by The Daily Republic
April 30, 2013 at 8:54 am in The Daily Republic
Youth & Family Services officials anticipate closing Deadwood’s program by May 31, eliminating 20 students and a staff of four.
Tags: Budget, Congress, early childhood, Education, Politics, sequestration, state, updates 3 Comments »
This is an example of the inconsistency in the American rhetoric. We love our children. We love our citizens, but yet we continue to hurt the most vulnerable: the young, the sick, the elderly, and then we line the pockets of the wealthy and keep guns on the streets. Pretty crazy.
BTW: not related to this story but I heard that today in Chicago there were approximately 20 violent shootings…boils down to almost a shooting an hour.
Sorry, my patriotism is waning each day.
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Kristi, your post is an example of equating spending money with positive results without regard for the actual results. There is significant debate as to whether or not Headstart has any lasting benefit. Equating spending money with positive action simply because you attach the label that the spending is for children is an all to common position currently being taken by substantial segment of the population.
The Wall Street Journal recently published an article regarding the Medicaid program in Oregon and discovered that people provided with Medicaid benefits had no measurable health benefit over those who were uninsured. However, those who were provided Medicaid benefits consumed thirty-five percent more health care than non-insured individuals. The study was performed by MIT and Harvard, hardly the bastions of conservative thought. The study used Oregon because it provided Medicaid benefits on a lottery system allowing the comparison of similarly situated individuals. Again, the belief that spending money will have positive results simply because you attach a particular label to spending is weak reasoning.
As far as your reference to lining the pockets of the wealthy, I hope you are not discussing tax rates or tax deductions. If you are, when did taking less from someone equate to lining their pockets? If I earn $100,000 and the government decides to take only 35% of that amount rather than 40% that doesn’t equates to lining my pockets. With the exception of some insignificant excise taxes, one-half of this country pays no federal taxes except funding their own Social Security benefit and partially funding their Medicare benefit (the average worker receives more than $250,000 in Medicare benefits than they pay into the system). That means one-half of this country provides no contribution to the Department of Defense, Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security etc.… A third of this country receives money from the Federal Income Tax system. The United States has the most progressive income tax system in the developed world; the “rich” pay a greater percentage of revenue in the United States than in any other developed country. It is time that everyone paid their fair share. That doesn’t mean an equal share, but everyone needs to a participate in supporting the functions of government. The phrase “pay their fair share” has come to be a rallying cry for take from the other guy and give to me. The hungry should be fed, the sick should be cared for and those with challenges should be taken care of, but I do not believe that those groups encompass one-half of this country’s population.
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Red! You are back.
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