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I post my sudden thoughts and second thoughts here from time to time -- usually having something to do with Philadelphia and governmental accountability, but occaisionally on something more (or less) interesting. Check out my Recent Writing for issues of the day and take a look at some more in-depth writing in Brett's Books. Or, view the Bulldog Budget, which represents a wonderfully visual way to conceive and account for how our government works (or doesn't work) for us.

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No Calls On Finance Fouls

A few shocking recent revelations illustrate the sorry state of Philadelphia city finances.  But, this being Philadelphia, the revelations are probably not shocking and do not expect anyone to lose a job over the multi-million-dollar missteps.  This is Philadelphia, where the ability to go along to get along is prized in government much more than an ability to manage public money efficiently and effectively.  The city lurches from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis.  Philadelphia's huge unfunded pension liability means the city is all but functionally bankrupt.  Taxes go up.  Poverty refuses to go down.  But city leaders must think that's just fine, because nobody is going to take the fall for the problems.

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