Christie Divides New Jersians Again, Today on Marriage Equality, Abdicates Governing

Gov. Christie calls for referendum on issue of legalizing gay marriage | NJ.com.

Governor Christie failed to lead, sought shelter behind rhetoric, and dropped the hot potato on the lap of the public. In 2010, it was people against teachers. In 2011 it was the private sector versus public employees. Today, he has just created another fault-line in New Jersey.

“I would hope the Legislature would be willing to trust the people the way I’m willing to trust the people,” Christie said, reiterating his personal opposition to gay marriage. “I think it’s the institution of marriage and it’s bigger than just a word, it’s hundreds of years of tradition both legally and social and religiously and that’s what I stand up in protecting.”

With these words, the governor weaseled out of doing the right and lawful things. Tradition does not make injustice just and the list is long: Serfdom, Slavery, Absolutism, Religious Persecution, Indentured Service, Pre-Arranged Marriage, No Voting Rights for Women, No Inter-Racial Marriage, Racial Segregation, etc.

All of the above were long-term traditions, observed for centuries, and sanctified by the different religions and societies of the ages. However, these institutions were intrinsically as wrong  as the legal prohibition of equality in marriage is today.

The principle is simple: One has the right to pursue happiness and marry the person chosen by oneself; not by canon written or imposed by others. Anyway, the law is about civil marriage; not religious marriage.

What kind of leadership has the governor exhibited in this case? The opportunistic, discriminatory form of leadership. He has taken a stance based of what is convenient for him politically and comfortably adapted to his personal morality. He took the oath of protecting and defending the Constitution when he took office. He just betrayed that oath.

What the Bill of Rights promises and endows us all has not entered in his equation.

If the referendum does not occur before 2014, I will be honored to sign the bill if I am elected governor in November 2013. Providing that it occurs before, I urge all New Jersians to vote YES.

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My Letter to Senators Menendez, Lautenberg, and Congressman Frelinghuysen (NJ 11)

RE:   H.R.3785 To repeal section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.

I am writing as your constituent in the 11th Congressional district of New Jersey. I support H.R.3785 – To repeal section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012., and am tracking it using OpenCongress.org, the free public resource website for government transparency and accountability.

Section 1021 is – in my view – the most flagrant violation of the 4th. Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. I therefore ask you to support the repeal of this section of the NDAA 2012.

Sincerely,
Andrea Dealmagro

You all can write easily to your representatives in Washington through http://www.opencongress.org

They have a standard letter, somewhat different from mine, which you can use. I can not stress enough how important this is although it may seem like a remote issue for most of you now. You may be inclined to think that arbitrary arrest and detention will only be used against people who do “bad things”. But  a ruler with no lawful constraints can decide capriciously what a “bad thing” is. I have lived through that before; Cubans were arrested just to take a nice house away from them. It can happen anywhere. We are at the threshold of a very insidious tyrannical system and unless we nip it in the bud – by repealing this section of NDAA – fear will be a constant part of our lives and the lives of our children.

Do not think for a moment that the almost simultaneous appearance of this section of NDAA and SOPA/PIPA are a mere coincidence. The forces of Darkness are out to get us an unless we show that we won’t go quietly, they will succeed.

King George III Never Had the Power that President Obama Has Today

Or that Romney or Gingrich will have if one of them gets elected. KG3 could not start war without parliament declaring war, nor could he imprison his own subjects indefinitely without charge or trial.

Please support repealing section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act 2012 – the Indefinite Imprisonment of Americans Without Charge  clause. The repeal is embodied in H.R. 3785.

Repeal Section 1021 of the NDAA 2012: Ron Paul to Congress

http://t.co/ckC7iBMX

The clause allows the President of the United States to order the indefinite detention of any American by the U.S. military, even on American soil, without charge or trial and essentially erases the 4th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and all the protections and guarantees of due process it provided.

Both the Senate and House of Representatives passed NDAA with the detention clause in it with overwhelming support, to their shame forever.

Section 1021 was originally introduced by senators (R) McCain and (D) Levin. President Obama signed it into law on New Years Eve “with reservations”… but he signed it.

It was at that moment that I decided to support Ron Paul for President of the United States in 2012.

The bill introduced by congressman Paul is:  H.R.3785 – To repeal section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.

I also ask our New Jersey representatives in Congress to support the legislation to repeal the infamous clause. If elected governor on New Jersey in 2013, although this is not in the job description of the governorship,  I will be vocal in championing the repeal of that tyrannical section of the NDAA-2012.

Occupy-To-Amend in Trenton Yesterday

Hundreds of protesters occupy courthouses across US to protest spending in federal elections – The Washington Post.

As in numerous cities across the country, there was a protest in front of the Federal Courthouse at 402 East State Street, Trenton, yesterday. I had the honor of participating  as just another protester . One of my sons came along too. I did not take any photos but our organizer did take some and he provided me with this one.

The date marked the second anniversary of the disastrous decision of the U.S. Supreme Court “Citizens United VS FEC”. The decision proved, beyond reasonable doubt, that money corrupts everything.

We had a permit. It was blistering cold and windy. The police was courteous and kept the distance. The  proprietors of the federal building were gracious enough to offer bathroom facilities inside the courthouse. There were no incidents other than freezing toes. I loved the police dogs – I have a thing for animals.

I was encouraged to notice that there was abundant connection with passer-byes. We received considerable support and sympathy although our group was small. But I would say that everyone among us, with the exception of my son, was at or above 35 years old. That is ominous.

The coordinator of Move-To-Amend in the Trenton region is Tom Toth and the e-mail address is   movetoamendtrenton@gmail.com

U.S. Lost 25% of Its High-Tech Manufacturing to Asia During Last Decade

U.S. losing high-tech manufacturing jobs to Asia – The Washington Post.

Thus is not only the old industries that have fled. We are losing the high-tech sector too. It was once considered the core of our post-industrial  economy; not any longer: 50% of the projected job creation in the U.S will be health related by 2018. That is an scary prospect.

Asian governments, notably but not only China, are providing all kinds of incentives for American capital to migrate. Add to that lower labor costs and a well educated work force. The Obama administration, to its credit, is trying too but it is falling short in almost every element. Above all, the administration is not even attempting to correct the tax laws to make capital flight less profitable.

Federal taxation policy encourages capital migration and that is not going to change any time soon because those benefiting from the current capital flight also control the government. Our corporate and even popular culture tends to be permissive in that regard as well. Steve Jobs was and still is considered a hero by many but he moved every single manufacturing facility of Apple Inc. to Asia, leaving a trail of unemployed Americans behind him. He is just one case.

Recognizing that New Jersey has limited capabilities to stop that tide when the federal government is pushing on the other side in opposite direction, I am confident that we can do a great deal to improve the situation here.

1. In education: Beginning with longer school periods, days, and years, more ambitious state-wide curriculum and creating or expanding polytechnic schools for those kids that are not bound for the typical college education. In the case of those students who deliberately and consistently sabotage the classroom, expulsion from the conventional public school system must be the ultimate option – but that option must be available. The issue of having a competent, well educated work force is vital.

2. In Taxation: I have already presented this issue in my economic program: We must reward investors who put their money in New Jersey while the normal tax rate for dividends will be much higher. We are not punishing those who invest overseas; we are rewarding those that invest at home.

3. Either we make all corporate tax zero  state-wide, or we have at zero in some portions of the state preferred for industrial activity and slightly above zero elsewhere. But we must understand that money is the only talk that corporations listen to and that we can not force them to relocate here. We must persuade them. When we think of a corporation we must remember that description of the Terminator in the first movie of the same title:  “They feel no pain or fear or pity or remorse.”

4. We must look long-term in infrastructure and renewable energy because those two factors will be decisive well after I am gone. New Jersey must excel in both to attract capital.

There is much more to be added to this topic but I will stop here today. I am pleased the the number of new unemployment claims fell to 352,000 nationwide this week – the lowest since 2008. Let’s hope that is a trend.

Gov. Christie Refuses to Sign Bill that Would Deny Public Pensions/Benefits to Politicians Who Are Not Public Workers

Gov. Christie declines to sign bill that would deny state pensions to certain non-public sector workers | NJ.com.

This is the litmus test that reveals the governor’s true colors and allegiances. The issue at hand is, for the most part, politically connected individuals who do not work in the public sector at all but because of those political connections were able to secure public pensions and health benefits in the past.

The bill vetoed does not even cover those existing cases already in the system – which are many – such as officials of  The League of Municipalities, which could be characterized as a lobbying club and meets regularly in Atlantic City.

The law only applies to future members of those un-official organizations or private entities which took advantage of the largess of successive administrations and legislatures.

Nonetheless, this governor wants to keep that door open to give those benefits to more political hacks in the future.

This is one of the problems I am determined to put an end to if elected governor in 2013.