How do you blame a city for lying to taxpayers and bond buyers about its sad financial shape - without also blaming its mayor, or its finance officers, or any of the paid lawyers, bankers, and advisers who helped tell the lies?
That's what the Securities and Exchange Commission did last week when it busted Pennsylvania's capital city, Harrisburg, for lying about its financial condition from 2008 to 2012, after it borrowed too much and started going broke.

I tell why in my column in today's Philadelphia Inquirer here. if you're not an online subscriber, you can still read it using code W72C, valid this week.


Read transcripts from November's state senate hearings into Harrisburg's decrepit finances and the people who left the city broke, through Harrisburg Today's the Day here.