Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Murtha: Western Pa. 'racist' but Obama should win

Murtha: Western Pa. 'racist' but Obama should win
Oct 15 03:29 PM US/Eastern

PITTSBURGH (AP) - U.S. Rep. John Murtha says his home base of western Pennsylvania is racist and that could reduce Barack Obama's victory margin in the state by 4 percentage points.

The 17-term Democratic congressman tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in a story posted Wednesday on its Web site that, as he put it: "There is no question that western Pennsylvania is a racist area."

He says it's taken time for many Pennsylvania voters to come around to liking Obama, but he should still win the state, though not in a runaway.

In a separate interview posted Wednesday on the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Web site, Murtha says Obama has a problem with the race issue in western Pennsylvania that could shave 4 points off his lead in the state.

Breathtaking. This man obviously feels he can get away with anything and still retain his seat. Why? Because he has saturated the region with high-fat pork products. This link has a comprehensive rundown of his pork legacy through November 2005.

The saddest part of this story is that the pork creates an illusion of economic stability while undermining the natural strengths of the region. See my previous post for an interview with Republican challenger Bill Russell about this subject. The short-term jobs of Murtha's pork projects come at the expense of local small business owners and entrepreneurs who are robbed of qualified employees and starved of capital. The contracts (mostly defense-related) are short-term and the corporations have absolutely no incentive to stay in the area once the earmarks dry up. And so, once Murtha is out of office the region will have a sudden and disastrous economic depression. If businesses were allowed to rise and fall according to natural market forces, the decline would have been slow and painful over the past few decades, but at least it would have unfolded organically and left room for entrepreneurs to salvage opportunities from the wreckage.

He is leaving the region addicted to pork for his own personal gain, and when he's gone there will be severe withdrawal symptoms. Shameful.

Here's the smoking gun, he mutters the "racist" comments at the very beginning:

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