Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Pawlowski on Mr. Ed Show
Mr. Ed was really worked up that Romney dared stand outside Allentown Metal Works, a failed Queen City business, despite having been injected with Obama's stimulus funds. So Mr. Ed brought in a union president and King Edwin.
Pawlowski's nose is a little longer now. He completely misled the viewing audience about Allentown.
1) "There's a lot of manufacturing still going on here." - FALSE. Manufacturing jobs have declined in the Lehigh Valley over the past 10 years, from 53,109 in 2000 to 44,496 last year. In 1970, there were 93.923 manufacturing jobs.
2) "The region as a whole is one of the fastest growing regions in Pennsylvania." - FALSE. LV unemployment in 2010 was 9.3%, above the state rate of 8.7%. Subdivision plans have declined from a high of 1,142 plans submitted in 2002 to just 409 last year. In Allentown, only 8 plans were proposed, and only 17 lots were approved. Airport traffic has declined from 1,009,951 passengers in 2004 to 838,211 last year. Even bus ridership is down.
3) "We got a new arena being built." QUESTIONABLE. - Have they broken ground?
SOURCE: (LVPC, LV PROFILE & TRENDS, 2011 edition)