Under a gloomy overcast sky — with wife Sue a few steps away along with a few former governor’s including Ed Rendell, Tom Corbett stepped up along the east front of the Capitol to become Pennsylvania’s 46th governor. Corbett’s inauguration speech ran about 16 minutes.
“The chill we feel today isn’t solely January’s wind. We gather during uncertain times, and no one has been left untouched. Pennsylvania is known for hard workers, but today they must search too hard for work. Small businesses can’t hire. Large employers can’t invest. Government has spent beyond its means, and individual corrupt acts have eroded an essential element of leadership – the public’s trust,” said Corbett.
Corbett addressed those reticent to see change and those that are building walls of inertia.
“For some the impasse between political considerations and economic realities is too difficult. For some, the deadlock between the current size of government and the size of our government should be too daunting. I disagree.”
Corbett promised responsibility and accountability,”we must act to renew the people’s trust in government. We must restore transparency, accountability and fiscal discipline,” and he went on to say, “we need good government. The people now demand it. And they deserve it.”
As for the labor market, “to those who raise out future workers: you deserve a government that will not ask more of its citizens until it asks more of itself.”
Corbett told the roughly 1,000 people on hand, he sees a promising future, ” I believe in Pennsylvania, and I believe in Pennsylvanians. And in those beliefs is a certainty that the best way to embrace innovation – the best way to make us competitive – is to make us competitive in education.”
At one point, surely Corbett could hear the shouts of protestors staged about a block away. They came to demonstrate against Corbett’s stance on drilling. During the election, Corbett’s campaign took in more than $1 million in donations from gas and oil executives. Corbett has also pledged not to enact a severance tax on gas being extracted from the Marcellus Shale.
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