Defending Corbett

This will be a major issue in Corbett’s reelection campaign. I wonder if this guy is telling the truth?

A former agent with the state Attorney General’s office told The Patriot-News it was pure coincidence that police caught several breaks in the Jerry Sandusky case just as then-Attorney General Tom Corbett was elected governor.

Randy Feathers, who retired after Sandusky’s June conviction, supervised the AG’s side of the investigation.

The allegations that Corbett can’t seem to shake — that he let politics interfere with the pace of the case — are simply not true, Feathers said.

“Anyone who sat through that trial knows it was a thorough investigation,” he said. “I don’t care what it looks like. I know because I was there. There was no holding back.” 

It wasn’t until December 2010, more than two years after Victim 1 Aaron Fisher reported his abuse, that investigators unearthed the 1998 police report that was made at Penn State.

Two months before that, Mike McQueary had been interviewed about accusations he made in 2001.

Fisher met Sandusky through The Second Mile, not Penn State, but charity officials said they got their first subpoena for documents in January 2011.

That same month, Penn State coach Joe Paterno and administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz also testified.

“When you’re not getting breaks it doesn’t mean you’re not working,” Feathers said, adding that police had been looking for corroborating evidence up until that point.

Feathers also says he, not Corbett, made the decision to limit personnel on the case until January 2011.

Grover Norquist’s dream

Imagine if, instead of paying the mortgage, you raised your kids’ allowance. It wouldn’t make much sense, would it?

But that’s what our local, state and federal politicians have been doing for decades. And because of it, a lot of things that should be fixed in this country, aren’t. That’s what Grover Norquist meant when he said he wanted to make government small enough to drown it in a bathtub.

He finally got his wish. Hey New York and New Jersey – let’s give Grover the credit he so richly deserves!

So here we are, dealing with a weather catastrophe. Was it completely out of our control, or could we have done some things to make it less likely?

Think of all the money we haven’t spent, that instead went to tax cuts. Tax cuts are only loans against money needed for our national infrastructure.

All the levees and sea walls that weren’t built. The bad roads. The unsafe bridges. The aging urban sewage systems that are only fixed when they break, spilling millions of gallons of water into the streets. Our fuel pipelines are leaking.

It’s so bad, it’s considered a national security risk.

When I saw those nurses carrying premature babies downstairs after their generator failed, I thought, isn’t that something our tax dollars should do — protect the power supplies of our hospitals? Our high rise housing projects?

Shouldn’t our mass transit system be well preserved, instead of nickeled and dimed to death by budget cuts? Instead, we see plans to sell off our parks, our turnpikes, and other important public resources.

Yet we are a country that always has more than enough money for wars, and covert operations, and weapons.

When they tell us they can’t pay for the things we do need, what they’re saying is they won’t. Both parties have bought the Austerity Doctrine and don’t even remember how to dream big for America.

Because the fixation on deficits and tax cuts at the expense of reality have made our visions very, very small. Let’s not put up with this crap anymore, no matter who wins the election.

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