Like most states, Washington State is in a financial crisis. The governor, a Democrat, is recommending severe cuts in all services, including prisons, education, and healthcare. This is on the heels of an earlier round of cuts that saw public education spending, including on higher education, slashed. It’s one thing to say we need to live within our means; it’s another to start talking about letting prisoners out early and making education unaffordable. Healthcare support is the biggest issue. Since the President and Congress dropped the ball on a true universal healthcare system, opting to expand the existing mess, we’re facing the prospect of ever more people without access to basic care. In Washington, a program that provided basic healthcare for those with no other access and limited financial means is set to be eliminated. Does anyone see a problem with all this? What do we value if not the education of our children, public safety, and our health?
Have you read any of the Civitas Rising series? Please share your thoughts about the Great Change, the impact of technology on our lives, healthcare, the role of government, and anything else the books got you thinking about.