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AtLiberty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-17-05 07:41 AM
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Krugman: What's the Matter With Ohio?
Edited on Fri Jun-17-05 07:52 AM by AtLiberty
What's the Matter With Ohio?

By PAUL KRUGMAN
NYT
June 17, 2005


The Toledo Blade's reports on Coingate - the unfolding tale of how Ohio's Bureau of Workers' Compensation misused funds - deserve much more national attention than they have received so far. For one thing, it's an entertaining story that seems to get weirder by the week. More important, it's an object lesson in what happens when you have one-party rule untrammeled by any quaint notions of independent oversight.

In April, The Blade reported that the bureau, which provides financial support for workers injured on the job, had invested $50 million in Capital Coin, a rare-coin trading operation run by Tom Noe, an influential Republican fund-raiser.

At first, state officials angrily insisted that this unusual use of state funds was a good investment that had nothing to do with Mr. Noe's political connections. An accounting investigation revealed, however, that Mr. Noe's claims to be running a profitable business were fictitious: he had lost millions, and 121 valuable coins were missing.

On June 3, police raided the Colorado home of Michael Storeim, Mr. Noe's business associate, and seized hundreds of rare coins. After changing the locks, they left 3,500 bottles of wine, valued at several hundred thousand dollars, in the home's basement...

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/17/opinion/17krugman.htm...
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quaoar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-17-05 07:48 AM
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1. He compares Ohio today
to New York under Boss Tweed.

Thumbs up.
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Goldeneye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-17-05 08:18 AM
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2. I just read Dana Milbanks column on
Conyer's hearing and I was about ready to tear my hair out. I feel better after reading this. We are so lucky to have Paul Krugman.
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slor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-17-05 08:28 AM
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3. Do you have a link to the dana milquetoast...
article? Thanks!
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acmejack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-17-05 08:35 AM
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4. link to milbanks article
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