The Philadelphia Inquirer just reported on the financial status of Dan Onorato, Democrat and Tom Corbett, Republican. The two incumbents are running for the Governor’s seat for Pennsylvania with the election being held on November 2, 2010. Election year 2010 has been as generous as the jolly old man in the white beard and red suit during the holidays. Collectively, at the time of this article, Onorato and Corbett have approximately $32M between the two campaign coffers.
Well Heeled v. Well Worn
As of August 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that 9.2% of Pennsylvanians were unemployed which roughly equals 585,000 people. One of Onorato’s platforms for this election is the area of jobs. “Focus lending and investment in research institutions performing industry sponsored research to encourage high-tech entrepreneurs and spin-offs.”, posted September 19, 2010 on philly.com. What? Unemployed constituents are trying to keep their families intact, food on the table, and a roof over their heads-they want to work. Words like focus and research sound ambiguous to those who are struggling to pay their bills, earn a fair wage, and provide a quality life for their children.
Cut the Waste
Yes, it takes money to run a campaign but is it necessary to acquire millions of dollars for an election held in one state? The money raised could be applied directly to providing food, shelter, and financial assistance. Social service programs are financially tapped and many services are cut and/or understaffed.
These are some suggestions to cut the spending and still have an effective election. Use email blasts instead of wasting precious resources like paper. After all, the internet is where most of us are filling out job applications on mass or receiving rejection responses from perspective employers. Use webinar software or cable to air debates. Perhaps Onorato can keep one of his election platform goals by going green and use alternative methods for campaigning.
With all due respect, there will be one winner and one loser and the monies spent for the election are gone forever. Unfortunately, the people of Pennsylvania will go on to live another day, week, month (and possibly years) dealing with the financial fallout that was created by those who were greedy, selfish, and insensitive. It is sad that many suffer because of the privileged few. The “Ninety-Niners”, those who were dropped from the statistics, those who voluntarily gave up trying, the elderly and disabled, and those caught between a rock and a hard place are the real victims who will forever be affected by this Depression.
Maybe hemorrhaging exorbitant amounts of money and resources for an election is acceptable but at what point do we consider the human cost?
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Philly: About the Candidates-Dan Onorato, Philly, 09/19/2010
Philly: About the Candidates-Tom Corbett, Philly, 09/19/2010
Philly: Lots of Money-Little Fervor in Governor’s Race, Philadelphia Inquirer, 09/26/2010
BLS: Pennsylvania Economy at a Glance
Delco Times: Onorato Tours Delco, Promises More Jobs
Philly: Back Channels-Corbett’s Quiet Race Could Be a GOP Winner, Philadelphia Inquirer, 09/26/2010
Vote Onorato: Dan Onorato, Dan’s Vision for Pennsylvania
Tom Corbett for Governor: Tom Corbett for Governor of Pennsylvania