Common Sense For Belmar Liberty Begins At Home

November 29, 2011

Jan 20, 2013

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Ron Paul Never

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Had an extra-marital affair – Gingrich, Cain (apparently)

Has been a Federal Reserve president – Cain

Has been an I.R.S. agent – Bachmann

Has been pro-choice – Romney

Supported government healthcare – Romney, Perry

Supported bailouts and stimulus – Romney, Cain, Perry, Gingrich, Huntsman

Lobbied for Freddie Mac (and lied about it) – Gingrich

Supported global-warming legislation – Romney, Gingrich

Supported ehthanol subsidies – Gingrich

Supported undeclared, unconstitutional wars – Romney, Cain, Gingrich, Bachmann, Perry, Santorum

The only skeleton Ron Paul has is the one inside his body.


November 26, 2011

You Can Get Anything You Want At Doherty’s Restaurant

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Except Profits, Maybe.


 Ready to be in the restaurant business?  Well you might be whether you want to or not.  The Doherty administration has announced a willingness to assist in the development costs of the planned restaurant at the marina.   Apparently the market did not produce sufficient interest in the project, so our council is prepared to introduce the force of government into the equation.  Anyone thinking Solyndra?

The fact that Belmar received no responses to it’s request for proposals, as reported by the Coast Star, should have told us that maybe now is not the time to invest such a large sum of money (possibly $2 million) in another restaurant for Belmar.  Since our mayor will not take economic reality for an answer he has offered up to $200,000 of our money (money that will have to be borrowed) to sweeten the deal. 

Why can’t they just drop the matter?  It’s becoming pretty clear that the area is saturated with restaurants.  If the market is obviously saying “no” to a new restaurant, why do Matt and crew think that they know better?  Belmar already has hundreds of thousands of dollars in marina related debt. How much more of our money is going to be sunk into this pink elephant?

The lone dissenter on the council to this plan is Richard Wright.  Mr. Wright, whose tenure on the council will end in a month, seems to have made an eleventh-hour conversion to free market economics.  After supporting much of the other investments in the marina, the S.I.D., and subsidies for solar panel installations on private homes, Wright is quoted by reporter Molly Mulshine as saying:

“If we become the bank, then … we are trying to be our own protection as to whether or not this is a smart business decision.  I certainly don’t believe I have the expertise to be making that kind of a judgment”.

“If it goes well, it’s terrific, if it doesn’t go well, we’re putting a huge burden on our taxpayers, and I think that’s a big mistake.”

Rich, have you started studying Hayek?

 “The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.”

F. A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit: The Errors Of Socialism, 1988                                                            


November 23, 2011

Tax The Beautiful

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As you all know, I oppose any sort of “millionaires’ tax”.  To my mind, the economic arguments alone against such a tax should be a sufficient deterrent to enacting one.  It just makes no sense.  Relying on the income of the rich to bail out the government’s debt is like trying to bail out the Titanic with a Dixie cup.  And the Dixie cup will turn to a shotglass and then a teaspoon as the rich either move their wealth creation out of the jurisdiction of the tax or decide to spend more time golfing rather than work for 40 cents on the dollar.

The “fairness” issue doesn’t hold water any better than the Titanic did.  Again, let me exclude from this discussion anyone who gets rich from government bailouts, subsidies or sweetheart deals.  Their tax rate should be 100%.  But when I hear all the prattling about those wealthy people who are so “fortunate” or “blessed” I really don’t understand.  When I see my boss working 80 hours a week, pulling his hair out dealing with scores of problems every day, with the possibility that he can lose money for all his efforts and sacrifice, I don’t think “gee, what a fortunate guy!”  I’m just glad he’s willing to do it.

You don’t end up being lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time by sitting home complaining about rich people.  Ambitious people like my boss make it a point to be in the right place at the right time doing the right things.  His high income (at least I hope it’s high) is not due to some accident of nature.

There is an important aspect of our existence, however, that is more or less left up to the luck of the draw and that is our personal physiology.  We can not influence how our genes happen to line up at conception.  Those among us that are more perfect specimens, they are the ones that are more fortunate, they are the ones that are truly blessed.  Since we, as a society, have decided to use the tax code to inject some “fairness” to life, I hereby propose that we tax good looks.

Let’s start with a reasonable base rate of say, 15%.  Then for the men, every inch over average height that you are add 1%.  Every inch under average height subtract 1%.  (I’m already ahead!)  Since height is not considered a metric for rating a woman’s attractiveness, for them we can measure their, ahem, shapeliness and use the same 1% rule.  Blue eyes?, High cheekbones?, Clear skin?  Gonna cost you!  Men, losing your hair?  Good news!  Take 5% off your tax bill!  I can go on until I pay nothing in taxes!  (I haven’t even gotten yet to my flat feet.) 

To all those good looking chicks who would never consider dating me when I was young, and to all those tall, good looking guys who got those good looking chicks instead of me:  The government is finally going to make life fair.  So get your wallets out and pay your share!   


November 19, 2011

“Patriotic” Millionaires Exposed As Hypocrites

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Not a single one of them gave a dime!

November 18, 2011

Some Questions About Robbin And Karl

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The mayor may have good reasons to replace Robbin Kirk as borough administator and Karl Kemm as borough attorney, but reading the Mulshine piece about it in Thursday’s Coast Star I wasn’t able to find any.  Frankly, it sounded long on spin, and short on any actual information.

At the outset of the story Doherty is quoted as saying:

“As the mayor, I’m responsible for the management and operations of the borough government,” Mayor Doherty said. “I didn’t make any changes when I came in because I wanted to see how it operated and functioned.”

Question: Hadn’t you been a councilman for four years before becoming mayor?  Weren’t you council president?  You never had a chance in four years to see how the borough operated and functioned?

Later we learn:

“We have a lot of infrastructure work going on,” Mayor Doherty said. “We need to have someone who’s dedicated 100 percent and not have the dual responsibility of managing the borough’s finances at the same time.”

But we are only paying Robbin $30,000 a year for her administrative duties.  Obviously for any capable person, that is part-time pay.  No one who is any good is going to do that job full-time for $30,000.

Then we get to the subject of Ms. Kirk’s  $81,000 CFO salary:

In addition to acting as Belmar’s CFO, Ms. Kirk works in the same capacity for Spring Lake and Farmingdale. The borough of Spring Lake pays Belmar $25,000 per year for this as part of a shared service agreement, while Farmingdale pays Ms. Kirk directly and Belmar is not involved in that business relationship.

So my question is if Robbin is working as CFO in the “same capacity” for both Spring Lake and Belmar, why is it costing Belmar $56,000 and Spring Lake $25,000?  Why is Belmar subsidizing Spring Lake in this regard?

Finally we reach the subject of Karl Kemm, about whom is written:

Mayor Doherty said he is seeking a new borough attorney “to see what other attorneys are available and to see if they could make improvements in the operations of the government,” Mayor Doherty said. He also expressed a desire for “a new set of eyes looking at our existing ordinances,” especially in order to make Belmar “as business friendly as possible.”

Man, I thought I had a tough boss!  Who gets fired just so their boss can see what else is available?  Wow!  And what does the borough attorney have to do with the “operations of the government”?  As far as making Belmar business-friendly, it wasn’t Karl that spent umpteen hours deliberating over exactly what outdoor dining umbrellas should look like.  It wasn’t Karl that imposed the S.I.D. with it’s taxes, rules, and meetings on our local businesses.  It isn’t Karl that tries to dictate the size and designs of their signs, the hours of their operation, or whether or not they can serve pizza!  All the attorney does is advise whether the actions of the government are legal and translate the laws written by the mayor and council into proper legalese.

Like I said, the mayor may be perfectly justified in making these changes, and if so, then I applaud him for it.  But I think he needs to do a better job explaining all this.  Right now I feel I don’t really know any more about it than I did when it was first announced on November 9th.


November 15, 2011

The Rich Can Tell They Are Not Wanted In NJ

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From today’s Wall Street Journal:

A New Jersey Treasury Department study said on Monday that thousands of wealthy residents flee the state each year because of income-tax increases, resulting in the loss of $150 million in annual tax revenues.

So let’s bring on the Democrats’ “Millionaires’ tax” and finish the job.



The S.I.D. And The Christmas Tree Tax

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The aborted (so far) Christmas tree tax is analogous to the S.I.D. (Special Improvement District) in that it employs the government gun to force businesses to join, and again to enforce the rules of, a private business organization.  The busybodies that concocted this dopey Christmas tree tax are the same type of people that pushed the S.I.D. down the throats of our businesses here in Belmar.  These people think their ideas are so important that they don’t hesitate to use force if needed.  When I complained about the use of force on peaceful, honest citizens to one of the proponents of the S.I.D. last year, her reply was “To make an omelette you have to crack a few eggs”.  So anyone who just wants to be left alone, you will be cracked like an egg!

This Peter Schiff interview with Betty Malone of the National Christmas Tree Association is highly instructive.  Every time they speak of the Association think S.I.D. and every time they speak of the federal government think Belmar’s government.  It really is the exact same situation.  The interview with Ms. Malone starts at 0:37:30.  



No Wonder The Economy’s A Mess!

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I called Jon Corzine and said “What do you think we should do?”


November 13, 2011


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Murray Sabrin in

Ron Paul is the candidate who echoes the words of two-time Congressional Medal of Honor winner, General Smedley Butler, “There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.”

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