Never mind that Pennsylvania ranks 49th in job creation, Governor Corbett was "ridiculing" Rendell and celebrating Pennsylvania's economy on Friday, April 19th at a conference of his right wing supporters.
Read the story. The Governor really was declaring mission accomplished, even though Pennsylvania is at the bottom of the ASU job creation rankings, and an incredible 33,000 Pennsylvanians left the labor force in March, the biggest one-month drop since 1983.
Not satisfied with his naked attempt to put lipstick on the pig of his jobs record, Corbett also stooped to a series of false and audacious attacks on Governor Rendell that suggest Corbett has a tenuous grip on reality. It does, indeed, take nerve for Corbett to attack Rendell on jobs, when Pennsylvania ranked 7th in job creation, during Rendell's last year of 2010, according to the ASU index.
That's right Pennsylvania ranked 7th in job creation from January 2010 to January 2011 and 11th from January 2009 to January 2010. Those numbers alone should make Corbett have the good sense to stop throwing stones at Rendell's economic record.
Also, somebody, anybody, should tell Governor Corbett that over the last year--from March 2012 to March 2013--Pennsylvania ranked 49th or 50th, depending on whether seasonally adjusted or unadjusted Bureau of Labor Statistics data are used. On the issue of jobs, Corbett resides in a huge glasshouse.
And finally, on the issue of budget balancing, every single Rendell budget balanced and his last left Corbett an $800 million surplus! Again, that's right. The budget that began July 1, 2010 and ended June 30, 2011 (Rendell's last) ended with an $800 million surplus!
Corbett put $600 million of that surplus into the state's Rainy Day Fund in his budget that began on July 1, 2011! Don't expect Corbett to tell Pennsylvanians those inconvenient budget facts.
Pennsylvania is learning the hard way that Governors make a real difference.