By John L. Micek | firstname.lastname@example.org
on July 22, 2014 at 8:59 AM, updated July 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM
Good Tuesday Morning, Fellow Seekers.
If there is one thing we love about elected officials, it is their reluctance to engage in hyperbole and to engage in rhetorical flights of fancy.
You’d have to look far and wide in this great Commonwealth of ours to find an elected official who would attempt stir up passions with flimsy and inflammatory rhetoric all in the name of partisanship.
Or … er … um … or something …
Because along comes York County’s newest state Sen. Scott Wagner, a man who, in his brief time in the General Assembly, has never resisted the urge to swing at the rhetorical long ball, or to hit hyperbolic fungoes into the cheap seats at Santander Field in the White Rose City.
In full-page advertisement in his hometown newspapers that ran last Thursday and Sunday, Wagner, a Republican, who one must point out makes a decent portion of his living out of municipal contracts, teed off on public sector unions.
According to The York Dispatch, Wagner: “singled out the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) and accused the statewide teachers union of waging war on taxpayers.
In the ad, Wagner writes that the union and others like it are the reason why “nothing has gotten done in Harrisburg.”
Wagner also questioned how the association uses member dues and contributions to lobby against issues including pension reform, which Wagner supports.”
Wagner accused the PSEA of “brainwashing their members,” the newspaper reported.
The ad included a “a four-page email sent to PSEA members detailing how members’ advocacy helped stop inadequate pension reforms, kept voluntary paycheck deductions in place and resulted in modest funding increase for schools this year, among others,” The Dispatch reported.
Wythe Keever, a PSEA spokesman, fired back, telling the newspaper that “our members speak up for public education for their schools and for their students and for themselves … And apparently, in Sen. Wagner’s world, that suddenly has turned into a war on taxpayers.”