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Governor Stupidhead’s Pit

The executive director of NJ Transit, Richard F. Sarles, wrote a rebuttal in NJ Voices (NJvoices.com) to an opinion about the Mass Transit Tunnel (MTT), which I now refer to as Governor Stupidhead’s Pit.  In the rebuttal, Sarles talks about how the new tunnel will benefit commuters, another way of saying that the real winner here is New York City.  But, one good thing came out of this, and that is his mentioning of 6,000 construction and related jobs, and a drop in air pollution by taking 22,000 cars off the highways.  This confirmation of these numbers can now lead to a crunching of these numbers and figuring out just what this will cost us.

In industry, it is typical to buy capital improvements with an outlook to getting the total return on investment within 18 months.  The price of this tunnel is calculated to be 9 billion dollars.  If we take the elimination of 22,ooo cars as realistic, it will cost $410,000 to remove each car.  Let’s say for this argument we figure each car has four passengers who will now take the train.  So it will cost $102,500 to for each new passenger who will use this tunnel.  If we assume that each passenger will go to work 250 days per year, then in 18 months he/she will have made 375 round trips.  In order to get an 18 month return on investment, each round trip will have to cost $273.00.  I don’t think anyone is going to pay that price.  Now, lets say the cost of a round trip is $27.00 per, it will take 15 years to pay for the tunnel.  Some might say that is a good deal, but just remember, all of the fare would have to go towards paying for the tunnel, what about the cost of the train?  From my viewpoint, this investment is not that good, and will result in the taxpayers of New Jersey having to subsidise this venture.

Sarles also writes about the jobs that will be created in the construction of this tunnel.  Let’s see how much each job will cost.  As I wrote before, they figure that 6,000 jobs will be created.  If we divide 6,000 into 9 billion dollars, the cost for each job will be $1.5 million.  Now, I don’t know where you come from, but where I come from, that is no bargain at all.

Once again, we do not need this tunnel!  It will only benefit New York City.  The cost of the tunnel can never be recouped, but will have to be subsidised by the taxpayers of New Jersey.  And the idea of creating jobs at $1.5 million per job is just plain stupid!  Why not take the money that New Jersey is suppose to contribute ($3 billion) and spend it to benefit the citizens of New Jersey?

To Richard R. Sarles, Governor Stupidhead, and the other idiots who are trying to force this tunnel down are throats, it is just a plain stupid idea, plus don’t ever forget, “IT’S TAXES, STUPID!”

February 7, 2009 Posted by | Budget, Corzine, Debt, democrats, Hudson River Tunnel, Liberals, New Jersey, Republicans, Stupid, Tolls | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Hudson River Railroad Tunnel

Thursday, it was announced that the federal government had approved giving $3 billion in federal funding to build the new Hudson River Railroad Tunnel.  Here is the link to the full story as reported in the Star Ledger:

http://www.nj.com/starledger/stories/index.ssf?/base/news-12/1231997169199520.xml&coll=1

It took me awhile to think about this, since some of the claims made did not make any sense, in light of the information that I had posted a few days ago.  At that time, the claim was made that 4,000 jobs would be created for the $8.7 billion that would be spent on this Choo-Choo tunnel.  If you did the math, each job would be created for $2,175,000.00 per job, or $310,000.00 per year over the seven year period estimated that the construction would take. Now, the claim is made that this project will create 40,000 to 50,000 jobs!  Well, lets do the math again.  If we can get 50,000 jobs, that would be $174,000.00 per job, or $24,857.00 per year of the project.  Now, that sounds great except for the fact that no construction worker in New Jersey would do the job for about 25 thousand a year.  so it seems that the 40,000 to 50,000 is just not a real figure on job creation.  Also, think about this, 50,000 is about the same amount of people who would fill Giants stadium.  Where are all of these people going to be working around this tunnel?

Another selling point being used to justify this project is the premise that 22,000 cars will be removed from the road because the drivers (and passengers) will start taking the train to work in New York City and spend their money there.  Well, if we divide 22,000 into $8.7 billion it will cost $395,455.00 per car to remove them from the roads leading to New York City.  That does not seem to be a good investment to me!  If this number is right, lets do another calculation.  If each car has one driver and three passengers, that would be four new passengers for the Choo-Choo Tunnel.  This would be about $100,000.00 per passenger cost.  Now, if the average Choo-Choo train fare was $10.00 round trip, and each person used the train 250 times per year, it would take 40 years to just obtain the fares to pay for the tunnel alone!

Give me a break, this whole Choo-Choo train tunnel idea is just one large pork-barrel project to appease the union construction workers and pay for play construction companies!  Plus, the $8.7 billion is what they want to borrow for these projects.  It does not include the interest that will have to be paid for the bonds that will be needed to actually get their hands on the money needed for this project.  Why not keep the New Jersey money, about $3 billion, and spend it to make New Jersey a more favorable place for companies to locate and create jobs here?

To Governor Stupidhead, our lunatic Senators and all of the other idiots in Washington D.C. and Trenton, “IT’S TAXES, STUPID!”

January 17, 2009 Posted by | Borrowing, Budget, Congress, Corruption, Corzine, Crooks, Debt, democrats, Gas Tax, Hudson River Tunnel, Liberals, New Jersey, Recession, Republicans, Shore, Taxes, Tolls | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How much for that job!

Hi kids!  Remember how we use to talk about the Abbott Districts and the stupidity of that spending?  Well, we now have one that makes that program almost look good!  Do you know what it is called?  Well, it is the plan to build another railroad tunnel under the Hudson River.  Of course that does not sound cool, so let’s think up another name for it, how about “The Governor Stupidhead hole in the ground to throw taxpayers money into”!  I know, it is a little long, and if someone has a better name, please get back to me with it.  Until then, let’s call it for short, “Stupidhead’s Pit”.

Now many of you have read about the jobs that will be created by this project, right?  A number that has been thrown out is 6,000 jobs!  Wow, that sure sounds like a lot of jobs!  But let’s remember something, this tunnel is suppose to cost 8.7 billion dollars.  Now if you went to an Abbott district school, we will forgive you if you cannot do this math, but if you divide 6,000 into 8.7 billion dollars, you will know that each job will cost $1,450,000.00!  I know that union construction workers are expensive, but for this job, they must be hiring from Tony Soprano’s workhall.

Is this something that we can really afford in New Jersey?  Why should we be spending this money just to make it easier for people to get to New York City and make their economy stronger?  If we need another method of mass transportation under the Hudson River, just convert the third tube of the Lincoln Tunnel into a light rail line and run it to the 41st street bus terminal, but let’s get this idea of this tunnel off the table, and replace it with business tax cuts that will generate real wealth, and stop the rape of the taxpayer in New Jersey!

To Governor Stupidhead and the other idiots in Trenton, the clock is ticking so line up your next jobs now, because we are taking the capital back in November and returning back to the citizens of New Jersey.  Until then though, just remember, IT’S TAXES, STUPID!”

January 13, 2009 Posted by | Borrowing, Corruption, Corzine, Crooks, Debt, democrats, Gas Tax, Hudson River Tunnel, Liberals, New Jersey, Republicans, Taxes, Tolls | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Let’s spend our money for New Jersey

Once again the building of a new railroad tunnel under the Hudson river is being rammed down the throats of New Jersey taxpayers.  This tunnel is being “fast-tracked” in order to provide “Jersey jobs.”  What a crock of crap!  We are going to spend 3 billion dollars and except for a few construction jobs, that will most likely go to New York unions, we will get NOTHING!

Who will this tunnel benefit?  Well that is not hard to figure out, it will benefit New York City and New York City only!  At least 99.9% of the people who commute go from New Jersey to New York City every day.  There, they work and spend money to benefit New York City, not New Jersey.  But Governor Stupidhead wants you to believe that building this tunnel will benefit New Jersey citizens.  Of course, Corzine does not tell you that these New Jersey citizens are the few who commute to these jobs.  For the rest of us, we will get nothing from this tunnel, except for the outrageous bill to build it.

Instead of spending this 3 billion on the tunnel, how about spending it to make New Jersey cities places that businesses would want to relocate to?  Then the citizens of New Jersey would not have to commute to another state to work.  They would spend their money here.  They would use services of other New Jersey businesses.  Wealth would be created here, for the betterment of New Jersey taxpayers, not New Yorkers!  Call your assembly representatives, call your state senators, call the governor’s office and demand that New Jersey spend money for the benefit of New Jersey and not for other states!

For Governor Stupidhead and all of the other idiots in Trenton, we are coming for you next November, but until then just remember, “IT’S TAXES, STUPID!”

January 2, 2009 Posted by | Borrowing, Budget, Corzine, Crooks, Debt, democrats, Liberals, New Jersey, Recession, Stupid, Taxes, Tolls | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What a deal!

Recently, the Star Ledger published a review of the overtime records of the Port Authority Police Department.  It seems that in 2007 the overtime pay was $48.9 million, or an increase of 12 percent.  This in spite of the fact that the agency paid KPMG $435,000 to study the problem of overtime and get it under control.  If you would like to read the full article, follow this link: http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/topstories/index.ssf/2008/04/port_authority_officials_fail.html

One officer, Morris Cofield, with 14 years on the force was paid $263,468 for averaging 80.75 hours per week.  Now consider the fact that there are 168 hours per week, he was spending almost half his time on the job!  What kind of efficiency can we expect from this man?   How much illegal activity (he is assigned to JFK airport) was not detected by him because of exhaustion?  Besides padding his weekly take home pay, the total of his earnings will be used for his retirement benefits, another insult to anyone who works in the private sector and knows that this practice never accords there.

Only a few months ago, all of the tolls and fares on PA bridges, tunnels and trains were raised by 50%.  The reasoning was that the money was needed to pay for improvements.  I suggest the money was reallly needed to provide officer Cofield and his fellow officers a nicer place to sleep while on duty.

When is Governor Stupidhead Corzine going to put a stop to this abuse of our money?  When is he going to deliver on his promise to clean up the waste of our money?

To the idiots in Trenton, and at the Port of Authority, IT’S TAXES (and TOLLS) STUPID!”

 

May 6, 2008 Posted by | Corruption, Corzine, Counties, Gas Tax, New Jersey, Tolls | , , | Leave a comment