I don’t mean 12-bar blues, or southern blues, I mean Democrat Blue.
It’s been 2 years since PA opted to put Tom Corbett in as Governor and at the same time, pair him with a Republican majority State Assembly and I think I speak for many Pennsylvanians when I say that there’s something very rotten in the City of Harrisburg and it isn’t the smell of the Susquehanna.
It is the foul odor of the dirty deeds and policies coming from both Corbett and the General Assembly in the last 2 years. We’ve seen women, children, families, and our state’s environment suffer intensely under the current exclusive Republican regime. We’ve seen the poor targeted by the very director of the PA Department of Public Welfare and we’ve seen business not just get help, but be given sweetheart deals in exchange for not much in the way of new employment to help PA families and individuals get back to a life that isn’t hanging by a thread.
We’ve seen the General Assembly refuse to hold even the Governor accountable for his misconduct while he was Attorney General for why it took 3 years to finally investigate, what it took 1 dedicated investigator a few months to piece together, in the form of the Sandusky case. When you have the level of corruption and dirty deeds that have been done in the capital in Harrisburg over the years, you’re going to end up with some big scandals, like the Penn State debacle, because you’ve got political pets and favorites and they get a free pass while peoples’ lives end up ruined and when it finally comes to light, you suddenly are left with more questions than answers and the answers you get are not going make it any easier to avoid the realization that those who had oversight and those who had direct knowledge of what could’ve been going on didn’t act and now, we’re seeing the typical tactic of hanging out to dry those who you can pin stuff on, but the full measure of accountability is not being taken or sought.
Aside of that nasty scandal, there’ve been several other measures to keep the public from having their proper and guaranteed right to vote in this state, so that “to enable Mitt Romney to win Pennsylvania”, according to Republican State Rep. Mike Turzai. This is just one of many off-the-cuff, callous, and scandalous statements made by Republican State Reps. & Senators in the last couple of years. It should leave most any voter who sees the problems and the disdain for the voters that this represents, mad as hell. It also should tell any reasonable voter in PA that it is TIME for serious change in our State Assembly.
We need to give a check and balance to the unbridled power of Tom Corbett and the way to do that is by replacing a lot of the current Republican representatives and senators with Democratic candidates and those who will stand up for us as citizens who don’t forget where they came from and who won’t simply add to the already corrupt and contrived system. A lot of the current Republican candidates who want to join the Republican “party” in the State Assembly are as bad or worse than the ones there now. They are more TEA Party based, which again is “I got mine, to hell with you” mentality in action.
Think about our recent storm and any future disasters and imagine what kind of added disaster we’d see from having those kind of people running our government agencies and directing the funding and policies of our emergency response agencies. They’d probably turn away FEMA help, because after all they abhor any kind of government spending unless it is to make more war or to help tell you how you can raise your family or have a family or who can vote or who can have babies and still have help if they need it. Is that the kind of Pennsylvania you want to live in folks?! I sure as heck don’t and that’s a real possibility if Corbett and his allies in Harrisburg continue to strengthen their grip on power.
We must take voter action on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 and send a reality check to Tom Corbett and the reckless behaviors of the Republicans in Harrisburg and begin to set things back on the right track. When you can fund a $300 million tax credit for business, but you can’t stand up for the least of our citizens and yank the $150 million cash assistance subsistence benefit for 68,000 people in PA, that’s some pretty depraved values in action.
So, when you step into the voting booth on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 between the hours of 7am and 8pm, and you don’t let somebody tell you that you have to produce photo ID, unless it is your first time voting, and you don’t let some 3rd party, outside poll watcher give you grief about voting, and try to bully you out of voting, get in that voting booth and find the Democratic column of candidates and hit the “straight ticket” button, that way you know you’ve voted for the right people that will listen to the people, that will stand up and do right by us.
Specifically, in the local region here I am endorsing:
(D) Mark Rozzi 126th against (R) Jim Billman (head of the Berks County TEA Party Patriots) : Jim’s been at war with the City of Reading over their enforcement and issues with building codes enforcement and such, as the Reading Eagle and wfmz.com noted at one point this year, but seeing a Rozzi ad recently makes me better understand why he might have an issue with the City of Reading, he’s had violations at some of his properties according to the ad. If he hates dealing with the city now, if he gets elected he’ll really have fits. Let’s save him the trouble and elect Mark Rozzi, who will do an admirable job for the people of the 126th as Dante Santoni retires from public life after a long, distinguished tenure of service.
(D) Erik Saar 129th against (R) Jim Cox (protégé and close friend of Sam Rohrer, the man who thinks being a sovereign citizen makes you exempt from most laws and driver’s licenses and such): Erik has not just leadership experience, he counsels the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington DC, you can’t get much more leadership experience than that. He’ll be a great asset for the district and PA!
(D) Russ Diesinger 130th against (R) Dave Maloney: Dave is a TEA Party darling that hates the idea of government, so let’s help him overcome that problem by retiring him from the State Assembly and restoring sanity to Harrisburg with the election of Russ Diesinger, a school teacher who can help reshape the education policy with firsthand knowledge and experience from having been there and done that.
(D) Joe Haas against 187th against (R) Gary Day: Northeast Berks really needs better representation and Joe Haas can help provide that. Gary has pretty much gone along with all the Republican platform of shenanigans that they’ve done in the last 2 years. We need change in Harrisburg, Gary has to go!
(I) Dante Picciano 124th against (R) Jerry Knowles: Again, it is important to bring new voices and more sensible people to Harrisburg, and Jerry Knowles pretty much followed in the shoes of David Argall and we don’t need more of the that same type of mindset in Harrisburg.
(D) Vicki Harman 125th against (R) Mike Tobash: Mike has been pretty much following lock step with the Republican agenda in Harrisburg and turned his back on the least of Pennsylvania by voting for the budget and bills that ended general cash assistance for the poorest Pennsylvanians. We don’t need to support those who can’t stand up for the least among us.
(D) John Reynard 134th against (R) Ryan Mackenzie: Ryan has pretty much just been another hack for the Republican party leadership since he got elected in a special election to fill out Doug Reichley’s term.
It is a shame that nobody is running against (D) Tom Caltigirone or (R) Mark Gillen for their seats, because both of them more than deserve to be replaced for the shameful things they have both supported in the last few years, neither of them have earned a vote as far as I am concerned. There aren’t many Democrats that I would single out, but Tom is one of them for how he has abandoned even his own City constituents and is willing to buy into the drastic measures introduced by the Republicans, he might as well change his registration.
For State Senate…
(D) Judy Schwank 11th against (R) Karen Mogel: Judy is an experienced leader and knows what matters to the people of the 11th district. She has proudly continued the legacy of the late great State Senator Mike O’Pake and it would be horrible to lose that kind of energy and enthusiasm in Harrisburg that Judy brings to the position. Karen is a newcomer and I’m not even sure she knows where her district is, because I’ve seen signs for her scattered into Mike Folmer’s district area and he’s not even up for re-election this time around. She was thrown into the race at the last minute somewhat and seems to be propped up by TEA Party groups and sounds like she’d support that kind of agenda from what I know thus far of her, which sadly isn’t much. Again, we need more Democrats in Harrisburg right now to balance out Corbett’s power and Judy being there does that.
(D) Tim Seip 29th against (R) David Argall: Argall has made a career out of politics and in some things he’s done, in the past, have been worthy goals and aims, but alas he’s tended to fall more into line with the prevailing Republican party agenda in Harrisburg and quite frankly we just can’t afford that kind of continued influence upon our state. It is time for change and Tim Seip will bring that because he has been a state rep before and hasn’t forgotten what is important and can work to take care of the issues that really matter to us in PA as well as the district.
For those State Reps and State Senators who are in other areas, check your local paper or news websites for voter guides on who is running for each race and please strongly consider voting for the Democratic candidate, so that we can begin to bring sanity and balance back to Harrisburg. We have to deal with Corbett for 2 more years, but we can help make that easier to bear, if we balance and check his power with a State Assembly that is solidly Democratic and can bring about more sane compromise and solutions.