Jay Ambrose, a contributing columnist to the right-wing Colorado-based Independence Institute with ties to the ultra-rightist American Legislative Exchange Council, finds facts to be bothersome things, so he ignored them in his attack on public workers and their unions (“Fighting unions for the future,” Nov. 13).
Public workers, in Ambrose’s world, are the source of everything evil and must be rooted out. He extolls the virtue of right-wing governors like Wisconsin’s Scott Walker who favor tax cuts for big business and drastic cuts for public services such as education.
The facts are a different matter. In reality, economists such as University of Wisconsin Milwaukee professor Marc Levine have concluded that Walker’s austerity policies have been the primary culprit in Wisconsin’s anemic job growth.
Here in Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Corbett drove the economy to the lowest job-growth rates in the country — 50th of 50 states — by one measure.
Voters in Pennsylvania defeated Corbett because his policies favored corporate interests over working people, and those policies, similar to Walker’s, created a dire situation: The commonwealth now faces an almost $2 billion deficit, according to the state’s Independent Fiscal Office, and has maxed out its borrowing capability.
Beware of snake oil salesmen who hide their ties to right-wing groups and fail to disclose their real agendas. Working people in Pennsylvania should reject the half-baked notions of extremist bullies funded by tea party groups.
The writer is president of the State College Area Education Association and a science teacher at State College Area High School.