Vice President Biden Will Have Tough Time Explaining Failed Agenda To Pennsylvania Youth

HARRISBURG — Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement regarding Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Pennsylvania.”Democrats can send all of the surrogates they want, but it’s not going to change the fact that Pennsylvania voters are tired of their tax-and-spend liberal agenda,” Gleason said. “Every fall, young Pennsylvanians head to college with hopes that upon graduation they can land a good, sustainable job. However, due to the Obama-Biden-Pelosi agenda that has been advanced in Washington, D.C., unemployment is in the double-digits and college students are fighting for entry-level positions with people who have years of experience.

“The fact of the matter is that voters are looking for real change and leaders who don’t think the answer to every problem is higher taxes and bigger government. Pennsylvania voters want leaders like Pat Toomey and Tom Corbett, who are ready to bring their common-sense fiscal solutions to Washington, D.C. and Harrisburg.”The Obama-Biden-Pelosi Record:

Pennsylvania Lost 82,700 Jobs Since The Stimulus Was Passed. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,, Accessed 8/20/10)

  • And The Unemployment Rate Has Risen From 7.2 To 9.3 Percent. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,, Accessed 8/20/10)

More Pennsylvanians Fell Behind On Their Mortgages In August. “The number of Pennsylvania homeowners falling behind on mortgage payments and the number of homes seized by banks jumped steeply in August. New figures out Thursday from foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. showed 6,500 Pennsylvania homes received at least one foreclosure filing in August, while banks seized 2,300 properties.” (“PA Home Foreclosure Filings, Bank Seizures Jump,” The Associated Press, 9/16/10)

“Pennsylvania’s Situation Is Worsening.” “Pennsylvania’s foreclosure rate in August was just under half the national rate, with approximately one in every 840 homes receiving a foreclosure filing. However, the gap is narrowing, a sign that Pennsylvania’s situation is worsening while the nation’s crisis levels off. A year ago, the state’s foreclosure rate was nearly one-third the national rate.” (“PA Home Foreclosure Filings, Bank Seizures Jump,” The Associated Press, 9/16/10)

The Newest Philadelphia Manufacturing Reports Are “Worrisome”. “Several individual components of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s monthly Business Outlook survey, which was released Thursday, were worrisome — especially new orders received by manufacturers and shipments of their finished products. The survey’s overall index rose to minus 0.7 in September from minus 7.7 last month. Any index level below zero indicates manufacturing activity is contracting.” (Pail Schweizer, “Philadelphia-Area Manufacturing Flat In September,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, 9/16/10)

  • “‘The Index, Which Has Been Negative For Two Consecutive Months, Suggests That Growth Has Stalled,’ The Fed Said.” (Pail Schweizer, “Philadelphia-Area Manufacturing Flat In September,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, 9/16/10)

While Employers Are Facing A 9 Percent Rise In Health Insurance Costs Thanks To ObamaCare. “U.S. employers expect health-insurance costs to rise an average 9 percent next year, up from 7 percent in 2010, according to a survey by the National Business Group on Health in Washington of 75 big corporations. The new U.S. health-care law is forcing some employers to add new coverage. Seven of 10 large companies will have to remove limits on lifetime-insurance spending per employee.” (Joseph DiStegano, “PhillyDeals: Survey: Employers Brace For 9% Rise In Health-Insurance Costs,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, 9/9/10)

Now 51 Percent Of Pennsylvanians Disapprove Of Obama’s Job Performance With 40 Percent Strongly Disapproving. (Rasmussen Reports, 750 LV, MoE 4%, 9/13/10)