With the highest priced government per citizen, Pennsylvania is neither red nor blue any longer, Pennsylvanians are just bruised.
Never in the history of a state government has there been greater justification for rule by referendum. Pennsylvania once described by James Carville as “Philadelphia on one end, Pittsburgh on the other, with Alabama in the middle” is nothing at all like Alabama. Pennsylvania is a state with 253 legislators; Alabama is a state with merely 140.
Pennsylvania is a state vastly over-bloated with both red and blue patronage politics and as a consequence we have far too many legislators being paid far too much money.
Only California pays its legislators more, at around $99,000 per year, but they only have 120 legislators who each serve considerably more constituents than the greedy Pennsylvanian legislators. Each California Senator serves approximately 1 million constituents and each California General Assembly member serves nearly ½ million constituents.
Pennsylvania on the other hand, has 253 legislators who are now each paid at least $81,000. And our State Senators only serve about ¼ million constituents and our General Assembly members only serve (and this is the real theft at hand) 1/17 million constituents. That means Pennsylvanians pay their legislators about four times more per citizen served than do Californians. It also means Pennsylvanians pay their elected officials collectively vastly more than any other state in the entire country.
But to add worse to bad, after our legislators decided they needed two raises in the wee hours of July 7, 2005 (they already knew they would receive a cost of living raise) Governor Rendell decided he would help things by pretending he was our state psychotherapist to boot. On August 10 when the state wide outrage was building, Rendell told us we had a “right to be concerned”.
Yes, he would validate our hurt feelings and still jam it to us. Obviously Rendell does not understand what a “right” really means. No, we did not elect him to serve us psycho-babble about our “right to be concerned” over being robbed by our legislature’s midnight pay grab. No our real rights are very different. For example we have the right to throw Rendell out of office if it is discovered he perpetrated fraud against the very people who elected him. Citizens recently did just that in Connecticut. We have the right to demand that the US Attorney General removes judges like Chief Justice Ralph Cappy from our State Supreme Court if his part in the pay grab is demonstrably unethical. (Remember the impeachment of almost- Pennsylvania Chief Justice drug-addict Rolf Larsen?) We also have a right to a free press that has the courage to tell us when our legislators are stealing from us. Especially when the likes of Rendell call the public outrage a media conspiracy. And most of all, we, the people of Pennsylvania, have the right to demand our elected representatives introduce legislation that vastly reduces the number of legislators in our grossly over-bloated state government.
So when dirty politicians and self serving justices blame the press for their own bad behavior, it is time for us, we the people, to exercise our real rights. It is referendum time in the Keystone State!Powered by Sidelines