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Business needs rules, just like the rest of us

By at June 30, 2011 | 12:39 pm | 53 Comments

Business needs rules, just like the rest of us

A friend with whom I often debate such esoteric subjects as whether capitalism needs rules suggested I read “I, Pencil,” an essay published in 1958 by economist Leonard E. Read (1898-1983). It describes the multitude of jobs involved in creating a pencil, beginning with the harvest of a cedar tree in Northern California or Oregon. […]

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From the Publishers

By at June 30, 2011 | 10:30 am | 464 Comments

From the Publishers

From the Publishers: We want to thank our loyal daily readers for helping us Rock the Capital over the last six months. We have almost 1,000 Facebook followers and over 1,600 Twitter followers. You will be seeing some changes in response to your feedback. First, we heard you and we are changing our format to […]

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The Patron Saint of PSU

By at June 28, 2011 | 8:04 pm | 106 Comments

The Patron Saint of PSU

Now that much of the real work is done and the generic shape of the budget is coming into focus, one thing jumps out at me:  Pennsylvania higher education, and Penn State in particular, owes a tremendous debt to Sen. Jake Corman. Let’s rewind the tape to mid March of this year.  The day before […]

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Democracy Rising: The Legislature’s New Budget

By at June 28, 2011 | 6:09 pm | 346 Comments

Democracy Rising: The Legislature’s New Budget

by RTC Sponsor, Tim Potts of Democracy Rising Think of the Emperor’s new clothes, and you’ll have an idea of what’s coming below. Click here for the current spreadsheet for the state budget as negotiated among House and Senate Republicans. Democrats were not part of the negotiations. The legislature’s budget begins on page 14. Altogether, […]

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Notes and Asides – 6/27/2011

By at June 28, 2011 | 5:54 pm | 0 Comment

Notes and Asides – 6/27/2011

Well, summer break is over and I have returned from my travels wiser – and no more refreshed (trips with kids are rarely relaxing).  Accordingly, the return of notes and asides opens with my (favorite) piece of that newly acquired wisdom.  I will admit that it is not my own, but will also assert that […]

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Top Ten Budget Cutting Ideas for PA’s Legislature

By at June 25, 2011 | 9:54 am | 0 Comment

Top Ten Budget Cutting Ideas for PA’s Legislature

10) Replace per diems with vouchers. 9) Charge dues for legislative gym. 8) Ban golf during session days. 7) Pay to park at the Capitol. 6) Sell company cars. 5) Install wine machines at PA Society dinner. 4) Require photo ID for “ghost voting.” 3) Lease district offices to gas drillers. 2) Ban same household […]

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Marcellus job creation not that rosy

By at June 23, 2011 | 4:50 pm | 1,448 Comments

Marcellus job creation not that rosy

The Keystone Research Center published a report this week saying the Marcellus shale industry has created fewer than 6,000 jobs in the past three years in Pennsylvania. That is a far cry from the 48,000 jobs some media outlets have been touting as created in 2010 alone. The difference? According to the KRC report, the […]

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Selfish Obama

By at June 23, 2011 | 4:16 pm | 104 Comments

Selfish Obama

Toward the end of his presidency, John Adams and the infant United States were engaged in a quasi war with its former revolutionary ally, France.  The French were attacking US shipping – sometimes at the mouth of the Chesapeake itself – and doing so with the impunity of a super power. Adams’ party – and […]

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How to care for a watch, or a nation, can be useful knowledge

By at June 20, 2011 | 4:41 pm | 7 Comments

How to care for a watch, or a nation, can be useful knowledge

The biggest problem with our education system is that too many of us don’t want to know how things are built and maintained, from a country to a watch … “When someone asks you the time, they don’t want to know how to build a watch,” is a response often given someone who insisted on […]

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Top Ten Reasons Not To Tax Soda

By at June 18, 2011 | 8:10 am | 2 Comments

Top Ten Reasons Not To Tax Soda

10) Sugar is good. 9) Artificial energy is green. 8) Caffeine is life before recess. 7) Gum disease grows the economy. 6) Liquid candy cigarettes boost test scores. 5) Mountain Dew is a mineral. 4) Pepsi tones abs. 3) Coke is sold over the counter. 2) Soda looks and tastes like shale water. 1) We […]

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