(A brief conversation twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a BE)

JB: Grrrrrr!

BE: What now?

JB: I'm shocked, shocked I tell you.

BE: OK, Inspector Reynaud, why are you shocked?

JB: Because even in this new-media age where everything every pol says is instantly known to every sensate person, pols continue to employ weasel words.

BE: Such as?

JB: How about Congressional Republicans and their Pledge to America to cut $100 billion out of the federal budget?

BE: So? That helped get them elected, right?

JB: Right. So now they say that was just a "goal" and that really they might cut half that. See the Times piece Tuesday, "Republicans Lower Goal for Cuts to Budget"?

BE: So you're saying?

JB: I'm saying unrealistic promises made in campaigns end up as weasel words when the campaigns are over. Remember Obama saying he'd go through the budget line by line? Whatever happened to that? It's both parties at all levels.

BE: And this is new information?

JB: NO! GRRRR! But you'd think voters sometime, somewhere might catch on!

BE: Well, at least in our state we've got Tom Corbett's pledge not to raise taxes.

JB: Don't get me started.

BE: What?

JB: Check out last Sunday's Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Asked about his promise not to tax Marcellus Shale (after taking $850,000 in contributions from the industry) he said, and I quote, "Right now I say we're not going to do it...(but) I will look at what the Legislature proposes. I do believe we need to take care of impacts at the local and county level."

BE: Uh-oh, sounds like a double-cross of the folks who paid for his election, eh?

JB: Sounds to me like weasel words. Grrrr.