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Chipman L. Flowers Jr.

  • Don't Eliminate Our Department of Finance

      With Delaware struggling through the most serious recession since the end of World War II, on July 5, Governor Markell made a startling announcement proposing to eliminate our state Department of Finance. Surprisingly, the governor’s proposal, which calls for eliminating only one job (the secretary of finance) and shifting the department’s three divisions (Revenue, […]
  • Reflections on the Great Recession of 2009—The Rise of Political Deals

    As the financial crisis tightens its grip on all aspects of our economy, long-term anxiety is beginning to afflict our national, state and local governments. Talking to a politician in these turbulent times is akin to chatting with the “Grinch Who Stole Christmas”—a person full of negativity and blame about the circumstances in which we […]
  • Revamping Our State Executive
    Branch (Part II)

    As President-Elect Barack Obama prepares to assume the office of President of these United States, it seems that inadequate attention has been given to the impending change in the executive branch of the First State. Yes, all of us are familiar with Governor-elect Jack Markell’s primary victory over Lt. Governor John Carney and his subsequent […]
  • Will the True Economists Step
    Forward…A Crisis is Afoot!

    As I began writing this month’s blog, I was amazed at the number of potential topics based upon the national, state and local political and economic climate. My first thought was to continue the three-part series commenced in last month’s Paine Corner regarding revamping our state government. However, in light of the economic events of […]
  • Revamping Our State Legislature (Part I)

    Centuries ago, Thomas Paine, a great visionary, realized that “common sense” prevailed in a world of uncertainty.  This column is dedicated to him and others who believe that practical reasoning and sound principles of governance can truly make a difference in our society. While a significant amount of media coverage will descend upon the national […]

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