The voters have the right to be dissatisfied with the performance of Pennsylvania's elected officials as a group. Because of widespread dissatisfaction with the Rendell administration, the voters elected Republican legislative majorities in Pennsylvania. The expectation was that they would put forward a more responsible spending program and eliminate activities that are not proper functions of state government. They have failed to enact legislation desired by their constituents.
These items include but are not limited to privatization of the booze stores, updating the prevailing-wage legislation, limits on unionization of public employees (that includes right-to-work legislation) and control of pension funding shortfalls.
We clearly have a spending problem at the federal level ($16.3 trillion debt) and this problem also exists at the state and local levels.
Our educational system is failing to properly instruct students in basic economics and therefore, the public does not understand the deleterious effect on our country associated with deficit spending. Spending at all levels of government needs to be set at the minimum for the necessities and severely limited for the niceties.
The writer, a Republican, is a Bethel Park councilman.
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