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FLAT TAX FOR NEW JERSEY PROPOSED BY LONEGAN AT REAGAN DAY DINNER

Assemblyman Jay Webber, host and sponsor of New Jersey Reagan Day

Assemblyman Jay Webber, host and sponsor of New Jersey Reagan Day

Bookmark and Share   In a preview of what to expect , during a speech at the annual New Jersey Reagan Day Dinner, Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan announced that he will be proposing sweeping reform in the shape of a flat tax for New Jersey.

Lonegan is expected to reveal the details of his proposal at a press conference scheduled for Thursday.

The announcement came during his speech to a crowd of more than 200 people who attended Assemblyman Jay Webber’s 6th Annual New Jersey Reagan Day Dinner in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey on Wednesday.

Guests at the well attended event, did not hear only from Lonegan though.

Also in attendance and scheduled to speak were former federal prosecutor Chris Christie and Franklin Mayor Brian Levine. But Lonegan was the first to take to the podium and he quickly became a hard act to follow.

Invoking the name of Ronald Reagan, Steve Lonegan reminded guests that the current economic woes that we are in are a result of too much government and regarding the recent stimulus package, he stated that “we are witnessing an all out attack on the free market principles which have delivered more prosperity and more opportunity to more human beings than the world has ever seen”.

Lonegan’s brief speech, which accompanies this post, rekindled some of the Reagan era wisdom which showed us that it is big government which is “responsible for shackling taxpayers and stopping us from gaining prosperity”.

As such, Lonegan intends to make New Jersey the battleground for the nations economic recovery and promised to take on the challenge laid out in Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address when he asked if we have the courage to challenge the immorality of the progressive tax.

Demonstrating his courage, Lonegan announced that in the coming days he will issue detailed economic policies that include scrapping the current state tax code in favor of a fair, equitable flat tax.

Before ending his speech, Lonegan took a swipe at his most formidable rival for the nomination, Chris Christie.

While standing a mere six feet away from each other, Lonegan referred to Christie as his “primary opponent” and accused him of not understanding the Reagan philosophy. He said “my primary opponent, in his opening remarks, when he kicked off his campaign made the following profound statement. “The Wall Street philosophy is responsible for our state’s fiscal ruin” Lonegan continued, “ladies and gentlemen, the Wall Street philosophy is not responsible for our state’s fiscal ruin, that Wall Street philosophy has elevated this nation’s prosperity for two centuries. It is big government that is responsible for our state‘s fiscal ruin”.

After Lonegan made it clear that he believes government is the problem, not the answer, Christie took to the podium and ducked the swipe taken at him by saying, “I am not here tonight to talk about me. Not to talk about the problems with New Jersey. I am here tonight to talk about Ronald Reagan.”

And in an unintended demonstration of overconfidence Christie added, “over the next nine months there will be plenty of time to talk about the rest of the stuff”.

Problem is, if Christie doesn’t win the nomination , he will only have the four months leading up to the June primary to make his case and unlike Lonegan, Chris Chritie has not been making much of case for himself.  A fact not helped by his refusing to discuss any of the issues on this night.  In fact by not addressing any issues he lacked any presentation of the Reagan-like vision that many in the audience appreciate.

Instead, Chris Christie offered a glowing but unmoving tribute to Ronald Reagan that credited Reagan for his unique personality and leadership but left you wondering if Christie really understood the Reagan philosophy. Whereas, Lonegan spoke about Reagan and laid out a vision for New Jersey much like Reagan did for America.

The contrast between the two was startling.

Lonegan left you feeling hopeful and optimistic about change coming our way. Christie just left you wondering.

Last to speak before former assistant to President Reagan and the nights keynote speaker was Franklin Mayor, Brian Levine.

Levine painted a picture of a dreary economic situation and after calling his opponents for the nomination “a good group of colleagues” he headed the audience to understand that any one of the Republican candidates for governor could help bring us out of the economic malaise that the state is in.

Touching on his background as a C.P.A, and a mayor, Levine spoke to his ability to deal with the numbers and create an atmosphere in his township that is more conducive for citizens than the atmosphere Governor Corzine has created for the rest of the state. And in what was perhaps his best line, he quoted Nancy Reagan regarding C.O.A.H., the Council On Affordable Housing.

According to Levine “we need a political leader who will just say no to C.O.A.H.”

C.O.A.H is a state agency which has recently mandated every community in New Jersey to insure a certain percentage of low income housing. The measure will decimate many municipalities and will be a major cause for already skyrocketing property taxes to reach even greater heights.

The appearances and briefs statements from three of the four Republican candidates for Governor merely added to the already special occasion which was as well run as it was well attended.

Emcee and host, Assemblyman Jay Webber provided guests with another successful celebration of the life and legacy of Ronald Reagan and helped to cement the event as a surefire stop on the campaign trail for any and all statewide candidates.

Aside from the gubernatorial candidates, dozens of county leaders, freeholders, mayors and state legislators were also in attendance. Among some of the most prominent included, local conservative assemblyman Michael Patrick Carol, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. and former Jersey City mayor and 2001 Republican gubernatorial nominee Brett Schundler.

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Below you will find videos of the NJ Reagan Day statements made by each of three potential Republican candidates for New Jersey governor who spoke at the event.

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Remarks by Mayor Steve Lonegan
Remarks By Chris Christie
Remarks by Mayor Brian Levine
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“Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.”        ~Ronald Reagan

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CAMPAIGNING FOR PRESIDENT WITH A STRATEGY THAT MATTERS AND MAKES A DIFFERENCE

One General Strategy I would Use In The Campaign

An Account of One General Strategy I Would Use In The Campaign

With about 1 month remaining to go in this election, I would suggest that the candidates use that time well. If I were managing John McCain’s campaign I would maintain my focus on those battleground states and place a priority on the issues most important to the voters in those states.

At the same time, McCain needs to not only differentiate himself from Obama but also separate himself from the perceived image of a typical Republican, the perceived image. He must also define Obama. All of this should have been done earlier but better late than never.

In doing this John McCain will have to point out that his career has been spent opposing republicans when they were wrong and working with Democrats when they were right and bringing both sides of the aisle together for that which is right. He has to show that he proposed increasing regulations on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac two years ago, when he saw that a lack of regulations and monitoring of questionable recording practices were leading us to trouble. He stood up to Ronald reagan and opposed deploying forces to Lebanon for a peace keeping mission which eventually led to the loss of nearly 300 Americans when a suicide bomber targeted their barracks.

McCain must point to legislative efforts that made him cross party lines in order to work with Democrats like Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, Russ Feingold, Diane Feinstein, Joe Biden and many others.

This must all be laid out while shining light on Barack Obama’s partisanship and his lockstep, liberal leanings.

In addition to the contrast of Mccain’s bipartisan record and Obama’s partisan practices, McCain should drive home the fact that one can tell a lot from the company that they keep. Obama’s friends are quite telling too. They include Obama’s friends & fellow fundraisers, convicted, Chicago slum lord Tony Rezko and unrepentant domestic terrorist William Ayers. His relationships also include his 20 years of worship under the American hating, racist, religious bigots Rev. Wright. All of which are just a few examples among a long list of radical, socialists and troublesome characters

All of the above are underlying themes. Themes which should be conveyed through television and targeted direct mail advertising and while that is occurring I would simultaneously set in motion a nationwide campaign effort that puts forth one major policy initiative every other day. This is the strategy that I would have the candidate personally conduct in his day to day activities. While overriding concerns with the economy and the war shall remain ever present and should be addressed, go beyond the obvious and tap into the underlying, less addressed, issues which are ignored.

 

 

Every other day I would present to the nation a legislative initiative dealing with all the other aspects of our lives. For the sake of time and megabytes I will outline a few examples.

McCain has had a problem with one issue that has fallen off the radar, immigration.

It may not be the priority that it was 13 months ago but it remains as troublesome now as it was than. McCain’s last attempt to resolve the issue was pitiful. The McCain-Kennedy initiative failed and rightfully so.  John McCain has since admitted that he has heard the people and they want our border secured before we make any other attempts to change the legal immigration process.

Knowing this, I would have John McCain present to the people a new and comprehensive plan called OPEN ARMS-SECURE BORDERS .

I would have McCain step up to the podium and declare:

“The fact that America has not enforced our immigration laws effectively and the fact that our border is so openly available to illegal crossings and potential threats is a travesty. That is why I stand before you today to propose OPEN ARMS-SECURE BORDERS . This ten point plan secures our border with a high tech security barrier that is monitored by extensive and coordinated patrolling. The bill also streamlines the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and makes it more efficient. OASB also remembers that the word “illegal” means “not illegal” and in this bill illegal conduct is punished not rewarded. After a set amount of time allowing for implementation of this bill, illegal immigrants will have to comply with the laws that up till now, we have neglected to enforce or face deportation. The bill also increases steep penalties for businesses which ignore our immigration laws and illegally hire cheap labor by placing illegal immigrants on their payrolls”.

The OPEN ARMS-SECURE BORDERS bill, which I have provided a link to for readers, has several other points but you get the point. John McCain needs to address the issue, remind us of it’s importance and stake claim to his commitment to solve the problem when he is President.

Another issue that I would rekindle has a more nationalizing electoral component to it. Taxes.

Taxes are an ever present issue and it is an issue that the McCain campaign can use to help gain Republican seats or at least stabilize losses.

If John McCain were to come out and state “the complete Internal Revenue code is more than 24 megabytes in length, and contains more than 3.4 million words; printed 60 lines to the page, it would fill more than 7500 letter-size pages. Every time the federal government addresses the tax issue it’s code increases size, megabytes and pages. Ladies and gentlemen, this is ridiculous and each additional page created to fix our broken tax code, only complicates it more. We need to simplify this and we need to make it more efficient”

At this point I would like to see John McCain propose a flat tax or as I call it National Flat Tax Equity Reform. I want the leaders of our big nation to think big and be bold. I believe a flat tax is equitable and provides the progressive rate of growth that our national economy needs. However I have no expectations for either of the major party nominees to be so bold.

Therefore I would hope that McCain could at least step forward and say……..“So I intend to go through each page of the tax code and together, with my colleagues and your representatives in congress, we can sift out the unnecessary from the necessary.  We can strike out the ridiculous and replace it the logical “.

I would do this along side of fellow Republican candidates for the senate and house and announce an American Tax Equity Committee comprised of Democrats and Republicans that will eliminate those codes dragging us down and those loopholes that are allowing the rich, powerful and well connected to skirt the system. I would also add a call for reduced taxes. A call that revives John F. Kennedy’s cry and rekindles the high tide lifting all boats. I would articulate the fact that our democracy’s goal is not to make rich people poor but to make poor people rich and that is not achieved by taking money away from the people. 

This has been said before and it has only helped to produce a more complicated and oppressive tax system. This time, with serious diligence and sincerity, it can be approached effectively and it can be made a rallying call that helps get voters behind it and the candidates pushing for it. Short of calling for a fair, equitable and simple flat tax, revamping the arcane old code is the least that can be done.

 While on the economy, I would advise that McCain admit to a tough transition that our economy must face. One that is steeped in a changing of generational attitudes when it comes to money. A change back to the thinking of our greatest generation, a generation that did not live beyond their means. Call upon Americans to deal with real money, not the fake money of plastic or predatory loans. declare that we must not rely on what we don’t have but rather what we do and state that by living beyond our means is one very real aspect of today’s shocking need to pay the piper. I would have McCain point out that the requesting for American citizens to stop living beyond their means doesn’t stop with them, but that under his administration, it will start with government.

McCain needs to demonstrate that Wall Street alone did not bring about the dismal economic picture, but that a government which mandated sub-prime loans to achieve homeownership and a mentality of borrowing for today without saving for tomorrow led to this crisis and that now we must stop borrowing from Peter to pay Paul and operate in real dollars not fake dollars. Such straight talk will allow McCain to take hold of the issue rather than be strangled by the issue.

With 4 weeks remaining such straight talk could be delivered on plenty of other issues. Issues like an energy independence and efficiency initiative and legislative reform process that eliminates the numbers of riders that get attached to bills and provide ridiculous government funding through sneaky measures. There are dozens of major issues that can be addressed in detail every other day during the next month and they should be. It is up to the candidates to bring them up, lay them out and focus our attention on them.

In presenting the issues, in such a way, for 48 at a time, the maedia will digesting, disecting and discussing each of McCain’s iniatives, thereby making “his” campaign the focus and forcing the Obama campaign to respond. 

Instead of allowing each new media cycle setting the agenda, John McCain must take control of the media cycles. Regardless of his positions on the issues contained herein, and others not mentioned, McCain’s articulation on them can capture the agenda and possibly the majority of votes on Election Day.

AN IRISH OUTLOOK ON THE ELECTION 

We, in Ireland, can’t figure out why you are even bothering to hold an election in the United States.

On one side, you have a lawyer who is married to a lawyer.

On the other side,

you have a war hero married to a good looking woman who owns a beer distributorship.

What are you lads thinking over there?

Submitted by Dewey, Pensacola Fl.

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