Tags: Coronavirus | covid | fuel | lockdowns | taxpayers

NJ Gov. Murphy's Liberal Logic Defines Democrats All Too Well

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New Jersey Phil Murphy. (Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for William Hill Race & Sports Bar )

By Wednesday, 02 September 2020 12:08 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Today’s Democrats are totally incapable of either planning ahead or thinking outside the box.

The latest example is New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.

Like governors in other Democratic jurisdictions such as Illinois, Michigan, and New York, he imposed strict lockdowns on the residents of is state that have gone on for nearly six months.

The situation prompted another gem of wisdom from Chicago-based entrepreneur, business programming TV host and undisputed queen of snark Carol Roth.

"Welcome to day 169 of 15 days to flatten the curve," she said yesterday. "#September1st"

Some small business owners who were ordered to close their doors failed to stay afloat and were forced to close for good; others were either flush with cash to ride out the lean period or found ingenious ways around the lockdown orders.

Any sane, thinking person would realize that if you offer your residents nowhere to go to either earn a living or to seek a tiny bit of enjoyment — no bars, restaurants or hairstylists, etc. — people would be driving fewer miles, and therefore buying less fuel.

Murphy didn’t think of that until last week when he suddenly realized gas tax revenues were down — way down — and his knee-jerk response was just as you’d expect from a Democratic politician.

He raised the tax on gasoline by nearly a dime a gallon.

Because of the pandemic gasoline consumption within the state declined by nearly 39% between March and May, CBS News Philadelphia reported, so taxes on gasoline will be increased 9.3 cents.

But by raising the gas tax he violated the number-1 rule of any politician, no matter what his political stripes — to serve and protect the people he represents.

In this case, many of Murphy’s constituents are out of a job but are more-than-likely frantically looking for new employment — and they have to drive to get there.

Others may be working fewer hours and making less income, but also have to drive to get to and from their job.

In either case these are the people who can least afford the tax hike and will be hit the hardest where they can least afford it given their circumstances — their wallet.

Also, states generally impose taxes on gasoline in order to pay for road and highway improvement, but if drivers are traveling fewer miles, there’s theoretically less wear and tear on the pavement, and less need for improvement.

Finally, recent events should have taught Murphy and like-minded governors and mayors that strict lockdowns are counterproductive.

Not only do they lead to economic decline and even poverty, they also promote other health problems, including obesity and depression, which leads to alcohol and substance abuse and spikes in suicide.

In short, they don’t work.

Officials in Peru found that out the hard way.

They shut the entire country down early on and tight, under the belief that doing so would protect its citizens from COVID-19.

Instead the exact opposite happened.

"With 28,277 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, or 86.2 per 100,000 inhabitants, Peru on Thursday overtook Belgium as the nation with the most victims, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the IMF and Bloomberg."

The report continued, "It comes a week after the South American nation of 33 million posted the world’s deepest economic contraction in the second quarter following a drastic lockdown."

Accordingly, if Murphy truly wants to be of service to his constituents, open the economy, grease the wheels of industry and return to the workforce that sense of self-worth and accomplishment that’s been missing for nearly six months.

But if Murphy just enjoys a high from exerting raw power — which is more-than-likely the case — he’ll probably just continue on the course he’s already set for the Garden State.

And he can wave goodbye to his constituents as they head to the greener pastures offered by less restrictive and more business-friendly states.

And the day may come when he’ll wonder why the sales and income tax revenue continues to plummet.

His only solution then will be to continue squeezing his few remaining taxpayers until they also call it quits.

Ultimately, instead of looking in the mirror, Murphy will blame departing taxpayers for the woes that he himself created.

It’s the "liberal logic" that defines today’s Democratic Party.

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Michael Dorstewitz's Reports More Here.

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Ultimately, instead of looking in the mirror, Murphy will blame departing taxpayers for the woes that he himself created. It’s the “liberal logic” that defines today’s Democratic Party.
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