Recently, Governor Corbett sat down with Dave Sutor of The Tribune-Democrat to talk about his policy initiatives, natural gas, and crime in the city of Johnstown.
Corbett, who previously served as Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, explained that the best way to solve Johnstown’s crime problem is to focus on law enforcement and keep people from smoking marijuana “because then they go to the next level.”
Here’s the relevant portion of the Trib-Dem article:
Crime in the city
Corbett, the state’s former attorney general, is a proponent of tough law enforcement when dealing with drug problems, like those afflicting Johnstown.
In 2012, almost 300 burglaries and more than 150 assaults took place in the city. There have been seven murders so far this year for a municipality with less than 21,000 residents. Earlier this year, the ad hoc Johns-town Crime and Violence Commission described increased heroin trafficking as the common denominator causing problems throughout law enforcement, housing, education and rehabilitation.
“When it comes to the crime issue, it does come down, a lot of times, to focusing the enforcement,” Corbett said.
He is opposed to the legalization of marijuana.
“That’s the most addictive gateway drug that there is,” he said. “People don’t stop at marijuana then, because then they go to the next level.”
That’s right—Johnstown’s rash of burglaries, assaults, and murders are all because of the pot smokers.
What’s really troubling is that Governor Corbett seems to have adopted a policy paradigm along the lines of “when something is going wrong, blame drugs.”
Earlier this year, Governor Corbett was asked why Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate remained so high despite his promises of job creation from the natural gas boom. In response, Corbett said “there are many employers that say we’re looking for people but can’t find anyone who has passed a drug test.”
According to Corbett, the high unemployment rate should be blamed on his constituents being high–not his own failure to create jobs.
If Corbett wants to maintain any chance at all of being re-elected, he has to start offering real policy solutions instead of just blaming drug users.