CNJ blogger and Jacobin Clown Extraordinaire Rob Eichmann – whose cannibalistic attacks on conservative individuals and groups who do not comport themselves to his twisted vision of “true” conservatism – is at it again. This time, the object of Der Eichmeister’s latest Alinskyite assault is U.S. Senate candidate Bader Qarmout, a political newcomer and challenger to the candidacy of Joltin’ Joe Kyrillos for the GOP nomination who Rockin’ Robbie apparently believes is only marginally less evil than Lucifer.
It should be noted at the time of this writing that Eichmann has yet to actually converse directly with Mr. Qarmout by phone. Any political blogger with integrity instinctively picks up the phone and discusses matters of concern with the source. It’s the first rule of responsible journalism – but not for Eichmann.
The Case of the Late Tax Payments
Most folks – especially taxpaying homeowners – understand that a great many people, usually business persons and property owners, are often faced with onerous tax burdens that can become overwhelming in times of economic recession. In some cases, the sum of the taxes owed can exceed the income stream from which the tax revenue is derived – an occupational hazard for real estate investors – especially those who own commercial or residential properties that are rented or leased.
Take a casual drive through any strip mall and there’s a good likelihood you will spot at least one vacant store with a “For Lease” sign begging for a new tenant. Every three months that store sits empty is a three month period without income for taxes still must be paid to the state on a quarterly basis. Even those taxpayers who are not business people or property owners – understand this very simple cause-and-effect relationship.
On the other hand, Liberals, Marxists and other Leftist radicals cannot or will not understand this and immediately decry any delinquency in the payment of property taxes on the part of successful and ostensibly “wealthy” people as proof that they are crooked tax cheats out to game the system and screw the so-called 99%.
Apparently, their number also includes Rob Eichmann, a self-professed “conservative” and GOP State Committee member, who a little over two weeks ago penned a defamatory screed attacking Bader Qarmout – a conservative GOP candidate for U.S. Senate – in precisely the same language and tone Movement Conservatives have come to expect from the likes of radical Leftists.
Don’t believe me? Click on the link and read the post for yourself. (Unlike the Jacobins at CNJ who reference my writings but are too afraid to actually link to my site, I have no problem linking to theirs because I WANT you read the lunacy that passes for conservatism there).
We all know guys like Bader Qarmout. They talk big, tell everybody what good people they are, and boss others about what to do.
Rob Eichmann has no way of knowing who is or is not “like Bader Qarmout” because he has yet to actually spend some time in conversation with the man.
Qarmout wants to be a politician. He wants us to elect him so that he can make the rules for us. But like we found out when he started posting his campaign signs on public property – months before he is allowed to do so – Bader Qarmout thinks the rules are for someone else.
This is a classic Eichmann tactic that comes straight out of the Leftist radical playbook: take a hair-splitting point of law that few political campaigns observe and even fewer municipalities enforce, twist it into a capital offense and then use that as the basis for an ongoing campaign of defamation.
It’s not just his campaign signs. As this public notice makes clear, (scroll down and see the highlighted portion) Bader Qarmout thinks the rules are for people like us – but not him.
And while candidate Qarmout owed tens of thousands in back property taxes, he owned a bar and a luxury beach condo in Hawaii.
Der Eichmeister never bothered to contact Mr. Qarmout either by phone or by e-mail before concluding that Qarmout is a selfish, self-centered, elitist out to screw fellow taxpayers while he pocketed profits from a local gin joint and enjoyed luxury vacations in a Hawaii beach condo.
Sort of reminds you of the race-baiters and Drive-By pundits who rushed to the knee-jerk conclusion that George Zimmerman wantonly and deliberately – with racist malice aforethought – slaughtered Trayvon Martin in cold blood, does it not?
Never mind the reasons behind the delinquency or the fact that all the outstanding taxes have been paid in full – with significant interest. Never mind the true nature of the “luxury condo.” None of this matters to Eichmann, who appears to be a keen student of Saul Alinsky and rather partial to Rule #12 of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.
Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)
First let’s deal with the delinquency itself. The properties referenced by Eichmann were mixed commercial and residential units. In many cases, depending on the state of the economy and the income stream derived from the properties, quarterly tax payments could sometimes be delayed by a matter of days, weeks – or even months.
This is a common occurrence among business and property owners who pay their property taxes directly (as opposed to those who do so through their mortgage payments); the tax assessor’s office in Newton confirmed that roughly 75% of those who paid their property taxes directly did not meet the deadline by varying degrees of time.
So why is this a common occurrence? For starters, the property taxes in New Jersey are outrageously high and the state or local tax collector doesn’t really care if the anchor store responsible for providing the income stream necessary to pay the taxes on that particular property has been vacant for 8 months.
The cost of insurance doesn’t help either. Commercial residential property insurance is linked to the value of the building and the income derived from rent and therefore commands a sharp coin. The insurance covers loss of rent from disasters such as a fire or a hurricane, but offers no assistance in the event of an economic recession.
The township already has a policy of charging interest on taxes not paid by the due date and the understanding is not a complicated one: you pay the taxes owed plus interest and the matter is settled.
Ultimately, the interest paid compensates for the loss of revenue during the delinquent period – that is why interest in charged in the first place. Neither the township nor the state consider this type of tax delinquency to be remotely serious – much less criminal – but rather, an everyday fact of life that irritates no one but Marxists, Democrats, the Occupy Wall Street crowd – and Rob Eichmann.
In a comment on his own post, Rockin’ Robbo lunges for Qarmout’s jugular:
You own multiple investment properties, both commercial and residential, you own a bar, have the money for a liquor license and own vacation property in Hawaii. On top of that, you are paid by and collect a salary and benefits from the taxpayers of Morris County.
If you couldn’t afford to pay your property taxes like people who have far less than you, yet aren’t collecting income from taxpayers to boot, perhaps you should have divested yourself to free up some capital.
In a couple of paragraphs that could have been lifted from the Daily Kos, Der Eichmeister sounds less like a common sense Reagan Conservative and more like Markos Moulitsas. I’ continue to wonder how and why the GOP State Committee tolerates this Leftist jackass. Oh yes…now I remember: he furthers the RINO cause by attacking and cannibalizing conservatives.
For teaching one class over the course of a four month semester, Bader Qarmout receives roughly $3,000 – roughly $187 per week – before taxes. There is no provision for health insurance and Qarmout pays into his own retirement fund.
With regard to divestment, Qarmout observes that it’s easier said than done and I don’t know of anyone with property for sale who would disagree. Try divesting yourself of commercial or residential property in a buyer’s market during the worst recession in memory - a fact of life that rings all the more true when you consider what Eichmann calls “a luxury beach condo in Hawaii.”
Here are the facts: the condo is actually an apartment located in a multiple unit dwelling across the street from the beach in Lawai on the island of Kauai. Qarmout and his wife Jennifer purchased a time share interest in the unit for $4,500 – plus a $700 annual maintenance fee – shortly after they wed in 1998.
The roughly 900 square foot “luxury” apartment consists of an eat-in kitchen, living room, a single bedroom and a single bathroom similar to ordinary apartments stateside. Time share vacation units were quite the fad in the 1990s – not so much today, especially if your time share unit has only one bedroom and you have 4 children. If their personal calendar does not permit them to be there for the particular week they purchased, they will have to wait another year. To date, the Qarmouts have never set foot in the condo and, for the past five years, have been trying to sell their interest in this unit. Not surprisingly, in the midst of the worst economy since the Great Depression, their time share goes unsold.
Feeling any better about Bader Qarmout? Still think he’s a conservative?
There is no doubt in my mind that Bader Qarmout is a rock-ribbed Reagan Conservative. Readers who visit his website and carefully examine his positions on hot-button issues will readily agree.
They will also agree that while Rob Eichmann is many things (most of which cannot be mentioned in polite company), a rock-ribbed Reagan Conservative isn’t one of them.