The Disappearing Middle Class Continues to Struggle to Survive

aa7788696d3fbfd18f2e_Sal.jpg
aa7788696d3fbfd18f2e_Sal.jpg

The middle class is becoming extinct in New Jersey. Current policies have diminished the quality of life for those with disabilities and the non-disabled, alike.

During his first year in office, Governor Christie eliminated many programs and teaching positions that served blind children in New Jersey. Later, he formed a taskforce to close two centers serving adults with developmental disabilities. More recently, he has spearheaded a movement through the State Board of Education that will weaken Special Education services to children with disabilities in New Jersey’s Schools.

Parents of children with autism and other developmental disabilities have complained that the Governor has privatized some services that were delivered by the Department of Human Services and case management for their children has all but ceased to exist. Parents of adults with developmental disabilities have questioned the implementation of services for their disabled loved ones. Moreover, the families have complained that they have been denied the opportunity to provide input into the development of these programs. In addition, the parents of adults with disabilities have complained that the Administration has failed to investigate reported episodes of abuse where their sons and daughters have suffered life-long injuries and death.

This current phenomenon weakens the very core of our State. If our disabled citizens are considered to be expendable, virtually every family in New Jersey is impacted.

Current policies have lessened the quality of life in New Jersey. At present, more than four-hundred thousand workers are unemployed, with no relief in sight. Thousands have lost their homes to foreclosure. Thousands of policemen have lost their jobs in the name of fiscal restraint. The result is a significant rise in violent crimes, especially in inner-city areas.

Tuition at our public colleges has skyrocketed, preventing many from pursuing a college education. Those who manage to complete their education via student loans face a life-time of poverty. Many will never be able to own their own home because of insurmountable student loan debt.

The coast of medical care has also skyrocketed, with many individuals unable to afford prescribed medication.

Yes, the overall quality of life has diminished in New Jersey over the last few years. If the goal of fiscal restraint is to save the tax-payers money, who will benefit if those same taxpayers cannot afford appropriate health care, cannot escape from a crime-ridden environment, cannot afford to send their kids to college, or properly care for their loved ones with disabilities?

Certainly, the ever-disappearing middle class will continue to struggle to survive.

 The Guest Column is our readers' opportunity to write about a given issue or topic in an in-depth and educational manner.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Chatham

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_e54353bd68f7785329f6_donate-blood

Fri, April 27, 2:00 PM

Madison Area YMCA - Kroll Conference Room, Madison

Blood Drive

Giving Back Health & Wellness Other

Sun, May 20, 2:00 PM

Chatham Township Municipal Building, Chatham

A Tour of Chatham Township and Green Village

Arts & Entertainment

A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, April 9 – Sunday, April 15, 2018

ESL PROGRAM ENROLLING NOW!

The program will be held on Thursdays, May 3 through June 21 – 1:30 to 2:30 pm

Registration required

For anyone wanting to improve their English language skills, we are starting our first ever ESL program.  The program will be conducted by Language Education and Resource Network (LEARN) and volunteer tutors for 8 weeks.  Further sessions may be ...

Spending More Per Pupil Doesn’t Guarantee Additional or Enhanced Success

April 20, 2018

Dear Editor:

At the April 16th Board of Education meeting, Board member Sal Arnuk stated: “I am ashamed to see the district at the bottom of the list in per-pupil spending.”  On the contrary, Board member Arnuk should be exceedingly proud of how our Board of Education is able to consistently be ranked as the top school district in our state at the cost it currently spends per ...

Video: Point View's Petrides Talks AMEX, GE and Amazon Earnings, Stock Outlook

April 22, 2018

Point View Wealth Management's Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, John Petrides, live on FOX Business AM discussing several upcoming pivotal earnings and possible market reactions:

ptview.com/medias/tv-radio

​​​​For nearly 25 years, Point View Wealth Management, Inc. has been working with families in Summit and beyond, providing customized portfolio management ...