I live in Massachusetts and have heard my state vilified by conservatives [most of whom don't know what they're talking about when it comes to Massachusetts and its successes] but these statistics tell a very, very interesting story, and it's not flattering to the conservative ideology, which appears to be one that fails its constituents:
David Gregory on Meet the Press:
"Here are some statistics, state to state, Massachusetts to Louisiana that reflect more services less taxes and the different results.
- Massachusetts has a bigger population.
- The high school graduation rate is much higher in Massachusetts.
- The median income is about $20,000 higher.
- The percentage of population without healthcare insurance much higher in Louisiana.
- The percentage of the population on food stamps much higher in Louisiana.
So, do results break along some of the ideological and philosophical lines concerning taxes and the amount of government services?"
See the video HERE.
"Meet the Press's David Gregory makes it a question even though the above-mentioned facts prove liberal policies that are humane and balanced intrinsically effect a better educated and a more prosperous populace.
Conversely, the touted Republican policies that have had free rein in Louisiana, a state blessed with an abundance of oil and other hydrocarbons, the Mississippi River, agriculture, and a large segment of the petrochemical industry, continue to lag in all metrics that matter to the middle class.
This is not an isolated comparison of one state to another. The ten poorest states in our country are Red States. Moreover, Red States are mostly welfare states as they receive more from the federal government than they pay in.
That the media does not cover this fact is a disservice to the entire American population. If America knew what policies worked throughout the nation it would be impossible for the GOP to continue to hold middle class policies hostage to a failed ideology." h/t daily kos