Should legislators be required to disclose tax returns?
A lot of Democrat legislators appear to think so. . . then again, maybe not. They believe that Presidential candidates should or at least a certain Presidential candidate who is now the incumbent President. Fair enough. This is the New Jersey Democrats' version of what some southern Republicans got up to after Barack Obama was elected President. Their tool was to mandate production of birth certificates. The Jersey Democrats want tax returns.
It seems America now does that third world country thing of de-legitimizing the winner of every national election. We now place faction or party ahead of country. Hopefully we don't go the whole hog and start the violent coup thing any time soon, but there are an awful lot of idiots out there on both sides.
Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick raised the question of having legislators and gubernatorial candidates disclose their tax returns at Thursday's Assembly session. It is good to see some Republicans calling the Democrats out. Unfortunately, there are others who would rather back the Democrats up .
Yes, it is time for the first installment of Jersey Conservative's weekly corrective to the ridiculous "screw card" scores shat out by the crew over at AFP (Anarchists for Petroleum. . . subsidized petroleum, that is). We didn't want to go down this road, but the sheer ignorance and blissful trashing of the state's most consistently pro-business/ pro-tax cut legislators left us no choice. We have been forced to apply balance.
On Monday, the Senate voted for S-3048, which is legislation designed to screw over and embarrass Republican President Donald Trump. The bill "requires candidates for President and Vice-President of United States to disclose federal income tax returns" in order to be allowed to appear on a ballot in New Jersey, and it "prohibits (the) Electoral College electors from voting for candidates who fail to file income tax returns."
Yep, that is a middle finger to President Donald Trump. Look, we all get why the Democrats are doing this -- they are in deep denial and are allowing tribe to come before country (they wouldn't be in this mess if they had let Bernie win, but that is a story for another time) -- but why would a Republican join in?
Here's what you need to know about the anti-Trump Koch organization that runs AFP. One of their heroes is Republican Senator Jennifer Beck. She got a good mark on the "screw card," and she also voted to screw President Donald Trump on S-3048. Two other AFP "heroes" who also happen to be GOP Senators joined in on the screwing too.
Shouldn't Senator Beck and her colleagues be required to release their tax returns too? This is all they have to release at present:
In their effort to embarrass and demean President Trump, AFP "hero" Beck also took a shitty vote that instructs state officials not to cooperate with federal officials on matters of national security and terrorism. S-3011, "directs State and local governments to refrain from disclosing to the federal government personally identifiable information, regarding the religious beliefs, practices, or affiliation, or national origin or ethnicity, of any individual, which the federal government requests for compiling a list, registry, or database of individuals based on religious affiliation, national origin, or ethnicity... The bill further prohibits the use of money, facilities, property, equipment, or personnel by State and local law enforcement authorities to investigate or enforce any criminal, civil, or administrative violation, or warrant for a violation, of a requirement that individuals register with the federal government or any federal agency based on religion, national origin, or ethnicity."
Apparently the Senator and her colleagues who voted for this (thankfully, she was joined by just one other Republican, also an AFP "hero") have never heard of a religious group called the Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ. It was founded in 1955 by the Reverend Jim Jones. According to Wikipedia, the group preached a religious message that mixed "Christianity with socialist politics, with an emphasis on racial equality." For a time, it was headquartered in San Francisco and boasted more than 20,000 communicants. Later, the group moved to Guyana to establish a commune. In 1978, the group murdered five people -- including a United States congressman and three journalists -- and forced or induced 918 people to consume poison or otherwise take their own lives. 276 children were murdered as a direct result of the "practices and beliefs" of this religious affiliation. It was "the greatest single loss of American civilian life in a deliberate act" until September 11, 2001.
Another bad, bad vote this week by AFP "hero" Senator Beck was intended as a slap in the face to efforts by President Trump to make good on his campaign promises regarding illegal immigration. You won't believe the language in SCR-134: "As amended, this concurrent resolution expresses the Legislature’s intent that school districts and public institutions of higher education continue to serve as safe zones and resource centers for students and families threatened by immigration or discrimination; and that school districts and public institutions of higher education continue to protect the data and identities of undocumented students, family members, and school employees who may be adversely affected by future federal policies or executive action that results in the collection of personally identifiable information. Since the conclusion of the 2016 presidential election, school districts, public institutions of higher education, and the students and families they serve have raised increased concerns about the possibility of impending action by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that may impact undocumented students and their families. As a result of this heightened concern, school districts and institutions of higher education across the country have adopted resolutions and policies reaffirming their intent to continue to act as safe zones and resource centers for students and families threatened by immigration or discrimination and to protect the identities of and data related to undocumented students and their families."
AFP "hero" Senator Jennifer Beck, was the only Republican to vote for this howler. There are many important votes. Illegal immigration matters. Terrorism matters. Defending America matters. Don't let the Trump-haters at the Kock organization tell you that only the gas tax matters
Senator Beck and her collaborator at AFP push their pro-illegals, anti-Trump, social liberal agenda.
This ends the first installment of Jersey Conservative's corrective to the AFP "screw card." Stay tuned. . .