Santorum: "Welcome to Scranton, Mr. President"

Verona, PA - Chairman of Patriot Voices, former Presidential candidate, and former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum issued the following statement regarding the arrival of President Obama in Scranton, PA later today:

"Welcome to Scranton, Mr. President.  Scranton and old manufacturing communities like it across the Rust Belt are hurting because of the regulations and taxes of this Administration.  The people of Scranton do not want government hand-outs, they want a hand-up, they want to be empowered to rise in America.  A stale speech on student loans virtually recycled from one he gave two years ago in Ohio, with the sweetener of an even bigger government bureaucracy that picks and chooses 'good value' colleges, is not what will make Scranton the 'Electric City' again."

"Rather than following the lead of his Vice President and former Secretary of State who use Scranton as a pawn to brandish their 'every-man' credentials, I hope the President will instead take the time to travel down the road to the Glider Diner or Arcaro's for a slice of Old Forge pizza and hear from average Scrantonians about the roadblocks his administration has put in their way," concluded Santorum.

Less than 20% of Scrantonians are college graduates, below the Pennsylvania average of 27%.  And the median Scranton household income is only slightly more than $36,000, $14,000 less than the median household income in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Worse yet, Scranton's population declined between the 2000 and 2012, losing 0.5% of its population between 2010 and 2012 alone.

The City of Scranton typifies the type of community Rick Santorum spoke about and directed policies toward during his 2012 presidential campaign, and he continues to speak to through Patriot Voices.  Having represented Scranton for 12 years in the United States Senate, and having grown up in the very similar manufacturing town of Butler, PA in the opposite corner of the Commonwealth, Santorum understands the struggles and challenges facing these communities first hand.  With that understanding, Santorum's 2012 presidential campaign's economic plan focused on revitalizing manufacturing and processing communities across America through sweeping tax and regulatory reform. 


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commented 2013-08-23 13:04:51 -0400 · Flag
I believe this could be wrote regarding all cities in all of America. Lost jobs are being replaced with part time service jobs that do not provide a living wage. I believe we are at a crisis point ion American History. This is worse than the Great Depression. It is just hidden.