But there's more to life than being on a permanent vacation.
My return to Massachusetts was an adjustment. I had to learn to get used to the cold--the arctic cold--again. But there's so much to do living in the city [where winters are not so arduous--no driveways to shovel and the city does a great job keeping the sidewalks clear], that I barely notice the bother of bad weather. I'm too busy visiting museums, going to concerts, plays, and all the other activities that make living in a city exciting and fun.
What makes this a satisfying life is a comparatively well-run state. It's far from perfect, and we certainly have our troubles in economic matters and the usual political scalawags to deal with. But the Pew Research has found that one has a better chance of improving one's life here a Liberal state than in the Conservative states they've researched:
"Nine states, all in the South, have consistently lower upward and higher downward mobility compared to the nation as a whole. Louisiana, Oklahoma, and South Carolina have worse economic mobility than the national average on all three measures investigated; Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Texas have worse mobility than the national average on two measures.
Eight states, primarily in the Mideast and New England regions, have consistently higher upward and lower downward mobility compared to the nation as a whole. Maryland, New Jersey, and New York have better economic mobility than the national average on all three measures investigated; Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Utah have better mobility than the national average on two measures.
The NY Times explains the Pew study HERE:
The states with more upwardly mobile populations were more likely to be liberal-leaning states, and those with more stagnant populations were more likely to be conservative-leaning states. But it is not clear if that correlation is causal; the report does not explain how public policy or other factors may have affected people’s chances of evolving from rags to riches.You can find the fact sheet on the state by state study HERE."
“It was beyond the scope of the study to look at why states performed the way they did,” Ms. Currier said. “What I can say is that our previous research has found some particular drivers of economic mobility at the individual level, including education, savings and assets, and neighborhood poverty during childhood.”
In addition to Massachusettes being included in those states where one's chance for the American dream is more likely, I like to remind the uneducated that their swipes at Massachusetts as some sort of Liberal Nightmare is laughable, and grossly stupid.
Among Liberal Massachusetts achievements:
Massachusetts [one of the least religious states in the US] has the lowest divorce rates, and is among those states with the lowest out -of-wedlock births.
In a...ranking of how well the states' K-12 schools are preparing their students for science and engineering careers, Massachusetts leads the pack, while Mississippi trails behind as 'worst in the United States.' The rankings are reported in the summer  issue of the Newsletter of the Forum on Education of the American Physical Society.
Healthcare coverage? We're the best. Texas is the worst.
More people, as a percentage of population, have graduate degrees in Massachusetts than in any other state--D.C. is first, but it is not a state.
|MASSACHUSETTS JOBS INCREASE BY 2,500APRIL UNEMPLOYMENT DROPS TO 6.3%|
As I have stated, we're not perfect, but Massachusetts does very well in terms of quality of life and excellence in education.
So when you hear people denigrating "Liberal Massachusetts," ask them how their state measures up to the Liberal Bay State.