Phil Murphy, New Jersey’s Next Governor?

This is the first in a series of articles about New Jersey’s gubernatorial candidates. Today I will do a very brief overview of Phil Murphy’s agenda for New Jersey.

On Phil Murphy’s website his bio page touts his service as US ambassador to Germany and finance chairman of the Democratic National Committee. However, his bio omits that he was a high-ranking executive at Goldman Sachs, which some people consider the epicenter of crony capitalism in America.

In fact, dozens of books have been written out Wall Street has provided scores of individuals who have served in both Democratic and Republican administrations for the past hundred years during which the welfare-warfare sate has been cemented on the American people.

In another words, Wall Street is not the bastion a free enterprise and limited government that some make it out to be. Instead, the cronies on Wall Street have been the beneficiaries of the Federal Reserve’s easy money policies and the federal governments outrageous spending on domestic and International programs.

One of the linchpins of Murphy’s agenda is the creation of a “public bank.” Below is the exact proposal from his website:

A Public Bank to Invest Directly in New Jersey — and for New Jersey

New Jersey currently deposits billions of dollars in state revenues in Wall Street and foreign banks — which overwhelmingly do not invest in New Jersey’s communities. Phil will take that money out of Wall Street and put it to work for New Jersey — creating jobs and growing the economy — through an innovative new public bank to make critical investments in our state and its people. By using state deposits to finance local investments, the Public Bank will support billions of dollars of critical investments in infrastructure, small businesses, and student loans — saving our residents money and returning all profits to the taxpayers.

 Murphy’s proposal is eerily similar to plank number five in The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx: “Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.”

Although Murphy is not proposing a national bank, a public bank is no different than what Karl Marx wanted, namely, a centralized financial institution controlled by the public, which for all intents and purposes today means career politicians.

Murphy reveals his naïveté and obtuseness in this proposal. Creating a state bank in New Jersey –or in any other state for that matter–is like putting dozens of nymphomaniacs on a submarine and telling them to behave themselves.

For the past 20 years politicians in Trenton have wasted billions of dollars on auto emissions tests, school construction projects, taken on billions of dollars of debt without voter approval, and put taxpayers in the hole for tens of billions of dollars by not funding the state workers pension plans. Furthermore, the Trenton crowd made one of the greatest land grabs in the history of the state with the Highlands Act and continues to engage in the most massive redistribution of income from suburban taxpayers to urban school districts.

And Murphy has the audacity to call for more of our taxpayer dollars to be controlled by the Trenton spendthrifts. This is unconscionable.

Phil Murphy’s call for a state bank is “democratic socialism” on steroids. In fact, a case could be made that Phil should change his name to Marxist Murphy, which would accurately reflect his collectivist ideology.

 

 

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