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New Jersey’s Clueless Senators

Admittedly, I am not much for public transportation. While I recognize that such a mode of transportation can be good for the environment by bringing fewer vehicles into a metropolitan area, as a taxpayer, it’s a hard sale. Even so, if pushed, I can find a case to be made for a state/municipality to fund public transportation.

What I do not understand, however, is the federal government’s role in the issue. The boondoggle, otherwise known as Amtrak, is a drain on the public’s collective wallet.

New Jersey Transit does send some trains to New York City. We know the buses run across the rivers too. Local blogger Mark Krull likes to detail his commute to Philadelphia. Even so, I think it is a stretch to think the Commerce Clause kicks in here. Surely, New Jersey and Pennsylvania (or New York) can make arrangements to accommodate each other’s vehicles without the federal government.

Not according to New Jersey’s senators. Senator Menendez and Lautenberg have introduced a bill in the US Senate to spend another $2 billion. What would taxpayers receive for this additional tax? Lower fares for public transportation.

According to the Star~Ledger:

Since the start of last year, 84 percent of public transit systems in America have either hiked fares, slashed service or are considering one of the two.

This only furthers the argument against public transportation. Obviously, public transportation cannot sustain itself the way it is currently structured. That’s the problem with most government programs; they are not run efficiently.

Those entrenched in the government solve the problem by raising taxes. That’s what Menendez and Lautenberg seek to do. Others self examine. Is public transportation a program government should run? Perhaps it is. But if it continues to hemorrhage tax dollars, a fix needs to be found. Here in New Jersey, fares were raised.

I find it interesting that some politicians continue to pitch tax increases as the solution to problems. Obviously to the Garden State’s senators, they feel as though we are not taxed enough if they are comfortable asking for $2 billion.

What say you? Do you concur that you have more money in your wallet to send to Washington, D.C. to distribute to states to lower public transportation fees? How much slippage will occur with the feds involved?

Fisking Lautenberg

There is nothing more powerful than using one’s words to counter a statement made. Rather than the drivel that usually is produced for campaigns, this advertisement is spot on, relevant, and telling. There’s no comeback to it.

Lautenberg ran for the Senate in 1982 by proclaiming that New Jersey was 45th in the nation in the amount of federal dollars returned for taxed dollars sent. Obviously, Lautenberg feels that is a measure on which to run a campaign. Twenty-five years later, New Jersey is 50th. Who is the senior senator from New Jersey? The man trying to get himself re-elected.

This is precious!

Frank Lautenberg Poll

I just got off the telephone with a nice guy from Denver. Normally, I do not take unsolicited calls, but the topic was just too interesting: Frank Lautenberg‘s re-election to the U.S. Senate.

The interview lasted about 10 minutes. Many questions about what strategy Lautenberg should employ were asked. It stood out that the only two issues that Lautenberg has in his pocket are banning cigarette smoking and offshore oil drilling. That is not an impressive record.

It looks like ol’ Frank is preparing for a negative campaign as there were several questions about my feeling about his age. Frankly, I do not care. An 84-year old is fine with me as long as he does his job. That is Lautenberg’s fault; he doesn’t do a very good job representing New Jersey. That is not age-dependent, however.

At the end of the interview, I spoke to the interviewer. He said that it was evenly split on the reaction to Lautenberg on his calls.