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How To Grow Cancer in Pennsylvania

By at February 6, 2010 | 10:25 pm | 0 Comment

by Eric Epstein

Pennsylvania is the only state that does not impose an  excise tax on “smokeless” tobacco, cigars or pipe tobacco.  We were also one of the last states to join the cigarette  tobacco suits. Yet the public

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Stimulate Debt Awareness

By at February 5, 2010 | 10:24 pm | 1,178 Comments

by Eric J. Epstein

“Stimulus” is a short-term shot-in-the-arm that causes  a response. Government is a long-term  proposition. The  immediate results of the  American Recovery and  Reinvestment Act (“ARRA”) are mixed. The long term recipe  for this nation’s

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Coal Crackers

By at February 5, 2010 | 10:22 pm | 33 Comments

by Eric J. Epstein

The annual ritual of assigning lumps of coal and packets  of candy for “economic development” projects and political  initiatives is usually a dark exercise. This year is particularly forgettable given the budget morass, recession,

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