Frelinghuysen's position


What fiollows is Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s statement in regard to his no vote on extending unemployment benefits:

People need a helping hand.  Let’s extend unemployment for workers and their families in this terrible economy.  But let’s pay for it now and not ask our children and grandchildren to bear the $34 billion cost of this bill!

In an annual discretionary budget of $1.2 trillion, you mean to tell me that we cannot find $34 billion to pay for this unemployment extension? 

The argument that these extensions have not been paid for in the past is not valid in our current fiscal circumstances.  The budget deficit for the year hit $1 trillion in June.  The Administration is expanding the deficit by $4.9 billion EVERY DAY.  We now have a national public debt of over $14 trillion and we are on a path to quadruple our borrowing between now and 2020.

“The real solution here is job creation and employment opportunities in the private sector.  To accomplish this, the federal government must get out of the business community’s way, stop threatening tax increases and more stifling bureaucratic red tape and overregulation.  Consumer confidence will never be restored unless this happens!”


About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

14 Responses to Frelinghuysen's position

  1. Tea Party voter says:

    Well stated!

  2. George says:

    Leave it to Rodney to send out a non-statement statement, too late for it to be in print on Friday. If his statement runs it will appear in Saturday papers, a Friday news dump on Thursday night. What is worse is the nerve Rodney displays by pushing the deficit off onto “The administration,” Rodney’s short term memory is failing. He voted for the Bush Tax Cuts that put us in this deficit mess in the first place. He voted for the decade of big business deregulation that left Banks to run wild and push our economy to the brink. Rodney’s 8th term should be his last.

  3. Ken Bank says:

    What he’s really saying to the unemployed is, “Let them eat tax cuts for the rich and a balanced budget!”

    When it’s time to extend Bush’s tax cuts for the rich and powerful we’ll see if Rodney is made of the same “right stuff” (pun intended) when it comes to increasing the deficit.

    So now we know Rodney is made of sterner stuff than the other ten NJ Congressmen who voted for the extension. But then Rodney never had to depend on such extensions when it came time to keep a roof over his head and put food on the table.

  4. rodney? says:

    what was that? he seems to be losing it…he never addressed the fact that there are millions of unemployed americans who desperately need these benefits. what about their children?

  5. P says:

    Maybe Rodney was thinking about these numbers –

    White House predicts record $1.47 trillion deficit

    WASHINGTON – New estimates from the White House on Friday predict the budget deficit will reach a record $1.47 trillion this year. The government is borrowing 41 cents of every dollar it spends.

    That’s actually a little better than the administration predicted in February.

    The new estimates paint a grim unemployment picture as the economy experiences a relatively jobless recovery. The unemployment rate, presently averaging 9.5 percent, would average 9 percent next year under the new estimates.

    The Office of Management and Budget report has ominous news for President Barack Obama should he seek re-election in 2012 — a still-high unemployment rate of 8.1 percent. That would be well above normal, which is closer to a rate of 5.5 percent to 6 percent. Private economists don’t think the unemployment rate will drop to those levels until well into this decade.

    The gaping deficits are of increasing concern to voters. But Obama and Democrats controlling Congress are mostly taking a pass on deficit reduction this year as they await possible recommendations from Obama’s deficit commission.

    While there’s a slight improvement in the deficit for the current year, next year’s predicted $1.42 trillion worth of red ink — that’s 37 cents of borrowing for every dollar spent — is looking worse. It’s about $150 billion more than previously predicted, because of still-slumping tax revenues.

    White House budget director Peter Orszag said the numbers represent a “fiscal situation that requires attention.” ed. note – Ya Think?!
    Orszag may have already wrapped up the award for 2010 – Understatement of the Year

  6. Bob Grant says:

    Rodney voted the way he did because he fears an attack from the right wing of his party so he has chosen to channel Herbert Hoover in 1928. He showed no concern at all with the debt when Bush took the Clinton Surplus and gave it to the wealthy with tax cuts for high income earners.

    “P” must stand for “pudding head.” Walk down the street and ask 25 people how much the US debt is and how it will personally affect them and you will find people have no idea. It is a non-issue, suitable for inflaming the tea bag dunkers among us.

  7. Ted says:

    The deficit was reported to be $84 billion less than projected in February. The administration also projects the economy will grow 3.2 percent this year, compared with 2.7 percent forecast in February. Growth is projected at 3.6 percent next year and 4.2 percent in 2012.

    So what Pbrain meant to say is that things are looking better…not great since the recovery appears to be jobless but better.

    I wonder if Pbrain has specific reccommendations to improve those results? Its clear that Rodney hasn’t a clue

  8. P says:

    Grant, your insults are slipping. And if the standard for making a decision was asking the first 25 people you met on the streets, good luck with that. Have you ever seen the Jay Walking segment on the Tonight Show?!

    Until the bottom fell out in 2008, the deficit, as a percent of GDP, was lower than the historical average and heading towards zero. And during the magical 1990’s, it was the Republican Congressional majorities that pushed Clinton on deficit reduction, not Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi. So to say that Rodney, or many Republicans didn’t care about the deficit/debt when they were in the leadership is flat wrong.

  9. herbert says:

    douglas herbert will beat rodney this fall! herbert! herbert! herbert!

  10. P says:

    Ted – “The deficit was reported to be $84 billion less than projected in February.” Of course you left out the fact that they also raised the deficit projection for next year by about 50% more than they lowered it for this year, and also noted that they were increasing their deficit forecasts for the following two years! Doesn’t sound like things are really getting better.

    But there’s more – “The administration also projects the economy will grow 3.2 percent this year, compared with 2.7 percent forecast in February. Growth is projected at 3.6 percent next year and 4.2 percent in 2012.” Are these the same “economists” who forecasted that the President’s “stimulus” plan would halt the unemployment rate at 8%?!! And these are they guys you’re going with??!!

    Oh, and if it’s really a “Jobless Recovery”, is it really a Recovery??? The New Obama Economic Paradigm – 9.6% Joblessness as far as the eye can seeeeeeeeeeeee. Scary as it sounds, a slogan like that could make even Sarah Palin President in ’12!

    If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times, stop drinking the ObamaKoolAid.

    Herbert, oh Herbert, time to wake up. It’s January of 2011 and Rodney’s being sworn in for his 9th term in office. He beat the Herbert you ran in ’94, second time won’t be a charm.

  11. Bob Grant says:

    P, as usual, you miss the point. A poll of 25 people isn’t the standard for decision making,, but it is indicitive of understanding and concern. The deficit is another fake issue with the GOP pretending to be concerned. If people are so enraged by the deficit why is it that they have no understanding of the issue? The deficit may be a real problem in the future, but that isn’t why the Republicans are flogging the issue; they didn’t care about it during Reagan, Bush or Baby Bush.

    I really shouldn’t argue with a person who is afraid the leave his real name on here.

  12. Ted says:

    P, I see no reference for an increased deficit in the out years. You’re blowing smoke once again.

    You speak about missed forecasts but neglect to mention what would have occurred without the stimulus or even speculate on what policy would have been better nor do mention failed Republican economic forecasts.

    Oh, and what would be the GOP plan for job creation? And don’t forget to begin your detailed analysis before the Obama stimulus.

    I’ve said before that the GOP is very good at getting elected; they’re just no good at governing. Now’s your chance to shine and prove me wrong. Give us the detailed plan and show us how it would have been better.

  13. P says:

    From the OMB’s mid-session review –


    Because of the lower outlays now projected for 2010, the deficit for 2010 is expected to be $1.471 trillion, $84 billion lower than project¬ed in February. The 2010 deficit is projected to be 10.0 percent of GDP, which is 0.6 percent¬age points lower than projected in February and about the same as the 2009 level.

    For 2011, the deficit is projected to decline from the 2010 level to $1.416 trillion, or 9.2 percent of GDP, $150 billion higher than projected in February. This reestimate is pri¬marily because of the reduction in projected receipts. For 2012, the deficit is also pro¬jected to be slightly higher than projected in February, equal to 5.6 percent of GDP, again because of the reduction in projected receipts.

    Stop reading the headlines form the NutRoots websites and do your own research.

    Apology accepted.

    The US needed a stimulus, just not the one that Obama and the Dems jammed through. First, it didn’t apply enough money fast enough, and second, it was really a Christmas Tree for every Liberal plan/project/idea that had been stymied from the early days of the Clinton administration.

    Remember Rahm Emanuel’s quote – “you never want a serious crisis to go to waste . . “

  14. P says:

    Grant – You shouldn’t, but you will.

    As far as the deficit being a “fake issue,” tell that to the Greeks. Over 11,000,000 people there though putting their lifestyle on a credit card was the only way to travel. Where are they now???

    And if you think we can sustain trillion dollar deficits for a decade or more (which, regardless of what the Obama WH spinmeister say, is slowly becoming the future norm), then you are now officially the most clueless contributor to this blog.

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