Governor Chris Christie is delivering a speech right now in New Jersey, and he's just taking it to 'em. Here's the New York Times version of this. "Christopher J. Christie, took office two months ago vowing a sharp change of direction for a state battered by the recession and choked by its tax burden. On Tuesday, he made clear that what he had in mind was a U-turn. Upending the priorities of his Democratic predecessors, Governor Christie --" first Republican in 12 years "-- unveiled a budget that would hit the poor, elderly, schoolchildren, college students and inner-city residents hardest, while largely sparing the wealthy and businesses," which is a crock. It is just part of the mainstream media template. Here's a portion of his speech. "Today, we are fulfilling the promise of a smaller government that lives within its means. 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. Time has run out, the bill has come due."
They simply are on an unsustainable direction in New Jersey, and they, unlike the federal government, cannot print money. They have to do something about it. This business of hurting the poor, all that is is an attempt to get people to oppose it. What the New York Times doesn't understand is people are fed up with way too many of this nation's citizens being deprived of their full dignity and humanity by being made wards of the state and kept perpetually poor by the state, which happens to be Democrats, the never ending welfare state.
RUSH: Here is Chris Christie. I mentioned earlier that he was giving a gangbuster speech. Smaller government is cool again. Conservatism is in ascendancy. This is this afternoon in Trenton at the statehouse, Chris Christie, the governor, addressing a joint session about the budget. We have two sound bites. Here's the first.
GOV. CHRISTIE: Today, we are fulfilling a promise of a smaller government that lives within its means. Today, we begin doing what we promised we would do. Now, defenders of the status quo have already been to yell and scream. They will try to demonize me, they will so as to seek to divide us rather than unite us, but even they know in their hearts -- if not yet in their minds -- that it is time for a change.
RUSH: And that the day of reckoning has arrived...
GOV. CHRISTIE: Today we stop sweeping problems under the rug. We will not hide our problems until another day, and we are certainly not increasing the tax burden upon the people that we serve.
GOV. CHRISTIE: Today we are taking necessary and decisive action to reduce state spending and reform state government. The problems we have hidden for 20 years are evident for all to see. The day of reckoning has arrived.
RUSH: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, following through on his promises, the promises that resulted in his election.