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Welcome to your pre-Thanksgiving, truncated, mid-week weekly update brought to you by the fine folks at WKRP in Cincinnati. We usually start the festivities with some news out of Washington D.C., but let’s face facts, some days you would just rather hear Les Nessman scream that turkeys are hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement. As God is our witness, we thought turkeys could fly.
It will probably take several years to fully comprehend and appreciate it, but the events in Harrisburg regarding transportation this week will transform Pennsylvania and its residents, much like Gifford Pinchot’s road-building program transformed the Commonwealth in the 1930s by “getting the farmers out of the mud,” and like the Interstate Highway program transformed our nation in the 1960s.
Americans observed some important dates in our nation’s history this week. First, a mere hop, skip and a jump down the road from Triad World Headquarters, folks gathered at Gettysburg to recall President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, while some of our more cynical members of the media spent the day blowtorching President Obama for not attending the ceremony, a uniquely American tradition if there ever was one.
Welcome back, friends, to your weekly wrap of Pennsylvania politics and government!We start out with a rundown of some of the key economic indicators…nah, we don’t do that.Instead, here is a report that says the economy might really finally rebound strongly in 2014. Or it might not, if Congress does something dumb to strangle the economy again (see: sequester, shutdown, default, etc.)Which seems like a nice tie-in to our next topic…