Country mouse in a city trap
In 1994, I borrowed the truck that hauled the loaner bed to the thinly disguised doublewide I was renting outside of Atlanta.
School, government finances codependent
Grab the nearest kindergartner and tell her this: Stay in school and study hard because Mississippi’s long-term economic outlook depends on you. If you slack off and drop out before getting a decent level of education, your state government — that is, your fellow citizens — might have to pay higher interest rates to retire long-term public debt 20 years from now.
ACA is an old ‘new program’
Like so many things that seem new, ObamaCare is in many ways old wine in new bottles.
For example, when confronted with the fact that millions of Americans stand to lose their existing medical insurance, as a result of ObamaCare, defenders of ObamaCare say that this is true only when those people have “substandard” insurance.
Tough on crime or taxpayers
A new Pew Charitable Trusts study documents what most state legislators already know from wrestling the state’s budget – Mississippi’s prison population is soaring and so is the cost of operating the state’s prison system.
Pot taxes reveal strange bedfellows
After voters in the states of Colorado and Washington legalized the sale of marijuana in their states, the public debates there moved on next to the obvious conflicts between state laws legalizing pot sales and the prevailing federal laws that prohibit the sale of weed.
Bipartisan consensus means issue at critical mass
You know a government policy issue is gaining traction when there is bipartisan agreement that something has to be done.
‘Hobnob’ers discuss economic health
During Mississippi Economic Council’s annual fall “hobnob” at the Jackson coliseum, our state leaders waxed eloquently about our state’s economic health.
Spending truths trump slogans
“Reagan proved that deficits don’t matter.”
— Vice President Dick Cheney, 2002
Bullies depend on victims’ silence, inaction by public
Jonathan Martin is 6-foot-5 inches tall and weighs 315 pounds. He is not only huge, but athletic. That combination of size and agility led him to a career as a professional athlete: He is an offensive tackle for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. At 24 years of age, he is in the prime of his physical development.
For the boys and girls of summer
Any time Willie Nelson releases an album, I buy it, even if I’m broke, or not particularly in a Willie mood at the moment. I buy it because I worry Willie might be ailing or attempting to boost what’s in his boot to leave his children and former wives.
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