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Disappointing similarity

December 3, 2013

The Affordable Care Act and the pending Pennsylvania transportation bill provide evidence of a disappointing similarity between President Obama and Governor Corbett....

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mikekerstetter

Dec-03-13 3:42 AM

Did I miss something? Did Corbett say the transportation bill would not increase fuel taxes and fees? I'm no Corbett fan, but I don't see the correlation here.

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Capricorn1

Dec-03-13 4:17 AM

Mike, I believe when Corbett was running for governor he stated he would not raise taxes or motorist fees. The bottom line is rarely do candidates stick to their campaign promises. Once in office, the best interests of the citizens that put them there are usually forgotten.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Dec-03-13 6:11 AM

Truth is truth and lies is lies. Both democrats and republicans do it and citizens should demand accountability, regardless of political affiliation or political ideology.

Of course when a reporter throws a microphone in the front of a political candidate and asks those watershed questions, the human tendency is to answer it to appease the voters and not lose votes. Politicians need to answer as if talking to God (for those who believe as such) or to a higher call of personal integrity and honor.

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eriklatranyi

Dec-03-13 6:22 AM

It is funny, that DavidBross, who laments a lack of bipartisanship, now attacks legislation that is precisely bipartisan.

Explain your hypocrisy, Mr. Bross!

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enigma

Dec-03-13 6:43 AM

While I share David's lament when it comes to dishonesty in politics, there are some important differences. The highway bill addresses something that has been a government function for decades, while the ACA is a new invasion into the private sector. The ACA added new regulations and interference in private life, while the highway bill tries to pay for already existing programs. Another important difference is that Obama knew what he was saying was a lie, while Corbett may well have believed what he was saying. That's a huge difference. I'm not a big Corbett fan and I think we could have found another way to deal with highway funding, but the comparison is flimsy.

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JerryfromRI

Dec-03-13 6:52 AM

Today I learned a new word: terpsichory.

Thank you Mr. Bross.

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hopeforfuture

Dec-03-13 6:53 AM

toll roads

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enigma

Dec-03-13 7:51 AM

"Today I learned a new word: terpsichory." -Jerry

No you didn't. That is not a word, at least not spelled that way. Even if it were correctly spelled, it's use in this context would be spurious at best. David likes to throw words like that in to make himself look more learned, but methinks his time would be better spent thinking through his content.

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DavidBross

Dec-03-13 8:19 AM

Your right, Enigma, I did spell it incorrectly. When I typed it, it came up as misspelled whether I used "y" or "e". I should have checked further. Terpsichore is the Greek Muse of poetry and dance. Jerry, glad you enjoyed the word, even if I did misspell it. Also, "verbal terpsichore" is a "sort of" phrase that a friend of mine and I use to refer to someone who is lying through their teeth (A song and dance, so to speak). I put that phrase in to give her a smile, not to try and impress anyone. Erik, good point about the bi-partisan support of the bill. But, I was not attacking the bill. I as pointing out the promise made and broken by Governor Corbett. By the way Erik, I am still curious if you support this transportation bill since it does come close to what you objected to in the severance tax bill.

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CMReeder

Dec-03-13 8:37 AM

All politicians make promises they will never keep. They will never be able to please all of the people all of the time.

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CMReeder

Dec-03-13 8:50 AM

Actually Paul McCartney used terpsichory it to describe a song he wrote in an interview. It is also used in the name of dance troupes.

David's letter reminds me of a song from 'Best Little Whorehouse in Texas' where the Governor of Texas sings about how as a politician he does a two step, playing both sides at the same time.

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GoBB62

Dec-03-13 10:56 AM

The term "terpsichore" was once used in the John Wayne movie "McLintok".

Cue "anti John Wayne" rant by sham in

3...2...1...

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hopeforfuture

Dec-03-13 1:16 PM

Terpsichore Syllabification: (Terp·sich·o·re) Pronunciation: /?t?rp'sik?re/ Greek & Roman Mythology the Muse of lyric poetry and dance. Origin:

Greek, literally 'delighting in dancing' - definition

If he meant verbal dancing. Don't all politicians do that every day.

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enigma

Dec-03-13 4:43 PM

Verbal dancing and lying are worlds apart. While politicians for years have played word games or had to go back on a promise, this President is the first I have seen who lies so easily and frequently. Obama will lie when the truth would do just as well. It's really the only thing he's good at, and he lies because he knows that he won't be held to account because calling him a liar is considered racist by the idiots in the media and his dumb*** worshippers. There is really no comparison here.

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eriklatranyi

Dec-03-13 5:47 PM

David:

No, I do not support the transportation bill and have expressed my feelings that PennDOT wastes tremendous amounts of money, not limited to the prevailing wage law, which received token adjustment.

I feel the state spends too much on mass transit, keeping fares below actual cost....which is another redistribution of wealth from poor farmers in central PA to lawyers in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.....but liberals think this is fairness.

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eriklatranyi

Dec-03-13 5:49 PM

David:

I am disappointed in Gov Corbett on this legislation, but he will still get my vote for re-election because, overall, he is superior to Allentown's mayor.

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Capricorn1

Dec-03-13 6:22 PM

Maybe I'm giving Obama the benefit of the doubt, but I think a lot of his problem is the total lack of experience in leadership and the people he chose to surround himself with. Like it or not, it is human nature for many to cover up mistakes with lies. I think he is continuously getting bad advice that he has to rely on because of his inexperience and once it's made known that it was the wrong advice/decision, he chooses to try and cover it up by either deflecting blame or insinuating that he was unaware of that which is going on around him.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Dec-04-13 6:22 AM

"Maybe I'm giving Obama the benefit of the doubt, but I think a lot of his problem is the total lack of experience in leadership and the people he chose to surround himself with. Like it or not, it is human nature for many to cover up mistakes with lies. I think he is continuously getting bad advice that he has to rely on because of his inexperience and once it's made known that it was the wrong advice/decision, he chooses to try and cover it up by either deflecting blame or insinuating that he was unaware of that which is going on around him."--Capricorn

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Let's have a pity party for the President. It is easier to blame Bush.

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DavidBross

Dec-04-13 7:31 PM

Thanks for the replies, Eric. Thanks to all who looked up Terpsichore(y) and shared their info. It is a great word!

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