NEW CASTLE —
NEW CASTLE —
The Republican-controlled House this week voted to sue President Obama for exceeding his authority. The complaint specifically deals with the president’s actions related to the Affordable Care Act, but Republicans routinely claim that Obama abuses his power in many areas.
You know the old five second rule? It goes like this: If you drop food on the floor and pick it up within five seconds, it’s safe to eat.
When it comes to Social Security, perhaps bad news is good news in disguise. We refer to this week’s reports from the trustees who oversee Social Security and Medicare. The information offered few surprises: The programs are destined to run out of money unless Congress acts.
Harrisburg is well known as a hotbed of political corruption. But sloth may run a close second on its list of vices. For evidence of this, we point to the latest downgrade of the commonwealth’s credit rating.
There’s little that’s known about the shooting down of a Malaysian jetliner near the Ukraine-Russian border. But one thing is certain: The incident and its aftermath are stark reminders that Russian President Vladimir Putin is not a reliable partner.
We’re not sure what to make of Pennsylvania’s budget situation at this point. Yes, the commonwealth does have a budget, after Gov. Tom Corbett signed a spending plan approved by the Legislature.
The House voted overwhelmingly yesterday to provide continued funding to the federal Highway Trust Fund.
A recent study of leaks from shale gas wells raises more questions than it answers. And because of the growing presence of shale gas wells in Pennsylvania, it’s essential that both government and industry provide clarity.
Anyone looking for peace in the Middle East will have to wait. Probably for quite a while.
The fate of Pennsylvania’s budget for the new fiscal year remains uncertain. But one thing is clear, the state Legislature has bungled its responsibilities once again.