Thursday, May 27, 2010

Newspaper: Rendell the Ridiculous

From the editorial pages of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review comes this gem about Pennsylvania's beleaguered governor.
Rendell the Ridiculous

Politicians do say the darnedest things. Witness Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell.

Among the many laughable things Fast Eddie told The Wall Street Journal last week was how he'd sell ObamaCare to voters as an incumbent Democrat congressman:

"You know, in my district, I'd find the first child who took advantage to force an insurance company in September (when insurers will be barred from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions). I might even have a press conference with that child."

In other words, exploit for political gain the first suitable child who's handy. How disgusting.

Having given Dems in general such advice, Rendell said he'd shared with U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, Democrat nominee for U.S. Senate, what sounds like true wisdom: "Stay away from guys like me for a while."

But The Journal saved Rendell's biggest howler for last: "I am a fiscal conservative."

This, despite Pennsylvania's debt rising 78 percent, to $41 billion, in the last eight years -- and state spending per family of four rising by an inflation-adjusted $3,600 during seven years of Democrat budgets.

On second thought, this is no laughing matter. It's cause for tears.

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