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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Can you make sense of this?

Massachusetts is among the top five states for income in the US. That means we're on of the 5 richest states in the country. Ok, so far I'm going to go with that fact. It seems that yes, we're wealthier than pretty much everyone else (and thinner, too!) in the US. So can you please tell me why our social services are so bad? Not just poor, BAD. Why can't we, as the 5th richest state in the country, provide low income housing for the people who aren't making 6 figure salaries? Like the service employees that wait on you in restaurants, serve you in department stores, take your information at doctor's offices, etc. Never mind those that clean your homes and offices.

How come we can't give food stamps to people that are paying non-subsidized rents that average around $2000/month for a family? Doesn't it seem that families that are paying say, 90% of their income towards rent should get some help feeding their families?

How come we have almost no fuel subsidies. The average subsidy for fuel is about $600/year. The average heating cost last year, a very mind winter with much lower fuel costs? $1400. If we're so wealthy, why can't we help people pay for their heat? Why do we have to make them choose between food or heat?

If we're so rich, how come our state-ordered health care is going to cost the poorest citizens the most money, making it virtually impossible for the poor to pay the mandated cost? Why are we willing to send people to jail for non-payment of healthcare they can't afford? How is a family of 4 supposed to pay $165/month for health care they previously got for free? Are we going to raise their salaries by upping the minimun wage to a living wage? Finished laughing yet?

If we're so rich, how come we're in the bottom 5 for higher education support? Oh, that's because most of our rich kids can go to the Ivy League or private institutions, and the rest...well isn't Zoo Mass just good enough? You know you want your child to major in elevator surfing, right? You want your kids to attend schools where bricks are falling out of the structures due to the lack of restoration. Yeah, Zoo Mass is good enough for those scummy poor kids. It's what they deserve for being poor.

If MA is so rich, how come our schools suck so badly? Why are we pretending that the schools are as good as they were 25 years ago? Because they aren't. They're terrible. Embarassingly terrible. We barely offer AP classes anymore. We have almost no honors classes. We don't offer much in the way of art and music, and certainly much less than do other schools, even in California. Oh, yeah, I forgot. It's just like the whole college question. Why would anyone send their kids to, ahem, public school when there are so many wonderful private schools to attend. Aren't the public schools just for the plebes that can't afford private education? Or even worse, for those stupid liberal parents that actually believe public schools are the right decision for every child? What dupes they are.

If we're so rich, why is our infrastructure so horrible? Yes, the Big Dig has shown us all first hand how serious the graft is in this state. No surprise to anyone who has lived here for any time at all. Our politicians are rotten on the inside, the whole Irish Pol support system is as corrupt as a government can get. We know this. But why don't we stop electing these jerks? Who the hell votes for them? I mean, Tom Reilly? Doesn't he scare you more than just a little? He scares the shit out of me. I wouldn't trust him near a bridge or tunnel. I've never noticed the roads in Watertown are well paved, have you?

Let's call a spade a spade. MA is a great place if you have money, you're white, and you're young. If you're making that 6 figure income and can afford to live the lifestyle of the upper middle class, then yes, MA is a great place to be. But it's a state that is divided by race, by age, and by economics. Who would have believed that liberal Massachusetts, the state that was so proud to invest in it's citizens, it's technology, it's education, would have become a state divided by class, by income, and by race.

I'd like to blame Mitt Romney, who is definately at the forefront of blame, but the real issue is, MA has become a complacent society that believes in a two class system. And the top class has no interest in helping the bottom class. The middle class? They're all moving to North Carolina.
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Blogger Erin said...

Sadly, most of the issues that you've raised affect all Americans, not just those living in Massachusetts. Education gets short shrift, and the rich get richer while the middle classes slowly sink into poverty.

30/8/06 2:00 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

I think the reason we are in fact such a rich nation is that we do not subsize poverty.

The more entitlements we hand out, the less incentive there is to work, and the poorer we become as a nation.

31/8/06 9:25 PM  
Blogger Mr. L said...

To paraphrase an old Republican slogan, I think the plan is to make the middle class so small it can be drowned in the bathtub.

2/9/06 8:23 PM  

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