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It's practically impossible for local governments to go bankrupt, but these guys (Jefferson County, Alabama) have been trying for years and finally succeeded.

http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/story/2011-11-09/alabama-county-bankruptcy/51146416/1

10 Nov 2011
Paul Nichols 
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The "Counties Work" online video game can be found at this link, and hints at being a great outreach tool for teaching people how government works. Why not have an even more developed SIMS-like-game for local government or federal government? Seems like a good idea to me, though I'm the only one who would likely find it fun. You'd probably need some variation of a red-tape monster, or the meeting that just wouldn't end, even with a ctrl-alt-del.
31 Aug 2011
Paul Nichols 
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Scott Adams writes the Dilbert cartoon. He opines in the Wall Street Journal that B students should learn entrepreneurial skillz. I hope the link keeps working--heaven forbid the WALL STREET JOURNAL provide perma-links.
09 Apr 2011
Paul Nichols 
Quran Burning - 2 Cents
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So a pastor down south wants to burn Qurans. Doesn't that seem a little incendiary? : )

But seriously, we have people in this country that burn the American flag, and some that stand up for their right to do so. I don't think I've heard anyone supporting this pastor and his attempt at free speech. Not that I support either (burning the flag or Qurans). Just seems like I should be seeing some consistency out there or something. Or is it that the reporting is lax?
10 Sep 2010
Mark Nichols 
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Local governments have been trying to slim their budgets. Who's helping them to do so most? State governments. I chat briefly about home rule and a recurring theme for me, consolidation of services.
25 Jan 2010
Paul Nichols 
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It's a merry Christmas in Pittsburgh as an effort to levy a tax on university tuition fizzles out. Here's why a tax like that is a bad idea...
22 Dec 2009
Paul Nichols 
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"Please turn off your electronic devices."

You've heard it before on flights, but now you know the reasons: Slate article.
01 Apr 2009
Mark Nichols 
Charity - 2 Cents
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DimeBrothers' favorite charity?

Why, that'd of course be The March of Dimes!

I've got a friend who's heading to work there, so I thought it an opportune time to link to them. Plus, the obvious reference to Dimes doesn't hurt.
09 Jul 2008
Mark Nichols 
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LA Times Article

Article regarding the forgiveness of school debt related to working in the public service for 10 years. See my previous article on the Public Service Academy for some more background.

Conclusion? 10 years is still a long time to have to pay back loans. Study and play hard in high school and try to go to college on the cheap--or go to a state school to help make ends meet.
30 Jun 2008
Paul Nichols 

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