Friday, November 18, 2005

63: “Pay Back Every Red Cent!”

Good friend Russ Diamond at Pennsylvania Clean Sweep issued the following press release yesterday – just in case the press and the politicians think this is over. It’s not.

November 17, 2005

Russ Diamond, PACleanSweep Chair

PACleanSweep: Repeal Not Enough

"Pay it back. Every red cent."

ANNVILLE, PA - With Pennsylvania's General Assembly and Governor Ed Rendell officially repealing the unconstitutional July 7 pay raise, PACleanSweep called on lawmakers to repay all unvouchered expenses.

"Repealing the pay raise is only the beginning," said PACleanSweep Chair Russ Diamond. "Although lawmakers and the Governor believe this issue is now behind them, there is much to be done yet. The 158 people who've accepted the money will still be in violation of the Constitution and their oath of office. They need to pay it back. Every red cent."

Article II Section 8 of the PA Constitution states that "no member of either House shall during the term for which he may have been elected, receive any increase of salary, or mileage, under any law passed during such term."

Since the July 7 pay raise, lawmakers have collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in unvouchered expenses. PACleanSweep insists those funds be repaid in full and urges the legislature to adopt reforms to prevent further stealth legislation.

"Although the repeal is now law, there is nothing to prevent a repeat performance of the shenanigans of July 7. They did it once, they'll do it again. Next time, it might not be a pay raise, but it could be something with an even bigger negative impact on taxpayers," added Diamond.

"Their apologies ring hollow as long as the process remains in place allowing them to act in an unconstitutional manner. They didn't repeal the raise because it was the right thing to do, they did it out of fear for their political lives. They can't be

PACleanSweep will continue to use the "Remember the Pay Raise" slogan to remind citizens of the still-festering wound that exists in Pennsylvania government and will continue to serve the public by focusing a spotlight on the inconsistencies and institutional flaws in Harrisburg.

PACleanSweep is a non-partisan effort dedicated to defeating incumbent elected officials in Pennsylvania and replacing them with true public servants. For more information, please visit

Thank you Russ. Thanks for helping to build the powerful coalition that spoke loud and clear to the politicians of Pennsylvania earlier this month. In their foolish arrogance, these politicians played a waiting game with the voters and lost. Then, in their hubris, they finally repealed their illegal pay raise, but omitted any reimbursement of monies already collected. As if that wasn’t insult enough, they then illegally voted themselves another raise.

This loathsome set of politicians deserve only their own votes in any future elections. They certainly do not deserve a single vote from the taxpayers/voters of this great Commonwealth. I doubt any one of these "politicians" would know an ethic if it smacked them between the eyes!

“Be steadfast in your anger, be sure in your convictions, be moved by the right and certainty that abuse of power must be defeated at every turn; uphold Liberty as the just reward of a watchful people, and let not those who have infringed upon that Liberty steal it away from you. Never loosen your grip on Liberty!"--GettysBLOG

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