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Ron Radosh

New Jersey’s Crisis and the Liberals

April 14th, 2010 - 4:07 pm

When one speaks to liberals, it becomes apparent that they live in a world in which reality does not exist. Take, for a good example, the serious fiscal crisis in New Jersey. Jacob Laskin writes about it in  City Journal and explains its severity. One of the things that most irks liberal residents of the state is that Governor Chris Christie has dared to stand up to the teachers’ union and, given their recalcitrance to make any serious effort at compromise, has decided to cut some teacher’s jobs as well as those who work in the schools, such as lunchroom personnel and others.

The editors of The Wall Street Journal explained the tough decision in an editorial statement written by Bill McGurn. The liberals and the teachers’ union do not buy it. They cry out that “the children will be hurt”; Christie is clearly seen by liberals as the equivalent of a child murderer, who will deprive the poor of a necessary education. They refuse to even consider his modest solution — acceptance of a one year wage freeze and an agreement to contribute a modest 1 per cent of their salary — about $730 a year — to their inclusive health insurance which presently costs them nothing.

On “Morning Joe” yesterday, Christie appeared live, and respectfully and without rancor recounted how the state teachers’ union simply refuses to budge or even acknowledge the crisis in their midst. Instead, as was widely reported, one of its members posted a blog that ended with a wish that the governor be killed. Joe Coppola, the head of the Bergen County union chapter, wrote the following to his members:

“Dear Lord, this year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman, Billy Mays… . I just wanted to let you know that Chris Christie is my favorite governor.”

Christie informed his viewers that when the state union president came to his office to apologize, he told her that if she was serious, the union should fire Coppola. She turned and walked out of his office.  What a nice bunch of people. At the Daily Beast, John Avlon reported that Coppola’s message was just the first of many.  Avlon writes:

“Here’s an instant classic from Camden County Vocational and Technical High School biology teacher Marlene Brubaker, as uncovered by PolitickerNJ’s Wally Edge: “‘KingKrisKristy is copying from another famous dictator: Pol Pot, who got rid of teachers and intellectuals and turned the population against them. NJ has its own Khmer Rouge, it’s your Legislature.’ The KKK formulation of ‘KingKrisKristy’ was no accident, as a subsequent post by Brubaker made clear: ‘Your legislature is full of KKK’s yes-men. They bow to his will. They all need to be kicked out of office. I always called NJ the ‘Nazi state’ I used to be joking.’”

Trolling around the pages, I found the Nazi comparisons continued. Here’s one from Shirlane Kirschbaum Yannuzzi: ‘Just as Hitler blamed the Jews for the economic situation, Christie is blaming us.’

And because dehumanizing your opponents is a time-honored tradition of mobocracy, here is Tom Guarisco’s considered opinion: ‘If Christe shit was a bug…. I would step on him 100 times… He’s too fat to be stepped… So i guess i would torture him with RAID……’”

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