Yes, yes, The Curmudgeon knows: “political integrity” is one of those fun oxymorons, like “military intelligence,” “jumbo shrimp,” and “McDonalds food.”
For four years, from 2011 through 2014, Pennsylvania had a Republican governor and a Republican-controlled state legislature. Together they could do anything they wanted and all the Democrats could do was stand by and whine like the losers they are.
One of the things those Republicans wanted to do was what they called “pension reform”: welsh on the financial commitments they voluntarily made over the years to state employees and public school teachers.
But even though the Republican governor and Republican legislature could do anything they wanted to do and all the Democrats could have done was stand by and whine like the losers they are, the Republicans did nothing. Every year they talked about pension reform, every year they tried to do something, but every year they couldn’t agree on any solution so they gave up, shrugged their shoulders, and moved on to other things.
While Pennsylvania still has a Republican-controlled state legislature it now has a Democratic governor, and lo and behold, Republicans have seen the light when it comes to pension reform and have informed the new Democratic governor that they absolutely will not pass a state budget without it. “We are not doing a budget without it,” declared the Republicans’ senate majority leader. He plans to propose a legislative solution to the pension problem – pretty much the same solution he, his fellow Republicans in the legislature, and their own party’s governor were perfectly comfortable rejecting over the past four years.
Political integrity: MIA in PA.