Howto Close a Budget Gap

From George Will:

Bringing Thunder-ous change to New Jersey: He inherited a $2.2 billion deficit, and next year’s projected deficit of $10.7 billion is, relative to the state’s $29.3 billion budget, the nation’s worst. Democrats, with the verbal tic — “Tax the rich!” — that passes for progressive thinking, demanded that he reinstate the “millionaire’s tax,” which hit “millionaires” earning $400,000 until it expired Dec. 31. Instead, Christie noted that between 2004 and 2008 there was a net outflow of $70 billion in wealth as “the rich,” including small businesses, fled. And he said previous administrations had “raised taxes 115 times in the last eight years alone.”

So he closed the $2.2 billion gap by accepting 375 of 378 suggested spending freezes and cuts. In two weeks. By executive actions. In eight weeks he cut $13 billion — $232 million a day, $9 million an hour. Now comes the hard part.

Exactly! Closing a budget gap CANNOT mean raising taxes in this economy. The only responsible thing for government to do is what struggling families are forced to do: tighten their belt. Without needing laws to be passed, and simply by executive order, he managed to trim $13 billion from the budget??? [Why can’t Deval Patrick do this](http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/01/mass_gov_deval_patrick_propose.html)?

Tiger’s Dad is Darth?

From SciFiWire.com:

Infamous Tiger Woods Nike ad mashed up with Darth Vader: As soon as we saw that bizarre, often-spoofed Nike commercial in which Tiger Woods stared off into the distance while listening to the voice of his late father, Earl, we immediately realized the cause of all Tiger’s recent troubles.

This is hilarious. Instead of “…did you learn anything?” we get “… you don’t know the POWER of the dark side.”