Yaziq wrote:In the state I live in it seems that the budget is poorly distributed. It seems that the areas that are rich tend to get the most money when the budgetary pie is sliced. It seems that the main function of the local government is to perpetuate the status quo, even with tighter budgetary restrictions. The poorest counties seem to get poorer because they lack the leverage and prestige that the richer counties have. If a school is designated as a magnet school, this must be maintained because it can be pointed to as a showcase of how well the beaurocracy is performing. The beaurocracy does not see wealth redistribution as being important. It would require too much real planning and ruffle alot of feathers. Rich counties don't want to share their tax money with poorer ones. If they did, it might seem that everyone was getting poorer. That simply wouldn't attract outside investment. Have you noticed this in your area?
formiko wrote:I've noticed in the Southern US it's horrible, while states in the NE and the W have a more "democratic" distribution of wealth. It might be a red state /blue state dichotomy
Anyway, Canada has a relatively egalitarian distribution of wealth, I think. Poorer provinces ("have-nots") receive subsidies in the form of transfer payments from the richer provinces in order to stimulate their economies and ensure the disparities between regions don't become too drastic. Then of course there's our strong welfare state, which is a source of national pride (especially healthcare) because of its comprehensiveness and quality. We try to ensure citizens living in rural areas receive the same quality of services as much as possible.
formiko wrote:While I've never gotten sick in Canada, why is Canada constantly lampooned as "the socialized medical system we DON'T want"? I'm not being facetious. I'm truly asking. The radio pundits constantly say "Candians always come to the US for treatment". While I have never witnessed throngs of Canadians coming for bariatric sxurgery
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