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Holding the American People Hostage

By at March 18, 2013 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Holding the American People Hostage

Judges who wish to assure that a jury has no outside influence will sequester them. Legally, a sequestered jury is seized by authority and isolated from all outside influences. The jurors are escorted into and out of the courtroom. They aren’t allowed to read newspapers, listen to radio news, or watch TV news, ’lest they […]

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Top Ten Budget Myths

By at August 2, 2011 | 10:45 pm | 437 Comments

Top Ten Budget Myths

10) State government is more efficient than Washington. 9) Unfunded mandates have no local tax consequences. 8) Campaign contributions don’t affect budget policy. 7) Politicians can recognize and cut waste. 6) You can cut your way to a surplus. 5) There are two political parties. 4) Class doesn’t matter. 3) Compromise is bad. 2) Greed […]

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Top Ten Debt Ceiling Compromises

By at July 24, 2011 | 12:06 pm | 26 Comments

Top Ten Debt Ceiling Compromises

10) Eliminate socialized medicine for House Republicans. 9) Outsource the Defense Department to Blackwater. 8) Replace school lunch program with free guns. 7) Merge Medicare with Space Shuttle program. 6) Cut funding to gay medical researchers. 5) Take a pledge to think for yourself. 4) Sell the CIA to Fox News. 3) Downsize Congress. 2) […]

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Notes and Asides – July 11, 2011

By at July 11, 2011 | 11:48 am | 7 Comments

Notes and Asides – July 11, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen, Senator Toomey has the floor. There is a very scary game of chicken going on down in Washington, one that is both totally unnecessary and potentially devastatingly expensive. For the past several months the White House, through POTUS and every conceivable surrogate, has been pushing the idea that we are on the […]

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Un-Frozen COLA

By at July 2, 2011 | 7:49 pm | 1,142 Comments

Un-Frozen COLA

There are moments in history that, once missed, cannot be recaptured – even if you try to do exactly the same thing mere minutes later.  Imagine Washington hesitating for 30 minutes before attempting to slip across the water from Brooklyn Heights back to Manhattan.  Doing so would have left him stranded and the cause likely […]

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Tom Corbett’s Top Ten Budget Reforms

By at July 1, 2011 | 5:36 pm | 1 Comments

Tom Corbett’s Top Ten Budget Reforms

10) Streamlined nepotism at Turnpike Commission. 9) Replaced health care with prayer therapy. 8) Donated state land to corporate trust. 7) Downsized Ethics Commission. 6) Ignored pension debt. 5) Provided tax relief to Exxon/Mobil. 4) Brought back one party rule. 3) Abolished middle class. 2) Drives bigger car. 1) Made crazy normal. Photo by Rick […]

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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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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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Top Ten Reasons The Legislature Will Get the Budget Done On Time

By at June 6, 2011 | 9:37 am | 0 Comment

Top Ten Reasons The Legislature Will Get the Budget Done On Time

10) Rendell is gone. 9) No WAMs for Philly. 8) More WAMs for Pittsburgh. 7) Legislative gym shuts down. 6) July is “shared sacrifice” month at Nemacolin. 5) Orie sisters predict rapture on June 30. 4) Corbett’s attention span expires. 3) Because it’s the law? 2) Nah, gas companies don’t way to pay taxes. 1) […]

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