The Race to Financial Freedom: Taking Back our Fair Share

By: Tod Theise

Aug 30, 2010
Scott Garrett’s op-ed titled, “Race to the Top Gaffe is a Teachable Moment” stands as the best evidence to date that Scott has lost the fire that initially propelled him to Congress. Let’s forget for the moment that Garrett using the Obama-esque phrase “teachable moment” is as out-of-place as Snooki from Jersey Shore quoting Shakespeare. The real problem for those of us residing in the 5th District is that Garrett has absolutely no solution to the fundamental problem sucking the lifeblood out of New Jersey taxpayers.
Garrett states that, “It is absurd that New Jersey should have to apply to get its own money back in the first place. Why should New Jersey’s hardworking taxpayers continue to send money to the U.S. Treasury so that Washington bureaucrats can dole out money to states that have most closely conformed to their ideas of reform?” No Congressman Garrett. What is really absurd is that New Jersey gets back only 61 cents back for every tax dollar it sends to Washington. I’m told that once upon a time when he waged a primary challenge against former Congresswoman Marge Roukema, Scott actually said that it was “immoral” that New Jersey got only 65 cents back on each tax dollar. Well, fast forward a decade later and we get back four cents less. By Garrett’s own standard we are mired in an abyss of fiscal immorality and he has failed his constituents.
We lose 39 cents out of each dollar that we send to Washington. This comes to a whopping $27.5 billion that we “donate” to the other 49 states. To put this sum into perspective, the entire tax revenue stream for our own state budget is roughly $28 billion. New Jersey taxpayers are left footing the bill for two budgets – one for us and one for every other state. Some states get back as much as two dollars for every dollar paid in federal taxes and a recent study showed that Alaska gets back $5.67 in stimulus money for each federal tax dollar. The greatest absurdity in this massive redistribution of our wealth is that Garrett has sat idly by as New Jersey has been relegated to serving as America’s ATM.
My Fair Share NJ Plan and the attendant Fair Share Tax Act (“The Act”) will decisively address this colossal rip-off by returning $9.8 billion back to New Jersey. Under The Act, a minimum return on federal tax dollars would be set at 75 cents. Any state receiving less than the 75 cent baseline will be refunded the difference between their actual return and the baseline. In NJ’s case, the 14 cent differential would translate into $9.8 billion. Can you imagine what we could do with this massive infusion of wealth back into our state’s economy? Forget poorly executed applications to the Feds for $400 million. My plan would allow us to invest far greater sums into not only restoring cuts to public education but bolstering science and math programs critical to our nations retaining its competitive edge in the world. And what about meaningful property tax relief, tax cuts for small businesses to stimulate job growth and expanding programs for seniors?
The bottom line is that my plan doesn’t seek a handout from the government. It simply demands that we get back a fair share of our own hard-earned tax dollars. I call that real reform. And I call it long overdue. The question for Scott Garrett is why should New Jersey’s hardworking taxpayers send him back to Washington when he has failed miserably for eight long years to get back our fair share?
Tod Theise is the Democratic candidate for Congress in the 5th District. A full explanation of his Fair Share NJ Plan and Tax Act can be found at www.theiseforcongress.com.

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New Jersey, 5th district, VOTE for Tod Theise For Congress

Today is primary day. Voting is your right. Therefore, you have a choice in your districts.

” Be sure to vote. Tod Theise is not running unopposed. The other candidate, a self described “wildcat Democrat” is an unknown quantity to me, but I know enough about Tod Theise to recommend you vote for him.

If you’re a registered Democrat, be sure to vote for Tod (correct spelling).

He’s the first candidate running on the Democratic ticket who can actually beat Scott Garrett.

Read about Tod Theise here

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I hope the residents go out to vote. Your vote is important. Take your complaints to the polling station and cast your votes. Do not just sit back.

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This week candidates debates in Warren and Hunterdon County.

All Debates where clear except for the Freeholder Candidates’s debate. I knew that attack could not be aired.

Warren County Freeholder

http://www.wrnjradio.com/

The act by GOP candidates and their supporters taking down all Democrats candidates Road signs and puting theirs up is pissing me off.

NJ District 23 State Senate

http://www.wrnjradio.com/Audio/23RD%20SENATE%20FORUM.mp3

District 23 General Assembly

http://www.wrnjradio.com/Audio/DRR-23RD%20ASSEMBLY%20FORUM.mp3


Theise for Freeholder
Putting People Above Politics

For Immediate Release
August 27, 2009

Freeholder Candidate Tod Theise Claims Victory as Opponents Back Down on $30 Million Taj Mahal Library
Freeholders’ conveniently timed reconsideration of library boondoggle
validates candidate’s criticism and effectively endorses Theise’s run for Freeholder

Washington, NJ – Democratic Freeholder candidate Tod Theise of Washington Township declared a temporary victory today as the Warren County Freeholders back peddled on their proposed $30 million library/administrative building project.

Theise, who has made the lavish library the centerpiece of his Freeholder campaign, stated, “for the past several months I’ve warned my friends and neighbors about the Freeholders’ incredibly irresponsible scheme to stick taxpayers with an enormous tab for their Taj Mahal library. When I read Rick Gardner’s explanation as to why the Freeholders decided to reconsider the proposed project, my jaw dropped. His words were virtually identical to the argument I’ve been making to voters about why the library is wrong for Warren County.”

Theise, who readily admits his admiration for Gardner as a person continued, “as much as I like Rick, the last I heard from him he was boasting about the stack of letters he had received supporting the library project and enthusiastically backing this exercise in fiscal suicide. I’ve been hammering this issue home to voters. Regardless of party, everyone I’ve spoken with has been shocked not only by the fact that the Freeholders are promoting this boondoggle, but that they refused to even let taxpayers vote on it.”

The Freeholders’ refusal to let residents vote on the library is particularly troubling to Theise. “At a February 18, 2009 meeting, Assemblyman Mike Doherty asked the Freeholders to let taxpayers vote on this massive spending spree. The Freeholders responded by boasting about their tradition of ‘fiscal restraint’. One Freeholder actually bragged about what a ‘great job’ they do spending our money and said allowing taxpayers to speak by referendum didn’t really apply to them. Talk about arrogant!”
A longstanding fiscal conservative and former GOP official and regional candidate, Theise made it clear that his goal is to do what is best for Warren County rather than advance a partisan political agenda. “Mike is 100% right on this issue. I don’t care whether he’s a Republican or Democrat. Governing is about ideas, not labels. It’s about principle, not expedience. When I consider an idea, I don’t look to see if it has an (R) or a (D) next to it. I only care whether it puts the people of Warren County first.”

As for the timing of this apparent repentance, Theise explained, “I find the timing of this announcement rather convenient. It is beyond transparent that the Freeholders are trying to take the most important issue in this campaign off the table until the election is over. They felt the heat in the kitchen and chose to turn off the stove. If they think I’m going to back off even one inch, they are sadly mistaken. I will never back down as long as this misbegotten stimulus package threatens the prosperity of our families.”

Washington Boro Councilman John Valentine, who has been advising Theise during his campaign observed, “it’s amazing that Tod hasn’t even served a day on the Freeholder Board and already may have saved taxpayers millions of dollars. I can’t wait to see what he can do when he wins in November.”

Theise, who serves as a 1st Lieutenant in the New York Guard, said that he views his candidacy as another opportunity to honor his country. “This election presents a unique opportunity for Warren County taxpayers to voice their opinion on not only the library, but their outrage at being told by the Freeholders that they don’t have the right to decide how their money is spent. The right of self determination is at the heart of our American heritage. I am duty bound to do everything in my power to protect this right.”

Theise has created two web sites at which voters can find out more about his stands on various issues and his personal background. “The web sites are both informative and fun. I even worked my dog Mabel into the campaign. The sites are  

http://www.theiseforfreeholder.blogspot.com/  

 and

  http://www.warrencountyconfidential.blogspot.com/

“And,” he joked, “just so voters know I’m serious about saving their money as a Freeholder, both sites are completely free and cost our campaign nothing. Now that’s practicing what I preach!”