Capping 7 1/2 long years of unrelenting temerity toward taxpayers, lame-duck Gov. Ed Rendell will go out the same way he came in: as a big spender.We've seen the Commonwealth Foundation before haven't we?
Under legislation to boost the state's debt ceiling by $600 million -- ensuring still more reckless spending -- the guv will get $298 million to seal his spendthrift legacy.
Philadelphia's former mayor reportedly will spend about a third of his brotherly love on his favored city. Among recipients will be the Arlen Specter Library Project Center.
"At least call it 'The Taxpayers Library' or 'The Pennsylvania State Debt Center,'" writes Nathan Benefield of the Commonwealth Foundation.
Yes we have. Richard Mellon Scaife has supported the Commonwealth Foundation to the tune of about $2 million.But take a closer look at what they braintrust did. Here's the reference again:
"At least call it 'The Taxpayers Library' or 'The Pennsylvania State Debt Center,'" writes Nathan Benefield of the Commonwealth Foundation.And then search for the phrase "taxpayers library" at the Commonwealth Foundation you'll find this. It's a blog post about another piece at Capitolwire - something that requires a subscription to read.
Looks to me like the braintrust is using its vast media influence to get the word out (from behind a subscription wall, no less) about some tidbit from the Commonwealth Foundation. All with no mention of the $2 mil Scaife spent on Commonwealth while his editorial board gleefully touts its research.
The circle jerk continues.