Re: The poor in America - How do they live?
Carver, you're so right about not being unsustainable. When Palin was first elected as Governor up here in Alaska, Oil was $140/barrel. State was taking in 7-8 billion more than even our crooked politicals up here knew what to do with. So Palin forced through a state health care plan for all kids 18 and under. The Repubs went nuts, the dems didn't know what to think of her. Palin said we got the extra bucks, we're spending it on something good that will benefit all Alaskans equally (billion bucks too). I didn't know what to think of her, but figured ya know in the end it got to be a good thing for the kids lacking health care and if she didn't spend it on that our filthy legislators would get in their pockets anyway in the end.
Well, what ended up happening was once everybody found out about the program, they defaulted into it rather than other health plans they had. The Indians who have the best health care from the feds jumped on, the billion projected funding didn't even come close to what was needed and the numbers of people abusing it was higher than they ever expected. Program had to be pretty much cut back or go under. It came back to haunt Palin and she was trying to accomplish something good in the first place.
I think most Govt programs are similar, huge promises to make everything right, way under funded and they eventually fail miserably.