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19

Nov 2017

WISE WORDS FROM SRC MEMBER BILL GREEN?

November is generally a gloomy month. Not this year – at least in Philadelphia. We’ve elected a progressive DA into office, while the Delaware Valley continues to look bluer and bluer. This week we were handed another piece of good news when Philadelphia’s reviled School Reform Commission (SRC) voted itself out of existence. Of course,...

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03

Nov 2017

PA BUDGET FOR 2017-2018

Yes, Lincoln Steffens found corruption in all of the cities that he had researched for his 1904 masterpiece, The Shame of the Cities.  But only in Philadelphia did he find that the politicians were corrupt, and the citizens contented.   Incarnations of corruption in the City can still be seen today in the embodiment of the...

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31

Oct 2017

THE STATE CONSTITUTION: TO RECREATE OR ENFORCE

There is something disingenuous about Rep. Stephen Bloom’s (R., Cumberland) effort to “fix…our broken state government.” He, along with Sen. John Eichelberger (R., Blair) have expressed the desire to create a constitutional convention to improve governance in Pennsylvania.  I certainly believe that our principal governing document needs improvement, but what assurance do we have that...

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17

Sep 2017

AN ILLUSTRATION OF “CHUTZPAH”

The classic illustration of the Yiddish term “Chutzpah” is the man who kills his parents and then pleads for the court to grant him mercy because he is an orphan.  Perhaps PA Representative Jim Christiana (R. Beaver) should become the new poster child for this term.  Why?  Because he, along with the majority of the Pennsylvania...

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13

Sep 2017

TURN PA BLUE

The hypocrisy under which the State House has been operating can be summarized by Representative Dan Moul ‘s (R. Adams) lie that “until and unless every source of reserve is exhausted, we are not asking more of our taxpayers.”   http://www.philly.com/philly/wires/ap/news/nation/20170905_ap_b2e7365725f845c9be467b502cb4c137.html   What is wrong with this statement?  Let us count the ways. (1) Taxpayers would be  hurt...

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24

Jun 2017

BUDGET TIME IN PA

At first glance, one might take State Senate Majority Leader Jake Cormanac’s  (R., Centre County) remedy for Pennsylvania’s impending 2017/2018  budget shortfall as good news.  After all, he said, “we’ve got to look within and see what we can do to maximize our abilities with the assets that we have.”  A reasonable person might conclude...

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