19th Century View of Government?
Patriot News has a blurb about our re-selling calendars for property tax relief (third item). Rendell spokeman Chuck Ardo defends the calendars (more or less) by taking a shot at us, claiming we “should keep the calendars to remind them that their 19th-century approach to government is outmoded”.
I am outraged! We don’t have a 19th-century approach to government. We have an 18th-century approach to government. You know, like our founding fathers intended and our Constitution authorizes (with about 27 changes).
We don’t, for instance, think state government should:
- Use taxpayer money to send out calendars pretending to be paid for by lawmakers running for reelection.
- Allow Governor Rendell to promise millions in taxpayer grants to a private film company while running for reelection.
- Give out taxpayer-funded bonuses in exchange for campaign volunteer work.
- Produce ads with rapping woodchucks.
- Buy Senator Vince Fumo nineteen Oreck vaccuum cleaners for each floor in his many houses.
- Buy Representative Mark Cohen $31,000 in books in three years.
- Spend over $6 million on “public service ads” that are just like campaign ads for incumbents, except for being funded by taxpayers.
- Pay PHEAA’s legal fees of $400,000 to avoid disclosing what the spend on perks for lawmakers.
I guess that is us being old-fashioned.