Wednesday, October 26, 2005

SECURITY, GROWTH and COMPASSION

As Governor, Tom Ridge fulfilled a promise and worked hard to make Pennsylvania "a leader among states and a competitor among nations."

He successfully cut taxes every year he was in office; created the “greenhouse initiatives” wherein business & research organizations are encouraged to work together; increased by by 145% the number of beneficiaries of low-cost and free health care through the state’s Children's Health Insurance Program; and instituted the Land Recycling Program, which serves as a national model.

As the product of a working class family myself, I share many of Governor Ridge's values, and have great respect for his ideas. It is an honor to have met him and learned firsthand more of his perspective on solutions to America’s national security problems while he was serving as Secretary of Homeland Security.

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