A non-political explanation of #VoteNoOnTwo
I'm not going to explain to you the nuances of the bill that inspired public ballot question number two. I don't need to reiterate how purposely vague and misleading it is. I'm not going to say once again how it will allow free-borrowing and free spending the likes of which we have come to accept here in NJ as all in a legislator's day's work.
They have all been explained ad-nauseam and if you need some education, please watch my colleague Bill Spadea's fine explanation of what Trenton is trying to pull now. It doesn't even matter if you don't understand the confounding twists and turns the question takes you through. Please don't waste your time (as many well-meaning Jerseyans are doing) reading through the verbiage on the sample ballot and trying to decipher it.
Question two's wording has NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT YOU ARE REALLY VOTING FOR AND IS DESIGNED THIS WAY ON PURPOSE TO UTTERLY CONFUSE YOU.
All you need to really know is this: You Must Vote No.
It's hard for an Average Joe to feel like justice is ever really served up to him in America today, or at least in New Jersey, where waste and pork spending are rampant. It's even harder to have your voice be heard. The legendary Jim Gearhart's renowned GRIP (Get Rid of Incumbent Politicians) campaign put New Jerseyans to a similar task: It was a great way to show the statehouse that we're mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore.
But it was complicated for people who didn't even know who their legislators were and far-reaching enough to make it difficult to execute. This one's easy, kids. It's Two choices.
One button, the "Yes" vote, will give away the store. More leeway for those folks under the gold dome to do what they want, appease their special friends, borrow, spend and spend some more. Not to mention the liberty to just generally muck things up per usual.
The "No" vote, as cliché as it may sound, is a vote for us. It's a way to stick it to 'em. It's a way we can fight City Hall. An easy, pain-free way to say you're not fooling us. You've given away most of the store, but we're watching over this small lot.
So look at it this way. Vote for "us" or vote for "them." They've had it their way long enough. Let's take the reigns a little as there are so few opportunities to do so. Use what little liberty we have left to protect what little prosperity we have left. Liberty and Prosperity: Wow, some state ought to use that as its slogan!
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