You can link to Tom's original posting HERE.
For my own ease of posting, I've liberally quoted from Tom's work; his words are in light text, mine are in [dark red bracketed text].
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[All told, I think Tom completely and glaringly minimized (at best) one key point: namely that Scranton's fiscal plight is at least partially (and in fact mostly) the result of gross mismanagement by city leaders over a period of time that spans decades. Yes, he does say the following:
"Scranton hasn’t helped its fiscal nightmare for a good 3 decades."
...but that's it. Nothing about punitive business and wage taxation. Nothing about about managing costs. Nothing about knowingly making promises to city workers that city leaders knew could never be kept. Nothing about that which all of us who are adults have to do all the time, namely live within our means. In fact, based on Tom's posting, you would think that every single city in Pennsylvania should be Scranton's equal in the fiscal nightmare department. The truth though is that most aren't because they were able to manage their fiscal houses in a way that prevented (or at least forestalled) much of what has befallen Scranton.
On to the specific commentary.]