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From Extraordinary Leaders Come Extraordinary Measures

Bookmark and Share     In a few days a dramatic motion picture that could shape politics in one state will be coming to a theatre near you. I have not seen it yet, so it would be premature to declare it to be a cinematic tour de force but I do know it will be inspirational. I also know that it may finally launch the rise of a political force to reckon with from New Jersey.

 The movie, “Extraordinary Measures”, stars Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser and it is based on the very real plight of John and Aileen Crowley who raced time and battled against all odds.

 John and Aileen were handed their greatest challenge when their children, Megan and Patrick were both born with a fatal neuromuscular disorder called Pompe disease.

Determined to change the deadly fate that doctors predicted, John and Aileen sought the care and treatment that could keep Patrick and Megan alive. But the disorder was so rare that few if any pharmaceutical entities attempted to develop effective treatments  for Pompe.  The disease was so rare that it lacked any widespread study. With so relatively few inflicted with Pompe, there was little if any profit motive for either the medical, scientific or pharmaceutical fields to devote much time, manpower and resources to it. Such a rare disease received barely even a fraction of the attention that more common health problems such as cancer receive.

The unimaginable situation that the Crowleys were dealt, compelled them to settle in Princeton, New Jersey so that they could be nearest to where some of the only doctors who had any experience in Pompe disease were located. But even in the hands of the most experienced experts of the disorder, John and Aileen were consistently forced to face the bleak diagnosis originally prescribed to their children.

Determined, John subsequently took up employment with Bristol-Meyers Squibb in the hope of fostering efforts to expedite a cure or treatment for the disease that was killing little Patrick and Megan.

After two years, with little progress and many roadblocks, he left Bristol-Meyers to break through the barriers and embark on a new venture to increase the pace of research into Pompe and the development of a cure. It was a race against time that was slowly taking the lives of his children.

Crowley joined forces with dedicated professionals and became the CEO of a biotech company called Novazyme. Eventually Novazyme merged with the world’s largest biotech company, Genzyme Corp., and soon after that the combined efforts of the two, brought about by John Crowley, expedited the creation of an enzyme replacement therapy for Pompe disease that is keeping the Crowley kids alive today.

Getting to that point was not easy and there were a great many trials and tribulations, but John Crowley, his wife, and the team he assembled, never gave up. The story is the stuff that books are written about. And before the movie was made about it, a book about the Crowley’s was written by a Pulitzer prize winning author.  It is called “The Cure: How a Father Raised $100 Million – And Bucked the Medical Establishment – In a Quest to Save His Children (ISBN 978-0060734398).

The experience now keeps Crowley hard at work as President and CEO of Cranbury, New Jersey based, Amicus Therapeutics. He believes that increased awareness about rare diseases, in general, is of great importance.

According to Crowley:

“There are 7000 rare diseases that collectively affect over 30 million people. That is more than everyone who suffers from all cancers and AIDS combined. So taken together these diseases are not rare at all – in fact they are remarkably prevalent. While the symptoms and severity of these rare diseases may vary, there are commonalities with regards to a framework of development for novel therapies that can and should be applied to all these disorders.”

Unfortunately, success stories like that of the Crowley family are far and few between. The uniqueness of their plight is one reason why it is so worthy of telling. The extraordinary measures that John Crowley and his wife took and the extraordinary feat of overcoming almost insurmountable odds to achieve a miracle of survival can only be accomplished by extraordinary people. Admittedl, few can be more motivated than a parent fighting for their children’s survival, but few have the faith, innovation and leadership required to make the impossible possible. Such qualities are what true leaders are made of. The type of leaders our nation needs more of. Leader’s who understand that personal freedom, can do more than people shackled by government burdens and blocked by government bureaucracies.

Perhaps that is why John Crowley is a Republican. He is not someone who will allow his fate to be written for him. He is determined to write his own. He is not someone content with being restricted by government but happier to get government out of the way.

It is also perhaps why, in the last few election cycles, John Crowley has been seen as a possible candidate for elected office in New Jersey. In 2008, there were some who hoped that Crowley would seek the US Senate seat currently occupied by the long serving, lackluster Frank Lautenberg.  Crowley failed to enter the race.

Later that year and in the early part of 2009, there was some speculation that John Crowley might run for Governor of New Jersey. Crowley declined to enter that race too.

I am one of those who held out hope for his candidacy.

Crowley is not a typical politician. He is a doer. His children’s lives are a testimony to that fact. He is not a go-along-to-get-a-long type. He is a man who gets what needs to be done, done. The type of person New Jersey and our nation needs in government, and his record is one of accomplishment, education and dedication.

Before his children were born, John was schooled for three semesters at the U.S. Naval Academy, graduated with degrees in foreign service from Georgetown University and went on to obtain his J.D from Notre Dame Law School before working as a litigation associate in the health care industry. He subsequently furthered his education and received an M.B.A from Harvard Business School. From there he went on to work for a San Francisco based management consulting firm.

Now, at 42, in addition to being a proud parent of three, devoted husband, as well as President and CEO of Amicus Therapeutics, Crowley is an intelligence officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He is also not shy about his political beliefs. As part of a political action committee called “Building the New Majority”, John assists a grassroots network that helps launch the candidacies of good Republicans on the local, county and statewide levels.

 Whether or not John Crowley will himself ever be one of those candidates is still a question mark. What the future holds is anybody’s guess. At least anybody who is not John Crowley. I have a feeling he knows what he intends to do.

Despite the recent election of a Republican Governor, New Jersey has few figures who are in any great position to win a statewide office in a state that leans so heavily to the left. But John Crowley would be one the few people who could be a strong candidate and who also has experience with uphill battles. The opportunity for statewide office will not come until 2012 when Democrat Senator Bob Menendez will be up for reelection. For that seat, there has recently been some speculation about financial journalist and anchorman Lou Dobbs running for the against Menendez, but if I had my druthers, the next Republican nominee for US Senate would be John Crowley.

Aside from knowing how to run a successful business that saves lives and aside from his having a track record of accomplishment that few can match, few candidates for elected office have a major motion picture made about them. That kind of introduction to the public can not be matched by any 30 second campaign commercial that airs during Desperate Housewives, when you get up to relieve yourself.

So I am looking forward to catching Extraordinary Measures   when it comes out on January 22nd .

Aside from promising to be one of those entertaining, feel good flicks, I look forward to seeing what I believe will be the launch of a new political rising star.

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Democrats Offer Illegal Immigrants Reduced Tuition Costs For College Educations

Bookmark and Share    Eight days from now, Republican Chris Christie will be officially sworn in as the 55th Governor of New Jersey (legislation signed on January 10, 2006, allowed people who served as an acting governor for at least 180 days, to drop the “acting” from their title and be officially documented as a “Governor”. The law was retroactive to January 1, 2001). With such little time left, Democrats, who will continue to hold majority control of the state assembly and senate, are trying to pass any all things liberal.

This past Thursday, they feigned an attempt to change the definition of marriage and after dawn breaks on this day, they will try to pass a bill that will offer in-state tuition to illegal immigrants.

In-state tuition offers residents of New Jersey discounted rates to students who wish to attend any of New Jersey’s exemplary institutions of higher learning. Significant cost reductions are one of the few benefits that a resident of New Jersey receives for living and paying taxes in the Garden State. Students and their families who have not suffered from and shared in Jersey’s tax burden do not get that break.

Until now……at least if Democrats have their way.

In a last ditch effort to pass some of the most contentious parts of their agenda, Democrats are proposing to allow illegal immigrants who reside in New Jersey with in-state-tuition rates.

In other words, New Jersey liberals want illegal immigrants, who are hiding in the state, to be given the benefit of a reduced cost for their college degrees. If you live in New York and your son or daughter dreams of walking the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University, they will have to account for the full, annual, out-of-state tuition fee of $17,709. With room and board that annual fee is about $30,000. But in-state tuition is $8,541 annually and with room and board it is about $20,000 or ten thousand less than the cost to out-of-state students.

The legislation begs many questions in my mind.

First; if the immigrant in question is illegal, how can their addresses be accurately verified and how can they be positively identified as a New Jersey resident.?

Second; if the student in question is an illegal immigrant, why would their illegal presence in the United States be rewarded with a discount for college and not instead be reported to the authorities?

Third; If you are going to charge American citizens or legal immigrants who are from another state more money than those who live in New Jersey, how could Democrats dare suggest that someone from another nation who is here illegally be charged less?  Why should an illegal immigrant who pays no state, or for that matter federal taxes, be rewarded with any  benefit.

Fourth; What does the word illegal mean?

A college degree should not be required to understand that the word “illegal” means “not permitted”. It connotes an act that is unlawful and against the rules. In simpler terms, it is “wrong”. To do or be anything that is classified as “illegal” means it is wrong or that you are in the wrong.

So why is it so difficult for Democrats to understand that wrong, bad, or in this case, “illegal” activity is not to be rewarded or extended benefits? Why can they not see the wrongness of charging illegal immigrants less for an education in New Jersey than we would other American citizens or students who are here legally? I am even brought to question how and why Democrats feel that they must make it compulsory for the state to educate illegal immigrants and mandate discounts for their higher educations?

It is legislation like this, legislation that lacks any common sense and tests the bounds of logic, which accounts for the reason why, in political lexicon, the word “liberal” is often viewed as ridiculously reckless and backwards. It is legislative initiatives like this which Democrats sponsor and promote which has made many Americans come to feel that Democrats have become a party of liberal extremists who lack the ability to tell right from wrong.

If somehow, a few Democrats are not so fearful of the whooping that they may eventually get from voters if they support this measure and the bill passes both houses of the legislature, outgoing Governor-deject Jonnie “Obama” Corzine, promises to sign it into law.

If that happens, unless Republicans can take control of both houses in the 2011 elections, this bill is unlikely to be brought up for another vote to repeal it and illegal immigrants will be able to count on New Jersey for many years to come.  

The arrangement  between Democrats and illegal immigrants is actually a very convenient one.   Evidence of that was ironically just yesterday, the day before the liberal agenda extends benefits to illegal immigrants. 

In Jersey City, one of the Garden State’s largest cities, Democrat mayor Jeremiah Healy made a much publicized announcement.  It was an appeal to illegal immigrants that urged them to be sure to fill out a census form.  Healy told illegal immigrants that if they don’t fill out the form , they wont count.  He went on to insure illegals that they can not be reported to any authorities or be arrested or deported.  The Mayor added that the same even applies to illegal immigrants who have outstanding warrants against them.

You might ask why the Mayor of a city would go out of his way to try to make sure that illegal immigrants, including ones that have arrest warrants out on them,   essentially be granted amnesty so that they can be counted in a census?

The answer is simple.  Most cities are Democrat strongholds and if Democrats can boost their population figures, they can also increase the representation that they receive in legislative bodies, including Congress.  With more representation comes more power.  So for Democrats, illegal immigrants are a valuable commodity that they can use to gerrymander legislative districts with.  To them, illegal immigrants can remain illegal, undocumented citizens for ever more, so long as they can be used to increase the number of Democrats that can represent strongholds, like New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Detroit or other urban centers.

So really, is it any wonder why Democrats want to offer illegal immigrants benefits and reduced costs?

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ATTN: DEMOCRATS; “Put Your Weapons Down, And Your Hands Up!”

Bookmark and Share    It’s said that  history has a way of repeating itself.   After seeing the results of the 2009 elections, Republican 2008 Election Victoriesit  looks like it is doing so right now.  Before the wheels started falling off the Republican bandwagon in 2006, Republicans suffered big defeats in both Virginia, and New Jersey, in 2005. Those losses were a sign of things to come and they preceded the GOP’s loss of seats in the US Senate and their loss of the majority and their control of the House of Representatives.

  In 2009, it is the Democrats who, whether they realize it or not, are seeing the wheels of their bandwagon, begin to fall off.  

Republican racked up victories all over the nation. In the East, they did particularly well. They won more seats in the in Virginia’s House of Delegates and also saw statewide victories for the Republican Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General candidates. To make that victory sweeter, Republican Governor-Elect Bob McConnell’s almost 18% lead over Democrat Creigh Deeds, helped Republicans pick up 4, and possibly 5, more seats in the Virginia House of Delegates.  

Corzine ConcedesHeading North, the Democrat stronghold of The Garden State saw New Jersey voters give Democrat Governor, Jon Corzine the state‘s one finger salute and offer him a hearty toodaloo.

Having ruled over a four year term that saw nothing but sweetheart deals for unions, new and higher taxes, higher tolls, higher costs of living, more state mandates and fewer and fewer jobs Corzine, even “The Messiah, himself, could not resuscitate the that dead donkey. Although in the darkest of blue New Jersey, where politics is a crime and every other voter has a patronage position, the Democrats did put up a good fight and made it a much closer race than in Virginia. 

In his victory speech, Corzine’s Republican rival, Chris Christie eluded to the havoc that Corzine wreaked on New Jersey by recounting the story he was told by a man that he met in Tinton Falls, NJ, earlier in the day. Christie explained that the man came up to him with teary eyes, grabbed his hand and told Christie that he is a small business owner with a wife and children. The man then asked that Christie do all that he can to win, because as the man said “if you don‘t win, I wont be able to afford to live here anymore. He continued, please win this election because I want my family to still be living in New Jersey four years from now. 

Christie Wins New JerseyChristie wasn’t exactly the best candidate and he was actually uninspiring. I was, and am, his biggest critic. I am distrustful of Christie. I believe he may shy away from the conservative principles that make Republicans Republicans. His campaign lacked any cohesive, believable message and was devoid of any detail. Yet none of that stopped people from voting for him. 42% of all those who did push the button for Christie told pollsters that their vote was more a gesture against Jon Corzine than an indication of support for Christie. Yet that did not stop voters from opposing President Obama’s chosen candidate. Even he, who won New Jersey by 15% in 2008, couldn’t help Corzine who he campaigned an unusually inordinaoate amount of time for. President Obama traveled to New Jersey three times and constantly referred to Corzine as the man who was his “best friend” when they were “in the senate together”. Well while the President considered him best friend, many——–a large majority——-of voters considered him public enemy number one. 

Corzine wasn’t alone though. Democrat incumbents, allover, were thrown out of office. North of New Jersey, New Yorkers in Westchester County surprisingly and resoundingly threw long time Democrat County Executive Andy Spano out of office. Unbeknownst to many before the election, this race ended up not even being very competitive. Republican Rob Astorino blew Spano out of the County with 58% of the vote to Spano’s 42%. The race was described by many as an “stunning upset victory” for Republicans and Rob Astorino. 

Out on New York’s Long Island, Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi finds himself sweating out a race that is too close to call. With all the precincts in, Democrat Suozzi is ahead of Republican challenger Edward Mangano by 237 votes. Currently the results stand at; Conservative Party candidate Steve Hansen with 4% and 9,552 votes, Tom Suozzi with 48%, and Republican Ed Managano also at 48% but with 117,874 votes to Suozzi’s 118,111 votes. 

This was not suppose to be. 

What accounted for this sudden reversal of fortunes? 

After President Obama was swept into office on “hope” and “change”, what is making voters hope for change yet again? 

Well I’ll let you in on a little secret. Voters want a change from the damaging effects of a radical leftwing agenda. Yeah, that’s right!…..Radical leftwing. 

You know how liberals love to scream about how Republicans are losing support and are going to go extinct because they are being taken over by the religious radicals and radical right? Well that has been supposedly happening since the 60’s. Yet yesterday, many Republicans approached the 60% mark in their defeat of Democrats. What liberals crying about extremism don’t understand is that they, as usual, are hypocrites. They are the extremists who have a radical agenda that they try to ram it down the throats of every man, woman and child. 

In less than one year, the liberal regime in Washington, DC has taken over private industry, ran with a tax on the air that we breathe, tripled our deficit and moved to centralize all power in America within the federal government. But perhaps most telling of all is an example of history repeating itself in the area of healthcare. 

Early in 1994, Hillary and B.J. Clinton tried to revolutionize healthcare. The President’s wife wrote a healthcare that was less than half the size of the current revolutionary government run health management and insurance bill. Later that year, Democrats lost control of Governor’s mansions, state legislators, the House of Representatives and the United States of Senate. 

Do you see a connection? 

Under President Obama, the nation has seen our government lurch so far to the left that the electorate has whiplash. As a society, we do not generally like pain and we tend to react negatively to those who cause us pain. Hence, the punch in the eye that voters gave Democrats yesterday. 

Democrats need to take some of their own voice and not be the hypocrites that they always tend to be. If they hope to avoid any further hemorrhaging of their loss of power, they need put a tourniquet on. They need to put the breaks on their 90 mile per hour trace down the road on the left. Pearl Buck once said “One faces the future with one’s past”. Clearly, Democrats are not acknowledging their past. They aren’t even acknowledging the recent. They even deny yesterday. 

A Democrat contacted me yesterday and said sarcastically said “New York 23.…..hmmmmm…..sweet”. 

Well WTF? Are liberals living in such blatant denial that they are trying to tell us that the loss of a third party candidate in one congressional district means more concerning Republicans than the loss of multiple governors, county executive, legislative seats, district attorneys and local councils do to Democrats? Are they serious!? 

Actually they are. 

According to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, yesterday’s elections had no reflection on the President. Huh!…no reflection on the President? President Obama tied himself at the hip to Jon Corzine. Jon Corzine turned the election into a total referendum on the President and his agenda. Soon to be former Governor Corzine ran around saying that the problems of New Jersey are a result of trickle down economics and George Bush Republican policies. George Bush has not been in office for almost a year now and Democrats are still running against him. And by the way, What supply side economic practices has New Jersey been busy implementing? Republicans have not been in charge of New Jersey for over a dozen years. 

Wake up! After a dozen years, of giverning New Jersey, you own the havoc you created!!!! 

Yesterday certainly was a slap in the face, not so much to the President, as it was to his policies and that if his comrades, Speaker N. P. Pelosi and Majority Leader H. M. Reid. 

Cap-and-Trade, The G.M. takeover, massive spending of epic proportions, government run insurance and health management—–all of this, is extreme. Quite extreme. And when you throw in such factors as the liberal leaderships flagrant disregard for ethics, especially as it pertains to people like Chairman of the Ways and Committee, Charlie Rangel and add a pay raise for Congress, a questionable foreign policy that has seen the President apologize for America on foreign soil and an economy that seemingly losses more and more jobs and inevitably forces taxes to rise, what you have is an electorate that, yesterday,  said to Democrats——— “Put your weapons down, step back and place your hands up”. 

Will liberals listen? Apparently not. Today they are saying that the election results which swept Republicans into office, in some of the most unlikeliest of places, had nothing to do with the President and democrat policies. 

These people really are stupid and they won’t learn until it is too late. 

A closer look at what was behind the 2009 election results reveals many things that I have stressed previously. Previously I wrote on how “Senior Citizens Are Leading The Way To Change You Can Believe In”. Yesterday, the 55 and more percent plurality of senior citizens who went Republican had a crucial effect in places like New Jersey and Virginia and New York. So Democrats can write off Florida come 2010. On September 1st, I wrote “President Obama’s Ratings Are Evidence That Things Are Spiraling Out Of Control”.   Back then I wrote; 

“Among Democrats, support for the President has dropped as much as 13% in just one month.. Those who call themselves liberals had nearly unanimous support for President Obama with 95% of all liberals on his side in July. Now, as we get in to the swing of September, even self proclaimed and proud liberals are distancing themselves from the President as 9% of them turn their backs on him, in just one month’s time.” 

“As for African-Americans, their support of the President was at a shrinking 83% in July but now stands at 74% as September begins. Another 9% drop in support in as little as one month.” 

“As for one group whose unusually high voter turnout last November helped to cinch the election for Barack Obama, those between 18 and 29 years of age are fleeing from their initial pro-Obama views. A whopping 18% of those in the 18 to 29 age bracket have jumped ship in just this last month. In July their support for the President stood at 59%. As August passes it now stands at 41%”. 

These are not the words of a genius. Any casual observer can see the trend. Yesterday’s election simply confirmed it. It sure confirmed it for those of us willing to accept the facts. Yet today, the White House still claims that the results of yesterday’s elections have no reflection on the President. “Well mirror, mirror on the wall. Whose the silliest of us all”? 

I’m sure that not every Democrat is playing quite as stupid as Pres. B.H. Obama, Leader N.P. Pelosi and Majority Leader H. M. Reid. Some of them may see the writing on the wall and think twice before they pass the incredible government takeover of health care and insurance. Some Democrats may realize that every single page of the almost 2,000 page socialist health care manifesto contains measure that will be explosive and derail the aspirations of many incumbent Democrats in 2010. 

After all, another conclusion reached in yesterday’s election was that the people do not like incumbents and as the majority party in control, most incumbents are Democrats. 

Hellooooooooo!!! 

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A Brief Clip of Governor-Elect Chris Christie’s Victory Speech

 

And here was the tearful concession speech of the Dishonorable Jon S. Corzine. 

I’m sorry, but I can’t help but feel a Chris Mathews “tingle up my leg” knowing that this embarrassment to humanity get slapped down. Seeing Corzine go is more than just a relief. It provides a sense of optimism and a glimmer of hope for the state and people of New Jersey. Jon Corzine has been a lying scam artist. Who has done nothing but take every problem in New Jersey and turn them into crises. Good riddance Jonboy! And I do not wish you well. I wish you a future as bleak as the one you left behind for the more than 8 million people of New Jersey whose lives have been burdened by your reckless liberal policies and useless liberal leadership.

Don’t go speeding down the New Jersey Turnpike on your way out of Trenton, you fool!

 

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Election Results of Note 

New Jersey Governor – 99% reporting

Chris Christie (R) – 49%, 1,144,422   –  Jon Corzine (D) – 44%, 1,040,904  –  Chris Daggett (I) – 6%, 134,224 

Virginia Governor – 99.76% reporting  

Robert F. “Bob” McDonnell (R) – 58.65%, 1,158,183  – R. Creigh Deeds (D) – 41.23%, 814,167 

Virginia Lieutenant Governor – 99.76% reporting

William T. “Bill” Bolling (R) – 56.41%, 1,101,428      –      Jody M. Wagner (D) – 43.51%, 849,594 

Virginia Attorney General – 99.76% reporting  

Ken T. Cuccinelli II (R) – 57.52%, 1,117,494       –       Stephen C. Shannon (D) – 42.38%, 823,42 

Westchester County Executive – 97% reporting

Rob Astorino (R) – 57%, 88,915        –       Andy Spano (D) – 43%, 66,836 

Nassau County Executive  – 100% reporting  

Tom Suozzi (D) 48%, 118,111 votes – Edward Mangano (R)–48%, 117,874 votes –  Steven Hansen (C) – 4%, 9,552 votes

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