Sunday, May 26, 2019

A Great First For An American President!


Roll On, Rolling Thunder For Many Years To Come

You Can't Argue With These Figures . . .

Just In Case You've Forgotten . . .

Saturday, May 25, 2019

A Very Special Message From Jon Voight . . .

Memorial Day: Do You Know The REAL Story?

Before long it will be Memorial Day and we hope you have a great time.
This year Memorial Day will be observed five days before the day's actual, traditional observance day, May 30.
This year, we hope that you take time to remember those who have protected us and who have made (and continue to make) our freedom possible. because Memorial Day is all about those who gave their lives defending our country.  

Now, let's get to the business at hand:

1) Not everyone will spend the long weekend at the Jersey shore. The media would have you believe that everyone is headed to the shore but that's just an easy way for the media to not report real stories over the weekend while at the same time nurturing the myth of the Great Shore Exodus. In fact, people enjoy the weekend in many different ways at many different places. We know we do -- and will.

2) Summer doesn't begin on Memorial Day. Summer begins on June 21, the summer solstice. And summer doesn't end on Labor Day. Summer ends on September 22 when autumn begins. The media and the travel industry concocted the idea that summer lasts from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It doesn't.

3) As we noted, Memorial Day is actually May 30. Congress changed the day around to make it a three-day weekend in another attempt to rob a fine holiday of its true meaning. Leave it to the government to mess things up.

4) Memorial Day didn't become Memorial Day until 1966 when President Johnson officially renamed it. Prior to that it was widely known as Decoration Day - the day when Americans decorated the graves of the fallen.

5) The artificial boundaries of Memorial Day and Labor Day mean absolutely nothing even though many people perceive these boundaries to coincide with the school year. Most children go to school well past Memorial Day. Many children (particularly in southern states) return to school well before Labor Day. Others return several days after Labor Day.

6) This year Memorial Day is almost as early as it can be and Labor Day is September 2. So, the stretch between the two is about average -- mixed news for vacation and travel vendors.

But, remember: Memorial Day isn't when people say it is. The summer hasn't begun - yet. It won't end on Labor Day. Many people will get through the whole summer without ever going to the Jersey shore. They will have a wonderful time nonetheless.

The Memorial Day and Labor Day boundaries are totally imaginary!

So, there you have it.
Enjoy what's left of spring.
Then, enjoy summer all the way through till September 22.
In fact, enjoy each day as a blessed gift. Savor every day, no matter the season.
Don't be cheated.

As We Enter This Most Solemn Weekend . . .

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Ronald And Donald: The Parallels Will Astound You!

It occurred to me while reading Bob Spitz's great, new, exhaustive biography Reagan, An American Journey.
Again and again I was struck by the similarities.
Now, don't laugh about what I'm gonna tell you next. I'm talking about the similarities between Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump.
Are you still with me? I hope so. Because the parallels are real and stunning.
Yes, Reagan came from a humbler background than Trump and didn't have the advantages that Trump may have had. And Reagan didn't attend private school and an ivy league university. And Reagan was from a small midwestern town while Trump grew up in New York City. But the similarities in their respective journeys far outweigh the differences.
To begin with, both Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump were greatly influenced by loving mothers -- strong, determined women who nurtured them, encouraged them and attempted to pass on solid values and moral guideposts. And both women proved to be devoted spouses as well.
Also, both Reagan and Trump witnessed first hand the scourge  of alcoholism in their own families -- Reagan with his father and Trump with his brother. They came to understand that alcoholism was a disease. It had such a profound effect on them that both avoided drink as they grew into adulthood.
Neither Reagan nor Trump were stellar students in college nor were they known to be voracious readers. But both remained guided by their instinct, experience and basic, pragmatic ways of dealing with people and situations. They also learned quickly to keep their own counsel and not show their cards to the other players at the table.
Both Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump proved to be daring. In their own respective ways, each took chances to get ahead. They weren't afraid of risk. And both had successful careers in other fields before they entered politics. Reagan was a hugely accomplished broadcaster, Hollywood star and union leader before he threw his hat into the political ring. Trump succeeded as a builder, entrepreneur and TV star before that historic ride down the escalator at Trump Tower in 2016. It's also interesting to note that both had achieved unquestioned fame well before they sought public office. Neither man needed to be president. Both were already household names well before they sought office and both learned early on how to live a life in the public spotlight.
Both Reagan and Trump married more than once, both raised children from different wives and both succeeded in building blended families.
Both men proved to be remarkably adept at mastering new media -- Reagan with radio and television; Trump  with the internet and social media. And both proved to be natural communicators.
Also, Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump were/are savvy salespersons. Either man could sell almost anything, and often did. Reagan's name was associated with some of America's most trusted brands and Trump is a master brander in his own right. They learned a lot from their dads who were both salespersons themselves. Reagan's father was a shoe salesman and retail manager. Trump's father built and sold homes and apartments.
Neither Reagan nor Trump was instantly nor warmly welcomed by the Republican Party. In fact, both were outsiders and both had previously supported Democrats. Remember as well that Reagan sought the presidency more than once and Trump toyed with the idea or running more than once. And both men eventually built powerful populist movements that did not depend on the traditional party apparatus. In fact, both developed a sort of cult of personality that often crossed party lines and superseded ideology. At the same time, both were grossly  underestimated and both actually enjoyed being underestimated.
And here's one of the most vivid similarities: both Reagan and Trump were able to appeal to working class Democrats in a way that other Republicans could not. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that each man had a clear, simple message that resonated with ordinary people. Yes, you could say the message was "make America great again" because Reagan uttered those words decades before they became Trump's mantra. And isn't it interesting that both men appealed to the broad middle of the nation (flyover country) while being derided by elites on the coasts?
Reagan was dismissed as a simpleton. So, too with Trump. Big media hated Reagan and repeatedly mocked him. Ditto, Trump. Reagan drove liberals crazy. The same with Trump. Academia wanted no parts of Reagan. And, they have no time for Trump as well. His star power notwithstanding, Hollywood pretty much turned its back on Reagan. Hollywood hates Trump. Reagan was accused of being a tool of the wealthy. The same is said of Trump. But Reagan actually made Wall Street nervous. And Wall Street still hasn't gotten used to Trump. They called Reagan a reckless cowboy who would lead us into nuclear war. They've made the same predictions about Trump. Reagan was a great storyteller and pitcher of bromides. Tump can spin a tale with the best of them.
Both Reagan and Trump came to the presidency late in life but both proved to be sort of ageless and remarkably resilient. The election of each marked a landmark moment in American politics. Both broke the presidential mold. Neither man proved to be big on details -- both can be characterized as "big picture" guys who got what George H. W. Bush called "the vision thing." And both Reagan and Trump have ushered in periods of solid economic growth and unprecedented prosperity.
Finally, both captured our attention with their distinctive hair styles. Did Reagan really use Red Dye #40 on his lush pompadour? And how does Trump construct that orange, cotton candy swirl of his?
Oh, the similarities!

Yes, They're Happy About It And The Credit Trump!

“Most Americans remain confident about the U.S. economy and in their own financial situation,” CBS News reports. “Seven in 10 Americans say the economy is in good shape, including a quarter who say it is very good. Nearly all Republicans and most Democrats and independents share this view.”

The results under President Trump have drowned out the media and political spin about his Presidency: Today, 85 percent of Americans who rate the economy as good said the President’s policies are mostly or at least partially responsible for it.

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“Democrats are fuming that Don McGahn skipped a Congressional hearing on Tuesday . . . But Mr. McGahn has every constitutional right not to appear, and this isn’t a close legal call,” The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes. House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) “doesn’t expect to learn anything new. He wants a show. He wants to use Mr. McGahn as a prop to spend three hours claiming that Mr. Trump tried to obstruct the Mueller investigation. Yet Mr. Mueller wasn’t obstructed in any way, his copious report was released for all to see, and there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.” 
“US employers are stepping on the accelerator — and that’s lifting average salaries and fueling record raises across many sectors. For the typical American worker, pay increases could soon surge past 4 percent or 5 percent for the year, according to labor experts,” John Aidan Byrne reports for the New York Post
“Single-payer. Government-run. Government takeover. One-size-fits-all. Socialist. Each is an accurate description of Democrats’ preferred health-care scheme, proposed in the mislabeled ‘Medicare-for-All Act,’” Reps. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Greg Walden (R-OR) write in Fox News. “The more Americans learn, the further support sinks for their centralized government health-care system. It will bring delays in access to needed health care. The $32 trillion price tag is so massive it’s hard to wrap your head around.” 
“In a new Hill-HarrisX survey, a majority of registered voters said they support a new Department of Justice inquiry into whether official procedures were followed when the FBI began examining allegations of connections between Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russia,” Matthew Sheffield reports for The Hill. “Sixty-two percent of respondents to the May 17-18 survey said they support Attorney General William Barr's” actions—including nearly half of Democratic respondents.

Lesniak: Murphy Has Now Crossed The Rubicon!

Murphy Crossing The Rubicon v. Norcross By Raymond J. Lesniak 

As the father of New Jersey’s Tax Incentives, I was taken aback when Governor Murphy falsely stated tax incentives have squandered $11 billion from the state treasury, but brushed that off as a political pitch to his far left supporters.
I was again taken aback, this time as a lawyer, by Murphy’s EDA Task Force Chairman, Ron Chen’s, announcement of a criminal referral regarding the task force’s inquiries. That announcement was an irresponsible and unethical use of law enforcement for political purposes that was walked back by Chen the day after I stated such in an interview with Michael Aron on his On The Record NJTV Show. Ron Chen should have known better and has a lot more walking back to do.
Taking a page from U. S. Attorney Bill Barr’s playbook, the letter below was sent to Norcross at Conner Strong & Buckelew by Jim Walden, former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, on May 1, 2019 regarding the Task Force's continuation of a Public Hearing one day later. Identical letters were emailed at the same time to three other businesses that had been awarded tax incentives to invest in the City of Camden.
Out of the 913 business entities awarded tax incentives across New Jersey, Task Force Chairman Chen publicly labeled just these four businesses "entities of concern," Three of the four business entities singled out have not yet received a single dollar in tax incentives. The four have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the revitalization of Camden.
The letter is the equivalent of a target letter. A target letter is a letter one would receive from a United States Attorney stating you are the "target" of a criminal investigation and is only issued after due process was given beforehand.
At no time prior to the letters were any of the Camden business entities advised of the information to be presented or that the information would tend to defame them or otherwise adversely affect their reputations. This is counter to appropriate conduct under New Jersey law and has tainted the process.
It is not my intent to defend George Norcross and the other Camden businesses targeted by the Task Force, but I am compelled to speak out and denounce the tactics used and the purpose of the Task Force.
As the sponsor of the legislation that has been its focus, I was involved in every step of the legislative deliberations that are the subject of the criminal referral and designation of entities of concern, yet I have not been called to testify by the Task Force. This failure to do due diligence makes it clear the Task Force is nothing more than a political vehicle, not to advance its stated objective, but to attack a political opponent with law enforcement tactics without even using fundamental due process.
I support the announcement of Governor Murphy’s EDA Task Force to “Examine Deficiencies of New Jersey’s Tax Incentive Programs”, but instead of the announced intent, the Task Force has been used as a vehicle to publicly cast criminal intent upon George Norcross’s long established and productive mission to transform Camden City from the poorest, most crime ridden municipality in the nation, into an attractive location for business development.
I’m an eternal optimist and hope the Task Force can start doing the job it was formed to do, to improve upon the tax incentives needed for New Jersey to attract and keep business investment and jobs, but I have great concern that using the Task Force as a Star Chamber for political oppression of opposition through the arbitrary use and abuse of power is a point of no return.
Playing hardball is nothing new to New Jersey politics. I’ve played it myself at times, but using the levers of law enforcement to score political points is not hardball. It’s lowball and may be a Waterloo for Governor Murphy. The die was cast by this letter dated May 1, 2019. 

Dear Mr. Norcross:
I write as Special Counsel to the New Jersey Task Force on the Economic Development Authority’s Tax Incentives (the “Task Force”) to inform you that the second day of the multi-day Public Hearing of the Task Force will take place on May 2, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at Rutgers Law School, located at 123 Washington Street, Newark, New Jersey (the “Public Hearing”).
As part of the second day of the Public Hearing, the Task Force will call certain witnesses to participate and testify. Some witnesses will testify voluntarily while others will appear subject to subpoenas issued by the Task Force Chairman, Professor Ronald K. Chen, pursuant to the authority delegated to him by Governor Philip D. Murphy under N.J.S.A. § 52:15-7. I also write to advise you that information about you may be offered at the Task Force’s upcoming Public Hearing. If you believe this information is adverse to your interests, upon notice of the same and in accordance with the New Jersey Investigative Procedures Act, Professor Chen has determined that you will be afforded the opportunity to submit a sworn, written statement to be incorporated into the record of the Task Force’s investigatory Public Hearing. See N.J.S.A. § 52:13E-6. This statement of facts must relate solely to matters relevant to any testimony or evidence you believe to be adverse to your interests. Id. Accordingly, if you wish to avail yourself of this process, you must: (1) notify the Task Force by Friday, May 10, 2019 of your intention to submit a notarized, sworn statement; and (2) submit an original of your notarized, sworn statement to my attention at the following address by no later than Friday, May 17, 2019, at the close of business.
Jim Walden Walden Macht & Haran LLP