MainStream vs Alternative Media RE: Harrisburg Debt Plan

“The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.” ~ George Carlin

‘Under the terms of an obscure section of the Harrisburg Receiver’s debt plan, the interests of Pennsylvania’s top lobbyist will be aligned perfectly with those of the city.’ ~ Donald Gilliland, PennLive, 090713

‘Many of us remember, going back to the 1960s, what a fight it has been over the years to get the state to pay for even $1 million a year in fire protection. Now we’re supposed to believe future administrations will faithfully pony up $13 million, $15 million a year, or more, to make this plan work in the out years.’ ~ Bill Keisling, Yardbird, 090713

RE: The much-vaunted $89M haircut Harrisburg creditors appear to be taking in the “shared sacrifice”:

“While it’s true that the city’s major creditors have agreed to accept an immediate partial payment of approximately $210 million of the nearly $300 million debt, the plan calls for additional distribution of future funds that will make the creditors whole.” Harrisburg Controller and Mayoral Candidate Dan Miller, to Harrisburg City Council.

PennLive gushed over the progress made in Court, summarized:

“Compared to the acrimony surrounding past efforts to solve Harrisburg’s debt crisis, Thursday’s proceeding in front of Commonwealth Court Judge Bonnie Leadbetter was practically a lovefest. There was no air time for any critics in the audience, like city controller Dan Miller, or community activist Rev. A. E. Sullivan. They were not legal parties to the proceedings and had not filed formal objections. (Mayor Linda) Thompson once ran a community group called “Loveship.” Thursday, a love ship sailed into Commonwealth Court, steered by a former air force general named William Lynch.” ~ Matt Zencey, Pennlive, 091913

What a different take had of that same hearing, summarized:

“Citizens concerned about Harrisburg’s Act 47 debt plan arrived at Commonwealth Court hearing today with written objections in hand. They unfortunately did not know that the objections had to be filed with the court before the start of the hearing. As such, Judge Bonnie Leadbetter ruled that the time for objections had passed, and that no objections could be entertained. Since there were no objections filed, Leadbetter said, she would confirm the complicated plan without objections or citizen input. Normally parties would have 30 days to appeal to the state Supreme Court. But because objections were not filed, Leadbetter said, critics would have no appeal rights.” ~ Bill Keisling,, 091913


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Both parties are broken by big money...what to do? I'm a dad, husband, son, taxpayer, voter, civil engineer, reporter, blogger, rabble-rouser and honest guy.
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