One of the assumptions of the Christie approach to the New Jersey budget crisis is that he is doing what needs to be done to keep and attract businesses to New Jersey. After all, in-state businesses provide jobs and tax revenue for essential government services. So reducing taxes on business and their highly compensated executives during this time of fiscal restraint is marketed as the best way to keep these businesses in the state. Never mind that Christie’s “shared sacrifice” is exclusively imposed on low- and middle-income wage earners.
It in the Republic Party’s DNA to instinctively kill government, no matter how good or bad the services it provides. This started when Ronald Reagan was governor of California and Proposition 13 was subsequently passed. (Ask any Californian how well their government has functioned since Proposition 13), and has been the Republic Party’s mantra on the national scale since then. Christie’s cap on property tax increases is almost identical to that failed California initiative.
A note on nomenclature in this blog: For some reason, the right has decided to call the Democratic Party the “Democrat” party. I’m not sure why they do this, but if it’s a good idea, I’ll adopt it and call their party the “Republic” party.