As I write this, I’m listening intently to Sean Hannity (aka The Grinning Dimwit) while he lobs softball questions at Governor Zeppelin in much the same manner the fawning Drive-Bys coddle the Man-Child President at any and every one of his press conferences. Seriously folks, while I realize that Sean Hannity is a faithful – if often mindless – cheerleadee for the conservative cause, I’m still racking my brain in an effort to determine with ontological certitude if he is a genius or talk radio’s answer to Rainman.
Subtracting the usual irrelevant fluff that Hannity injects into every interview leaves us with three serious issues addressed by Gov. Christie that cruised at a cool 35,000 feet over the clueless head of Dopus Ignoramus, who apparently lacked the testicular fortitude to challenge Der Blimpmeister’s mendacity.Then again, if he did, it would mean no more interviews: Hannity would be forced to spend more time actually talking to his audience – an uncomfortable experience for the attentive listener, given Hannity’s frequent use of “ummmm….you know” roughly every ten words.
Issue #1: Christie reiterated his endorsement of Mitt Romney as the best possible GOP candidate for president, citing the combination of Romney’s private and public sector experience as key factors in his decision. After Hannity mentioned Romneycare in passing, Christie deflected the question and the matter was dropped. No follow through. No mention of Romney’s flip flops. Not one word about the fact that Romney’s popularity can’t break the 30% barrier or that 70% of the Republican base is anything but enthusiastic about a Romney candidacy.
Issue #2: Not once, but TWICE, Christie asserted (presumably with a straight face) that he was a conservative in the apparent hope that he could still ride the crest of the “Conservative Chris Christie for President” wave that has since subsided. Anyone with half a brain who hasn’t been swilling the Establishment GOP Kool-Aid knows that Christie is a RINO. That much has been documented beyond question on these web pages. Hannity’s response to this nonsense? Silence.
Issue #3: Der Blimpmeister gave the Herminator justly deserved props for his triumphs in the private sector but then went on to observe (duh) that Cain has no political experience and therefore would be at a disadvantage once in the Oval Office. The implication, of course, is that only a seasoned politician – preferably one with gubernatorial executive experience – has what it takes to navigate the treacherous shoals that surround the U.S. Congress. If only Gov. Zeppelin had been present in the late 18th and early 19th centuries to advise the likes of Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Madison that their lack of serious political and gubernatorial experience rendered them unsuitable as candidates for the office of president.
Once again, Hannity raised no objection but allowed Der Blimpmeister plenty of airtime to bloviate – something he does very well. In this case, he pounded his chest over recent legislation he signed that reduces the NJ payroll tax. The way he talked it up, you’d think he slashed tax rates a la Ronaldus Magnus. Think again:
Workers will receive a payroll tax cut of up to $87 under a change to temporary disability insurance payroll taxes announced by Gov. Chris Christie on Monday.
Christie gave details of the tax cut at a town hall meeting at Kearfott Guidance & Navigation, a defense contractor in Little Falls, where he also said more he would propose more tax cuts in the future.
“It’s a downpayment on what we’re going to continue to try to do,” Christie said of the payroll tax cut.
The cut was made possible by a new state law that Christie signed in July. Under previous law, employees paid a half-percent tax on the first $29,600, or $148, that employees were paid.
The new law allows the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development to adjust the tax annually. In 2012, it will be lowered from 0.5 percent to 0.2 percent on the first $30,300 that workers are paid, for a maximum of $61.
The change does not affect the amount of temporary disability insurance taxes paid by employers, which is determined in a similar manner to unemployment insurance taxes, and varies for each business.
That’s not $61 per week, but a whopping $61 per year – roughly $1.17 per weekly paycheck. Don’t spend it all at once, boys and girls – and while you’re at it, don’t hold your breath waiting for those “across the board” tax rate cuts that Blimpus Maximus promised during his gubernatorial campaign. After all, those were just…campaign promises.