Sunday, December 16, 2007

Can't Anybody In Connecticut Count?

The other day the Corant ran an article about our big city poverty called State Is Told Of Urgent Need For Change
Measuring Effects Of Achievement Gap, Poverty by Colin Poitras.

And when folks discuss how Connecticut's wealthiest families earned more than 10 times the income of the poorest family in 2005 — establishing Connecticut's income disparity as the second-worst in the country — the ramifications of that on the state's economy may not be immediately clear, officials said.

Let's see, call poverty $25k per year for a family more or less. Now multiply that by 10 and you get $250K per year. I don't have exact numbers but I'm going to bet that the people living in the wealthy towns of Connecticut spend that on their dogs and cats.

No, the income disparity is more like 10k times and exponentially more of a difference between poor and rich.

Math is not a strong point in Connecticut but the people who talk about poverty only talk about money. Money is important but the poverty of a lousy State government, an unimaginative business sector, and a wholesale disinterest in new ideas will assure the continuing migration of young people fleeing this state.

Connecticut has to re-establish its republic roots and support the abolition of NCLB mandates so that individual states can opt-out without penalty. Connecticut has followed the red state lemming march over the cliff and into the pit of mass ignorance. Dumbing down the population is good for the Bush administration but bad for the human race and bad for Connecticut.

The big cities need to become tax-free commercial zones whose state government operations capacities must be limited. Corporations doing futuristic research and development need to be given unbridled access to low-cost city spaces.

The sale and use of personal marijuana needs to be decriminalized within big city limits.

If Connecticut expects to ever thrive in this century, it has to manufacture an environment where freedom rings.

The status quo is killing the state. And I'm not just crying poor-mouth.

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