|New Jersey: HOSED, but the hosing doesn't stop here.
||[Jul. 6th, 2006|07:03 pm]
Blue State Republicans
It looks like the Democratic Party of this state has finally reached an agreement on how it will screw the citizenry. It took longer than expected for these liberal Democrats to figure out how best to rape New Jersey's residents, but never fear, the rape has been planned in time for the weekend.|
Liberal Democrat Governor Jon Corzine- who, by the way, said that he was NOT considering raising taxes last year- has gotten his wish, with the Democratic legislature agreeing with him that a $1.1 billion sales tax increase should take place. They apparently "compromised" by saying that half the sales tax will go towards property taxes. Apparently, they think that this makes it all OK.
Leave it to a liberal Democrat to somehow justify a tax increase by saying that it will lower taxes. These people need calculators.
In any case, New Jersey's been hosed again, but I don't think this is the end of it. I've been very good at predicting the behavior of the New Jersey Democratic Party, and I think maybe it has to do with the fact that I used to be a member of this cesspool of an organization. In any case, I fully expected Corzine to get his way, and now I'm going to make another prediction:
The raping of New Jersey is FAR from over. You see, raising the sales tax to 7% creates an interesting conundrum for this state's tax-and-spend liberals- it creates competition from elsewhere, which will deprive this state of sales tax revenue because of smarter residents shopping out-of-state and via the Internet.
New Jersey Democrats WANT the residents of this state to pay more in taxes by taxing them on their purchases. Unfortunately for them, however, New Jersey is bordered by Delaware- a state that has no sales tax- 0%. So what are fiscally responsible citizens going to do? They're going to cross the bridge into Delaware to buy things, especially when they're big, expensive things like computers. Why pay a sales tax when you don't have to? Thus, New Jersey will make less from the sales tax increase than they're expecting. New Jersey's Democrats will thus have to do something about their greatest threat: Delaware, a state that is run by Democrats who actually aren't far left taxation nazis.
Realizing this, I fully expect the New Jersey Democrat Party, being the corrupt liberal establishment that they are, to come up with a taxation scheme to mitigate the lost revenues that Delaware will take from them. They will see that the revenues from their latest sales tax increase won't match their projections, and they will discover that it is due to lost sales to Delaware (and to a lesser extent, Pennsylvania). So what will they do? Why, find a way to tax it, of course!
Prediction Number One: The Democratic Party of New Jersey will create a taxation scheme to enforce a "use tax" on all purchases, and will strongly penalize any New Jersey resident who purchases something from Delaware and does not pay New Jersey the "use tax" for it. It will basically be a liberal-led attempt to apply a sales tax out-of-state purchases, dodging the legal restrictions because it will be a called a "use tax." I believe one is already on the books, but it is hard to enforce. They will crack down and begin to enforce it, because liberals love big government- and you can't possibly starve the beast that is New Jersey government.
But it doesn't end there. You see, the tax-and-spend Democrats will be even more starved for revenue, once they decide to expand the budget beyond the incredible level of $31 billion that it is this year (by the way, a mere 6 years ago, before the Democrat Party took control of the Governorship and the Legislature, the budget was $19 billion). Anyway, the Democrats will study the sales tax further, and they will see that they are also losing revenue because of the Internet, since sales taxes are often not collected on Internet purchases.
Prediction Number Two: The Democratic Party of New Jersey will find a way to tax all Internet purchases, either by directly implementing a sales tax, or applying a "use tax" on Internet orders just as they will do to out-of-state purchases.
This will effectively rob New Jersey residents of the final way to avoid the Democratic sales tax increase. Essentially, between these two predictions, the sales tax will not only be increased, but it will also be extended to mitigate the effects of out-of-state purchases and the Internet. Now, I have no doubt that New Jersey Democrats will treat the residency like idiots (it has worked for them so far) and will say that these 2 things will never happen, but remember, we're dealing with New Jersey Democrats. This is the party of the same Governor who said he was NOT considering raising taxes last year, but then promptly turned around and immediately did it once taking power.
So get ready to bend over, NJ residents. This one is far from over. But, this state's populace, being the morons that they are, will probably vote the same Democrats into office a year from now, and we'll continue this annual tradition of being shafted.