I'll tell you right up front that I'm in favor of keeping our governor, Tom Corbett on the job for another four years, and give him a chance to finish what he has, to me, successfully started.
He inherited quite a debt from our last, Democratic Governor, Mr. Rendell.
If he hadn't had to pay that off, he could have invested it in the state's affairs, such as education. Even so, he appropriated more and more state money in education each year than Rendell.
Mr. Rendell, on the other hand, appropriated less and less state money each year of his term. Rendell's figures look better only because of a federal stimulus grant to Pennsylvania during his term.
It is easy for an outsider to criticize someone who, to me, is sincerely trying to do his best at a very difficult job. Four balanced budgets, on time and without new taxes, is something to be respected.
Also, 150,000 new jobs created has lowered our unemployment rate from 8 percent to 6.2 percent.
To me, it doesn't seem fair not to give someone a chance to build on what he has accomplished thus far. It would be like hiring a new contractor to build your house after only the basement was finished.
In my 60-plus years of continuous voting, I like to think I have learned to judge politicians fairly well. Mr. Corbett, it seems to me, deserves a chance to finish what he has started with such promise.
I am also wondering why his job is worth the $10 million borrowed by candidate Mr. Wolf.
Even if he wins the election, that's a lot of money to pay back in the four years he would be guaranteed the job.
Remember this, dear readers, Mr. Wolf is a Democrat. Raising taxes is in their DNA.
Eugene H. Sellers
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