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David Paul
David Paul (Yale BA 1977; Wharton MBA 1982; Penn Ed.D. 2004) is the President of the Fiscal Strategies Group, a financial advisory firm specializing in municipal and project finance. Previously he was a Managing Director of Public Financial Management, Inc., Vice Provost of Drexel University, and the co-founder of, an e-learning company.

David Paul has worked for twenty-five years as a financial advisor to state and local governments on infrastructure and project financing, was well as on addressing issues of fiscal distress, and in international project finance as a member of the Hong Kong Shanghai Bank Group. His clients have included state governments such as New Mexico, Virginia, New Jersey and Florida, clients in the US Virgin Islands, higher educational clients across the country, and unique project finance clients such as Spaceport America. He works regularly with legislative bodies with respect to budget and financial matters, and has worked on several political campaigns.

David Paul is a member of the Board Trustees of Cumberland University, and has served on the boards of several educational organizations. He is the author of When the Pot Boils: The decline and turnaround of Drexel University (SUNY Press, 2008), as well as of the screenplay Breakpoint (1997). He has published online commentaries for several years at

Entries by David Paul

Donald Trump Is Not Who You Think He Is, That I Can Tell You

(1) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 5:57 PM

So Se Pyong, North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, said it all the other day: There is no meaning, no sincerity to a word that Donald Trump says. Yet, somehow, this essential point that has penetrated the anti-reality shield that protects North Korea from the rest of...

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GOP Capitulates, It's Donald Trump's Party Now

(5) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 9:29 AM

It's like that horror film sequel. Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver) slowly awakens from a deep slumber. Something is wrong. Then, with a rising sense of terror she looks down at her abdomen, something is moving inside. The fear grows. She knows what it is. Something terrible from her past;...

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Does Trump Triumph Signal the End of the New Gilded Age?

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 12:59 PM

In last week's Sunday New York Times, a top story above the fold, In New Age of Privilege, Not all Are in Same Boat, trumpeted the new Gilded Age. "That segment of the population," says the former CEO of Norwegian Cruise Lines of their über elite passengers, "wants...

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Trump Proves He Has a Winning Hand in a Rigged Game

(4) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 10:22 AM

Conservative talk radio icon Mark Levin screamed it out last week, to all who would listen: Donald Trump is taking conservatives for a ride. And this week, GOP voter screamed back: We don't care! The New York billionaire, whose political philosophy can best be summed up as narcissistic pragmatism, cleaned...

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Will We See a 'Never Cruz' Movement as Cruz Negatives Surge Past Trump?

(107) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 10:25 PM

The Emerson College poll released this week confirmed once again why the Republican Party is so eager to topple the Donald Trump bandwagon. Among the poll sampling of 1,043 likely voters that mirrored the turnout profile from the 2012 general election, the New York billionaire and reality TV...

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Hillary and the Donald Feel It All Slipping Away

(506) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 3:19 PM

This weekend marks the halfway point in the presidential primary season. It began with the Iowa caucuses on February 1st and ends when California and four other states weigh in on June 7th, when one-eighth of the total number of delegates will be awarded. In most presidential years, states clamor...

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Trump Will Win GOP Nomination, But Ted Cruz Plans to Be the Next Republican President

(245) Comments | Posted March 12, 2016 | 12:47 PM

It was not much more than a week ago that Republican insiders were having animated public discussions about how Donald Trump could be deprived the GOP nomination. The consensus was straightforward. Unlike the consensus a few weeks earlier--that Kasich and Cruz needed to drop out of the race to clear...

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GOP Outrage at KKK-Gate Ignores Their Own History

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 10:20 AM

We are now in truly uncharted waters. Last week, on Super Tuesday, Donald Trump won across all demographic groups. He won by thirty points in liberal Massachusetts, and twenty points in deep south Alabama, making the choice of Donald Trump to be the GOP nominee perhaps the only thing that...

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Trading Insults With Trump Only Proves the Point, Marco Is Not Ready for Prime Time

(9) Comments | Posted February 29, 2016 | 3:09 PM

Late last fall, Republican media strategists Alex Castellanos and Gail Gitcho tried to interest several top Republican donors in funding a campaign to take down Donald Trump. "We want voters to imagine Donald Trump in the Big Chair in the Oval Office, with responsibilities for worldwide confrontation at his fingertips,"...

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Fear Strikes the GOP: The Age of Norquist Is Over

(90) Comments | Posted February 26, 2016 | 4:37 PM

Today's GOP is not the GOP of Ronald Reagan, it is not even the GOP of George W. Bush. The shibboleths that have underpinned GOP strategy for a quarter century--the rules set forth by Grover Norquist--are no longer germane to GOP voters whose incomes have been stagnant for two decades...

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Will the Death of Antonin Scalia Be a Turning Point for Ted Cruz?

(16) Comments | Posted February 20, 2016 | 7:05 PM

The death of Antonin Scalia might have come just in time for Ted Cruz. South Carolina is supposed to be the state where Cruz makes his stand against Donald Trump, where he vanquishes the New York liberal. A win in South Carolina would -- according to plan -- give Cruz...

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Conspiracy Theories Abound in Death of Scalia

(7) Comments | Posted February 14, 2016 | 2:08 PM

Note: As fun as conspiracy theories might be, this piece is satire, except for the references to Dr. Bronner's. Justice Scalia was a friend and colleague of my father-in-law, and they worked together on the administrative law section of the ABA. He was at the opposite end of the political...

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Sanders and Trump: Strange Bedfellows Singing From the Same Hymnal

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 4:19 PM

Donald Trump has his finger on the zeitgeist. Speaking to his gathered supporters after his New Hampshire victory, he observed that if the unemployment rate was really 5 percent, as suggested by official data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, he never would have garnered the support that he has....

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Donald Trump's Secret Is Not Bigotry or Hatred, It's Love

(13) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 8:34 AM

The white working class sold their votes cheap. Back when they were the stalwarts of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal coalition, the southern and working class voters of the industrial Midwest were living the dream. Their votes mattered. The members they sent to Congress, particularly the southern Democrats, sat atop the...

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Trump Speech Is Hateful, But It Is Not New

(105) Comments | Posted December 27, 2015 | 6:54 PM

Donald Trump rose again this week in defense of Vladimir Putin, suggesting that there was no evidence that the Russian President had ordered the assassination of reporters. After offering his thoughts on Putin, the leading Republican Party candidate for the presidential nomination confirmed that as much as he might hate...

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To Defeat ISIS, We Must Stand Up for America

(5) Comments | Posted December 15, 2015 | 5:32 PM

The rise of Islamophobia and the fear that has been consuming much of the country is not just about Donald Trump. The Republican front-runner is embarrassing himself and our nation with his rhetoric. Things have gotten so bad that Trump is being publicly scolded about chauvinistic behavior by...

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Decades of GOP Anger Is Finally Directed Where It Belongs: At the GOP

(77) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 2:49 PM

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan waded into the tumult of protests this week against Donald Trump's plan to close the U.S. borders for a time to Muslim immigrants. Trump's proposal has sparked universal condemnation across the political spectrum. Of course, to call it a plan was a...

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Why Robert Lewis Dear Is Terrifying But Not a Terrorist

(3) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 3:10 PM

Within hours of the shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, my friend, a long time reporter with years of covering the Department of Justice received a call from the editors of a major newspaper. They were struggling with how to describe the actions of Robert Lewis Dear:...

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Wake Up America, Russia is Back!

(9) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 1:59 PM

Speaking before the Council on Foreign Relations last week, Hillary Clinton established the objective that is commonly held among all presidential aspirants: ISIS must not be contained, it must be destroyed.

Yet beyond that statement, despite all the fury generated on the campaign trail by the ISIS...

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Our Toxic Politics Looms to Undermine Effective Response to ISIS

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 2:37 PM

The bodies were still warm on the streets of Paris, and the reprise of the Global War on Terror was ramping up back here at home. We can hear the old talking points being dusted off. In our new, real time, Twitter world, it took barely a nanosecond for the...

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