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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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Most recently, I wrote

Leadership Is Not A Philadelphia Strength


"Lead, follow, or get out of the way," is the admonishment for anyone who wants to make change. One can be helpful by making something happen, by assisting the folks who are making things happen, or by letting the folks make something happen without getting in their way. But, in notable cases, Philadelphia governmental officials are failing the leadership challenge across the board. They are leading in the wrong direction. When leadership could prevent wrongdoing, government officials are following along. And, far from getting out of the way, our governmental officials are standing in the way of important change. This is no way to run a one-car funeral, let alone a government.