By Robert Field, Publisher
A couple of months ago we announced that Bill Keisling was putting together a list of state and local government corruptions or dubious dealings over the past couple of decades with intention of bringing home to Pennsylvanians why Pennsylvania has been named one of the five most corrupt states.
Subsequently we decided to include ‘ear marked’ legislation which have become the hallmark of trade offs among powerful groups to enrich themselves. (We need look no further than Lancaster to see two recent prominent examples.)
Bill started with the intention of including about forty items of the former class. He is now up to around 150 and still going! He hopes to complete the list by the end of this year.
Then he must research the all important “ear marked” bills which represent the looting of taxpayers by special interests. They are not illegal, but they are the fruit of political contributions, media influence, and collaborations.
The end result will be a book that hopefully will not only stir citizens and hopefully some media to take positive actions, but will inform academics in the decades to come.
Don’t expect Bill’s book soon. There is just too much slime to wade through.