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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…

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Missouri State Auditor’s suicide: The gun

The sad details surrounding the suicide of Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich continue to emerge. But something is missing in the reporting: the gun behind the tragedy. Today, news reports revealed that Martha Fitz, an aide to former U.S. Senator John Danforth was on the phone with Schweich’s wife when Schweich killed himself. According to…

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Wisconsin shows how difficult it is to hold on to progressive gains

Robert Lafollette, Jr. and Joseph McCarthy. Russ Feingold and Scott Walker. How could one state–Wisconsin–elect politicians with such divergent views? No state east of New York has had such a strong tradition of progressive views in both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Despite the strength that Senator Robert Lafollette, Jr. and his father…