Keep an Eye on New Jersey

It’s actually far from funny.  But, after three decades of selling the more deluded crackers the notion that big government is the primary source of economic hardship and social discombobulation, there are now enough deep believers to not just elect peddlers of this laughable dogma, but a few major office-holders who are actually going to try it all out.

One such is the perfectly-named Chris Christie, the doughy, mafia capo look-alike who was recently elected by the benighted part of the New Jersey electorate to be that state’s Governor.

According to today’s New York Times, Christie didn’t get the memo that actually cutting government is not something a good government-basher actually does upon reaching power:

“Today, we are fulfilling the promise of a smaller government that lives within its means,” Governor Christie said in remarks prepared for delivery at 1 p.m. “The defenders of the status quo have already begun to yell and scream. They will try to demonize me. They will seek to divide us rather than unite us. But even they know in their hearts, if not yet in their minds — it is time for a change.”

The plan?

Over all, [Christie’s] budget would shrink state spending by 9 percent from the fiscal year that ends in June, to $28.3 billion.

Upending the priorities of his Democratic predecessors, Governor Christie unveiled a budget that would hit the poor, elderly, schoolchildren, college students and inner-city residents hardest, while largely sparing the wealthy and businesses.

It remains to be seen whether Christie can get this through the New Jersey legislature, given that most office holders, including those who peddle anti-government cant, secretly know that cutting government spending in the middle of a depression is a recipe for disaster.

But, if Christie gets his way, look for New Jersey to implode even faster than the rest of this deluded and dying empire.