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Getting Better, Not Bitter, in Pennsylvania

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Publication Date: April 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Terry Miller

Series: WebMemo

Topic: Economics (Economic conditions)

Keywords: Economy; economy; Trade; employment

Type: Brief

Coverage: Pennsylvania


The recent firestorm over Senator Barack Obama's comments about Pennsylvania's "bitter" voters has focused on charges of condescension and on the perceived denigration of gun ownership and religion. The Senator's attitudes and tone are certainly fair game in an election year, but the more interesting issue is his facts: Are Pennsylvanians in fact "bitter?" Are there communities that have stagnated for "25 years?"Are there no jobs? Is there no hope?