If you could use a good laugh — and who couldn't these days• — here's one for you: Spendthrift Gov. Ed Rendell claims he's a cost-cutter.
We've yet to see white flakes fly this season — thank goodness! — but Fast Eddie's portion of a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece headlined "Four Governors on How to Cut Spending" sure is one heck of a snow job.
In it, Gov. Rendell touts "procurement redesign that is saving taxpayers nearly $30 million a year" and state employees contributing toward their health insurance premiums for the first time. And get this: He also claims "taxpayers stood with us."
Apparently a victim of selective amnesia, the lame-duck governor didn't mention state spending on his watch skyrocketing by about 33 percent, nearly twice the rate of inflation. Or state debt that's 78 percent higher than it was eight years ago. Or the $5 billion budget gap he'll leave his successor.
Were he more honest, Rendell would have written that taxpayers have had to withstand — not that they have "stood with" — his big-spending ways.
Ed Rendell might be able to fool Journal readers elsewhere — who don't have the regrettable context provided by his eight long years of tax-and-spend profligacy — but he can't fool Pennsylvanians with his quack-quackery.
Rendell a cost-cutter• As if!