Stealing cable from the poor

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    N.J. tax to help low-income people pay cable TV bills was instead used to plug budget hole | NJ.com

    Personally, I don't think taxpayers should have to subsidize cable TV for anyone. But it's the law, and this kind of stuff boils my blood. This is why NJ is such a mess. Hundreds of taxes and fees going into politician's slush funds.
     
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    I'm not a huge fan of these kinds of dedicated funds, chanel. Whatever revenue the state develops from its citizens (except mebbe lottery sales) should be poured into the General Fund, IMO. But that said, this kind of accounting shell game seems to me to be illegal.

    It certainly would be if the doer was a municipality or school district.

    Might prove interesting to see what happens next.
     
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    This is a perfect example of why our pension system is broke. It should be illegal to use dedicated funds for the "general fund" Christie should know better.
     
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    Id say it went for a better use, but I doubt that as well.
    Collecting tax so people can watch TV?
    I know it not where you are going but...
    How about a tax so poor people can afford cigarettes?

    I think this is what you get when you have full time law makers, they have to make laws and spend money.
     
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    The pension is in a trust fund, chanel....that's a little different. I really doubt anyone has been embezzling it to raise general revenue funds. I could be wrong, but I suspect New Jersey is in the shits for the same reason as Illinois and Ohio and Indiana, etc. When it came time to make the annual contribution, the legislators winked and put in 50 cents on a dollar, or less. Then the stock market crashed. Then it came time for Boomers to retire.

    The trifecta of public pension horror stories, in other words.

    No, the tax to create a fund to subsidize a poor person's cable bill is a bit different -- was supposed to be money in, money out in a fairly short time. I happen to know of a modest tax on insurance companies -- just $1,000 per, annually -- that was later declared to be illegal. Funds on deposit when the decision came down exceeded over $100,000 and were not refunded back to the taxpayers, as they should have been.

    That kind of shit can get someone sent to prison.

     
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    What all do the taxpayers provide for the poor...............

    Housing, healthcare, welfare cash, education, transportation, cell phones, internet, food stamps......................I mean, WTF? Why work anymore?
     
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    The fucking government shouldn't be paying cable bills for anyone.
     
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    You got that right.

    The poor make out pretty well. What with our wealth being spread to take care of their responsibilities.

    Why work?? You don't have to pay taxes. If you have kids you get thousands back, even though you pay nothing in.

    Such a deal.

    Mayby we should all go on Welfare??

    Oh wait. That won't work. If we all sat on our asses at home where would they get the money to pay us to sit on our asses??

    Never mind.
     
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    Did you see now we are paying to give cell phones to poor people? It's because they need a cell phone to look for a job, and have a contact number. For one, I thought every time I drove through the ghetto I NEVER see those fine young men WITHOUT a cell phone. Thats one thing they got for sure. BUT, we're gonna be paying for their cell phones now. And then I thought, IF they had a JOB, they wouldn't need us to buy them a cell phone!!!

    Which led to my obvious conclusive question.........."Which came first, the cell phone or the job?"
     
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    Lemme know just as soon as you'd like to reserve an apartment in one of Cleveland's housing projects and send your kids to a Cleveland public school.

    That was an insensitive, stupid post, Claudette.
     
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