Ha, ha, look at Tom Corbett wearing a hat! I knew this picture would arrive eventually. Now I can work on winning the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Hat Ridicule.
OK, seriously, why doesn't Tom Corbett have a heart. My boss wonders the same thing:
Of course it was sophomoric. Sometimes that's the best way to make a point. And our point was: Is this really who we are? Who we want to be? Do we really want a government that throws the most vulnerable among us off the public-assistance rolls?
I take the governor at his word that he does, indeed, have a heart. But that begs a deeper explanation: How, then, does he account for the gulf between his heart and the effect of his policies? Because they sure do seem heartless, like the $9,000 "assets test" for seniors receiving food stamps. (If you're a senior and you have a mere $9,000 stashed for a medical emergency, you're out of luck if you need to keep receiving food stamps). So I'll make ample space available in these pages for the governor to address the issue of his Heart Gap and convince us that his heart and policies align — and that they align with our shared values.
Seriously. Corbett's Tea Party-flavored policies might work in his favorite state, which would be Texas. Here in Pennsylvania where he's chosen to govern, Corbett's master plan is trying to jam the proverbial square peg in the round hole.
There's the question of policy -- Pennsylvania is a working class state where too many folks have experienced the ups and downs of blue-collar life to completely shred the safety net, as Corbett is inclined to do. That's especially true when it comes to the public universities that at least once were seen as a step up. As for style, we like guys (and girls) who play with heart, even when it's a rouge like, say, Allen Iverson. Corbett needs to step up his game.
At this point, it may take a wizard to help Corbett find his heart.