In my opinion, the world is going in the wrong direction. If we talk about the ‘80s and ‘90s, legal corruption existed, but it did not affect the lives of the general population. They used to have their basic needs easily met; food shelter and clothes. Since the Clinton era, everything started to change. At the time of President Clinton, the mergers started. Mergers mean monopolies. Now, a few banks are controlling the financial world, and a few airlines are controlling the travel world. The gas prices are not coming down because of monopolies and neither president nor anyone else is not talking about it and making it an issue.
Lately, the lawmakers are making laws and helping the police department to raise the budget of the court of law and government by issuing tickets. Ticket issuance became big business. In my understanding, the ticket issuance means the police officer is launching the complaint against an individual by his power. Twenty years ago, if a police officer did not come to the court, the case used to be dismissed in favor of the defendant. Now, the public prosecutors, who are paid from taxpayer money, are there to make deals and use their legal knowledge to scare the defendants in my opinion.
As I predicted years ago, the protest from the people has started. In Anaheim, California the protest by 1,000 people led to the looting of businesses and trash being set on fire. That led to police shootings and the death of two people on the fourth day of violence. The politicians are busy trying to avoid the protests, but do not want to get to the cause of the problems. The President and presidential candidates are busy collecting billions of dollars and spending only with those who are already millionaires. They do not wish to spend even a penny with the small media, which are serving the communities, but yet they expect us to support them.
Recently, I was driving my van on a Toms River road and felt my tire had busted, so I slowly moved to the right and stopped the van to look at the tire. It was not busted. I went back to the van and the cops came and gave me a ticket for careless driving, stating that I should not park on the side of the road but pull into the mini mall right there. The mini mall is on private property, and I don’t know if I could park there or not. I asked four lawyers, and everyone said that it is up to the officer to prove his complaint. I went to the court, but the public prosecutor -who is supposed to help people - stated that the officer will not come and there will be another date for my case, if I want to plead not guilty. If I am found guilty, the judge can suspend my license for 30 days. It was not necessary for the prosecutor to scare me, but he did it anyway. I took off half a day from the office to go to Toms River, and now I have to go again? So, I pleaded guilty with a fine and no points. However, I am not happy and I blame the system for allowing officers not to attend the case and let the defendant suffer.
In another incident, my van belt broke and I stopped at mile 141.5 northbound on the Garden State Parkway. The new system allows only designated companies to tow cars. Moran Towing came and said that they would charge $185 to tow from marker 141.5 to Orange (7 miles away) and if it was towed to a nearby exit the charge is $80. I went to the nearest exit and for one mile of towing, I paid $80 as agreed. The towing person gave me a receipt. The cost is supposed to be a $60 base charge and $2 per mile after that. Why they charged more I don’t know. I called to make complaint and left a message. Until today (July 25, 2012), they still did not return the call yet. I hope they are not deaf and dumb, as they left that impression on my mind.