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BILL CRAWFORD: Do governor’s appointees not give a squat about his standards?

Did you read Geoff Pender’s terrific column “Take some aspirin before searching Transparency Mississippi website” in the Clarion-Ledger?  If transparency in government spending matters to you, this is a must read.   Pender pointed to non-transparent disclosures on the transparency site by the Mississippi Division of Medicaid, then said, “Apparently, they don’t feel like telling the public squat about their travel. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Will tax cuts ease economic distress and health disparities?

The 13-state Appalachian Regional Commission just released its latest county economic status rankings. Mississippi has 24 ARC counties with 12 ranked “distressed,” nine “at-risk,” three “transitional,” and none “competitive” or “attainment.” Rankings did not change from last year.   What do these rankings mean? ARC calculates the economic status of counties based on unemployment rates, per capita market income, and ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Take the wheel, America, and enable more John McCains

Recited the Pledge of Allegiance lately?    Once upon a time in America school children were required to stand, face the flag, and recite the pledge each morning.   Remember how it goes?     “I pledge allegiance to flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Save us from doofus driven debacles

“Doofus” is an intriguing and timely word. The Oxford Living Dictionary says it likely originated in North America in the 1960s and suggests it is either an alteration of the word “goofus” or from the Scottish word “doof” meaning dolt. The Online Etymology Dictionary says it is “probably related to doo-doo and goofus.” The definitions range from “a foolish or ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Do Republicans really care about debt reduction?

So, is reducing the national debt still the priority concern for Republican leaders?   Remember the rhetoric:   “The national debt threatens our way of life; it threatens the value of our national currency; and it threatens our ability to pay for entitlements that millions of Americans depend on,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2009. And that’s why ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: ‘Shared Services’ still no laughing matter

George Carlin’s word skits made me laugh… and sometimes think. His monologue about “shell shock” morphing to “battle fatigue” then to “post-traumatic stress disorder” lampoons how we have come to use less disturbing, more benign words to camouflage reality. It came to mind when the Governor made his budget proposal. (No, not our current governor. I wrote this and the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Consensus perspective needed on Medicaid

Perspectives, hmmm.    “It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time,” wrote Isaac Asimov. “People say ‘It’s as plain as the nose on your face.’ But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?”    A conservative Republican legislator, speaking about Medicaid cuts, ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Mississippi back on bottom in senior health rankings

Mississippi is getting older. No, this is not about our Bicentennial, but our people.    Since 1980 Mississippi’s total population increased 18.5 percent but the population of residents aged 65 and older jumped 43.3 percent.  This pushed the median age up from 27.6 years in 1980 to 36.5 years in 2015. Over that time, the percentage of population aged 65 and older moved from ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Freddy Joe should not pay taxes until Donny Joe does

It’s time for Mississippi taxpayers to stand up to tax dodgers.   It’s time to revolt against the State’s unfair and discriminatory behavior in the collection of taxes on retail sales. You see, Mississippi law requires residents to pay taxes on all retail sales, except those specifically exempt. But, the State’s arbitrary and selective enforcement of tax collections provides a ...

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