It was a slow week for the blog as we prepared the new Informed Conservative Podcast. This week we covered Governor Murphy’s new 11.62% tax on short term rentals which is sure to have a negative impact on the Jersey Shore, Nancy Pelosi’s severe case of Trump Derangement Syndrome and the liberal media’s biased reporting against President Trump.
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A recent study showed that New Jersey is the #1 state that people leave. Another study showed that New Jersey is #1 in the rate of foreclosures in the U.S. I can only imagine Murphy sitting at his desk wondering what other list he can put us on top of. “I know” I imagine Murphy saying to himself “#1 in declining beach resorts along New Jersey’s 130 mile coastline!”
Beginning Monday short-term rentals in the State of New Jersey must charge a 6.625% state sales tax and a 5% occupancy fee to their renters. This will add hundreds of dollars to the cost of a week at the Jersey Shore and is expected to raise millions in tax revenues. In 2017 former Governor Christie vetoed a similar bill.
Hotel and motel owners along the shore must be large Democratic campaign donors since they are excluded from the legislation. Real Estate Agents must also be large Democratic campaign donors since rentals handled by Agents are exempt from the tax. Some shore property owners have rented to the same visitors year after year for many years dealing with them directly. Now they must charge those renters a total of 11.62% in new taxes (in addition to the taxes some municipalities charge) or pay a Real Estate Agent.
These new taxes have the potential of an impact that goes beyond actual rental properties as significant taxes mean that visitors will spend less in shore towns. This will hurt shore businesses like restaurants, retail stores and boardwalk attractions.
A group of Jersey Shore property owners are working to change the law and exempt shore counties from the tax. The NJ Shore Rentals Coalition is working with Assemblyman John McKeon who introduced Assembly Bill A-4520 that excludes transient accommodations in shore counties from various State and local taxes. The bill is co-sponsored by 17 additional Assembly members but has yet to move out of committee.
Why is Murphy trying to drive residents and now tourists from New Jersey while welcoming illegal immigrants with open arms? While Murphy should be focused on bringing revenue and jobs into the state by increasing tourism he is putting an additional financial burden on those who want to visit and businesses along the Jersey Shore. Murphy should also be focused on making New Jersey safer and more affordable for residents and creating jobs in the state. Instead the Governor is focused on higher taxes, making New Jersey a sanctuary state (thankfully ICE continues to protect New Jerseyans), funding the legal defense of illegal immigrants facing detention or deportation, driver licenses for illegal immigrants (including Real ID compliant driver licenses allowing the recipient to board an airplane), legalized marijuana, a $15 minimum wage (which we know will kill businesses and jobs in the state), defying the Trump Administration, ineffective gun control measures (that did not save the life John Bertram killed while working an overnight shift at an Edison gas station in December), pushing Obamacare (failed legislation that has been ruled unconstitutional by a Federal Court), a health insurance mandate (because the Governor apparently thinks he’s more powerful than Congress), criminal justice reform, restoring voting rights for those on probation or parole, redistricting, subsidizing the horse racing industry and spending his time outside of New Jersey leading the Democratic Governor’s Association (OK – maybe this one is a positive. Any day Murphy spends not focused on destroying New Jersey is a good day).
Murphy is wrong for New Jersey and does not understand the needs of New Jerseyans. Now more than ever the New Jersey legislature needs to be balanced with strong Republicans who will oppose Murphy and put the priorities of tax paying New Jerseyans first. Murphy as Governor and an almost one party Democratic rule is not working for New Jersey.
I’ve suggested several times that Nancy Pelosi may be suffering from a severe case of Trump Derangement Syndrome (which Psychology Today speculates may be a legitimate mental condition). I now believe that Pelosi is suffering from something much more serious and dangerous to the American people. It is time that Nancy Pelosi be expelled from the House of Representatives. Unfortunately that effort would have to come from the House Ethics Committee. Given that Democrats have a House majority it is not likely to happen.
On Wednesday President Trump sent a letter to House Speaker Pelosi accepting her invitation to deliver his State of the Union Address from the floor of the House of Representatives. Pelosi had invited the President to do so on January 3, 2019. Pelosi quickly responded saying that the House will not consider a resolution authorizing the President’s address in the House chamber. Was this payback because President Trump denied Pelosi use of a government aircraft to take 5 legislators and 86 family members and staff to visit Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan?
President Trump responded telling reporters “I’m not surprised. It’s really a shame what’s happening with the Democrats. They’ve become radicalized”.
Many have asked if Pelosi has the power to stop the President from giving his address. The House and the Senate need to vote on resolutions inviting President Trump to give his address. Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker has the power to ensure such a resolution is not passed by the House.
President Trump is absolutely right. The Democrats and especially Nancy Pelosi have become radicalized. Many of these are the same Democrats who agreed with the crisis at our southern border, the President’s course of action and voted for the 2006 Secure Fence Act and it’s 2007 amendment. Suddenly when then Presidential Candidate Trump made border security a campaign issue these same Democrats became opposed to a barrier at our southern border and began to welcome illegal immigrants with open arms.
I have found it interesting that the media has not spent much time reporting on Pelosi leaving the country (with 90 of her colleagues and family members at the tax payer’s expense) while the government shutdown continues and 800,000 government employees are not getting paid. Shouldn’t Pelosi have been in Washington negotiating with President Trump to reopen the government?
As far as I could find a House Speaker denying the President use of the House Chamber to deliver his State of the Union Address is unprecedented and there is no good reason for Pelosi to do so other than spite. Both Homeland Security and the Secret Service have assured the President that security for the event will not be an issue. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said both agencies are “fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union”.
So what’s the problem? Could it be that Pelosi, who seems to have the most responsibility for the ongoing government shutdown at this point, does not want the American people to hear the truth?
Unfortunately for the 800,000 government workers not receiving a paycheck and the thousands more who depend on the government for assistance Pelosi and Democratic Congressional leadership continue to use the American people as pawns in their partisan political game. There is no reason for the government shutdown to continue other than a win for the President would hurt Pelosi and other prominent Democrats with the radical left.
I see more Americans every day come to realize that this shutdown is the fault of Democratic congressional leadership and more importantly realize they are being played as pawns in Pelosi’s chess game against the President. Today’s grandstanding was no different. Pelosi has been in Congress since 1987. Let’s hope there are enough Californians with their eyes wide open that this is her last term in the House of Representatives.
Saturday 1/26/19. The liberal media’s biased reporting against President Trump continues.
Wikipedia defines media bias as the media systematically skewing reporting in a way that crosses standards of professional journalism. Have we seen worse examples of media bias towards a President in our lifetimes then the coverage of President Trump? That coverage has continued in the past 24-hours as President Trump acted like a strong leader should and made a (temporary) deal so 800,000 federal workers could get their paychecks.
Wikipedia goes on to say that many critics of the media say liberal bias exists within a wide variety of media and especially within the mainstream media including CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, Newsweek and the New York Times.
According to CNN Pelosi “broke Trump” and “brought him to his knees”. They claimed that Trump caved on the shutdown and asked if they had ever been a worse day for Trump saying “There’s no spinning what happened in Washington on Friday: Donald Trump caved to Nancy Pelosi”. The network went on to say that Pelosi “out-Trumped Trump”
MSNBC claimed that the President caved on the shut down and that Trump “held government workers hostage for a month and walked about with nothing”. In this piece MSNBC says the President “undermined the brand he’s tried to build as an indefatigable fighter, a master strategist and the world’s savviest deal-maker. On all those counts, he lost — and lost big — Friday”. It went on to say “Usually, the loser in Washington gets some sort of policy fig leaf to cover up for the fact that they were defeated. Trump got nada” and “He did gain one more thing he probably didn’t want — a lesson in messing with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi”.
The New York times proclaims “Trump backs down”, “For a president consumed with winning a stinging defeat” and asks “Was Trump’s shutdown a cruel joke?” The paper continued “President Trump famously declared that in his administration the nation would become tired of all the winning. So on Friday he tried a little losing”. Even worse the New York Times Editorial Board wrote “What a debacle President Trump’s shutdown proved to be — what a toddler’s pageant of foot-stomping and incompetence, of vainglory and self-defeat. Mr. Trump tormented public servants and citizens and wounded the country, and, in conceding on Friday after holding the government hostage for 35 days, could claim to have achieved nothing”.
Not to be outdone the Huffington Post calls Trump “President Pointless” and says he was “Schooled by the speaker”. Huffington Post goes on to say “In case it wasn’t clear what actually happened Friday when President Donald Trump announced he would sign a bill to reopen the government through Feb. 15, we’ve got you covered: the president caved. And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won. The man who prides himself on his toughness, his virility and his ability to be one step ahead of everyone was outmaneuvered by a liberal woman from San Francisco who mocked his manhood.
This unfortunately is what we have masquerading as news media in America. The media cannot simply report the news but has to put their biased radical left opinions into every story. What happened to accuracy and fairness in reporting the news? CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, Politico and many others have become nothing more than the 2000’s version of supermarket tabloid.
Here is the truth that none of these media outlets reported without their spin. President Trump signed a short term spending bill on Friday that will temporarily reopen the government, allow 800,000 government workers to get their paychecks and give both sides the opportunity to negotiate without further peril to the American people. Neither side won or lost because unfortunately for the American people the battle is not over.
“I will sign a bill to open our government for three weeks” the President said on Friday “we have reached a deal to end the shutdown”. The President explained that “a bipartisan conference committee of House and Senate lawmakers and leaders will work to put together a homeland security package for me shortly to sign it law”. “Over the net 21 days I expect that both Democrats and Republicans will operate in good faith” the President said.
The media knows what the facts are but unfortunately the facts do not fit into a narrative that benefits Democrats. The fact is that Congressional Democratic leaders, former Secretary of State Clinton and even former Presidents Clinton and Obama agreed with the crisis at our southern border. It was not until then candidate Trump made border security and the wall a campaign issue that Democrats suddenly changed their minds. It was the Democratic leadership in Congress, desperate to deny the President a win on a key campaign issue, who caused the government shutdown.
Last week President Trump addressed the nation and laid out his plan for border security and reopening the Government. The President was willing to compromise, had consulted professionals while developing his well thought out plan and as always is putting the American people first. I said at the time that if Nancy Pelosi did not take the President’s proposal seriously and give it due consideration – even if that meant negotiating parts of the President’s plan – it should become glaringly obvious to the American people that the Democrats only priority is opposing the President. Nancy Pelosi mistakenly sent out a scheduled Tweet calling the President’s plan a “non-starter” before his address even began. The fact that Pelosi refused to consider the President’s proposal before he even presented it and work with the President to reopen government received very little press attention.
How long are the American people going to allow the media to dictate the behavior of our elected leaders thereby having an impact on the direction of our nation? It seems that Democratic political leaders are making decisions based upon opposition of our President fueled by the media. Liberals love to accuse Fox News of having a conservative slant but I submit that CNN, MSNBC and many other media outlets are slanted much further left then Fox News is to the right. The evidence proves that theory. President Trump acted in the best interest of the American people and 800,000 federal employees who were not receiving paychecks. Instead of commending the President on making a concession in the best interest of America the media proclaims that “Pelosi broke Trump”.
If you haven’t seen the President’s address to the nation please watch it below.
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