All Hands on the Third Rail

In his Washington debut on Wednesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) hammered state and national politicians for their fake solutions to the budget crisis. In a surprise to no one, most media representatives decided the takeaway from his address was that “maybe now he’s running for president!”

Yet lost in all this talk of “Christie’s moment” is the fact that New Jersey’s governor said the moment for fixing government budgets is right now. Not next year, not after November 2012. 

President Barack Obama has abdicated leadership on the budget, Christie argues. Indeed, the president seems so obviously unwilling to take on our nation's staggering budget that Obama-boosters like David Brooks are calling him out for his empty rhetoric. Meanwhile many governors are realizing the deep trouble their state budgets face. Christie referred to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) as a “soulmate” and said “for God’s sake, even Jerry Brown” is getting into the act. Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-Ind.) delivered a speech for grown-ups last Friday, terming the debt the new "red menace." The union turnouts in Wisconsin and Ohio show that something is starting to happen on reforming break-the-bank public pensions. 

Read Reason's budget coverage here.Watch Nick Gillespie and Veronique de Rugy discuss cutting the deficit on Stossel below:

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  • Tman||

    Whilst I'm sure that Christie is weak on plenty of Libertarian issues from a law-enforcement standpoint, I wonder if Reasoners would get behind Christie if he did run for office, either now or in 6 years.

    He has been as solid as they come from a financial standpoint, and his appeal seems pretty broad, but I bet Balko will find us plenty of Christie approved nut-punches to remove the shine.

  • Professional Critic||

    There is no one pure enough for Reasonoids.

  • Reasonoid||

    Fuck you, retard!

  • christfag, nonpracticing||

    And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.

  • ||

    Right now, just solving the financial mess and reducing the scope of government would do a world of good.

  • rather||

    He's too good to be true. I can't think of any other reason he isn't jumping in.

  • Fatty Bolger||

    Too soon.

  • rather||

    he has the momentum now, likely financial support, right age, popularity, and ideal family situation

    I think there is something else.

  • Fatty Bolger||

    He's also fat. Not Clinton fat, either.

    I don't personally care one bit, but I won't discount that as a disincentive to run for an office as visible as the Presidency.

  • rather||

    I never even considered his weight as a possible negative. Certainly, after Michelle is finished pissing-off a lot of Americans with her food advice, the country will be more tolerant of a large man as POTUS.

  • ||

    I'm voting for Paul Prudhomme.

  • DNS||

    Whilst I'm sure that Christie is weak on plenty of Libertarian issues from a law-enforcement standpoint

    He was the US Attorney for NJ; I tend not to trust prosecutors of any stripe.

  • Tman||

    Yeah, that's the part I'm afraid of. It sucks that there isn't anyone else out there right now who has as solid a fiscal record as Christie does. That being said his DA background is probably rife with infuriating stories about State Attorney overreach, and that would be too tough a pill to swallow.

    The question is will foreign policy become a bigger issue over the next two years with the after effects of the Bush Freedom Agenda that they will trump fiscal issues?

    I have ZERO idea where Christie is on those.

  • sevo||

    There's this guy Garry Johnson who certainly talks a good game.

  • Chaps||

    Um, it will be 6 years from now . . . sorry to break it to ya, but Obama is going to be reelected. Count on it.

  • ||

    OMG, you're from the future?

  • Gregory Smith||

    Why would Obama be reelected? What's so good about him? They tell me he speaks pretty yet I don't see it. What are his great quotes? Spread the wealth? If they bring a knife we bring a gun? Jesus, watching Obama is like watching the special olympics with the liberal media yelling "go, go, go, go, Obama, go, go, go, go."

    Even Soros, aka "The Puppetmaster," has said Obama as lost control of the contry i.e. "I have lost control of Obama."

    Besides, you think in 2012 voting for a black guy will be a novelty? You really think self-hating whites are gonna go "oh, we need to elect him again so they don't think we're racist?"

    Obama's a black Jimmy Carter, it's a mistake Americans make once in a while. Obama's gonna lose and then we'll have Republicans in power for another 8 or more years.

    THE RACIST HISTORY OF GUN CONTROL.
    http://libertarians4freedom.bl.....ry-of.html

  • ||

    Jimmy Carter wasn't a mistake. No way the airlines and interstate trucking get deregulated under Gerry Ford.

  • Tman||

    Aside from airline and interstate trucking deregulation Carter was GIANT mistake. I'll give you those two, but geez, what a disaster. Gas lines? Remember those?

  • ||

    I wasn't born yet, so no I don't remember. But it's not his fault he was stuck with the legacy of the Kennedy-Johnson-Nixon socialist regime.

  • Tman||

    The Department of Education. I win!

  • Almanian||

    Remember the beer, Tman - airlines, trucking and BEER.

    I remember the fucking gas lines, for sure. And the fucking sweater and "turn the thermostat down" - I was in high school and I hated him! What a downer who provided no hope...kind of like Obama....

  • Fatty Bolger||

    Yes, I remember. I was just a kid, but I hated him, too. He was weak, and, as you said, a downer, and it seemed like his message to my generation was: Give up. Lower your expectations. Stop looking to the future. Things will only get worse - it's inevitable.

  • ||

    Rhetoric is just rhetoric. Obama is all about "hope, change, unicorns", but people are still "unemployed, sick, tired". No one likes to be led by a downer, but then no one likes to be led by someone who apparantly has no idea where he's going either. Obama and Carter are different, even if they were put in similar circumstances. What Reagan did was preach optimism and practice real improvements.

  • Michael Ejercito||

    Jimmy Carter wasn't a mistake. No way the airlines and interstate trucking get deregulated under Gerry Ford.


    He also intervened in the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, arming the natives.

  • Michael Ejercito||

    Why would Obama be reelected? What's so good about him? They tell me he speaks pretty yet I don't see it. What are his great quotes? Spread the wealth? If they bring a knife we bring a gun? Jesus, watching Obama is like watching the special olympics with the liberal media yelling "go, go, go, go, Obama, go, go, go, go."


    If the economy turns around...

  • Chaps||

    Your objections are noted, and most of them are sound. However, I think many people underestimate him. The power of incumbency is strong, and gives him many advantages. His racial background will always guarantee soft-pedal media coverage, if not outright liberal love. And . . . you can count on him being the coolly rational foil to the "crazies" on the right. I think things are going to get so bad that this country will be on the brink of a revolution - Obama will be the safe, non-crazy establishment candidate. This will have strong play.

  • Tman||

    The bad news is that you're probably right; despite Obama's efforts to the contrary the economy is beginning to turn around and eventually the employment numbers will come down. My cousin who drives those giant raw material tankers through the great lakes says traffic has picked up in the last six months which is a positive sign. If the numbers continue to improve there is little doubt that Obama will do everything humanly possible to claim responsibility for the recovery and will have the lapdog media nodding approvingly.

    The only thing I can see that would stop him now is either a.) A double dip recession as state budgets bust at the seams and drive employers away, thus stalling any recovery or b.) Increased international tension further exposing Obama as way way WAY over his head in terms of dealing with any serious threat.

    Not exactly a win-win here (lose -lose?), but I don't see it any other way.

  • Fatty Bolger||

    Will he get full credit, though? It may have taken too long for that, and the more it coincides with the Republican sweep in the last election and the House majority, the less credit he gets, I think.

  • Justin Cases||

    He will have no more turned the country around any more than doing a balance transfer pays off your credit card.

    The crushing mountain of debt will pale in comparison to the effect it had to the point that it would be regarded as one of the main factors extending the recession.

  • ||

    Can't we just refinance?

  • ||

    that was terrible. Veronique rushed, Stossel had to back into the chart, Nick hung Ruby out to dry....

  • Canman||

    I'd like to see a historic revenue breakdown graph of FICA, income tax, gas tax ...etc.

  • JB||

    Fuck Obama.

    The best thing that could be said about him is that he's an empty suit.

    Obama is the opposite of a leader.

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