• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

Governor Christie Presents Ethics Package to New Jersey Pols

“Gov. Chris Christie presented a tough ethics package Wednesday that has the potential to pull the state’s moldy political culture into the sunshine for a good disinfecting.

Getting this done will be difficult. Democrats who want to preserve their power and their ability to enrich themselves through public office will push back, as they did when Gov. Jon Corzine proposed some of the same reforms.

And Christie, unfortunately, has undermined his own credibility on ethics by supporting a shady political fund that solicits large donations from secret donors. That does violence to the principle behind several of these reforms. If you’re looking for a morally pure combatant in this fight, you won’t find one.

Still, on balance, this package is a good one. Christie would finally ban the practice of holding two elected positions, a uniquely New Jersey custom that allows legislators to build political machines at home while raking in extra money and benefits.

The Legislature banned the practice several years ago, sort of. But in a striking show of chutzpah, it exempted all sitting legislators. Only new kids would have to play by the cleaner rules. Christie wants to put a stop to that hypocrisy.

The governor would also take the next obvious step and ban office holders from holding any second government job. Again, Democrats are likely to push back. Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver works as a deputy administrator for Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo. Her majority leader, Assemblyman Joe Cryan, works as an undersheriff in Union County.

Imagine for a moment that Oliver or Cryan skipped work on sunny days. Would they get in trouble? Imagine that they ask for pay raises or promotions. Would their bosses treat them like everyone else?

On campaign finance, Christie wants to strengthen pay-to-play laws that ban big political contributions from companies doing business with the state government. He would expand that prohibition to the local level, where insider dealing is often endemic.

Sadly, the governor has squandered his credibility on this issue. Earlier this year, his closest allies established Reform Jersey Now and began soliciting secret donations to support the governor’s agenda. The money is undoubtedly coming from special interests groups seeking Christie’s favor — exactly what the pay-to-play laws are designed to combat. That is a gift to Democrats who want to resist reform.

Christie’s plan also has useful new disclosure rules to help expose legislators who use their public office to enrich themselves, or to push special deals for their employers and friends. A step forward, no doubt.

Let’s hope the governor and the Legislature keep a lid on their mutual hostility and try to get something  done.  This plan is a good start.”

This article appeared in the New Jersey Star Ledger.

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