Libraries’ Funding Cut In State Budget; 2 New Libraries Dedicated to Assholes To Be Constructed
Pennsylvania libraries are being cut 9 percent and one-thousand (and one) government employees will be losing their jobs after Rendell’s just-signed budget, but only the 1,001st, who lost his job all on his own, is getting a nice parting gift.
Yep, that government operative is Arlen Specter. And for the sake of irony (we assume) Rendell’s budget includes $10 million toward a newly-constructed library in honor of the Pennsylvania senator on Philadelphia University’s campus (which happens to be both Specter’s and Rendell’s neighborhood.)
Rendell spokesman Gary Tuma told the Inky by email the PhillyU Specter Libary would house “significant papers, documents and memorabilia…It will serve as a facility for scholarly research, lectures, seminars, and cultural activities.”
Pittsburgh Tribune Review columnist Eric Heyl writes (in between his annoying attempts to Maureen Dowd-ify his column with quirks and snark about sewing; click, you’ll see), “Rendell denigrated Philadelphia University’s current house o’ books — the Paul J. Gutman Library — as being undersized.” He then notes PhillyU’s library, filled with textile texts or something, is 54,000 square feet, has 400 individual study space areas, has Internet work stations, blah, blah, not undersized, blah.
There’s a second $10 million project. And it may be worse: It’s in memory of congress’ worst dick (RIP) and porker, John Murtha.
It’ll be noted here I remember when the Western PA Democrat came out against the Iraq War in 2005 – three years too late, but eons before other Democrats’ balls swelled up enough to try, and fail, to pass non-binding resolutions that would have put a timetable on a war spending bill (that would have done nothing), and was still vetoed by President Bush, ha ha – and it makes no difference because the guy was one of the worst abusers of taxpayer money, and receiver of defense contractor cash, making a comfortable second home on “Most Corrupt Members of Congress” lists alongside Pennsylvania’s universally-hated Rick Santorum.
And, again, we hate to agree with 21st Century Republicans, but you know what they say. Clocks are right two minutes a day, or something.
Here (from the Inky):
“Why in the heck are we putting money into an Arlen Specter library when the man has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in his lifetime as a politician?” said Matt Brouillette, president of the Commonwealth Foundation, a conservative-leaning think tank in Harrisburg. “Why did Gov. Rendell feel the need to do the same for John Murtha? The number of companies that have benefited from this man bringing pork to his district could have easily underwritten this.”