“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain” goes the great line from “The Wizard of Oz.”
Instead of focusing on how to improve conditions for middle class families, Gov. Tom Corbett and his supporters in the Legislature are now pushing bills that would prohibit me from making voluntary payroll deductions and eliminate which organizations I support. It’s all smoke and mirrors. And politics.
So, to paraphrase the man behind the curtain: Pay no attention that his policies have put us 46th in job growth in the country. Pay no attention that in 2011, he cut $1 billion in education funding from which public schools have still not recovered. Pay no attention to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Commonwealth Foundation. These secretive organizations, that refuse to name their billionaire backers, funnel thousands of dollars to the governor’s agendas and campaign. Pay no attention to the millions of taxpayer dollars spent in the governor’s failed bid to sell the lottery system to a foreign firm. Pay no attention to these and many other failures.
This legislation is simply an election year ploy. This bill is aimed at distracting us from the failed policies of the governor and his supporters in the General Assembly. It is simply an attack on the middle class.
This isn’t Kansas, or Oz. and it is time to pay attention.