Lockdowns don't provide any significant added safety benefit, according to science. They especially hurt small business and the poor. They serve to expand the wealth gap and advance crony capitalism. We have never quarantined the healthy. Everyone should have the choice to stay home or go out.
Our current governor suggests that, if you don't like paying taxes, you are welcome to leave New Jersey. His strategy is working for the people of our state, who can longer afford to stay here. The mass exodus we are experiencing in New Jersey is unprecedented, and will continue until policies change. Small businesses are struggling with fees and taxes that are crippling their ability to stay afloat and provide jobs for others. This is causing many businesses to close permanently, and many others to leave the state. Meanwhile, many small businesses have been shut down while mega-stores were kept open to benefit the current governor's cronies. We are now left with a budget gap that can't be closed without a federal bailout, money that also comes from you. With the talent pool in our workforce, there is no need for government dependency, if spending were even marginally responsible. Then the people could continue to support their families, with no need for any increase in government spending.
Competition always incentivizes better performance, and education is no different. School choice will foster competitive educational institutions, to the benefit of our children. With more efficiently-organized administrations, costs can come down dramatically. By encouraging school choice and home schooling, where tax revenue follows the student, we can lead the way in academic performance.
With COVID-19 cases rising, there is more need for increased hospital and treatment capacity. Obstacles to our private-sector health care workers need to be removed, and COVID-19 patients need access to drugs that have already been approved elsewhere. Most disturbing, under the current governor's direction, our vulnerable seniors have been slaughtered in nursing homes receiving COVID-19 patients.
Once again, in spite of raising taxes on a number of occasions for infrastructure projects, our public transit rail system is still rated the worst. Our roads cost more to maintain per mile than in any other state. Where does the money go? Where is the improvement? Clearly, we can't count on funds being spent effectively and efficiently by our current governor. It will take a more competitive contracting and bidding process to improve this situation for everyone.
American innovation has already led to a competitively low level of carbon emissions, due to government enabling the private sector to respond to consumer demand for responsible, clean-energy options. New Jersey, however, has the most business- and innovation-unfriendly environment in the nation. Our state needs to take a reality-based look at the pros and cons of all energy options and encourage innovative techniques as an example to the world.
Everyone has a right to protect themselves and their families. There are already too many rules and regulations that make gun ownership difficult, and ever-increasing, unduly prohibitive fees and costs of gun ownership. This is an end-around way of violating people's Second Amendment rights, simply to close the current governor's irresponsible budget gap, and it has to be reversed.
The People have already spoken regarding legalization. The next step must be to immediately release all prison inmates currently held for simple possession. Going forward, this should not turn into a government/pharmaceutical monopoly with extraordinarily high taxation, just to further fund wasteful spending in the current governor's budget.
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