the ensuing Senate debate exposes why job-killing tax increases are the wrong prescription for health care reform — in this or any economy.

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>Climategate : Climate Scientists Subverted Peer Review

>Climate Scientists Subverted Peer Review

by Patrick J. Michaels

Patrick J. Michaels is senior fellow in environmental studies at the Cato Institute and author of Climate of Extremes: Global Warming Science They Don’t Want You to Know.

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This article appeared in the DC Examiner on December 2, 2009.

The more we learn about the purloined e-mails from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit the more it resembles Watergate. As was the case in 1974, there will be no one particular spectacular revelation, but rather an unremitting and unrelenting daily drip-drip that ultimately brings down the house.

The latest gem comes from none other than Rajendra Pauchari, the climatologically untrained head of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Without the IPCC there would be no cap-and-tax legislation awaiting debate in the Senate. There would be no meeting in Copenhagen, where, next month, world leaders will attempt to globalize cap-and-tax. There would also be no pledge from President Obama to emissions reductions that have never been passed by the Senate.

The last IPCC compendium on climate science, published in 2007, left out plenty of peer-reviewed science that it found inconveniently disagreeable.

The e-mails have given Pauchari the onerous task of defending the IPCC from its own “scientific” leadership, now accused (or, perhaps, incriminating itself) of seriously manipulating the scientific literature that goes into the august IPCC scientific reports.

In one of the e-mails, Penn State’s Michael Mann, long a power player in the production of these reports, said this about some scientific articles he did not like: “I can’t see either of these papers being in the next IPCC report. Kevin and I will keep them out somehow — even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is!”

This is pretty serious stuff, because it, and many similar e-mails, paint a picture of IPCC boffins committing science’s capital crime: Trying to game the peer-reviewed literature, which is akin to editing what goes in the Bible.

In this case, Mann is actually speculating about keeping contrary information out of the IPCC reports by blacklisting certain professional journals.

One series of these e-mails called out the journal Climate Research, which had the audacity to publish a paper surveying a voluminous scientific literature that didn’t support Mann’s claim that the last 50 years are the warmest in the past millennium. Along with the CRU head Phil Jones and other climate luminaries, they then cooked up the idea of boycotting any scientific journal that dared publish anything by a few notorious “skeptics,” myself included.

Their pressure worked. Editors resigned or were fired. Many colleagues began to complain to me that their good papers were either being rejected outright or subject to outrageous reviews — papers that would have been published with little revision just a few years ago.

More by Patrick J. MichaelsSo what is Pauchari’s response to all of this? Denial.

“IPCC relies entirely on peer-reviewed literature in carrying out its assessment and follows a process that renders it unlikely that any peer reviewed piece of literature, however contrary to the views of any individual author, would be left out.”

That’s just not true. The last IPCC compendium on climate science, published in 2007, left out plenty of peer-reviewed science that it found inconveniently disagreeable.

These include articles from the journals Arctic, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Earth Interactions, Geophysical Research Letters, International Journal of Climatology, Journal of Climate, Journal of Geophysical Research, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Quaternary Research.

We have hardly heard the end of Climategate, but don’t expect some climactic grand finale. In 1974, errors, boo-boos, and downright duplicities slowly piled up.

The same is happening now. Like Tricky Dick, Pauchari may soon be headed home

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>Still in Denial : In wake of financial crisis, N.J. towns, counties brace for losses


In wake of financial crisis, N.J. towns, counties brace for losses
By Carly Rothman/The Star-Ledger
September 30, 2008, 6:07PM

Watching and worrying. That’s what county and local government officials in New Jersey are doing this week as they monitor the bleak national economic condition, bracing for the worst when it comes to the impact the financial crisis will have on their 2009 budgets.

A host of officials said today they already were anticipating tough times next year, with likely decreases in revenue, and have already enacted plans to cut spending – cuts that could lead to reduced services and employee layoffs.

Officials are also paying close attention to possible cuts in state aid to towns and counties after comments this week by Gov. Jon Corzine who said he is reviewing contingency plans he asked state department heads to craft in August that would trim their costs by 5 percent.

“We have a hiring freeze in effect and we are not filling job vacancies unless they are critical positions, such as staffing our nursing home or having enough officers at the county corrections center or juvenile,” Morris County Administrator John Bonanni said. “But what is happening with the economy this week is problematic. It is of great concern.”

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo said his county expects to lose at least $2.5 million in property taxes due to the downturn of the economy. He does not think there will be a significant impact on the current budget but has asked county departments to tighten their belts next year, starting with a 5 percent cut across the board.

“We’ve been expecting the worst, so we’re a little prepared for this, but I didn’t expect it would be this bad,” DiVincenzo said. “This year, we’ll be fine. What we do next year is going to have to be less.”

The financial woes prompted Union County to postpone a plan to refinance some of its debt, a move that could have saved the county $2 million.

“Recent situations have made that opportunity deteriorate,” said county finance director Larry Caroselli. “Thankfully, we issued (bonds) earlier this year, in February, when market conditions were a lot stronger. If we had to (issue bonds now) because of a need of cash, we’d really be biting our nails.”

Many officials across the state expect a decline in money collected from taxes, due to foreclosures, a decrease in new development and new ratables, plus what could be a large number of tax appeals.

Marvin Joss, administrator in Clinton Township, Hunterdon County, said a credit crisis inevitably leads to a drop in tax collection due to foreclosure and instability in the personal finances of residents. Tax collection can drop between 2 and 5 percent in a township like Clinton when the economy is ailing, Joss said, and that means the money that wasn’t collected has to be raised in additional taxes the next year.

That possibility has sparked interest in shared services between towns and counties, plus a host of cost-saving initiatives.

Madison has begun sharing a municipal court with neighboring Florham Park and is in talks to share senior transport services as well, said Mayor Mary-Anna Holden. In Morristown, town officials approved a plan to install solar panels at the wastewater treatment plant to save between $100,000 to $150,000 annually in energy costs.

Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello said towns and cities are working to cut their budgets and urged Corzine not to balance the state budget by cutting aid to already cash-strapped towns and school districts.

“He needs to look inside first,” Cresitello said, suggesting cuts within the state bureaucracy.

Meanwhile, towns and counties are anxiously eyeing the impact of the economic downturn and stock market on employee pension funds, said Jack Mozloom, spokesman for the New Jersey Association of Counties.

“There is a lot of concern out there, a lot of people who could be affected,” said Mozloom. “It’s too early to know right now what the impact of what’s happening this week will have on those funds. But we’re all watching and worrying.”

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>I don’t believe unemployment went down, I think our government is fudging numbers now.

>I don’t believe unemployment went down, I think our government is fudging numbers now.

The report doesn’t match up with other jobs data: Today’s report will no doubt be a head scratcher for economists as they try to understand how other labor market data could be so divergent. Earlier in the week, ADP reported private payroll losses of 169,000 for November. The Monster Employment Index, which measures online job demand, actually dipped slightly from October’s number. “This was a shocking report because the reported payroll data bear little resemblance to any other evidence concerning the labor market, including the ADP survey, which is based on hard data from a much wider sample of payrolls than is the government’s survey,” says Joshua Shapiro, chief U.S. economist at research firm MFR.

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>Valley Renewal : Surprise – it’s all about the money!

>Surprise – it’s all about the money!

In the summer, the Planning Board hired an expert in hospital design to review their proposed H-Zone amendments to the Master Plan. While the draft wording was prepared by the Village Planner the text was almost entirely a copy of the details in the “Renewal” supplied by Valley.

To many people’s surprise, the independent consultant proposed a much more “community friendly” recommendation that included increasing setbacks to 120 feet and putting all parking underground.

The response from Valley, as reported in today’s Ridgewood News to the consultant’s recommendations, is that the hospital has concerns about the “constructability and financial feasibility” of the proposal. What this means in 2009 is that the hospital is concerned about some additional cost because anything is technically possible.

It is very surprising to hear this when Valley is one of the most profitable hospitals in NJ and has benefited from an additional $25 million windfall profit increase from receiving most of the former patients of PVH over the last 2 years.

These statements also seem to run contrary to Audrey Meyer’s statement in the Record of Dec 3, where she suggests that non-for-profit hospital’s like Valley use their profits to benefit the community. and Share

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>Home for the Holidays: The tradition was ‘tinkered with’

>The tradition was ‘tinkered with’ by changing the day from Friday to Saturday. Mistake #1. I used to look forward to ditching work early, scoot up to the train station. Sing with a few thousand of my neighbors and have dinner afterwards and stroll the streets. Saturday was hum-drum because you had to give up a weekend day to have all the pomp & such.

Mistake #2: groupthink about the global warming hoax following the Anne Zusy types down to the Square instead of the focal point of the town. And to make matters worse, let’s hang recycling on the tree. I may be alone on this, but my tree may have home-made ornaments by the kids, but there are no used pork n beans cans.

Mistake #3: VOR compounds last year’s error by doing it AGAIN, sans garbage ornaments. Big deal. You know what used to work and brought people in? The traditional tree, singers, bands and such on a Friday night at the station. I remember the throngs of people stretching a block north n south and several blocks down East Ridgewood Ave.

Notice that NYC doesn’t drop the New Years ball over the Smithsonian. And why? Because Times Square is the place. Same reason the celebration belongs back at the station.

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>NJ Tea Party Coalition : Announcement of 12/15 Rally to DC

New Jersey Patriots Are Taking their Voices to DC Again!

We are taking it to the “buses” on December 15th once again to provide our Senators the visual aid they need to understand clearly that we do not want this Healthcare bill on our backs or the backs of our children or grandchildren. We cannot afford, nor will we tolerate, another power grab by Congress to rule over our very own bodies and force upon us unconstitutional actions to compel us to buy or subsidize government healthcare in any shape or form.

We plan to have a minimum of three buses and we need you all to fill those buses.
Americans for Prosperity and Tea Party Patriots are also going to DC that day so we will be joined by patriots on all sides and we will support their efforts as well! The Agenda at the Capitol is still being formulated.

We cannot make this event successful without you and we need each and every one of you to come and bring another person with you.

Yes, it is the holiday season, but George Washington didn’t let Christmas Eve get in his way and we will not let anything get in our way now when we are so close to forcing this bill down to the grave where it belongs! We are committed and we will not be stopped!

In order to keep the costs down due to the holidays, we are only asking for $35 per person and if you find that you cannot afford to come with us, let us know and we’ll see if another patriot will “sponsor” you by buying another seat and donating it to the cause.

You have made the effort to Rally in Washington on September 12 & November 5 …we cannot leave this fight now…..we must continue in our mission to push and demonstrate to our senators that we will not sit by idly and let them thrust this upon us.

The buses will leave from Graydon Parking lot in Ridgewood NJ at the cross of Linwood Avenue and Northern Parkway. This is the same parking lot we used on November 5 and there is plenty of parking and it is without cost.

Sign up for your seat(s) by emailing: Michele at [email protected]
Give your name, address, email address and cell number and the number of people in your group. Mail your check for $35 per seat to Michele at PO Box 45, Cliffside Park, NJ 07010 right away.

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>Preserve Graydon will be Downtown for the Holidays Friday Dec. 4

>We’re go­ing Down­town for the Holi­days to­mor­row night, Fri­day, Dec. 4, from 5:30-9 PM. It’s Ridge­wood’s an­nu­al De­cem­ber cele­bra­tion. Stores will be open late and East Ridge­wood Ave. will be­come a pede­s­trian mall. The Cham­ber of Com­merce will pro­vide free en­ter­tain­ment and hot cider. We’ll have a table at the in­ter­sec­tion of Oak St. and East Ridge­wood Ave. (north­east corn­er), across the street from Van Neste Square, near the big clock.

Come say hel­lo and see the new Gray­don fundrais­ing items that were a big hit at our Holi­day Bazaar:

Car/re­frig­er­a­tor mag­nets
Yard signs (take with you or re­quest free de­liv­ery)
Note cards with Dorothy War­ren scene of ice skat­ing at Gray­don (blank in­side)
Spe­cial of­fer: the same cards with your mes­sage and name in­side—or­der now for speedy de­liv­ery as Christ­mas/New Year cards (min­i­mum of 100 for cus­tom or­ders)
Last day of our Cheese­cake Aly fundrais­er: fes­tive cheese­cakes, down-home cho­co­late chip cookies, and cheese­cake gift cer­tifi­cates for home de­liv­ery in mid-De­cem­ber. Free sam­ples of rasp­ber­ry cheese­cake while they last.

Com­ing soon: our on­line store! Till then, grab a warm coat and meet us Down­town for the Holi­days: to­mor­row (Fri­day), 5:30-9 PM.

Marcia Ringel and Suzanne Kelly, Co-Chairs
The Preserve Graydon Coalition, Inc., a nonprofit corporation
“It’s clear—we love Graydon!”
[email protected]

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