“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Meet Conservative New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
HAt Tip: Tigerhawk
Fat, blunt, funny, a northeast kind of guy, street smart, articulate, an attitude you find in the corridor from Philadelphia to New York City, Chris Christie is surprising folks by doing what he promised and that is trying to cut New Jersey politicians and public unions down to size.
Christie put forward a plan to eliminate $10.7 billion from New Jersey's massive $38 billion budget for 2011 -- a cut of nearly 30 percent. He has taken on the state teachers union, demanding that teachers take a one-year pay freeze and begin contributing something to their state pensions and health benefits. When the union balked, Christie called on New Jersey voters to send a message by defeating local school budgets at the polls. Voters responded by rejecting 54 percent of the school spending plans, the most since 1976.
You have to go to 1:10 and hear what he said about John Corzine. Below is what New Jersey was offered and took a pass on.