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Thursday, June 02, 2005

NJ's Shot At Freedom- Bret Schundler

Marvin Olasky provides Bret Schundler some needed publicity in Townhall.com today. Schundler's excellent results as mayor of Jersey City, one of the largest cities in NJ, in the 90's is a testament to not only small government, free market ideas in action but also to the fact that a conservative Republican can gain votes from minorities in my adopted home state of NJ.

The youngest of nine children, Schundler graduated from Harvard in 1981, helping to pay his way by washing dishes and cleaning bathrooms. He worked for a liberal congressman and on Gary Hart's campaign in 1984, and those experiences helped him to see that, in general, "Democrats care more about the constituencies making money from social programs than about the people supposedly being helped." He saw government programs typically hurting rather than helping: "The government was making people homeless."

Schundler's proposals of governance is simple: Binding annual caps on state, county, municipal and school spending, with those caps to be exceeded only if voters approve. This would result in lower property taxes.

I have recently spoken with Schundler and he is well-read on libertarian solutions to economic problems. Given NJ's liberal majority, despite everyone hemorrhaging cash to property, state and sales taxes, my neighbors may follow their ideology rather than logic. But Schundler has beat the political odds before and may do it again.

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