"The necessaries of life occasion the great expense of the poor. They find it difficult to get food, and the greater part of their little revenue is spent in getting it. The luxuries and vanities of life occasion the principal expense of the rich, and a magnificent house embellishes and sets off to the best advantage all the other luxuries and vanities which they possess. ... It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion."
-- Adam Smith
"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; it's inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." Winston Churchill
Ok, so we have large numbers without healthcare insurance, but why? Texas does have a lower average wage than some other states, but it also has a lower cost of living. So no, they cannot always afford the rates that national companies charge for policies. But that is not a problem isolated in Texas, it is affecting the US also. There is much discussion elsewhere about the healthcare issue. I have always taken the stance that the biggest cost factor in healthcare was forcing healthcare companies to take the uninsured instead of the uninsured going to free clinics, charity and community hospitals. Without that added costs, healthcare would be far more affordable and less would be uninsured. Debate that all you want, but that is for a healthcare thread, not a debt thread. Although, Medicaid is a major portion of the budget and cause of some of that debt, our state actually lowered the amounts payable for medicaid to help the budget last year.
The worst schools? Really. Report Card on American Education | ALEC – American Legislative Exchange Council
Illiteracy Rates Illiteracy rate by US state
While Texas is not the top performer for education in the US, it is very clear that they are not at the bottom either. Three of these states, California, Texas and Florida all have large immigrant populations. Texas and California are of course border states which undoubtedly affects their literacy rates. The data simply does not support your assertion that Texas has some of the worst schools in the nation, according to the rankings, it is actually doing pretty darned good.
Thank you for bringing that up, so now we have examples of how conservationism (or at least the Texas version of it) and liberalism work on a fairly large scale for education. Not exactly the results that the liberal mantra of conservative states having bad education systems was looking for, is it.
Any more stereotypical liberal stances about Texas you want to bring up?
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