Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Words, words, words.

A reader finds some of Corbett's campaign words on public education.

Words, words, words.


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

JB: Yo, chief, remember the "funny guy" in last Friday's blog who shared his e-mail to his state reps, Mike Gerber and Daylin Leach?

BE: Sure. The Conshohocken travel agency owner who asked his "beloved" elected representatives to honor him with a day with a long title. What was it again?

JB: National Pain in the Ass Constitutents....(on and on) Day.

BE: Right. Yeah, I remember him. A funny guy.

JB: Well, he's back. This time he's sharing a youtube video from a gubernatorial forum I moderated back in January 2010.

BE: Nice of him to remember you.

JB: Yeah, see, I don't think that's why he sent it to me.

BE: Uh-oh. Did you screw up?

JB: No. But "funny guy" thinks Corbett might have.

BE: Corbett the Invincible? Corbett the Flawless? Corbett the Compromiser?

JB: Yep. "Funny guy" thinks Corbett mighta compromised himself on education funding. Let me set this up. This was at a forum for all candidates for governor, pre-primary, so there were like seven or eight of them, including (and who would remember this?) Tom Knox.

BE: Fort Knox! Good as Gold! Knox for the Keystone State!

JB: Settle down, Beavis. The event was sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Education Assn., the state teachers union and the room was packed with teachers.

BE: I wasn't expecting longshoremen.

JB: During this particular round of questions, candidates were asked to discuss their "vision" for public education.

BE: Talk about a softball question.

JB: And Corbett, of course, hits it pretty hard. Now, let's go to the tape. Don't bother with me at the start. Go about 1:20 in and you'll hear Corbett say, "I promise I will fight very hard for the money to fund public education...we have to fund that, we're going to fund that."

BE: Bada-bing! Bada-boom! A billion-dollar cut. Guess his fight didn't go well.

JB: It's all relative, my friend. The defense would argue that his proposed cuts merely restore funding to the levels before Spendell pumped them up. The defense would say the state of the state got worse in the year-plus since Corbett said what he said. But I think you know what teachers, school administrators and PSEA folks might say.

BE: This is the part where you growl, right?






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