Mitt Romney Has Perfected Flip-Flopping

The race for the White House will soon kick into high gear, and it’s amazing to me that Mitt Romney is even close in the polls, let alone could win. He has run a lackluster campaign and comes across as a phony, duplicitous, flip-flopping hypocrite. Though he does have nice hair. Read more »

In Philly, Helping Will Earn You Skepticism

One of the big problems that has plagued Philadelphia for decades has been its lack of strong and competent leadership. The city is known as a “go-along-to-get-along” place.

Those who push hardest for change are often run out of town or get frustrated by the lack of progress and give up. The lack of corporate headquarters in the city has resulted in a power vacuum that is often filled by a one-party political class lacking in the vision or ability to solve the big issues of the day. The result is a city in decline as entrenched interests fight over a shrinking pie. Read more »

Hiring: Most Important Job in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia School District has narrowed its nationwide search for a superintendent to two men. One is unproven, the other is uninspiring. Both come with red flags. That’s why the School Reform Commission should keep looking. The School District can’t settle for average or worse. It needs a stud who has what it takes to transform a failing and bankrupt school system in need of a major overhaul. Read more »

Imagine Philadelphia Without Stephen Starr Restaurants

Mayor Nutter and City Council are being lauded for their effort to overhaul the outmoded property tax system. While the stated goal of making property taxes fair and equitable makes sense, be careful what you wish for. It is entirely possible that the property tax overhaul could take things from bad to worse. Read more »

Gambling and Homelessness Go Together Like Thelma and Louise

With a new advertising blitz and a new $2.4 billion casino, Atlantic City was betting on a comeback this summer. Instead, the stabbing deaths of two tourists in broad daylight last week outside of the Bally’s casino underscored the seedy side of Atlantic City that officials like to gloss over. (Disclosure: I edit an anti-gambling blog.)

In an effort to reassure tourists that it was safe to go back into the casinos, Governor Chris Christie came to town and drank a beer at the Irish Pub. Keep drinking, guv. The problems of Atlantic City are big and deep, and can’t be fixed by a new slogan and another casino. Read more »

Howard Stern Is Offensive on America’s Got Talent

I have never watched America’s Got Talent before, but I tuned in this week just to see the show’s newest judge, shock jock Howard Stern. Here’s the short take: Stern has gone softer than the Pillsbury Doughboy.

The show promoted the longtime radio personality as a bad boy, complete with a video montage set to the Rolling Stones hit “Sympathy for the Devil.” But he’s mostly a cheerleader. Read more »

Pennsylvania and New Jersey Aim to Amplify Biggest Losers

“Where the lottery was concerned, even people who could barely read and write seemed capable of intricate calculations and staggering feats of memory.” — George Orwell, 1984

The latest budget gimmick coming from state lawmakers across the country is the lame idea to privatize the lottery. Of course, this is a mistake that will likely end up costing taxpayers more money in the long run. But don’t tell that to the elected officials who seem hell-bent on trying to gamble their way out of budget problems. Read more »

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