A Governor-Elect Off to a Dubious Start

Earlier this month Pennsylvanians elected Tom Wolf to be their next governor. The guy’s not a career politician, which some people think is a good thing but The Curmudgeon thinks is more likely to lead to people in important positions who don’t know how to get things done in a sphere of endeavor in which for many of the participants doing good things and doing the right thing often are not priorities. Sure, there are exceptions – Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, comes to mind – but they’re just that: exceptions. In fact, a reasonable argument can be made that Wolf won his election largely because the man he defeated, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, isn’t a career politician and was totally lost in the political world even though he was a Republican governor who had a Republican majority in his state’s House and a Republican majority in his state’s Senate.

Now, Wolf looks like he’s heading down a similar path. Two weeks ago, for example, he announced that he had appointed a seven-member transition team.

And last week, he announced the creation of an eleven-person steering committee.

A seven-member transition team needs guidance from an eleven-member steering committee? What’s next? A committee to guide the steering committee? A blue ribbon panel to develop long-term goals and objectives?

It could be a loooonnnnng four years, Pennsylvanians.

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  • Scott  On November 26, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    He has fulfilled one of his campaign promises…..creating new jobs……..18 to be exact.

    • foureyedcurmudgeon  On November 26, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      Okay, in fairness – those aren’t paying jobs. All of those people have great jobs and are doing it on a voluntary basis.

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