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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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Angry or Jealous?
Years ago, a friend would gently chide me when I complained about the state of things in Philadelphia: "does that make you angry -- or jealous?" Did I want to change the way the city worked; or, just make it a little better for me? Was I angry that the system was so broken or jealous that someone else had benefited in a way that I could not?
I think that angry-or-jealous question is a great one for Philadelphians to consider as we look for a new mayor to set a direction for our city's future. Philadelphia has been derided as a place with a population of 1.5 million, run by a few hundred, for the benefit of a few dozen. It is a city where more than one in four residents -- one in three children -- lives in poverty despite pockets of plenty and areas of affluence; a city that too many still look to leave.