'Truth" and "accounting" should not be concepts that are terribly hard to reconcile - unless you're also trying to bring "government" into the formula.Uniting those three ideas has been Sheila Weinberg's goal ever since she had a baby. Not that the baby had anything to do with it, but motherhood gave her some time off from her career as a CPA.

It did not, however, dampen her belief that governmental accounting could come a lot closer to truthfulness if state governments did more to ensure that their statements reflected their budgets, and if the federal government succeeded in producing, for once, an auditable financial statement.

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