Monday, November 28, 2011

Here we have Idaho...

Winging her way to ... what?  Is it even a real state if its government does not meet the needs of its citizens?  I don't know.  I do know that we get the government we vote for.  Just seems odd to me that Idaho citizens tolerate getting so little from its social compact.

24/7 Wall Street ranks Idaho as the 26th best run state.  That is, about half are run better, half worse.  But, check out the blurb below.
Idaho has the seventh-lowest violent crime rate in the country, a manageable debt per capita and a AA+ credit rating. Otherwise, the state leaves much to be desired. It has the 11th highest rate of residents without health insurance coverage. It also had one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country last month. On a state and local level combined, Idaho spends less per capita than any state in the country on its population.
Depending on your view, that last sentence is a cause for deep pride and joy, or it's an embarassment.  Given the Christian admonition that we should help those less fortunate that ourselves, and given that lots of folks in Idaho claim to be Christian, with a capital C, there seems to be some disconnect in the state.

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