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“We can’t afford it.” The untrue, anti-tax mantra of 21st century government

For the past 30 years, “We can’t afford it” has become the mantra of city councilmen, state legislators and even U.S. Congressional representatives. But there is something terribly wrong with that. What do lawmakers mean by “it?” There are many meanings. Sometimes, “it” is higher salaries for teachers. Sometimes, “it” is repairs to crumbling bridges.…

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Holder’s Justice Department Report offers credibility on Ferguson

From the moment that Michael Brown was gunned down by Officer Darren Wilson, it’s been virtually impossible to get credible and reliable information about what actually happened August 9, 2014 on Canfield Drive in Ferguson, MO. That came to an end on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 when the U.S. Department of Justice issued “Department of…

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Peso pinching in Colombia

A penny is a penny is a penny. Or in this case, as we are in Colombia, a peso is a peso is a peso. Converting Colombian pesos to other currencies is like reliving the good old days of the Italian lira. As I write, today’s exchange rate is 2,490 Colombian pesos to 1 US…