pawatercooler.com

Because “Kiss My A**” isn’t a polite response

But it is full of teh awesome nonetheless (h/t Grassrootspa)

The long and short of it is that Reps. Schroeder and Vereb are creating a whistleblower website where people can report illegal activity by employees of Pennsylvania’s gaming industry. The PA Gaming Control Board is shocked, SHOCKED I tell you, that the House committee which oversees their activities would be so…impertinent.

Says the Gaming Control Board:

If you are aware of any criminal activity that has been perpetrated by any of our employees, we demand that you immediately provide us information on that criminal activity so that we may take appropriate action to assure that our duties as the regulatory authority over the gaming industry in Pennsylvania are not compromised. Any refusal on your part to provide this information only makes you complicit in undermining the integrity of gaming, which you so strongly allege is occurring.

Says Rep. Mike Vereb:
Bite me.

Or, alternately:

Vereb responded that the board has a “”better chance of the Easter Bunny visiting them on Sunday than they have of me turning anything over to them.”
[...]
“But there is not a chance,a probability or any likelihood that either one of us will turn over any information that has a criminal taint to it to the same agency who has done nothing about some of the very complaints for the last few years,” Vereb said.

Magnifying the awesome is the fact that former Speaker of the House and tax-hiking BFF of Ed Rendell, Keith McCall sits on the Gaming Control Board.

Former. Ha.

April 22, 2011 at 11:10 am Comments (0)

Rendell’s Real Legacy: High Taxes, Low Ratings And Clenched Teeth

It was a December night, late 90’s.  My entire family was in downtown Philadelphia taking in the Christmas attractions.  One of our traditions was marveling at the magnificently decorated, larger-than-life tree in the City Hall courtyard.  But when we arrived, the gates were locked.

Viewing the tree wasn’t going to happen.

Disappointed, we started walking away when none other than the Mayor himself came bounding out of City Hall right next to us, clearly in a hurry.  But he saw us, turned around, and shot the bull for several minutes.  Upon hearing our plight, he immediately summoned a police officer from his detail and instructed him to take us up to his office, which “has the best view of the tree,” for as long as we wanted.

That tree never looked so beautiful.

And through it all, that Mayor never asked us our names or where we lived.  Whether or not we were voting constituents had absolutely no bearing on him.  He instinctively did what he thought was right, in much the same way he operated while an Assistant District Attorney, and later, the City’s DA.  He was one of the good guys.

And after his two relatively successful terms as Mayor, hopes that he would lead Pennsylvania in the right direction were not unfounded.

But after eight disastrous years as Pennsylvania’s Governor, Ed Rendell being viewed as a “good guy” is as likely as the Eagles’ winning this year’s Super Bowl: nonexistent.

*****

Up to this point, his legacy was known for three things: the introduction of gambling, which did not live up to the promise of tax-relief; huge tax hikes, coupled with a 40 per cent increase in state spending; and a perception of widespread pay-to-play within his Administration. Of lesser note but still sore subjects were his signing an unconstitutional legislative pay raise and not getting a single budget passed on time — budgets that were full of smoke and mirrors, such as imaginary revenue from the failed I-80 tolling plan.

But now, the image of Rendell that is etched in people’s minds is the Governor blowing his top during one of his final interviews. 

With teeth clenched in a menacing growl, he karate-chops the air and literally screams at 60 Minutes interviewer Lesley Stahl that … “You guys don’t get that. You’re simpletons. You’re idiots if you don’t get that.”   He was defending his position that gaming was good for Pennsylvania, under the rationale that if gamblers are going to lose their paychecks anyway, it’s better for state coffers if they lose them in Pennsylvania.

Truth be told, Rendell’s anger wasn’t really directed at Stahl.  An intelligent man, the Governor is all too aware that, under his watch, the state earned points in all the wrong categories: some of the highest taxes in the country; the nation’s most hostile legal system, causing doctors and companies to flee; a failing educational product; the country’s worst roads, and a decimated manufacturing base.

Pennsylvania’s biggest export is its children, and that, more than anything, has extinguished the hope for a better tomorrow under Rendell.

But if there is ever to be a turnaround, the time is now. Republican Attorney General Tom Corbett will be the state’s new Governor, a leader who has promised to run Pennsylvania in the mold of New Jersey’s Chris Christie.  And he definitely has the horses to accomplish his agenda: the Senate is solidly Republican, and the State House saw a thirteen seat swing to give the GOP a double-digit majority.

Many analysts postulated that Dan Onorato was defeated in the Governor’s race, and the Democrats lost control of the State House, because of the national Republican tidal wave, with Rendell playing little role in that result.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

In the off-year elections of 1994 and 2010, newly elected Democratic Presidents pushed unpopular policies: Clinton with national health care and gays in the military, and Obama with universal healthcare, cap-and-trade and the stimulus. In both cases, Republicans took advantage of the momentum and captured the U.S. House of Representatives and numerous Governorships, including the gubernatorial victories of Tom Ridge and Tom Corbett in Pennsylvania. 

The State House was a different story. In 1994, the outgoing Governor, Bob Casey, Sr., was a popular conservative Democrat, and his influence helped the Dems maintain their slim majority. But Rendell was an albatross around the neck of Onorato, his protégé, and Democratic incumbents statewide.  Given that Corbett made Rendell’s legacy the focal point of his campaign, the Governor bears the most responsibility for his Party’s shellacking.

It’s legacy time for the Governor, and his approval ratings are downright dismal: twenties throughout much of the state and only thirties in his home base of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Poll numbers don’t lie, so when the vast majority of people say that Rendell’s eight years at the helm were a disaster, the realization of failure sets in, and backlashes occur — hence the uncontrolled outburst on 60 Minutes.

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of Rendell’s unpopularity is that it occurred despite the media’s cozy relationship with the Governor.  That free pass culminated when…

Read the rest and post a comment at Philly Magazine’s Philly Post:

http://blogs.phillymag.com/the_philly_post/2011/01/11/rendell%e2%80%99s-legacy-high-taxes-low-ratings-and-clenched-teeth/

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, www.FreindlyFireZone.com

Readers of his column, “Freindly Fire,” hail from six continents, thirty countries and all fifty states. His work has been referenced in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, foreign newsApapers, and in Dick Morris’ recent bestseller “Catastrophe.”

Freind, whose column appears nationally in Newsmax, also serves as a guest commentator on Philadelphia-area talk radio shows, and makes numerous other television and radio appearances, most notably on FOX.  He can be reached at CF@FreindlyFireZone.com

 

 

 

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January 11, 2011 at 11:14 am Comments (0)

Honoring hallowed ground

My husband and I spent this past Fourth of July weekend at Gettysburg, PA. I blogged about it upon my return, but felt then and still feel now that my words were inadequate in describing the experience. As I noted then, the 2 1/2 hour Segueway tour we took on Sunday was the perfect way to see the Battlefield and really get a sense of what happened there. I am ashamed to admit that prior to my visit, my knowledge of the Battle of Gettysburg was woefully inadequate.

In any event, I feel now that the experince of Gettysburg moved me like no other trip ever has. Touring the battlefield’s gently rolling, peaceful hills, while in my mind’s eye, superimposing the images of battle, dead and wounded was an experince I won’t soon forget. Indeed, I am currently reliving it through a book one of my readers recommended, called “The Killer Angels.” Whether I am finding this book so engrossing because it so vividly brings the story alive, or because I found the experience of Gettysburg so emotionally touching, I don’t know, but like my reader, I highly recommend the book (Thanks, Art!).

Prior to my visit, I used to think that the re-enactments had a flavor of hokiness, but after seeing a couple, I have come to view them as a way to honor history and keep it alive. To be sure, the town of Gettysburg has it’s share of honky-tonk attractions: ghost tours, “dramatized” battlefield tours, privately run tourist trap museums, tee shirt shops with pictures of Lincoln wearing an iPod, etc. These things run the gamut from mildly exploitive to offensive, but they all are predicated on what happened at Gettysburg.

So when I heard about a developer who wanted to build a casino on Emmitsburg Road a mere half a mile from the boundary of Gettysburg National Park, it just didn’t seem right. Inky:

The developer of a proposed casino in Gettysburg today called the historic community “the last untapped gaming marketplace” in Pennsylvania, and contended that his project would create jobs and revitalize the area while respecting its rich history and tradition.

David LeVan, the Adams County resident proposing the casino, told state gaming board officials at a packed hearing that his $75 million Mason-Dixon Resort & Casino project would have a “tremendous economic development” impact on the county and would not affect Gettysburg National Military Park, one of the nation’s first “hallowed” grounds.

He also said that many other towns and communities – including Philadelphia, Valley Forge, and Deadwood, S.D. – have shown that gambling and “heritage tourism” can successfully coexist.

“This can be done right,” LeVan said. “This will be done well.”

The “Mason-Dixon Hotel Resort and Casino?” Even the name sounds hokey. And sorry, I’m not quite buying “the last untapped gaming marketplace in Pennsylvania” line. I don’t want to question Mr. LaVan’s motives here, but why Gettysburg if not to capitalize on the tourist base that already comes here to honor history? Somehow the flashing lights and bells of slot machines, cheesy lounge acts, scampily clad cocktail waitresses and drunken revelry don’t seem in to be in keeping with the spirit of sacrifice and destiny that lives at Gettysburg.

Just as there should be no mosque at Ground Zero, just as there should be no shortcut road through Fernwood Cemetary to Spring-Ford High School there are ways to respect hallowed ground and there are definite ways to disrespect it.

After hearing pleas from several members of the public about the potential impact on Fernwood Cemetery, the Spring-Ford Area School Board shelved its plan for an easement for a driveway to connect the high school to Walnut Street.

The board voted 5-3 against a resolution that would have authorized acquisition of an easement on parcels owned by PD Roy L.L.C. and Royersford Cemetery L.L.C. The proposed driveway was intended to reduce traffic on Lewis Road because of the high school.

Monica Rebbie, of Limerick Township, acknowledged that the planned driveway would not have disturbed any graves in the cemetery. But she told the board that the proposed route was only yards from where her baby was buried.

Rebbie said she recognized that there was a need to alleviate traffic on Lewis Road. “I don’t think going through the cemetery is the answer,” she added. Rebbie said the driveway would create noise in the cemetery, and she asked the board members if they would want that to happen where their loved ones were buried.

In the case of Fernwood Cemetary and Ground Zero, relatives of the dead can speak on behalf of the departed regarding how they want them to be honored and conversely, how they don’t want the ground where they died treated. In the case of Gettysburg, we all must speak on behalf of the honored dead. We owe that to the men who sacrificed their lives for this country.

No one is questioning LeVan’s right to build the casino; we are questioning the wisdom of building a casino in this location.  We are asking to keep this ground sacred and remember what happened here, not cheapen it with an exploitive tourist attraction.

No casino at Gettysburg.

August 31, 2010 at 10:15 pm Comments (0)

The Rendell Legacy: Pennsylvania’s Fiscal Catastrophe

The Rendell Legacy: Pennsylvania’s Fiscal Catastrophe

Let’s give credit where it’s due. Fast Eddie never gives up, no matter how short-sighted his ideas may be.

When we last left our lameduck leader during the 2009 fiscal debacle, which took 101 days to pass  a budget, the Governor was doing what Democrats do best — transferring  money from the people to government coffers.  How? By initiating yet more tax increases on an already overtaxed public.

No surprise there.

At a time when Pennsylvania families are doing the responsible thing — tightening the belt and exercising fiscal restraint — the Governor does the polar opposite. Rendell has proposed a budget increase of 4%, in large part to pay for his pet projects, while incomprehensibly ignoring the fact that revenues are declining. 

But given the fact that Rendell hasn’t signed an on-time budget since taking office, why not go 8 for 8?

He pays no attention to the coming pension bomb, in which obligations to state pensions will increase eightfold over the next three years, from $550 million to over $4 billion. 

The Governor has apparently ignored the recent court ruling that the $800 million raided from the MCARE fund —money specifically allocated to alleviating high medical malpractice premiums — must now be paid back.

And he conveniently forgets that there won’t be the $2.7 billion in federal stimulus money that we had last year, and that accounting gimmicks won’t work anymore — such as counting the anticipated tolling of Interstate 80 as “revenue.” 

(Despite Ed’s vehement objections, the federal government shot down the I-80 tolling plan, so it’s back to the drawing board).

All of which means higher taxes and an expansion of gambling — government at its finest!

But because Rendell believes that government, rather than the people and their employers, knows best, his approach makes perfect sense — at least to him.

And he’s dead right if you believe in: a) spending beyond your means, b) grabbing money and property that isn’t yours…..

Read the rest at Philadelphia’ Magazine’s Philly Post:

http://blogs.phillymag.com/the_philly_post/2010/04/20/how-ed-rendell-wrecked-pennsylvania/

 

Chris Freind is an independent columnist and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, www.FreindlyFireZone.com

Readers of his column, “Freindly Fire,” hail from six continents, thirty countries and all fifty states. His work has been referenced in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, foreign newspapers, and in Dick Morris’ recent bestseller “Catastrophe.”

Freind also serves as a weekly guest commentator on the Philadelphia-area talk radio show, Political Talk (WCHE 1520), and makes numerous other television and radio appearances.  He can be reached at CF@FreindlyFireZone.com

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April 20, 2010 at 3:33 pm Comments (0)

Philadelphia Center-Right Coalition Nov. 12 (Norquist/Freind)

Friends,

I am pleased to inform you that Philadelphia has been selected to host a monthly Center-Right Coalition meeting, following the hugely-successful model of Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). We will be one of the few non-state capital cities to have such a gathering.

The kick-off meeting, which I will be hosting, will be Thursday, November 12 at the Union League in Philadelphia, with Mr. Norquist in attendance. Light refreshments will be served at 7:00 AM, with the program going from 7:30 to 9:00. The Union League is located at 140 S. Broad Street, just two blocks south of City Hall.

In Grover’s words, the objective is “to get everybody who is center-right to tell each other what they are doing, to share technology and tactics, and to tell stories” regarding issues facing Pennsylvania and the nation.

One key function, according to ATR, is to facilitate collaborative activities of coalition members, many of whom may have not previously known one another, and foster the potential for mutual cooperation.

The rules are simple: Anyone who so desires may speak for three minutes on current initiatives, answer questions, and pass the microphone to the next speaker.

The only prohibition is whining. It is a positive meeting, one that will unify southeastern Pennsylvania.

Attendees will typically include influential political, business, policy and grassroots leaders.

If anyone who would like several minutes on the agenda, please let me know.

You are encouraged to bring any literature for distribution.

I hope to see you next Thursday.

For future reference, the monthly meetings will be held on the FIRST THURSDAY of each month at the Union League, with the same time format as above.

Feel free to invite colleagues and associates. All meetings are off the record.

Steadfast,

Christopher Freind
“Freindly Fire”
Audaces fortuna iuvat
610-659-0098
christopherfreind@hotmail.com (E before I in Freind)
CF@FreindlyFireZone.com

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November 2, 2009 at 12:28 pm Comments (0)

Table Games!

We welcome our new table game overlords.

Legalized table games part of the deal. 25 cent cig tax increase, too. #pabudget

I always thought that was only a matter of time.

September 11, 2009 at 12:36 pm Comments (0)

Stopping Campaign Contributions by Casino Owners

Written by Roberta Biros

On May 1, 2009, I wrote about the recent decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to overturn a five-year old ban on political campaign contributions from casino owners and executives [read the full story HERE]. The law was originally established in order to prevent any possible impropriety (or the look of any impropriety) from the relationships between casino owners and lawmakers. The April 30th decision by the PA Supreme Court ended the ban contributions on the basis that it “violated the state constitution’s guarantee of free speech”.

Luckily, I was not the only one outraged by the ruling. Representative Curt Schroder (R-Chester County), Republican chairman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee has been all over this issue, and he was quick to respond. In a press release on May 1, Representative Schroder said:

“Act 71 clearly banned all political campaign contributions by gaming interests. However, in its decision in DePaul v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the court
elected to base its decision on introductory language in the act that referred to the danger of large campaign contributions by gaming interests,” said Schroder. “Because the statutory section of the law prohibited all contributions, the court said the statute violated the preamble. A first year law student would understand the actual statute overrides introductory language. The court removed the only true public protection portion of the gaming law.”

In a rapid preventative measure on May 4th, Representative Schroder and Representative O’Brien (D-Philadelphia) came out and asked members of the “General Assembly to refrain from accepting political campaign contributions from gaming interests while legislation is pending to restore a state ban on the contributions.” Representatives Schroder and O’Brien are hopeful that the self-imposed moratorium will prevent contributions during the time required to put the ban back in place.

Also on May 4th, Rep. Schroder and Rep. O’Brien announced that they would co-sponsor House Bill 1440, which is designed to reinstate the ban [watch the announcement video HERE]. Although the full text of the legislation is not yet available on-line, the basis of the Bill is actually quite simple. The Supreme Court rejected the ban on contributions because the preamble of legislative intent of the Act spoke to only ‘large’ contributions. Upon review, the Supreme Court felt that the Act went too far by banning ‘any’ contribution. To correct this, House Bill 1440 simply removes the word ‘large’ from the wording of the preamble so as to not unfairly limit the legislation.

The lifting of the ban on campaign contributions by the PA Supreme Court was a travesty. I’m relieved to see that there are some lawmakers in Harrisburg that are willing to keep a close eye on the process to prevent corruption before it can begin. I only hope that House Bill 1440 turns around quickly enough to stop the flow of money . . . because we surely can’t count on a ‘self-imposed moratorium’ to prevent any hanky panky.

As always, just my opinion.
~Roberta Biros, Mercer County Conservatives

May 12, 2009 at 9:53 am Comments (0)

Casino Owners Can Now Buy Legislators

Written by Roberta Biros

In 2004, when the Pennsylvania Legislature passed the law that legalized slots, they also built in a ban that prevented casino owners and executives from making any political campaign contributions. The intention of the ban was to prevent any “hanky panky” between the gaming industry and elected officials that might “erode public confidence”. Unfortunately, on Thursday (April 30, 2009), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled (through a 5-1 majority) that the ban “violated the state constitution’s guarantee of free speech”.

My response . . . (to be polite) . . . BULLCRAP!

In a HARRISBURG-AP story in the Pocono Record [READ HERE], Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille explained that the ban was too broad and a “harmful attempt to combat corruption” as it prevented ANY and ALL contributions (not just “large campaign contributions”).

“What the . . .?”

Is there really such a thing as a “harmful attempt to combat corruption”? Are you kidding me?

Deeper in the story the following is written:

Philadelphia-area developer Peter DePaul, who sued to challenge the law in 2007, argued that the ban was a discriminatory infringement of the rights of free expression and association. DePaul, a part owner of as-yet-unbuilt Foxwoods Casino Philadelphia, also contended that the Legislature never justified the ban by looking into whether the gambling industry posed any risk of political corruption.

Again I say “What the . . .?”

Let me get this right. Mr. DePaul . . . a casino owner . . . is calling “foul” because he has lost is rights to “free expression” by being banned from lining the pockets of elected officials (including Judges I might add)? He has been “discriminated” against because he can’t donate money to political friends? In order to limit contributions the Legislature should have paid for a multi-million dollar study to find out if there is a “risk of political corruption” in the gambling industry? Worst of all the Pennsylvania Supreme Court bought into this?

The AP story went on to explain the numerous Bills that are currently under consideration by the Pennsylvania Legislature including the issues of video poker and table games. The timing of the elimination of this ban is amazing and particularly handy for state lawmakers as it opens up the flood gates for money to flow into the hands of politicians from very rich friends.

If there are ANY Legislators out there with a lick of honesty, they need to jump on this issue immediately. If the contention of the Supreme Court is that the ban was too broad, the Legislature needs to narrow the ban to specifically limit “large campaign contributions” and they need to do so quickly. Failure to do so will prove the existence of “political corruption in the gambling industry”.

As always, just my opinion.

~Roberta Biros, Mercer County Conservatives

May 1, 2009 at 9:34 am Comments (0)

Video Poker is Just a Carrot on a Stick

Written by Roberta Biros

I was reading my daily email messages from State Legislators (courtesy of my many newsletter subscriptions). The most interesting message today came from Representative Curt Schroder (R-Chester), and it was titled “Schroder Says Now is No Time For Gaming Expansion in Pennsylvania” [READ HERE].

I’d like to start off by letting Rep. Schroder know that I’m fair. I passed along some criticism in his direction a few weeks ago regarding House Bill 1056 when I stated that it was a “waste of paper” [READ HERE]. I give kudos when you’ve earned it, but I am equally critical when I’m displeased. This week your pendulum is on the up-swing in my book! (I’m sure you’ve been losing sleep)

In the press release Rep. Schroder explains why the introduction of Video Poker gambling across the State is not a good idea. He sites “We should not be holding hearings on video poker or any other kind of gambling expansion before we have existing gambling under control and well-regulated.”

I concur whole-heartedly.

The press release then goes on to explain why the expansion of State authorized Video Poker machines is a bad idea as follows:

Schroder told the committee that video poker is the most addictive form of
gambling and the governor’s plan would allow these machines in 14,000 locations
throughout the state. Schroder said this is akin to having mini-casinos in every
neighborhood.

The most compelling part of the press release was the following:

Schroder said he has been told by representatives of a number of casinos that if the video poker law passes, they will sue to get back the $50 million they gave the state in license fees. He said if that happens, it will eat up any hope of meaningful property tax relief.

Schroder indicated that the governor’s real motivation may be table games. He presented a scenario whereby video poker passes, casinos sue to have their license investment returned and the compromise ends up being that casinos get table games.

Why do I find this so interesting? Well, my friends, Representative Schroder is quoting my exact prediction of several months ago. In my blog post titled “Governor Rendell Wants to Put the Screws to Casino Owners” I made the following statements and predictions:

The point that I find surprising today is that the Governor now decides that it is time to do something about these “illegal” gambling machines? AND, in doing so, he takes business away from his pals (the casino owners)? I don’t get it. Therefore, I think it is not as simple as the Governor makes it out to be. I’m sure that there is something more to it. I question the Governors motivation . . .

. . . it seems odd that the State (who has put so much effort into issue of legalizing Casino Gambling) would now simply abandon the casino owners and legalize gambling across the state. It just doesn’t “smell right”. Mark my words on this, after bar owners invest in machines and licenses for their establishments, the Governor will come through with some sort of DEAL or the Casinos again. It will be table games, or free liquor, or even full smoking facilities—something substantial . . . and the cycle will continue. He has no intention of abandoning his friends who own Casinos. It just won’t happen. I don’t trust that Governor Ed Rendell is doing this without some motivation for the casino owners at some later point.

Rep. Schroder’s assessment is spot on. He has it absolutely right and he should be congratulated for seeing through the smoke and mirrors. I hope that other Lawmakers have the same “clear vision”. The entire issue of Video Poker machines has nothing to do with “tuition”. It is all just a “carrot on a stick” to drag Pennsylvanians even deeper into the dependency on gambling income . . . and another way to line the pockets of the Casino owners. Anyone that is on-board with this ruse needs to invest in few lessons in common sense.

See, Rep. Schroder . . . I’m not so bad! I’ll always back smart decisions by smart Legislators.

(By the way, you’re welcome to use scenarios from my blog any time . . . you don’t even have to ask.)

As always, just my opinion.
~Roberta Biros, Mercer County Conservatives

April 24, 2009 at 9:58 am Comments (0)

Re: Rendell Screws Casino Owners

Roberta,

When I was a kid ( a very long time ago) you had three choices when you graduated high school…you got a job, went to tech-school or, if you were lucky, you went to college.

Now, if you went to tech school, you had to get a job to pay for it. If you went right into the workforce, you found a niche and worked your way up in the business, as I did.

If you went to college, you were either a) lucky enough to have parents who could afford to send you, b) lucky enough to pull grants and scholarships to pay for it, or c) in hock up to your “wazoo” in student loans. The government did not guarantee you a college education.

College was for the best and the brightest, not a place where mommy and daddy sent you to “grow up” or “find yourself”. One just has only take a look at the influx of libtards in society over the past twenty or so years to see what I mean.

So, what happened? Half the kids who go to college nowadays have no business being there. They can’t do simple math, can’t dangle a participle, and most have no idea what they want to be when they grow up. You have more people with MBA’s flipping burgers at McDonalds because of “downsizing”. Industry has moved overseas because of either an overpriced or non-existent work force.

So, why the “need” to send every Tom, Dick and Harriet to college? I really can’t answer that question. But rest assured, if my kids aren’t “college material” I’ll be damned if even the Governor of Pennsylvania is going to convince me that my kid isn’t better off learning a job skill…one that will put food on his table, a roof over his/her head and maybe, just maybe, my grandkid in college someday. Or, tech school, if he/she is so inclined.

My oldest son decided to go to community college. He has no business being there (he’s very smart, but has a slight learning disability), but he’s spending his own money, not mine. As I told him before he went off to college to find out what he wants to do in life, “be an electrician…I’ll pay for tech school and remember, wire can’t pull itself through walls”.

Hopefully, he’ll come to his senses. Probably right about the time he wants his own roof over his head and food on his table.

February 5, 2009 at 2:03 pm Comments (0)

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