Campaign blather

Recently I have been reading articles in the paper about good job growth, Gov. Corbett putting money into education and how great the Marcellus Shale experience has been for our state. Well, I suppose that it is an election year for our governor and others who would like to not lose their jobs as many others have in Pennsylvania.

Painting a rosy picture in an article is not a hard thing to do and if someone were to read these articles and not actually research the facts things look good. For instance the unemployment rate for 2013 shows unemployment down from 8.2 percent to 6.9 percent but only due to unemployment claims expiring and a shrinking labor force not growing employment. Pennsylvania actually lost 110,000 jobs in 2013.

If one were to Google: Pa. saw less growth, shrinking labor force in 2013 you could view the facts. Also Google: Pa ranks 48th among states in job growth. Then you would see the facts and not just a rosy painted article by some who are fighting to keep their job running our state.

Pennsylvania should be in the top 10 for job growth not 48th due to the Marcellus Shale and our location in the middle of commerce on the east coast. A lot of the promised good jobs were filled by out-of-state workers and in some cases illegal immigrants. If you will recall the 19 illegal Mexican who were a surveying team. If one team was caught, I can only imagine how many others didn’t get caught. These are jobs that should have been given to local or at least Pennsylvania workers.

In an election year, don’t get fooled by rosy painted articles written to make someone look good who is not doing a good job for the people of our state. Take time to view the facts about what and who you are reading about.

John Foote

Cogan Station

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