Bad Neighbor Bader And The Case Of The Late Tax Payments
Bader Qarmout campaign blogger and Jacobin Clown Extraordinaire - whose cannibalistic attacks on conservative individuals and groups who do not comport themselves to his twisted vision of “true” conservatism - is at it again. This time, the object of the former Manly Rash’s (his maiden name) latest Alinskyite assault is the Town of Newton, in bucolic Sussex County.
It should be noted at the time of this writing that the Qarmout campaign blogger has yet to actually converse directly with anyone at the municipal building by phone. Any political blogger with integrity instinctively picks up the phone and discusses matters of concern with the source. It’s the first rule of responsible journalism - but not for Qarmout’s campaign blogger.
The Case of the Late Tax Payments
Most folks - especially taxpaying homeowners - understand that a great many people, usually business persons and property owners, are often faced with onerous tax burdens that can become overwhelming in times of economic recession. In some cases, the sum of the taxes owed can exceed the income stream from which the tax revenue is derived - an occupational hazard for real estate investors - especially those who own commercial or residential properties that are rented or leased.
In such a case, responsible people divest of some of their assets to pay their property taxes.
They recognize that when you own property you can’t pay the taxes on, it probably means that you can’t afford that property. It means that you should scale back your holdings to fit your means. That’s what responsible people - some call them conservatives - do.
Good citizens, good neighbors, understand that when they don’t pay their property taxes, their fellow citizens and neighbors have to make up for the shortfall. Property taxes go up for everyone, because of scofflaws like Bader Qarmout.
Irresponsible people use money that could have gone to paying property taxes to purchase more toys - like a beachfront property in Hawaii or the liquor license for a fancy restaurant.
How many of Bader Qarmout’s neighbors in the Town of Newton own vacation property in Hawaii? How many of those neighbors pay their property taxes on time, year after year?
The answer to the first question is none. The answer to the second is 97 percent.
There are actually real estate investors who use non-payment of property taxes as a business tactic to keep as much of their money working for them for as long as possible.
Year after year these real estate investors refuse to pay their property taxes until the last minute, leaving their solid citizen neighbors to pick-up the tab for the services they avail themselves of. Of course, as owners of multiple properties - including rental units, commercial buildings, and bars - these investors use a lot more of those services than do the hardworking, taxpaying, single-family homeowner. In short, these “investors” have come up with a kind of corporate welfare scheme that allows them to hold their money for as long as possible - while someone else picks up the tab.
Is Bader Qarmout one of them? I’ll have more on that later. Suffice to say that the non-payment of property taxes the Qarmout campaign’s idiot blogger is trying to make excuses for happened when property values were still very healthy.
Crooks, scofflaws, scam artists and others who masquerade as “business people” (or military officers, as the case may be) cannot or will not understand the concept of being a responsible citizen and a good neighbor. They immediately decry any attempt to criticize their delinquency in the payment of property taxes as “unfair” to them. Selfish and self-centered, they believe it is the duty of others to pay their way, while they amass more toys, more vacation properties, and so on. It’s the same line that welfare cheats use.
Apparently, their number also includes Bader Qarmout’s campaign blogger, a self-professed “conservative” and sometime military impersonator, who has penned a great many defamatory screeds attacking conservatives like Congressman Ron Paul, former Governor Sarah Palin, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, former conservative candidate for Governor Steve Lonegan, State Senator Mike Doherty, and anyone else who happens to disagree with his sociopathic view of the world - in precisely the same language and tone Movement Conservatives have come to expect from the likes of radical Leftists.
A good idea of how he views himself is captured on this video which he himself produced and distributed.
Don’t believe me? Click on the link and read conservative columnist Paul Mulshine’s article for yourself. (Unlike the Jacobins over at Qarmout HQ, I have no problem linking to this because I WANT you read the lunacy that is the Qarmout campaign).
We all know guys like Bader Qarmout. They talk big, tell everybody what good people they are, and boss others about what to do.
Bader Qarmout’s blogger has no way of knowing how his candidate’s neighbors in Newton feel about Qarmout not paying his property taxes on his many properties while they struggle to pay their taxes on their single home, because he has yet to actually spend some time in conversation with them.
Qarmout wants to be a politician. He wants us to elect him so that he can make the rules for us. But like we found out when he started posting his campaign signs on public property - months before he is allowed to do so - Bader Qarmout thinks the rules are for someone else.
Qarmout’s campaign blogger tries a classic tactic that comes straight out of the Leftist radical playbook: Take a point of law that has wide support among the residents of a community and say that it doesn’t matter. Hey, don’t we all want to see MORE campaign signs trashing up our public land? Next Qarmout will want to hang them on trees and, in defense of this, you can be sure that his campaign blogger will decry an “ongoing campaign of defamation”.
It’s not just his campaign signs. As this public notice makes clear, (scroll down and see the highlighted portion) Bader Qarmout thinks the rules are for people like us - but not him.
And while candidate Qarmout owed tens of thousands in back property taxes, he owned a bar and a luxury beach condo in Hawaii.
Bader Qarmout’s campaign blogger never bothered to contact the municipality either by phone or by e-mail before concluding that the good taxpaying citizens of Newton were wrong for wanting Qarmout to pay his property taxes on time. In a strange interlude, Qarmout’s campaign blogger apparently loses his place, and weirdly describes his candidate as a “selfish, self-centered, elitist out to screw fellow taxpayers while he pocketed profits from a local gin joint and enjoyed luxury vacations in a Hawaii beach condo.”
Wow, well he obviously has spent some time with Bader Qarmout.
Never mind the history of tax delinquency or the fact that Qarmout is a serial scofflaw. Never mind the “luxury condo” in Hawaii. None of this matters to Qarmout’s campaign blogger, who appears to be a keen student of Saul Alinsky and rather partial to Rule #12 of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.
Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)
No, I’m not talking about Qarmout’s campaign blogger’s depiction of the President of the United States as a ghetto pimp or his ideological mentor’s reference to the First Lady of the United States as a chimpanzee.
I’m talking about his attacks on Congressman Ron Paul (”a lunatic who belongs in a straight jacket”), Senate Mike Doherty (”a West Point weasel) and the attacks on the wife of Steve Lonegan that I won’t even repeat here. All of this done by Bader Qarmout’s campaign blogger.
First let’s deal with the delinquency itself. Qarmout’s properties are mixed commercial and residential units. It is very rare to find a delinquent property make it into a newspaper notice. A call to the Newton municipal building confirmed that 97% of Newton’s property taxpayers pay their property taxes in a timely manner. That makes Bader Qarmout a 3%.
Now some of these 3 percenters do have legitimate problems. Those are the ones who don’t have the money to buy vacation property in Hawaii.
Bader Qarmout’s campaign blogger, attempts to justify Bader Qarmout’s serial scofflaw behavior by arguing that “ultimately, the interest paid compensates for the loss of revenue during the delinquent period. Neither the township nor the state consider this type of tax delinquency to be remotely serious.” Care to furnish any data to back that up?
As EVERYONE in municipal and county government knows, it is VERY serious. It causes revenue shortfalls that have to be made up for in higher property taxes or debt. In fact, it is so serious that the municipal government is empowered to seize the miscreant’s property and sell it to get the money owed.
Of course, freeloaders like Marxists, Democrats, the Occupy Wall Street crowd, welfare cheats, scam artists, serial imposters - and Bader Qarmout’s campaign blogger - are not irritated by this kind of irresponsible behavior. They actually defend it, like they did when Barack Obama’s Treasury Secretary didn’t pay his taxes.
Here’s the issue: Bader Qarmout owns multiple investment properties, both commercial and residential, he owns a bar, has the money for a liquor license and owns vacation property in Hawaii. On top of that, Bader Qarmout is paid by and collects a salary and benefits from the taxpayers of Morris County. And yet he won’t pay his property taxes like people who have far less than him. The way 97% of his neighbors do.
In response to this common sense conservatism, Bader Qarmout’s campaign blogger lifts lines right out of the Daily Kos, sounding just like Markos Moulitsas. Conservatives everywhere wonder how and why candidate Bader Qarmout tolerates this Leftist jackass. Oh yes…now I remember: he furthers the RINO cause by attacking and cannibalizing conservatives like Ron Paul, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Steve Lonegan, and Mike Doherty.
First the lie…
When Bader Qarmout announced his campaign for the United States Senate, he told everyone that he was a college professor. As Qarmout’s campaign blogger now makes perfectly clear, Qarmout lied. This morning the Qarmout campaign, through its blogger, set the record straight.
It turns out that Bader Qarmout’s claim to being a college professor is about as thin as his bloggers claim to being a military officer. Qarmout’s campaign wrote:
“For teaching one class over the course of a four month semester, Bader Qarmout receives roughly $3,000 - roughly $187 per week - before taxes. There is no provision for health insurance and Qarmout pays into his own retirement fund.”
Like we thought. A fake.
Then, like true limousine liberals, Bader Qarmout and his campaign blogger try to justify his not paying his property taxes while owning vacation property in Hawaii:
“Here are the facts: the condo is actually an apartment located in a multiple unit dwelling across the street from the beach in Lawai on the island of Kauai. Qarmout and his wife Jennifer purchased a time share interest in the unit for $4,500 - plus a $700 annual maintenance fee - shortly after they wed in 1998. The roughly 900 square foot ‘luxury’ apartment consists of an eat-in kitchen, living room, a single bedroom and a single bathroom similar to ordinary apartments stateside.”
$4,500 in 1998? What’s it worth now?
Hey Bader, if you want us here at CNJ to take it off your hands for $4,500 - give us a call - otherwise stop crying like some schmuck. You have more than most taxpayers have. Pay your property taxes on time.
Feeling any better about Bader Qarmout? Still think he’s a conservative?
Even Bader’s own campaign blogger is beginning to agree that while Bader Qarmout is many things (most of which cannot be mentioned in polite company), a rock-ribbed Reagan Conservative isn’t one of them.
*This post paraphrases from a blog written by the Qarmout campaign’s blogger
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