Gov. Tom Corbett rode to victory last year by telling voters he’d change how things were done in Harrisburg. He vowed to begin sweeping reforms on his first day in office and promised openness and transparency. From what little transparency he has offered what we see is quite different. Tom Corbett is as corrupt a politician as any. Instead of taking the initiative on his first day and proposing serious, real campaign finance, lobbying and legislative reforms he spent his first week without any plan for reform. He then tried hiring his former campaign manager as his Chief of Staff and when that didn’t work he hired his father for a patronage job.
His reform plan took a week and I have yet to see any serious efforts. Campaign finance reform remains the biggest single problem and Corbett is shredding his own vows to change how things are done by rewarding his at the expense of the rest of us. His outright refusal to impose a gas extraction tax is example #1 but his cuts to education also benefit some of his biggest campaign donors. Between his massive cuts to public education and his bill for privatizing public schools (vouchers) he is rewarding those charter school minions who gave him $334,000. This is in direct violation of his promises to voters to change how things are done. This is the same old Harrisburg corruption.
Add to that his refusal to hold regular press briefings and to close those to credentialed press only. I can’t get press credentials, for example, because the Capitol application insists on my “boss” authorizing the form. As a blogger I don’t have a boss. Isn’t it time Harrisburg woke up and realized traditional media are disappearing and there’s something called new media? What’s more Corbett is blocking regular Pennsylvanians from THEIR house by restricting attendance at his public events in a public building, something I believe is illegal.
Tom Corbett ran on a much different platform, issues and tone than we’re seeing from him as Governor. He isn’t answering questions and Pennsylvanians have many questions of him.