Pennsylvania Is No Longer the Beacon Of Virtue, Liberty, And Independence

Pennsylvania Is No Longer the Beacon Of Virtue, Liberty, And Independence

Pennsylvania Is No Longer the Beacon Of Virtue, Liberty, And Independence

This week, Pennsylvanians got passed over yet again by state government and the elected leaders who are bought and paid for by the union bosses.

According to a breaking report by PennLive over the weekend, state government officials made it almost impossible for homeowners and tenants to navigate and receive the federal CARES Act money allocated to them. Keep in mind, these are the same individuals who received more than $10 million in political contributions from the state’s union bosses to keep them in office and on the “right” team.

As the report states, “Pennsylvania created two new housing programs to spend money it received under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act — $150 million for rent relief and $25 million for mortgage help.”

Except the programs expired Nov. 30. The deadlines weren’t publicized and, as it turns out, $108 million was left unspent.

Now where is that money going, you might ask: To the taxpayers? To struggling businesses? To newly unemployed Pennsylvanians?

Nope. All $108 million “left unspent” will go to the state Department of Corrections.

Let that sink in.

How will the Department of Corrections help you pay bills or put food on the table?

It’s beyond absurd what state government officials are doing with taxpayer money and federal relief aid meant for We the People.

Your Freedom Foundation asked Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf back in March to temporarily suspend public-sector union dues to grant relief to hardworking Pennsylvanians, and he snubbed his nose at that option.

Now again, Pennsylvanians see him choosing to expand government instead of helping his constituents in need.

After months of delays, Congress finalized a second round of federal relief, which will total $900 billion back into the nation’s economy with most people earning under $100,000 receiving a check of $600.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that if government would take its boot off the neck of the private sector, let people get back to business and earning their own living, the measly $600 checks wouldn’t be necessary and people wouldn’t be dependent on the government to pay their rent or mortgage.

But as it stands, there are approximately 328 million people in the U.S., and if each (hypothetically speaking) receives $600, this equates to $196.8 billion. So where does the remaining $700+ billion go?

So just like Pennsylvanians just witnessed with our Cares Act funding going back to the state instead of its residents, we will see more money of hardworking Americans that will not see a dime.

East Coast Director
Hunter Tower was hired as the Pennsylvania Director for the Freedom Foundation in March 2020 and now serves as the East Coast Director. Hunter has previously served as Executive Director of the Republican Committee of Lancaster County and as a Field Director with the PAGOP. He has also served as a Campaign Manager for a State Representative race in Connecticut and has lobbied Congress on behalf of his Fraternity (Theta Chi) and the Fraternal Government Relations Coalition (FGRC) to pass the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act (CHIA). Hunter has been featured in many outlets across the East Coast and the nation such as RealClearPolicy, RedState, Center Square, Broad + Liberty, Penn Live, City & State, and Lincoln Radio Journal. He’s a member and Parliamentarian of the Pennsylvania Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He has facilitated several national and regional events for his Fraternity, is a charter member of his local Rotary Club, a Kentucky Colonel, and a former member of Kennett Township (PA) Zoning Hearing Board. Hunter’s family has a long history in politics beginning with Charlemagne Tower Jr., who served as Minister to Austria-Hungary (1897–1899) for President William McKinley before being transferred to Russia as Ambassador (1899–1902). Following his post in St. Petersburg, Charlemagne served as Ambassador to Germany from 1902 to 1908 under President Theodore Roosevelt. Tower City in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania is named after his father, Charlemagne Tower, as is Tower, Minnesota, and Tower City, North Dakota. Hunter’s cousin, former United States Senator John G. Tower (R-Texas), served 24 years in the Senate and was George H.W. Bush’s first nominee for Secretary of Defense. Hunter’s late father, John W. Tower, was President Richard Nixon’s aide at the 1972 RNC in Florida with Alexander Haig’s son, worked with the Reagan Administration in the 1980s, and was a lobbyist in Washington, DC as President of American Strategy Group. Hunter is a graduate of Widener University in Chester, PA with a B.A. in Political Science. Hunter and his wife reside in Pennsylvania, with their two children and two rescue dogs.