Wednesday, April 05, 2006


Lemmond Ranks 133 in Commonwealth Fund ranking

The conservative Commonwealth Fund ranked the 20th's own Charles Lemmond 133 in its 2006 Liberty Index. The Commonwealth Fund ranks legislators in Pennsylvania on the following criteria:

Thomas Jefferson expressed the “sum of good government” in his first inaugural speech in 1801:

“…a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government….”

The Liberty Index is designed to measure how well (or how poorly) Pennsylvania’s legislators and governor have defended Jefferson’s “sum of good government.” Unlike most organizations that publish ratings, the Commonwealth Foundation analyzed every single bill that became an Act or was vetoed by the governor (138 total) during the first half of the 2005-06 Legislative Session (January-December 2005).

The Commonwealth Foundation’s “report card” is the fairest and most comprehensive analysis available on the overall performance of our state legislators and governor. Each law and vote was assigned a weight according to its relative impact on Liberty, and all members of the General Assembly and the governor are treated equally. This rating is a completely unbiased accounting of votes that were evaluated according to a simple question: “Does this Act expand or contract the Liberty of the people of Pennsylvania?”

Lemmond scored a "F+" or a scaled score of 31.35. Other area legislators scored as follows, in order from worst to best: Legislator (ranking), (grade), (scaled score). John Yudichak (89), (D), (42.14); Todd Eachus (122), (D), (36.22); George Hasay (148), (F+), (30.45); Phyllis Mundy & Tom Tigue (195), (F+), (30.37); Kevin Blaum (240), (F), (18.60); Bob Mellow & Ray Musto (248), (F-), (116.72).

The Commonwealth fund considers a score above 45.07 as "expand liberty" and a score below 45.07 as "contract liberty." The number one was GOP State Rep
Darryl Metcalfe of Butler County, with a score of 93.23. Dead last with a score of 16.68 was Democratic State Senator Vincent Fumo of Philadelphia.

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