Regard for Rendell shameful

Regard for Rendell shameful

December 8, 2012

On Nov. 30, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC), a liberal Harrisburg organization which consistently seeks to expand the scope and expense of state government, marked its fifth anniversary with a luncheon in Philadelphia. The event was broadcast on Pennsylvania Cable Network.

One of the honored guests was former Gov. Ed Rendell, who was lauded by PBPC President Sharon Ward for his “leadership”.

Gov. Rendell recently made a plea for leniency to the judge in the Robert Mellow corruption case as he has done for former cronies Vincent Fumo and Stephen Stetler, crooks whom Mellow will soon join behind bars. Is this the type of “leadership” that one expects from a former governor? Do those at Rendell’s law firm, Ballard Spahr, believe that the entity’s prestige and reputation are enhanced when Attorney Rendell uses his high profile to attempt to secure “Get Out of Jail Free” cards for multiple felons?

How Pennsylvanians will wish Mr. Rendell had provided leadership as the state pension crisis metastasized on his watch without a word from him, let alone any solution to remedy the problem. It has reached crisis proportions, an unfunded liability of a whopping $41 billion, dumped into the lap of Rendell successor Tom Corbett. Hold on to your wallets, taxpayers!

It is obvious that leadership is in the eye of the beholder and that actions which are detrimental to the citizenry can be washed away if one adopts a certain agenda.

It is shameful that Ed Rendell is regarded as a revered and respected elder statesman when he has failed the commonwealth on both matters of policy and integrity.

Oren Spiegler

Upper St. Clair


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