The Wall Street Journal has an editorial about the state of New Jersey as an object lesson in the folly of MAL style governance. It’s an interesting article but I think it draws the wrong conclusion —
the People’s Republic of New Jersey offers America something truly unique: the perfect bad example
A bad example? On the contrary, it shows that with the proper rhetoric and propaganda, a policitical party (the state Democratic Party) can run a state in to the ground economically yet still be successful at the ballot box. The author writes
What governors and citizens alike need most is a growing economy
Uh, no. What governors need is to be re-elected and to accumulate personal wealth and / or power. This may or not be best facilitated by a growing economy. It seems to me that the economic situation in New Jersey clearly shows that in practice those interests can be very divergent.
What’s the matter with Kansas had as its thesis that GOP voters would vote for ideology over pocketbook, but it seems to me that cities and states run by the Democratic Party are very strong evidence that it’s the opposite, with New Jersey as described in this editorial a prime example.