To the editor:
In his "Straight Talk" political ad, Gov. Corbett boasts that he has cut the size of Pennsylvania state government and that the number of state employees is at its lowest level in 50 years. Straight talk: Public employees aren't important or necessary.
Gov. Corbett also slashed state aid to public education by more than $1 billion so school property taxes and college tuition costs had to be hiked. Straight Talk: Taxpayers' kids and public schools don't count.
The state's personal income and sales tax rates are still the same, but the gas tax and motorists' fees have soared. Straight Talk: Taxpayers, consumers and motorists should pay more.
So where is all the extra money going? The answer is obvious. Taxes for corporations have been lowered in one case and eliminated in another. Straight Talk: Corporations are more important than Pennsylvania citizens.
In the last 30-plus years, the rich have gotten richer, the middle class is disappearing and the working class is poorer. In short, the gap between the rich and the poor is widening.
Straight Talk: Corporations and the wealthy count and working people are no longer important.
David L. Faust